Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

More ferry special offers - this time via Northern France

Just like buses, special offers on the ferries seem to come in two's !

A couple of days after receiving an email about Brittany Ferry special offers, I received an email from telling me details of their special offers for a car and up to 9 passengers:
  • Eurotunnel, from Folkestone to Calais, from £56 each way
  • Norfolkline, from Dover to Dunkerque, from £23 each way
  • P&O Ferries, from Dover to Calais, from £39 each way
  • SeaFrance, from Dover to Calais, from £39 each way
Going via the northern France ports (Calais, Boulogne, Dunkerque and Eurotunnel) is a slightly longer drive to our Gite, at about 6 hours, but it's a pretty straight forward motorway route and the tolls are a reasonable €€20 each way.

We've been that route a couple of times and found overall journey times (ferry + drive) are in fact slightly quicker than taking the Western ferry routes via St Malo, Brest, Cherbourg or Caen. Swings and roundabout's really as to whether you prefer spending more time on the boat or in the car.

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