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Best deals on ferry crossings between England and France

Travelling to France by ferry is a stress-free way to travel, avoiding airport security and airline baggage restrictions. You can also take your car (at a cost) or your bicycle (often for free), or just travel as a foot passenger (the cheapest option). Being able to take your own car on holidays is a great advantage, as you can bring camping gear, golf clubs, your dog- as much as you can pack in!

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing a ferry from England to France. Your first consideration when booking should be where in France you want to end up. If you're travelling to Brittany, Brittany Ferries operates between Plymouth and Roscoff (6 hours) and Portsmouth and St-Malo (8 and 3/4 hours). Condor Ferries operates a route between Weymouth and St-Malo (7 to 10 hours).

If you're planning a holiday in Normandy, Britanny Ferries operates a route between Poole and Cherbourg, which takes 4 and 1/4 hours, and Portsmouth to Caen (6 hours). LD Lines runs a ferry between Prtsmouth and Le Harve (7 and 1/2 hours). Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries both run ferries between Portsmouth and Cherbourg (5 hours). Transmanche Ferries travels between Newhaven and Dieppe, taking 4 hours.

Visitors who wish to travel to Northern France can take the Dover to Calais route with SeaFrance or with P&O Ferries, which takes 60 minutes to 1 and 1/2 hours. Other routes to consider include Dover to Loon Plage (near Dunkirk) with Norfolk Line, or Dover to Boulogne with Speed Ferries.

With so many companies competing for your business, remember to shop around and check websites directly for the best value and special offers on tickets. You could also consider travelling outside the peak season (July and August) to avail of cheaper tickets.

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