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What is the best option regards booking ferries or the tunnel. Looking firstly at Hull to Rotterdam as that is the most convenient but prices vary from £450 to £850! Tunnel seems to have increased dramatically as quoted £370!
 
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Here is a link to my story of comparison. I’ve screenshot the final costing.

Basically, as we are caravan and motorhome club members. We booked with site vouchers through CAMC which gave us a great deal.

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Newhaven/Dieppe is one of the cheapest crossings. 20% discount if over 60 or 10% via C&CC.
It is ideal for people like yourselves Lenny, having it on your doorstep.

Great prices, ideal for motorhome travel, not so much cars / bikes with the timings.

But the op lives up north near the Hull ferry terminal

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I am fortunate enough next year to be able to have all of June off....😆.
Plymouth is literally on my doorstep and is of great convenience for ferry to Roscoff.
Priced it up today.....£600....Newhaven/Dieppe.....£230....👍
(Thanks to LennyHB for info)
Cheers 🍺
 

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P&O from Dover to Calais is the cheapest and you can use Tesco vouchers. We live near Hull but have never used the crossing as it's just way OTT for us as we'd still have quite a drive south either this side or t'other side.
 

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Newhaven/Dieppe is one of the cheapest crossings. 20% discount if over 60 or 10% via C&CC.
We booked yesterday - late March to late April £160ish return in the motorhome. It was almost twice as much on the tunnel ....
I love the convenience of the tunnel, but not at those prices...

We will just change the way we travel, stopping over somewhere near Newhaven in the way out and back again.

So ...

Suggestions and recommendations please ..??
 
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Yes we are members of caravan and motorhome club, tried the website but wouldn’t quote for ferry crossing. I will try and phone them. As it will be our first time in van (t5 Bilbos) the more convenient the better. Wife doesn’t like driving more than 3-4 hours . Like the thought of waking up fresh also we could go Thursday night arrive ready and fresh Friday morning if I take tunnel it would be Friday afternoon.
 

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Yes we are members of caravan and motorhome club, tried the website but wouldn’t quote for ferry crossing. I will try and phone them. As it will be our first time in van (t5 Bilbos) the more convenient the better. Wife doesn’t like driving more than 3-4 hours . Like the thought of waking up fresh also we could go Thursday night arrive ready and fresh Friday morning if I take tunnel it would be Friday afternoon.
20% off if one if you is over 60 and you phone DFDS to book
 
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P&O from Dover to Calais is the cheapest and you can use Tesco vouchers. We live near Hull but have never used the crossing as it's just way OTT for us as we'd still have quite a drive south either this side or t'other side.
I would recommend using Direct Ferries. Put your dates in and they will search all operators for best price. DFDS and Irish Ferries seem to rotate offers ie one of them does a cheap week then the other does the following week. P&O always seem to be the most expensive ferry operator. I have a house in France and travel over 10-12 times a year. I have had season tickets with P&O for a number of years, but will no longer be using them due to pricing. For a car and a short break you should be able to get a ferry with Irish or DFDS for £100- P&O now want £140 for a season ticket trip (that is supposed to be discounted) Their standard fares seem to start at £160.

I would expect them to be changing their pricing structure soon because their business model of being the most unpopular operator and charging the top prices isn't likely to work out well for them.
 
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Tunnel for me every time, but we have a 6m PVC so not as expensive for us and we use Tesco Clubcard points so it's 'free'. Used to enjoy the Hull-Rotterdam when it was North Sea Ferries but that was with a car on visits home from Germany.

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Just remember that there are certain times of the year when Dover and all approaches are log jammed with traffic heading for the tunnel and ferries. So that and increased tunnel prices made me look at alternatives.

Not the it would probably suit you but we went from Poole to Cherbourg late last summer for a change - its part of Brittany Ferries.

We will certainly consider Newhaven next summer as we have a wedding to go to at Lake Bled, Slovenia.
 

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I would recommend using Direct Ferries. Put your dates in and they will search all operators for best price. DFDS and Irish Ferries seem to rotate offers ie one of them does a cheap week then the other does the following week. P&O always seem to be the most expensive ferry operator. I have a house in France and travel over 10-12 times a year. I have had season tickets with P&O for a number of years, but will no longer be using them due to pricing. For a car and a short break you should be able to get a ferry with Irish or DFDS for £100- P&O now want £140 for a season ticket trip (that is supposed to be discounted) Their standard fares seem to start at £160.

