Booking a ferry to Europe can often be about which is the cheapest option. The cheapest fares are at the most unsociable hours: early in the morning or late at night and this can make the beginning of a holiday seem like a chore.
However, one of the main attractions of ferries to Europe over other forms of transport is the number of sailings that occur throughout the day.
The two main ferry providers across the Channel are P&O and DFDS who between them offer over 80 sailings a day!
Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of taking a ferry to France over other forms of transport.
Fares vary depending on a number of factors:
As we saw earlier, over 80 sailings a day from the main Channel companies is a large amount to choose from.
There are other options to getting to mainland Europe such as Eurotunnel and other routes from other ferry providers and so you will hardly ever have any problems selecting a suitable route and time.
Ferries offer travellers a wide variety of goods from perfume, makeup to alcohol and food. Be careful to check the prices though as it’s not always as cheap as you can get once you are in Europe.
Even though the sailings are pretty short, it can be a good idea to get a meal to give you fuel for your journey ahead. Ferry operators have a variety of different food available whether you are after a continental style breakfast or a more robust dinner, most tastes are catered for.
Bars offer alcohol and cafes deliver continental style coffee to go with your croissant. Children are catered for, often with their own menus.
Most operators accept multiple currencies and of course credit/debit cards.
Play areas are common on modern ferries which help to give the adults a break before they start the next leg of their journey.
Of course, the scenery is one of the main reasons the ferries appeal to a large number of people. Seeing the White Cliff’s of Dover or France come into view is a magical experience. The Dover coastline offers fantastic photo opportunities and can be a welcome sign for those coming back from a long return journey home.
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