Tunnel prices gone through the roof

Forestboy

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We've been using the channel tunnel for the last 4 years and although slightly dearer than the ferry we've always considered the extra worth paying as its so much easier, quicker and more efficient than ferries.
However last month on our trip to Europe we were shocked to be quoted £290.00 return on the tunnel and £88.00 on the ferry so obviously used the ferry.
Considering going to the Spanish motogp in November so just checked again, tunnel £192.00 return ferry £88.00 again.
As much as we prefer the tunnel I think its popularity is pushing prices higher and higher to the point where its now uneconomical for us to use it. Someone's bound to come along and say use Tesco vouchers but we don't want to shop at Tesco as we don't like the company and even if you use Tesco vouchers it doesn't alter the fact its grossly overpriced.
Problem will arise when we cross in the winter and have a bad crossing as Jan is terrified of the water and hates ships and last month was her first time for 4 years after a really bad crossing from Santander.
Hopefully they'll start to price themselves out of the market, loose customers and reduce prices again.:confused::confused:
 

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We've been using the channel tunnel for the last 4 years and although slightly dearer than the ferry we've always considered the extra worth paying as its so much easier, quicker and more efficient than ferries.
However last month on our trip to Europe we were shocked to be quoted £290.00 return on the tunnel and £88.00 on the ferry so obviously used the ferry.
Considering going to the Spanish motogp in November so just checked again, tunnel £192.00 return ferry £88.00 again.
As much as we prefer the tunnel I think its popularity is pushing prices higher and higher to the point where its now uneconomical for us to use it. Someone's bound to come along and say use Tesco vouchers but we don't want to shop at Tesco as we don't like the company and even if you use Tesco vouchers it doesn't alter the fact its grossly overpriced.
Problem will arise when we cross in the winter and have a bad crossing as Jan is terrified of the water and hates ships and last month was her first time for 4 years after a really bad crossing from Santander.
Hopefully they'll start to price themselves out of the market, loose customers and reduce prices again.:confused::confused:

Couldn't agree more but have a look at the link:
http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/tickets/?gclid=CNSshIOklsECFa7KtAodWTkARQ
 

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prices on the ferries are just about to jump up too. the rules about which fuel they can use change shortly and either they pay up to 20% more for fuel or a small fortune to convert each ferry to meet emission rules from January 1st

http://www.poferrymasters.com/low-sulphur-flyer.pdf

costs are guaranteed to rise
 
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Bertie Bassett

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Slowly but surely the major ferry companies are carving up the various crossings between them eliminating the requirement to 'compete'. No competition means what we all know it to mean higher and higher prices. Couldn't go back to 'boating' as Mrs BB doesn't like sailing after an unpleasant experience on a catamaran with projectile vomiting children form Bedford. For us it'll always be the tunnel, convenience and minimum faffing about are but two reasons.
 

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We don't shop at Tesco but wifey uses a Tesco credit card to buy everything including our ASDA shopping and all fuel.It takes a while but we get one quite cheap crossing per year
 

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prices on the ferries are just about to jump up too. the rules about which fuel they can use change shortly and either they pay up to 20% more for fuel or a small fortune to convert each ferry to meet emission rules from January 1st

http://www.poferrymasters.com/low-sulphur-flyer.pdf

costs are guaranteed to rise
Correct - either 0.1% sulphur fuel (which they have to burn in port or manoeuvring anyway) or fit exhaust scrubbers which are about USD 3 million a ship - if you can find somewhere to fit them....... Burning distillates is an expensive business compared with residuals and it will get worse globally in 2020, but that won't affect the ferries
 

Bertie Bassett

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We're looking at prepaying for 10 Eurotunnel tickets
£45 each plus £15 surcharge for the MH
Anyone else used this option?
Not yet as I think you have to use them all within a twelve month period (though I'd be more than happy to be corrected). Once we're 'fully' retired that's the option we'll go for even if the 12 month rule is correct.
 

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What's to stop someone who is going over to Europe for a few months just going out on a cheap day return ticket but just not returning?

I am assuming it cannot be done, otherwise you would all be doing just that?
 
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For us it'll always be the tunnel, convenience and minimum faffing about are but two reasons.
For us a ferry is the start of a holiday and a break ( we drive best part of 300 miles to get one ).

There is only one tunnel but many destinations.
 

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What's to stop someone who is going over to Europe for a few months just going out on a cheap day return ticket but just not returning?
The Law.

You enter a contract with them, should you fail to return they can and maybe will, bill you for the difference to a one off fare.
 
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When I compare diesel costs and campsite fees in the UK with those in Europe, particularly ACSI and some of the cheaper and free aires the tune seems a good deal, especially if away for a couple of months at a time which we usually are.
 

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We don't cross at "stupid o'clock" on the tunnel, usually no earlier than 8.00 am or later than 11.00 pm and still get the cheap crossings. This year we travelled:
  • Out: Tue 3/6/14 @ 18.20
  • Ret: Thu 10/7/14 @ 09.20
It cost us £71 each way = £142 (excl dogs), for which we used our Tesco deals vouchers for with a face value of £45 plus £7 on our credit card (plus dogs).

With a frightened dog we don't really have much choice, but to be fair I'd rather use the tunnel any day! I don't 'mind' the ferry but it's the long waiting around, long crossing, and wacky races when you get to port that I don't like!
 

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Not yet as I think you have to use them all within a twelve month period (though I'd be more than happy to be corrected). Once we're 'fully' retired that's the option we'll go for even if the 12 month rule is correct.
It is 12 months, but I think you can also have a joint member, so if you had a buddy you could share them with?
 

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We're looking at prepaying for 10 Eurotunnel tickets
£45 each plus £15 surcharge for the MH
Anyone else used this option?
Yes we use these! its great so long as you make 10 single or 5 return trips each year. We actually book the outward leg a few days before we travel and then wait to book the reurn leg a day or 2 before returning. obviously doing thatr you have to have access to wifi to book online. Most of the day is available for these tickets but if you go before 1200 and after 1600 you only pay the £11 supplement. Sometimes if you travel on a Sunday the extra charge can go up.
The other good thing is if you arrive more than 40 minutes before your check in they normally bump you forward even during busy periods.
 
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We're looking at prepaying for 10 Eurotunnel tickets
£45 each plus £15 surcharge for the MH
Anyone else used this option?
We buy these, as well as the MH surcharge, we have to pay for 2 dogs. I reckon we save quite a bit by being a frequent traveller.
Each return crossing costs us a total of about £120.
Allan

Edit. The best thing about these is that you can change bookings at a moments notice without any penalty.
 
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We buy these, as well as the MH surcharge, we have to pay for 2 dogs. I reckon we save quite a bit by being a frequent traveller.
Each return crossing costs us a total of about £120.
Allan

Edit. The best thing about these is that you can change bookings at a moments notice without any penalty.
That's got to be worth looking at, our last return crossing was £234 plus £64 for the dogs
 
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That's got to be worth looking at, our last return crossing was £234 plus £64 for the dogs
:Eeek:
It depends what time you cross. We buy 10 crossings for off peak trips. We only live 1/2 hour from the tunnel so can go at any time. We generally get a late afternoon or early evening crossing and spend the night near Wissant for an early morning start.
As soon as I shut the van door, I'm on holiday!
You can now use your phone to call text or surf the net while on the train......if thats what you like doing!
Allan
 
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