I would expect them to be changing their pricing structure soon because their business model of being the most unpopular operator and charging the top prices isn't likely to work out well for them.
When I try Direct Ferries it doesn't even return any crossings via P&O, just DFDS & ET, but if I go on P&O's site I get offered several crossings on the same days and for the times I want (very similar to DFDS) plus P&O are cheaper than the Direct Ferries offerings. This is what I've found in the past with Direct Ferries as they aren't always the cheapest.

If I book direct with P&O I can use my Tesco vouchers (not accepted by DFDS) so even better value - Irish ferries also let you use Tesco vouchers for their crossings but only a max of £75 per crossing whereas P&O allow £105 per crossing (although they are less than that anyway).
 
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What is the best option regards booking ferries or the tunnel. Looking firstly at Hull to Rotterdam as that is the most convenient but prices vary from £450 to £850! Tunnel seems to have increased dramatically as quoted £370!
With the tunnel starting at £370 and bearing in mind your location, if you could get the ferry at the cheaper end of the scale it would be a no-brainer for me, you would arguably spend the ~£80 difference on fuel alone for the increased journey south anyway.
 
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I'm 10-15 minutes from the Portsmouth/Caen ferry but, unless I'm heading specifically for Brittany, it is often more cost effective to head east along the coast. Newhaven is only about an hour and a half and Dover an hour more.
 
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As we are in the top of Lincolnshire we were tempted to go Hull Rotterdam for our trip in September. Looking at the costs vers the agro of traversing the M25 it worked out better to use Harwich to Hook of Holland.

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We are going on the Tunnel out to France to Spain in January mainly because I am now an awful sailor. Nerve damage issues in my legs has affected by balance so I fall over a lot and get sick sitting on a wet hanky. This was booked through CAMC as part of the Alannia Costa Blanca hosted rally. Sailing back from Cean in April after visiting the new D Day memorial. The weather should be calmer then.

You can use Tesco Club Card points on the Tunnel. They double them up I am told.
 

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You can use Tesco Club Card points on the Tunnel. They double them up I am told.
Treble them, £5 in normal vouchers = £15 of deals vouchers (eg Euro Tunnel), but there is normally an absolute maximum of £105 per crossing AND you have to book the outward and inward crossings at the same time if you want to use the vouchers for both crossings, this is because whilst you can book the outward on it's own, you can't book the inward on it's own.
 
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Thanks for all the help/advice. Got my holiday confirmed this morning 🥳
Went on ferries direct and came back with £500 inc meals which is fine. I’ll ring caravan club up next week to see what they come up with👍🏻
 
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If tunnel came in at around £250 I would take that and travel Thursday tea time and stop off after 3hrs get an early crossing around 9:30-10:30

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Used Irish Ferries Dover/Calais the last couple of times. Disappeared down all the rabbit holes of routes vs mileage and seemed to end up with Dover/Calais anyway.
 
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Like you Leakylunar we live very close to the ferry. When we first started camping in 2012 we used a Dover to Calais ferry & travelled with a cat.

It was rubbish so after that always used the train, simple in and off but for us it meant a stop at Dover and another on the way back to get early trains for the poor drive north.

When the cat died we started only using the Hull Zebrugge ferry, filling the fridge to capacity, when you could, at the Lidl near the port to keep the fridge cold. The holiday started within 30 minutes of leaving home in the afternoon. A pleasant journey with good meal etc and a fresh start the next morning. It was fantastic. Coming back we could go straight to the supermarket to get all the groceries freezer things to save unloading and going out again and still be home for mid morning.

Not sure what we will do now but first option will be to check the Rotterdam crossing and keep in mind the Newhaven ferry too as things get much more expensive ☹️
 
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Travelling up from Devon and visiting friends in Chichester, we didn’t want to go as far as Dover or Folkestone to cross over, so DFDS Newhaven/Dieppe looked good and also suits our routing onwards in France.

I’ve just booked a couple of crossings with them - out on 21/04 and back on 16/06 - for 2 plus a standard MoHo comes in at £153.60. The same dates via the chunnel was over £100 dearer and P&O exactly £50 more.

A one-way in the middle of August was even better at £60.
 

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Treble them, £5 in normal vouchers = £15 of deals vouchers (eg Euro Tunnel), but there is normally an absolute maximum of £105 per crossing AND you have to book the outward and inward crossings at the same time if you want to use the vouchers for both crossings, this is because whilst you can book the outward on it's own, you can't book the inward on it's own.
Just to further clarify this a bit ... you can only use Tesco ET vouchers for a return or outward but not an inward crossing on it's own, however P&O allow you to use them for return, outward or inward only.
 
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Can you use Tesco vouchers when going through Direct ferries?
I have £5 ready to use🤣

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