Four Reasons to Take a Ferry to France

August 30, 2011 · 3 comments

There are many different ways to get from point A to point B nowadays. In terms of the Great British holiday, point A is most likely to refer to good old Blighty herself and point B is more often than not the lovely lady France. And in terms of travel, nothing quite beats getting to point B than in the eternally faithful point C – the family Car.

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  1. By far the best way to get to France in a car is to take the Dover to Calais Ferry. The channel tunnel is all well and good if you’re interested in 90s engineering and endless concrete walls, but if you fancy a real viewing experience you’ll want to get out onto the open ocean. Besides, it saves listening to the same CD from the beginning again (because you forgot to bring more than 2), and it means that both passenger and driver can stretch their legs.
  2. Dover to Calais Ferry tickets are reasonable to boot, so get out of your trusty vehicle and onto the English Channel.
  3. A great feature of the ferry is that there’s much more to do than you can pack into the boot of your car. Magnetic Scrabble may seem like a good idea but you don’t want to suffer the fall out when the kids lose all the vowels under the seat. Going by ferry not only means a floating service station; there’s usually a fair few activities for kids – not to mention the distracting scenery. It’s always easier to answer ‘Are we there yet?’ when you can actually show them the country you’re heading for.
  4. Calais itself is also worth getting your sea legs out for. The port is well stocked with a large supermarket, shops and even some stalls, plus a lovely tourist beach. Even if your trip is taking you further afield than the west coast of France, it’s worth a pit stop before continuing your travel.

When making an extensive journey such as a drive to France, it really would be a shame to miss out on the waves of the Channel – and if it gives everyone a rest from being squeezed in together between suitcases for a while, so be it.

This is a guest post from Sea France.

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Lorna August 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Have been on the Dover – Calais run a few times and there is plenty to see and do while on board. You can get some good duty free offers when shopping as well, and it does not take too long to get there.


AdventureRob August 31, 2011 at 6:25 AM

How long does it take? Always appeared to be the more interesting route to take and can’t be much slower than a plane baring in mind check in times and getting into London.
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Lorna August 31, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Only takes about hour and half – enough time to do some shopping and have a bite to eat as well. Then you are off to enjoy France.


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