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    • Former MSE Andrea
    • By Former MSE Andrea 1st Oct 08, 4:24 PM
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    Great "Cheap Ferry Tickets": Comparison and booking tips.
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    • 1st Oct 08, 4:24 PM
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    Great "Cheap Ferry Tickets": Comparison and booking tips. 1st Oct 08 at 4:24 PM
    MSE Update 14 October 2014

    Hi everyone! This original post was last updated by us in 2009. The links are still up to date but the posts are in chronological order so some info from people who've replied may be out of date now. Go to the last page of the discussion for the most recent replies.

    What's it about?

    When you want to book a ferry, it should be easy to find the cheapest. Yet there are a variety of deals and none quite live up to it. Of course there's always comparison sites, yet these don't quite have the same accuracy and finesse of the cheap flights searches.

    So we'd like to tap MoneySaver's knowledge of the top ferry booking tips and sites. .

    The Comparison sites

    These comparison provide a useful starting point if you're travelling via a route covered by more than one operator. Yet sometimes cheaper deals are available by going direct to operators so always check.

    • Ferrysavers/Aferry.

      Aferry is the underlying comparison search for Ferrysavers and many other price comparisons.

      These give you the prices for all ferries between selected ports for the nearest times to the ones you specified in price order, lowest first. If you want to search for other sailings by a particular operator you can do so by clicking “more” in the price results column on the results page. Links: Ferrysavers / AFerry

      However, if once you've booked you need to change your details Ferrysavers charges a "minimum fee" of 25 per booking as well as any other charges made by the ferry operator.
    Some other sites also use Aferry's same underlying system to provide comparisons meaning results can be similar but could be worth trying if you have spare time:
    • Ferrybooker. Here the amendment fee is 30 per booking. Link: Ferrybooker

    • Eurodrive. It also charges a 30 amendment fee per booking. Link: Eurodrive
    Book by Route Sites

    Some sites look on first glance like comparison sites but instead simply provide a one-stop shop listing of individual routes and operators on those routes. This means you need to check each operator separately rather than search eg for Dover to Calais you may need to check prices once for P&O and once again for Seafrance.

    Some claim to give the cheapest price through special deals so they could be worth checking once you've done a comparison but always check the ferry operator's site to ensure the price does beat booking directly.
    • Online Ferries. Includes Isle of Man and Isle of Wight services but strictly speaking it's not a comparison site as you must check prices for each individual operator's route individually. Link: Online Ferries

    • Direct Ferries. Lets you know the operators for your planned journey but you need to check each individual operator separately. Link: Direct Ferries

    • Cheap4Ferries. Links to individual operators for each route. Has a "Best Price Promise". Link: Cheap4Ferries

    • Ferrysmart. Ferrysmart uses Aferry's system to search routes, again individually by operator. Link: Ferrysmart

    • Ferrycheap. Again, Ferrycheap allows you to check operators separately but not together for one route. Link: Ferrycheap
    Please give your feedback

    We'd like to gather feedback on these sites and others. If you use them, or have used others you think MoneySavers should be aware of then please let us know how well or not they worked by clicking reply below.

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    • richardw
    • By richardw 17th Oct 08, 10:29 AM
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    Not on Quidco
  • saltydognl
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    I have used this site and found it unreliable and usually more expensive than booking direct with the ferry companies. I always travel with Norfolk line Dover - Dunkirk because Im travelling into belgium and Holland if your going south then calais or le Havre is better but usually more expensive.
    Norfolk line offer trips from 19 each way for car +5 depends what time of
    day you travel. Always helpfull and staff very pleasant. if its just travel U want then this is the way cos few frills tho boats are of the best standard on the cross channel routes.
    Ferry savers have been known to charge 5 more for the same ticket

    I travel this route four to five times a year.

    • Tarry
    • By Tarry 12th Nov 08, 3:12 PM
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    • 12th Nov 08, 3:12 PM
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    Does this just cover the Dover - Calais etc ferry routes or does it cover the ferries to Ireland?
    • gloucesteroldspot
    • By gloucesteroldspot 14th Jan 09, 1:40 PM
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    • 14th Jan 09, 1:40 PM
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    • 14th Jan 09, 1:40 PM
    I use cross-channel ferries a lot and regret to say that I have NEVER obtained a better price by using this site.

    Nowadays I mostly use the western crossings which although longer and more expensive get me to where I want to go much faster (and save wear and tear on me and my motor). The main operator, Brittany Ferries is tres cher but has stiff competition from the no frills LD lines running from Portsmouth to Le Havre, which has also recently launched a loyalty discount scheme. ( I have yet to try this). LD lines will be running a new service from Folkestone to Boulogne soon so expect to see some price wars on the shorter crossings too. (Plus which Boulogne is much nicer than Calais.)

    The company is also the only one I know where the Chairman personally answers queries, complaints, comments and suggestions on the company web site. If only some of the big UK companies of all sorts would do this! Most of them make it as hard as possible to contact them and rarely if ever give out the names of senior staff. This being said Pierre (for that is his name) was a bit put out when I pointed out that his on board shop had been offering a special deal on whisky - ' 2 for the price of three'. Not one that Martin would have picked up for the newsletter but it had a certain Gallic charm.
    • Tojo Ralph
    • By Tojo Ralph 14th Jan 09, 1:56 PM
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    • 14th Jan 09, 1:56 PM
    If you're planning a trip to the continent but don't want to fly Ferry comparison site Ferrysavers can save you time when searching for the cheapest price across all the major ferry operators. It also gives you the cost for going via Eurotunnel............. We'd like to gather feedback about the site so if you use it please let us know how well or not it worked by clicking reply below.
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea

    It's an obvious question really, but why select ferrysavers in particular? ..... has some initial MSE research into the various ferry comparison websites indicated that ferrysavers are in some way going to be the best ferry comparison website for MSE'rs to book with? :confused:

    If not, how about posing a more general question and requesting feedback on all the various other ferry comparison websites? ... Examples being.....

