Once an expensive
element of a holiday in Spain, the price of channel crossings have
been slashed thanks to competition for the likes of Speed Ferries and
Prices still vary substantially between companies depending on dates
and crossing times, and it is advisable to check them all out or use a
broker (see right). Crossing companies are:
- Book in October for the following year when half price offers are
available. Fast & reasonably priced.
Ferries (from Portsmouth, Poole & Plymouth to
Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo, Roscoff & Santander) When traveling from
the south or southwest coast, these crossing can save hundreds of
miles on Autoroute driving.
Line (from Dover to Dunkerque) offers great savings over
the more well-known options. They mainly provide crossings for lorries
and no coaches so the facilities are fairly basic. Landing in
Dunkerque adds around 25 miles to the French leg of the journey.
& O Ferries
offer Dover to Calais and Portsmouth to Le Havre, Cherburg &
Bilbao crossings. By buying £1,000 of stock in P&O, they
offer ed 50% reductions in all fares for subsequent years. This was
concessionary, and has been withdrawn The benefit had been in
operation for years.
Line (from Harwich to Hook of Holland). You will be
going the wrong way for Spain, adding over 100 miles to the
continental journey, but a possibility for eastern UK residents.
Ferries (from Ramsgate to Ostende. Adds a little to the
continental journey, but can be competitively priced. A four hour
start a Ramsgate (Kent) to Boulogne-Sur-Mer in the Spring of 2009,
allowing foot passengers, cars and coaches a cost-effective
alternative to Dover - Calais crossings.
The latest entry into cross channel ferry services, offering great
value crossings between Dover and Bologne, Portsmouth & Rossiare
and Le Havre, Newhaven and Dieppe.
who operated a crossing (Dover to Boulogne) on a giant catamaran, has
now entered Administration, but there are strong rumors of a new
service replacing them. Re-visit this page very soon for latest news!