/ Dover-Calais ferries. To book or not?
Previous times I've booked a non-flexible ticket and built in a bit of leeway in terms of travel time and I had planned to do this again.
However, a colleague told me that last time they didn't book and had no trouble turning up and getting on a boat. She also said it costs the same as the pre-booked price.
Does anyone have any experience of this? I'll be in a van if that makes any difference.
Can't remember who we went with last time but we were about 5 hours early and they put us on the next one for an extra tenner.
It went into a much more expensive time bracket.
Dave, from experience, it was always cheaper to book online, even if you just go into the internet caff in Dover and book it there before you go. It's not millions, but from my experience it can be £40 -100 cheaper to book in advance for the return journey.
Yes Sea France went tits up at the beginning of 2012 - I know why, because I don't think we ever paid more than 30 quid for a crossing.
Myferry now operate the same boats.
Always book in advance, some companies charge more if you book on the phone rather than internet and often it has to be at least 24 hours in advance. Your friend may have been referring to the situation many years ago before phone and internet booking was common - back then you could just turn up, choose the next ferry and buy your ticket, but that was a long time ago.
Apart from the price at certain times of the year ferries can be full up - I just got an email from Eurotunnel warning me that for Easter some days were nearly full already for the "frequent traveller" ticket I use (10 trips to be used over 12 months). Nowadays with internet you can check out the few companies concerned quite easily.
If you do book you can usually go earlier or later without paying more unless they are full or the change puts you in a more expensive crossing - they all seem to have about three different prices. It's well worth planning in advance, which is a pain but it's the way the world has gone, like for trains and planes spontaneity seems to be out of fashion.
PS. I worked out the other day that I must have crossed the channel for getting on for 400 times now and it changes fairly often so it's always worth checking rather than assume that a company that was cheap still is, or exists even!
Book in advance. Dont just turn up and buy at the counter.
Cost us 3 times what a internet booking would have been to get home when we went to the port and purchased there.
Seems like a strong consensus for booking. Cheers folks.
best to always book, I've been stung in the past.
Previously used Norfolkline but it's now DFDS so for my trip leaving on Friday tunnel was best at £75 with 2hrs leeway either side of 8am. Also no extra for vehicle with roof bo, you just have to tell them.
I pushed the buy button as we rolled into the ferry terminal to make sure I was paying for the right sailing time.
They always seem to sting you for about £20 if you sail turn up early or late, plus the difference in the fare price.
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