Dover or Newhaven (1 Viewer)

Dec 10, 2019
63
120
South West
Funster No
67,290
MH
Low Profile
Exp
Newbie
Good afternoon All.

We are looking to book our crossing in May for our trip to Croatia can any one please advise if Newhaven would be a a good alternative to Dover, as we will be away for 8 weeks it won’t matter where we land on the other side.

We will sort out our return crossing on the way back as we will probably come back via Roscoff.

Thanks.
 

suavecarve

LIFE MEMBER
Aug 18, 2009
7,704
39,515
Surrey/Hants
Funster No
8,035
MH
Rollerteam 685
Exp
July 09
If youre over 60. Don't care about 4 hour crossing, don't care about landing in Dieppe, are concerned about operation stack ongoing when you leave then Newhaven would make sense
 
Dec 2, 2019
4,180
9,385
South Lincolnshire
Funster No
67,140
MH
Rapido 7065+
Exp
Broken most bits now
Not a fan of Newhaven Dieppe. The cabins we had on our only trips were awful. It was close to Covid and only truckers were on board but it was a miserable nights crossing
 

Suenliam

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 14, 2013
432
1,508
Scotland
Funster No
28,574
MH
van conversion CV40
Exp
20+
We did the Newhaven crossing many years ago. Good crossing, easy the other side etc. However coming from SW Scotland (about 400 miles to Portsmouth) we found it a real pain to get to Newhaven - the road seemed to go on forever with traffic lights and roundabouts every 100 yards. I am sure the motorway has been extended since but it certainly put us off the crossing.
Sue

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
Apr 27, 2008
11,862
14,121
Eastbourne East Sussex
Funster No
2,327
MH
Hymer low profile
Exp
Since 1972
I like Newhaven Dieppe though seldom use it because of the dogs. I have never done a night crossing though, though I have to Ireland and that was dire.
Dieppe, unlike Calais is a nice town.
 
Dec 24, 2014
9,318
48,104
Hurstpierpoint. Mid Sussex.
Funster No
34,553
MH
Compass Navigator
Exp
Ever since lighting was by Calor gas.
Not a fan of Newhaven Dieppe. The cabins we had on our only trips were awful. It was close to Covid and only truckers were on board but it was a miserable nights crossing
I always use Newhaven and travel in the daytime. Luckily, as I live only half an hour from the port I can manage to stay awake for the four hours crossing.

PB2019 You'll probably find the info in these recent threads useful.........


 
Apr 27, 2008
11,862
14,121
Eastbourne East Sussex
Funster No
2,327
MH
Hymer low profile
Exp
Since 1972
We did the Newhaven crossing many years ago. Good crossing, easy the other side etc. However coming from SW Scotland (about 400 miles to Portsmouth) we found it a real pain to get to Newhaven - the road seemed to go on forever with traffic lights and roundabouts every 100 yards. I am sure the motorway has been extended since but it certainly put us off the crossing.
Sue
The motorway hasn't been extended, however the A23 is a good dual carriageway, as is the A27 as far as Lewes. From there its only a single carriageway for a few miles to Newhaven.
 
Dec 24, 2014
9,318
48,104
Hurstpierpoint. Mid Sussex.
Funster No
34,553
MH
Compass Navigator
Exp
Ever since lighting was by Calor gas.
We did the Newhaven crossing many years ago. Good crossing, easy the other side etc. However coming from SW Scotland (about 400 miles to Portsmouth) we found it a real pain to get to Newhaven - the road seemed to go on forever with traffic lights and roundabouts every 100 yards. I am sure the motorway has been extended since but it certainly put us off the crossing.
Sue
Yep, perhaps not good for you coming South from Scotland but PB2019 is coming from the South West and will use the M27 then the A27 dual carriageway to Lewes, turning off onto the A26 at Beddingham roundabout for the last 5 miles to the port.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
Last edited:
Feb 18, 2017
4,207
8,144
Greenwich, London, UK
Funster No
47,382
MH
Hymer MLT 570
Exp
1986
Harwich/Hook of Holland.

Far more pleasant route, travel overnight in a cabin, you will be on the German Autobahn in time for a late breakfast and save a fortune in French tolls.

We are also heading for Croatia
This is the route we have booked.
 
Jun 28, 2021
25
11
Funster No
82,241
MH
Hymer Exisis
We live in Brighton. Newhaven is 12 miles away. We ALWAYS use the tunnel

p.s. If you go, don't eat the things in the canteen that look like mushrooms, they're not
 

Lenny HB

LIFE MEMBER
Oct 18, 2007
54,150
152,983
On the coast in West Sussex
Funster No
658
MH
Hymer B678 DL
Exp
Since 2008 & many years tugging
It's our prefer crossing cheaper than Dover/Calais with the discount, both ports much more relaxed. If going straight down or to the west of France or to Spain it saves 400 miles on a round trip.
Only done one night crossing, cabins are OK they have a shower but you only get 2 or 3 hours sleep before they wake you up.

I might be bias living less than 20 miles from Newhaven, so nice to get off the ferry and be home in 35 min after exiting the port.
 
Last edited:
Oct 12, 2009
10,856
24,027
SW London, Poland and all Europe
Funster No
8,876
MH
A Class N+B Arto 69GL
Exp
Since 2009
Good afternoon All.

We are looking to book our crossing in May for our trip to Croatia can any one please advise if Newhaven would be a a good alternative to Dover, as we will be away for 8 weeks it won’t matter where we land on the other side.

We will sort out our return crossing on the way back as we will probably come back via Roscoff.

Thanks.

If you do decide on Dover take the Dover-Dunkirk route. Usually same price as Calais and only about 45 mins longer but nearer to M/way down through Belgium/Luxembourg/Germany
 
Feb 18, 2017
4,207
8,144
Greenwich, London, UK
Funster No
47,382
MH
Hymer MLT 570
Exp
1986
Hook/Zagreb
1,366km/14.5hrs
No Tolls (except Austrian Vignette)
Taking the cabin sleeper boat so you arrive at 7am it could be done in two long days driving (with two drivers)

1674469625999.png


Dieppe/Zagreb
1,381km/16hrs
Tolls, unless you cross strait onto the route above. (Same Austrian Vignette toll)
But due to a later arrival time, at least 3 days drive (with two drivers)

1674469553270.png


We have already looked into this and are taking the Hook, Dortmund, Nuremburg, Gratz route outbound and then the Salzburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Hook route back

FYI:
West Country to Newhaven is 200 miles/4hrs via the M25
West Country to Harwich is 250 miles/4.5hrs via the M25

So whilst marginal compare the:
Ferry costs,
The toll costs
The two extra days of holiday you get via Harwich/Hook night crossing due to the 7am arrival

Harwich/Hook ferry means you are on the German autobahn by 10am on day two.
via Newhaven/Dieppe you wont hit the Autobahn until the 10am on day three.
Same applies on the way back, you can arrive in Harwich at 8am and be home for a late lunch.

Make up your own mind !

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

Join us or log in to post a reply.

To join in you must be a member of MotorhomeFun

Join MotorhomeFun

Join us, it quick and easy!

Log in

Already a member? Log in here.

Latest journal entries

Funsters who are viewing this thread

Back
Top