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   Old Thread  #26 5 Feb 2019 at 9.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I always use the Tesco vouchers to exchange for euro tunnel crossing. Saved £60 vouchers so this gives u £180 euro voucher. Crossing paid or very nearly. No brainer 👍👍👍
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   Old Thread  #25 29 Jan 2019 at 9.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Iím taking a long wheel based van in April , good Friday 11am and come back following Saturday £206 return on tunnel. When I booked it was cheaper than ferry
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   Old Thread  #24 29 Jan 2019 at 6.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
For anyone thinking of using the Tunnel in September there's maintenance work planned for 2 weekends
The dates are 14th September and 21st September although they are uncertain if both weekends will be affected if the work is completed early.
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   Old Thread  #23 29 Jan 2019 at 12.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You book through the official website. You can reduce the cost significantly if anyone has Tesco vouchers which give you 3 x your money. Much of the discussion on this thread is about the fact that for VANS, the cost is very similar on the tunnel and ferry. Standard Renault Trafic or Ford Transit type vans come under the the high roof category so prove more expensive than say an astra van which can get away with a car derived van category. Booking well in advance will save a little but ultimately it's time of year and leaving/arriving outside of the peak hours that will dictate price for the tunnel.
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   Old Thread  #22 29 Jan 2019 at 11.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Where are best prices for the tunnel? rather use tunnel but need to get a group of us with 3 vans so cost will decide the route.
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   Old Thread  #21 29 Jan 2019 at 9.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Forgot that I save another £50 on the tunnel by not playing the machines on the boat. Cops and robbers fleeced me over the years.
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   Old Thread  #20 28 Jan 2019 at 6.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I agree about getting off the ferry. Sometimes you can spend an age trying to get off the boat.
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   Old Thread  #19 28 Jan 2019 at 5.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I've used the ferries from Portsmouth, Dover and now mostly go from Newhaven due to lake location. I have used the tunnel numerous times too.

Besides the weather aspect, the best thing about the train is unloading. Within a couple of minutes of stopping, you are on your way. No queues for more passport control checks when you get the other side. Decent facilities at the terminal if you arrive early too. If there is an earlier slot available, you get offered that. No extra charge normally.

There are times on ferries when it has been an hour after docking before getting through passport control.

When I looked into taking a taller vehicle on the tunnel it was the same price as a standard car. Not sure if that applies to vans tho.

Having used both Uk/Calais crossings a few times now, I would always choose the tunnel.
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   Old Thread  #18 28 Jan 2019 at 1.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Barely any lorry drivers on either of my crossings.... Won't argue about the food though, that was rotten.
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   Old Thread  #17 28 Jan 2019 at 1.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks NDRWHARD and CARPE_DIEM. Was beginning to think i was the only one . The days of DFDS and catamarans with waves as big as your head and more sick on the carpets than material, Polish lorry drivers strewn across every seat, microwaved food that made a motorway service station seem cheap, constant cancellations and strikes and queues on the stairwells like Wembley way are now a distant memory thanks to the tunnel......oh and i save a few bob too in a van and get there quicker
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   Old Thread  #16 27 Jan 2019 at 2.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
You wonít be going anywhere on the ferry if itís too rough to sail , donít risk it and use the train , is it worth putting your whole holiday youíve paid for at risk by saving a few quid ? Just a thought
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   Old Thread  #15 27 Jan 2019 at 9.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree wit yid boy, the time saving on the tunnel is more than an hour when you take all the waiting out of it. I'd pay more for the ease that you get through but found a long wheel based sprinter is actually about the same on both. No brainer for me. Agree it's nice to stretch your legs on the ferry but I can have another stop in france and still save time. Easy to get on earlier train as well via electronic book in if you've made good time.
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   Old Thread  #14 27 Jan 2019 at 7.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Officially we can't gain entry to our venue until 1pm on the Saturday.
As it's only a 3.5 hour jaunt down from Calais, we don't need to be on the "other side" until about 9.30 ish. even an hour or two later. I'm not going to start fishing until the evening anyway.
Nice, easy 7am sailing from Dover will see us there on time. Comfy sit down, cup of coffee, bite to eat and a chinwag, pop out on deck for a smoke. Cushty.
Not all about cost, but the little bit of money you've saved will buy an extra few kilos of bait, or a couple of buckets of particles or pellet.
The holiday starts when we hit Dover.
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   Old Thread  #13 27 Jan 2019 at 2.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'm always iffy about missing my allocated train.

A flexi ticket on the cho cho is more expensive than a flexi boat ticket.

Plus the rest on the boat after a 5 hour drive down from Cheshire after battling the M6 M1 M25 & M20 is always bonus instead of sitting in the van in the tunnel.
Although the tunnel is quicker and usually slicker than the boat

Cheers Mike
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   Old Thread  #12 26 Jan 2019 at 9.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I use both tunnel and varying ports and types of crossings ie cabin on overnight ferries depends where your going obviously but tunnel for my transporter 2 travelling £186 Dover/Calais £206.
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