Cheap Ferries to France?

Can anyone help with this please?
Looking to get to France on 19 August 06 for a week, 2 adults, 3 kids. Already have accomm booked in Brittany. Thought we were getting a bargain but so far, the ferry fares look at being £450 plus for us all and the car! Does anyone know of a cheap website for ferries please?


  • Louisa_Jane_2
    We always go the short route and drive, try and for all cheap travel and accommodation to/in France.
  • size3shoes
    We went to France last August, staying in the Vendee. The ferries to Brittany were ridiculously expensive so we went to Calais with SeaFrance. We paid £50 return. On their site,you can see the prices for each crossings and work out the cheapest. We chose an early one going out and a late one coming home and that was the cheapest. We then booked a stopover in Caen at the Kyriad hotel (found it on Active Hotels). I think it was £60 for a family room. It all worked out a lot cheaper than the long crossing. On the way back, we stopped over at the Kyriad in Disneyland and had a day at Disney.
  • bbruce
    bbruce Posts: 369 Forumite
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    Yes, my neighbour swears by Speedferries.
    Try this:

    Learn from the mistakes of others - you won't live long enough to make them all yourself.
  • AJJ001
    For cheap day trips until end of March try
    Depending upon the departure times, there are still a few "£10 for car and 5 passenger" return sailings. Be aware, you may find that if the special offer places have gone, you get offered ridiculously high prices!
  • stellagypsy
    We booked Speedferries for the end of March but they cancelled on us as ship in dry dock- booked with Norfolkliine instead. £48.00 return - even cheaper than Speedferries. Never been with either before so I don't know which is best.

    I'm happy so long as it stays afloat........

    Stella xx
  • carlwoodcock
    Norfolkline from dover to dunkerque are cheap and have nice new boats.
  • BigDunc
    BigDunc Posts: 328 Forumite
    bbruce wrote:
    Yes, my neighbour swears by Speedferries.
    Try this:

    There's also a Portsmouth - Le Havre route available through this site, it might save you a drive at the other end. There's only one boat a day mind.
    Fiscal drag, that's my problem. Too many people dragging on my fiscals.
  • Alikay
    Alikay Posts: 5,147 Forumite
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    Be very careful about taking on a long drive during that week -we went the same time last year and it's a bank holiday week (assumption day I think)-the traffic was horrendous!! The traffic just crawled all the way from Calais to Benodet in Brittany, and was virtually stationary around the junctions for Caen/Le havre. It was the same on the way back too - apparently it is the busiest week in August. The queues for loos on the motorways were ridiculous too - we waited over half an hour at one, but when you gotta go....!!
    I'd definately pay the extra for a crossing to Roscoff of St Malo..or Cherbourg at the very least!
    Despite the traffic on the way, the resorts themselves weren't too busy, and the beaches were beautiful and quiet, so I'm sure you'll have a brilliant time as we did.
  • nlpnlp
    nlpnlp Posts: 56 Forumite
    I have a holiday house in Normandy and always travelled with Brittany Ferries. They are reliable and the amenties on board are good. However over the last couple of years their prices have gone throught the roof. I have therefore been travelling on LD Lines Portsmouth to Le Havre or via the EUrotunnel. I must say the Eurotunnel is my favorite way. The downside is the extra mileage in France 150 - 200. However the cost is fantsatic £120 - £150. If you are happy to go Eurotunnel you can stay in a hotel for a night each way travelling to Normandy/Brittany for £30 to £50 each way and still have saved a lot of money. There are some really nice places to stop off along the way. If you can take a lesuirely drive - relax and enjoy yourslef - and stop along the route you will have a great holiday and save money. If you have to be wherever you are staying now without any drive then taking Brittany Ferries is your only option.
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