    Last edited by Tojo Ralph; 14-01-2009 at 2:16 PM.
    • jolizzie
    • By jolizzie 14th Jan 09, 4:24 PM
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    • 14th Jan 09, 4:24 PM
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    It isn't any cheaper that individual web sites, now speedferries have gone we use LD lines or if we wish to travel from Plymouth, Brittany ferries.
    On the comparison site there was no mention of Brittany Ferries and their routes.
  • sheilanick
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    • 14th Jan 09, 7:52 PM
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    Like other posters I have visited this site, but it has never bettered the prices available direct with the operator and is quite often more expensive
  • Terry_Tibbs_1
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    • 22nd Jan 09, 2:11 PM
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    I use quite a bit, and find there prices quite reasonable. The site provides good timetable information and of course you have the benefit of being able to compare prices, which you cannot do directly with the ferry operators. I travel by ferry to France at least 2 times a month and visiting all the individual operator sites becomes a pain!! Not sure about all the other sites mentioned above, but I can never seem to get a quote using direct ferries.
  • ashleygerrald
    I'm a regular traveller to France and usually avail ferry service to cross the channel. Previously,as i had little time to book direct ferry tickets, used to book tickets through different sites which i found later on pretty expensive.Then one of my colleague suggested me to book ferry tickets by Norfolkline .com which offers 19 each way which i think quite reasonable comparing to other sites.Now a days i use this site quite often to book my ticket though i keep visiting other sites also looking for a better deal.
  • jonathan_s
    Has anyone used Ferrysavers and would like to give their feedback?

    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    I've used Ferrysavers to remind me of who operates the various routes but it's definitiely patchy in terms of getting the best prices and invariably i've ended up booking direct on the individual ferry company's websites at the same or lower price. Worryingly, i think i discovered last year that Ferrysavers was in fact powered by the same search engine as one of the lesser-known ferry companies, making me believe it was created by them to help raise their visibility in the marketplace - can't remember, could it be LD?? Either way, i wouldn't rely on their quotes.
    • wildbri
    • By wildbri 18th Feb 09, 4:56 PM
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    They dont allow for a quote for a caravan or trailor.... os its direct or caravan club for me....bri
    • TiTheRev
    • By TiTheRev 21st Feb 09, 11:03 AM
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    Im hoping to use the Eurotunnel in a few months, are there any special deals for it that anyone knows of or has used recently?

    Luke 6:38
    The above post is either from personal experience or is my opinion based on the person God has made me and the way I understand things. Please don't be offended if that opinion differs from yours, but feel free to click the 'Thanks' button if it's at all helpful!
    • Nicki_123
    • By Nicki_123 5th Mar 09, 4:21 PM
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    Ferry Offers
    Check out these offers at

    there are some very good deals in here!!!!
  • Terry_Tibbs_1

    I have just received Ferrysaver latest brochure through the post. It looks as though they send them out yearly! There are some good offers including 10% off Stena Line and 40% off disneyland paris packages if anyone is interested.
    • aloiseb
    • By aloiseb 21st Apr 09, 10:54 PM
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    You can do Eurotunnel with Texco Clubcard points, I think.

    I liked to do the price comparison. Then you can look for the company on Quidco afterwards and book direct i guess?
    • stphnstevey
    • By stphnstevey 22nd Apr 09, 8:54 AM
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    Can't really help much, but looking for Ferry deals to Brittany, France from the south (not south east) of England. Seems all deals are from Dover? Looking o travel from Southampton or Plymouth - any ideas?
  • nigelh1
    Carefree Travel at The Camping and Caravanning Club
    Hopefully i can contribute a bit, and help everyone get cheaper fares...

    The Camping and Caravanning Club offer various great discounts to their members on the vast majority of Ferry routes and Eurotunnel crossings which exceed any 'discounted' fares which you may find on ANY of the likes of ferry savers, aferry, etc and even better than booking direct with the ferry companies..

    For example the discounts they give off Seafrance and PO are 5% off their best 'public' internet fares. So bascially what you see on the ferry companies websites The Club give a 5% discount. Eurotunnel its 10%, Stena is 10%, PO Irish, DFDS, and Irish ferries its all 10% off the ferry companies best 'publicly' available fares. For Brittany ferries they have special deals on caravans and motorhomes on some sailings.

    Obviously being a club you do have to join, and the yearly joining fee i think is 36. So if you go regularly or are travelling on one of the more expensive routes it may be worth the initial outlay to obtain the member discounts. I appreciate it will not suit everyone, however these fares in my experience are the best and cheapest available on the market.

    Unfortunately i cant put a link on here, but if you google camping and caravanning club, then choose 'travel abroad'. This will take you into the bit where you can get a quote.

    By the way it doesnt matter if you have a just a car because the discounts are still available to you, the percentage discounts apply to cars only, caravans and motorhomes.
    Last edited by nigelh1; 22-04-2009 at 9:15 AM.
    • sandybags66
    • By sandybags66 22nd Apr 09, 1:10 PM
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    Ferry/Train to Ireland only 29.00
    Not widely know about (or maybe it is to Moneysavers!!) is the Sail/Rail deal. Basically 29.00 (each way) from any train station in the UK to Dublin and some other Irish ports. This includes the Ferry fare. This is a set price and doesn't have to be booked in advance.
  • romoore
    Ferry crossings.
    I live in West Cornwall and normally travel down the west coast of France, not a lot of choice other than Plymouth to Roscoff. You can join their" Property owners club" which is well worthwhile if you go to France more than a couple of times a year. Still not a cheap crossing though.
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