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Old 26 Oct 2003
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Questions about channel ferry crossings

Hi guys,
Im trying to get to UK as cheap as possible from either departing places, and i hear Calais the cheapest. Now i have found the lowest price to be 82€ (incl. bike) for a 3 day return ferry, which i will only use one-way to get to uk. To me that sounds alot of money. DOes the price seem right? i was expecting it to be much cheaper, after all its just a ferry crossing.
I been told by some people i met, there is another possibilty, meet some truck drivers going across and try to get the bike into the truck and go for free. Has anyone tried this and where is a good place to try? 82€ one-way to cross the tunnel, im even considering about leaving my bike in germany and travelling on foot or ryan air. And pick it up later. Any suggestions???
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Hi guy the pricw sounds a little bit high to me. My experience is the shortest way by sea is the most expencivest if you go to other ports it probably will be a little be cheaper but I gues driving around and check prices will burn a lot of petrol so no savings. About loading on truck I don´t have any experience. Go to google and search for "channel ferry crossing"
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Ferry prices have gone sky high in the last couple of years. The Ferry companies will tell you it is because they lost all the revenue when Duty free stopped. I think it's because the competition from the tunnel did not materialise due to the heavy debt to the banks.

Anyway the cheapest crossing I found this year was Norfolk Line Ferry Dover to Dunkerque, try their early riser crossings. If you use a Discounted ticket with any company pay cash because the companies are getting wise to the idea of booking a cheap return and not using the return. I know P and O will try and get you for the full fair if you use a credit card; it's in the small print. Also the discounts are better going UK to France rather than France to the UK, but don't try and get a discount ticket and not using the first half it won't work.
I don't hold to much hope of finding a friendly trucker most of the trailers will be sealed. You may find someone in a van but it' along shot.

If you go by plane from Germany try Berlin Air I got a 29 Euro ticket from them, but you are going to end up hear with no transport. http://www.airberlin.de/

I would expect to pay around 40 euros for bike and rider on an early morning ferry with Norfolk Line. Ask for the current deals.


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Thanks for your responses. After much searching, looks like i,ll have to pay quite a bit to cross tthe channel. Will head to Calais and ask around, otherwise just pay up.
Hoping to enter UK on Tue or Wed.

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