Cost of Ferry crossing

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  1. PhilandMena

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    DFDS are now taking online bookings for next year. I've just booked Dover-Calais (Jan-April) and the cost is now about the same as the Eurotunnel (£170.00). Last year I was getting return crossings for around £60.00.
    I wonder if the days of decent discounts have now disappeared.
    Bet a pound to a pitch of doggy doo someone tells me I should have gone with someone else and saved a packet LOL.
     
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    Don't know what mh you have or trailer or whatever but that sounds very dear, did it three weeks ago for£97, is it really going up that much, if so it's the tunnel for me , no competition if it's same money
     
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    We went with DFDS to Dunkirk over the last few years. Prices have gone up this year.
    Last summer we paid £50.50 return but that was booked 3 months in advance and had the NEC code.
    (6 weeks away and up to 8m).

    Looked last week and for 4 weeks (August) DFDS wanted £160. We ended up booking with MyFerrylink for £112 with a free cuddly toy thrown in at check in... :cooler:
    Had we came back a few days later at the beginning of September, we could have got the return for about £80, but no cuddly toy...:crying:

    Anyhow packing the van today and off tomorrow to Dover.::bigsmile:
     
  4. PhilandMena

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    3.5 T Low profile (6.7M) with no trailer. Paid an extra £20.00 (Flexi) on the return date otherwise the pricewould be £150.00 with fixed sailing times.
    When I was with the CC (2013) DFDS gave a 50% discount and i was getting return crossings for about £50. which would have meant around £100 for the full fare. (Travelling at the same time too). This year, DFDS cancelled it's arrangement with the CC and did not attend the NEC show, so no discount code either. I spoke to DFDS office staff earlier in the year and they told me no discounts this year but even so, it's almost a 50% increase in prices compared with last year. I'm sure there will be some better deals with other operators but my gut feeling is the savings are going to be minimal.
    Still the cheapest way for me to get the Motorhome to Spain though.
     
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    P & O are ok this year, especially through the C.C.
     
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    paid £56 Newhaven Dieppe last year and it was the same again this July. Thats each way but if you are heading for Rouen it saves you about 100 miles and a couple of hours driving if you normally cross to Calais. My van is 6.5. BUSBY:)
     
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    Thanks! I'll look at that for possible future crossings
     
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    Only thing is that to get that price you need to over 60. You have to book by phone to get discount. BUSBY.
     
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    just booked newhaven dieppe for 10th of oct and with old codgers discount came to 49 pounds one way to dieppe.
     
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    Still prefer to use the chunnel with Tesco points to me it's a no brainer. ;)
     
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    117 with PO this year Dover -Calais, last year 79 with DfDS at same time of year. On way back tomorrow. New haven -Dieppe sounds good will look at that.
     
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    Confirmed tunneler, just booked today for four weeks tomorrow at £210 for one dog and two irresponsible adults. That's travelling out and back between eight and ten am.
    Not cheap but the convenience to us far outweighs lower ferry costs.
     
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    Tunnel for us , with tesco if we got enough, but at the same price as ferry , just no competition
     
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    Dont get many TESCO vouchers now because we save £30 to £40 a week shopping at Lidle and Aldi. Can afford Brittany Ferries with the saving. BUSBY:)
     
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    in winter always the tunnel 30mins and ya there also no smelly diesel engines (p&o mainly) no ruff crossings watch 1 episode of mrs browns boys and ya there :)
     
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    Agree with you, always shopped at aldi, since it opened, but we have a tesco credit card, and buy everything on that and pay it off every month, you get points for everything you buy even if it is in other shops , petrol anywhere, anything, and if you do use it in tesco store you get double points, so I know you can get various cards that give you cash back and other stuff but for us the tesco card is the one, btw you get points on anything even insurance or big stuff like cars or furniture, anything, surprising how they mount up, then they get trebled for the tunnel fare
     
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    Tunnel every time can't be assed with bloody ferries. Shop at Lidl instead of Tesco or Coop and save at least £30 a week it's paid for in a month.
    Simples :)
     
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    I looked at the Newhaven to Dieppe crossing for my dates Jan-April but could not get a quote. Will try again later this year as this cvould be a better option than Dover-Calais.
    I thought about the Tesco credit card too but not convinced it is the best option as to the best of my knowledge you pay extra on each transaction for using a credit card. Has anyone done the maths on this ? how much do you have to spend (the excess bit) for each £1.00 returned in voucher's.
    At the end of the day, it's personal preference/ pro's and con's, I guess. With the tunnel it's quick but you have a 2 hour parking limitation and pay a little more for the crossing. My preference is Dover as you can lay up either side before/after crossing and it's the cheaper option.
    Wish they would bring the prices down though, you would think FUN members would get a discount.
     
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    I'm booking a crossing at the beginning of September, Dieppe/Newhaven - DFDS/LDLines.
    Return = £100 (including 20% discount for being over 60).
    Booked single x 2 as a return was £35 more...
     
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    Don't fully understand what you mean, I am not pushing tesco credit card or anything, but you don't pay any extra at petrol stations or shops, meals out , loads of places, some places do charge extra but they tell you first, Ryanair and some other online things do but if a extra charge is mentioned then we don't use it, but for everyday spending most don't charge extra , don't know what you mean about the excess bit as far as I know there is no excess , we usually have enough for the whole crossing.
    If you are not useing your vouchers for the tunnel then yes, there are better credit cards than tesco, but as we use it we don't pay any extra for the things we would buy anyway , whether at tesco or elsewhere, have three weeks free credit and just pay one bill a month instead of useing cash.
    That said I am also a big believer in cash if I am getting a discount(y)
     
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