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Why Loading the Car and Taking the Ferry to France Makes a Great Family Holiday

Ferry to France

Cross-Channel ferries – a concept that feels about as old as the hills, yet is still the best way of all to travel to France. Can a ferry crossing with the family really be a preferable choice to a quick hop courtesy of a cheap airline? It sure can, and probably in more ways than you’d realise!

What’s important to remember is that with the right attitude and the right choice of transport options, getting to your destination can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole trip. Few would argue that words like ‘enjoyable’ really don’t come into play when flying with certain low-cost airlines that shall remain nameless – luxurious 21st century ferries on the other hand are another story entirely.

Total Convenience

The appeal of taking your own car with you on a trip to the continent is undeniable. With your own car in-tow, you benefit from not only an unlimited luggage allowance, but also the fact that all of your transfers are already taken care of. It’s no secret than getting to and from the airport can be an expensive nightmare, while public transport costs during the course of the trip soon add up.

You can even bring the whole family’s bikes along for the ride at no extra charge and take full advantage of France’s famed cycle routes!

Pure Enjoyment

The duration of a flight itself may be shorter, but what about when you factor in check-in times, hanging around departure lounges and waiting for your luggage to appear on the belt? Added up, chances are you’d have actually been there way quicker travelling by ferry, while at the same time making use of a whole galaxy of amenities.

Airline-standard crisps, nuts and drinks just cannot be compared to the superb French cuisine served up during ferry crossings of the Channel, not to mention the full bar service for non-drivers and incredible shopping opportunities. Kids play areas never fail to delight younger children, on-board cinemas do the business for the whole family and when a breath of fresh air is needed, just hop onto any external deck for a truly unforgettable experience.

Suddenly that cramped airline seat doesn’t seem so appealing!

Costs and Control

Last up, considering the fact that you can load the car with quite literally as much as it can carry AND up to five passengers, there’s simply no comparison in terms of costs. And that’s before adding on things like car hire and resort transfers – taking your own car along for the ride really can save you a small fortune.

What’s more, having your own car there gives you total control across the entirety of the process. There’s none of that hideous cattle-shuffling that comes along with the average airport experience in which you’re herded around from one place to another and constantly working on someone else’s time.

It’s your car, your luggage, your family and your holiday – surely it’s better for everyone if you’re the one that remains in control! If you don’t believe us, have a look at the graphic below from ferry company Brittany Ferries. They may be biased as the ferry to France is their main business, but it sure does put up a strong case for families to take the ferry to France rather than fly.

Ferry to France vs Plane

Image source: Brittany Ferries – Ferry VS Plane to France

One Response to Why Loading the Car and Taking the Ferry to France Makes a Great Family Holiday

  1. Gedi Reply

    January 21, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I love to ferry travel with my family, I think it’s best for families because you have spent more time with your family.

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