Booking a car ferry to France requires a little research to find the best prices. To avoid disappointment, it's best to book your passage before driving to the docks. While there might be availabilities remaining, many ferries fill quickly and you'll be stuck with no transportation across the English Channel.
Brittany Ferries travel between Cork, Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth in the UK to Caen, Cherbourg, Roscoff or St. Malo in France. Crossings generally take 2 to 8 hours from southern England depending on the destination or 14 hours from Cork to Roscoff. Trips start at £75 round trip for one vehicle and two people. The company also sells ferry and hotel packages that save money on your holidays in France.
When you book with Brittany Ferries, you must give the make and model of your vehicle and the vehicle's registration number. Passenger names and dates of birth are also required. Vehicles, trailers and campers longer than 6 ½ metres cost extra. Book ferry tickets online at Brittany-Ferries.co.uk or call 0871 244 0744.
CondorFerries.com travels from Poole, Portsmouth and Weymouth to Cherbourg or St. Malo, France. It takes about five hours to reach the French coast by ferry. Everyone travelling from the UK to France needs a passport, so don't forget it when you leave for your holiday.
Before making an online reservation, note that Condor Ferries needs to know your vehicle type and the dimensions. This ensures every driver and vehicle will fit on the ferry decks. HSUV and SUV are sports utility vehicles that fit four or more passengers. HSUV designates the height is higher than an average SUV. Multi Purpose Vehicles (MPV) are multi-passenger vans that hold six or more passengers. Motorhomes and trailers are also allowed on Condor Ferries, but they cannot be more than 6.5 metres long.
Prices depend on the vehicle you drive. Ferry prices from the UK to France start at £189 one-way for four people. (October 2011 prices) Check prices online at CondorFerries.co.uk or call 0845 609 1026. On the day of travel, arrive at least one hour early for check-in.
P&O Ferries run from Dover, England to Calais, France. The Dover-Calais crossing starts at £25 round trip and takes 90 minutes. There are five ferries covering this route hold between 500 and 1,000 cars depending on the ferry.
Find discounts at POferries.com. The website offers online bookings, or you're welcome to call 08716 64 20 20 to talk to a ferry specialist.
If you want to save time, visit DirectFerries.co.uk and check prices for all ferry companies at once. The website allows you to compare prices and check availability in one place. Use their service to quickly find an affordable car ferry to France.