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Ferry good value travel

If you are looking to save on travel this summer, but don’t want to compromise on your experience, then ferry travel offers great value. While you avoid extra costs such as seat reservations, baggage fees and car hire costs, you can relax and enjoy the start of you holiday, whether that is spotting whales and dolphins from deck, grabbing a drink at the bar, indulging in duty-free shopping or enjoying your first experience on a hovercraft. To help you to reduce holiday costs even further we’ve partnered with Chelsea Dickenson from Cheap Holiday Expert to give her top money-saving tips.

  • Book early. Take advantage of advance booking offers and saver tickets and access the best choice of cabins and crossing times.
  • Travel off-peak. Even when travelling in the summer season – the busiest time of the year – opt for mid-week, early morning or late night sailings for shorter crossings, and daytime sailings rather than overnight crossings to get the best priced tickets.
  • Minimise the cost of getting to and from the port. Look at Rail & Sail offers – tickets that combine your train and ferry journeys are often very competitively priced. If you are travelling to Northern Europe and driving through France, consider ports closer to your destination to avoid motorway toll fees. Taking your bike onboard is incredibly budget-friendly and in some cases free, helping to dramatically reduce onward transport costs.
  • Seek out deals on accommodation and attractions. Ferry operators offer discounts on popular attractions, sights and accommodation – from campsites and glamping to hotels and holiday cottages. Purchasing these with your ferry tickets can give you up to 25% off travel and / or holiday activities.
  • Make the most of duty-free. When travelling to continental Europe, the Channel Islands or Republic of Ireland stock up on your favourite beers, wines, cosmetics and confectionary on board the ferry – with savings of up to 50% off RRP, drinks at home could cut your bar bill when you reach your destination.
  • Compare the total price of travelling. Ticket prices when taking your vehicle on the ferry are calculated for a car and the number of passengers in the car. Some tickets include up to 9 passengers in the cost of the ticket, so the more people who are travelling the cheaper it becomes. Also consider that all your baggage and equipment is included in the ticket price and you won’t need to hire a car when you arrive.
  • Consider short breaks and day trips. Many ferry operators have special fares for short breaks of 3 or 5 days and for day trips, making a mini escape a very good value option.

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