But instead of the standard ferry crossings we think about, for
example Dover to Calais, there are also speed ferries now operating exclusively for car
passengers between Britain and France and the crossing takes just 50 minutes.
SpeedFerries also have exclusive port facilities in Dover and Boulogne and offer low cost
tickets from ?20 one-way on the all year Dover to Boulogne fast ferry service.
Brittany ferries offer the classic cruise, where you can opt for a cabin, along with high
speed services that sail from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to the ports of Cherbourg,
Caen, Roscoff and St Malo in France and having the option of getting further down in
France to places like the port of St Malo, can mean far less driving to get to your
desired destination. So whilst on board you can relax while enjoying the many
facilities they have to offer, even opting for a cabin so that you can get a great rest
before the next part of your journey.
For a short ferry crossing, you may just like to do a bit of duty free shopping and catch
a bite to eat or a have lovely caf? latte before walking out on deck to experience the
sea breeze and the scenery as you are entering the harbour. Whereas on a
longer ferry crossing, not only do you also have the option of a cabin, but the services
are even vaster, with numerous different restaurants, bars, and activities, obviously the
ever important onboard duty free shopping and in some cases they even have entertainment
such as a band, cinema or disco.
They all have Bureau de Change facilities for getting Euros, which is the French currency,
but normally you are only ever provided with notes, so it is also a good idea to use a
Euro note to get some change, as you may find this useful for things such as a coffee in a
petrol station or utilising some of the public toilets. And even though you can
convert your Euro coins back to your own currency onboard, if you think you will be taking
a trip to Europe in the near future, it is a worth while keeping hold of a few coins.
You can also get to France via the Channel
Tunnel which is quicker than travelling by ferry as this will only take around 35
minutes from Folkestone, whereas the high speed catamarans take just under an hour and the
ferry crossing is an average of 90 minutes. But we have found that with the
onboard ferry facilities that cater for children of all ages, it can become a more
peaceful trip for the stressed out adults, rather than being stuck in a train. If
you hunt around you can find some excellent deals, right through from day trips to France,
a 5 day return, or even an open ended ticket for any length of time you wish to go on holiday in France and we have found that Norfolk Line
and Sea France offer some fantastic prices.