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Old 23.01.2015, 11:31
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

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2) Kids overtired...surely it's easier on kids flying than driving
How on earth do you work that out? Did you not read what I had written?
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Old 23.01.2015, 11:49
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

A quick word on kids car seats (well, booster, not full) in renters - they're crap ..... old, dirty, smelly and a horrendously over-priced money earner for the renter.

I buy a cheap, basic one from Landi, for about 10ish chufs, before I go; put it in the suitcase (at worst in a carrier bag as hang luggage); use it there, and if there's no capacity to bring it home, then I bin it and have lost much less than they charge for theirs - plus it frees up a bit of space in the suitcase, for a couple of jars of Coleman's finest.
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

Suggest you rent from Marathon Car Rentals.

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Old 23.01.2015, 12:51
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

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That's where you're going wrong. You can hire a small car (eg booked through kayak.com) for CHF12 per day. I just checked - these prices are available for an 11 day hire in February.

I've done this calculation many times, and the only reason for driving is if you need to bring a load of stuff. Otherwise it's easyJet every time.
If you want to put 2 adults and 2 kids plus a load of luggage in a small car go ahead. I based my figure on hiring a Skoda Octavia estate via EasyJet's website.

Like everything else it depends on a) how far you are from an airport here and b) how far from the airport at the other end you are. Flying into Southend, for us, would be a godsend as it's near to where our UK base is. If we fly Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton that adds another 1.5-2 hours on the journey depending on traffic. Even Stansted could be difficult if there are motorway problems. So any time advantage gained by flying could be wiped out once you hit the road.
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Old 23.01.2015, 13:16
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If you want to put 2 adults and 2 kids plus a load of luggage in a small car go ahead. I based my figure on hiring a Skoda Octavia estate via EasyJet's website.

Like everything else it depends on a) how far you are from an airport here and b) how far from the airport at the other end you are. Flying into Southend, for us, would be a godsend as it's near to where our UK base is. If we fly Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton that adds another 1.5-2 hours on the journey depending on traffic. Even Stansted could be difficult if there are motorway problems. So any time advantage gained by flying could be wiped out once you hit the road.
Well, if your goal isn't just to save money, then that's a different matter. And you obviously don't take a load of luggage if you're flying easyJet. For comparison, 11 days' rental on a Passat estate at Gatwick is CHF25 per day via Kayak - less than half the CHF620 you mentioned.
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Old 23.01.2015, 13:28
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

I can see the pros and cons to both arguments.
When we lived in Belgium we used to mostly drive over as it was a much shorter and easier journey (ferry to Dover if visiting in laws, overnight to hull to visit my family) and never had a problem driving on the wrong side of the road and it was an advantage having the car for bringing stuff back.

From here I completely agree with TiMow's assessment of the situation. Much less hassle and time involved in flying compared to driving for us and often flying works out cheaper too.

We went to London for a wedding in October and only paid £116 for 10 days car hire and 240chf for flights for the three of us.

We are going to Yorkshire at Easter and wouldn't consider driving as the journey times are just too long and require overnight stops in each direction. Flying and hiring a car are by far the easiest and most convenient options from our point of view.
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Old 23.01.2015, 13:35
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

I wouldn't want to drive around London in ANY car !! That's what the Tube is for!!!
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I wouldn't want to drive around London in ANY car !! That's what the Tube is for!!!
Pussy!!

London is best driven at night - with sidepipes - a thumping great V8 - and a heavy right foot
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How on earth do you work that out? Did you not read what I had written?
Usualy not, does anybody else ?
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Usualy not, does anybody else ?
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

Wow! Thank u all. All points taken. Keep it coming. Appreciate it much!

Do we have to buy a ticket online in advance to cross the Channel Tunnel from Calais? What is the website address to buy it? Or we can just buy it on spot?
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Old 23.01.2015, 19:32
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

Both. In advance gets a better price.
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

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Both. In advance gets a better price.
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

DFS ferries is about €35 each way but dog slow
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DFS ferries is about €35 each way but dog slow
Ferrysavers.com is a good start
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

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Wow! Thank u all. All points taken. Keep it coming. Appreciate it much!

Do we have to buy a ticket online in advance to cross the Channel Tunnel from Calais? What is the website address to buy it? Or we can just buy it on spot?
http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/

You need to use the same credit card when you get to the terminal as you used for the booking so make sure you know which one you used.

As Sean Connery said booking in advance is cheaper, but I doubt you'll get near the ferry prices. When I did my booking today for end of March Le Shuttle was £168.30 return compared to the ferry at £76.80. And that's with the 20% discount offer that Direct Ferries has at the moment. Much as I'd like to try it out one day, until the fares become more reasonable we'll be sticking to the ferry.

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Ferrysavers.com is a good start
Also directferries.co.uk. Just booked our trip today through them. Have used aferry.com as well in the past.
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

www.aferry.co.uk

and then of course there's the routes to drive but there's a thread about that.....
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

Actually 2

http://www.englishforum.ch/transport...uk-routes.html

Driving to/from UK: Routes, advice, discussion

or 3

Homeward Bound

or 4

Best Route from Basel to Calais

or even 5

Driving to UK from Lausanne

and that was just on the first page of my search.
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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

Tom1234- exactly what daughter and OH would have written- they always drive- get up early, Tunnel then on to here- for the same reasons. They can stop when they want, and bring all the stuff they want- and return with lots of goodies. This is especially true when they come skiing- with lots of bulky gear for all the family. They live in the South though, 1.5 hrs from Tunnel- perhaps would feel differently in they lived ooop North. If we do not have the dog, we take the ferry- the difference in price pays for the Hôtel in Calais.

We often drive too- as we take the dog, and go a-visiting all over the country, Midlands, Surrey, Norfolk, Devon and more- and we like having our own car- and bring lots of goodies back. We do fly sometimes, and also take the train (much nicer actually)- but driving is still the favourite.

When our kids were little, in the early 70s- it was even much easier. We would leave late afternoon- stop for supper, and then 1 kid would sleep on the back seat and the other in the well- pillows and sleeping bags- take it in turn to sleep and drive (OH is used to work at night and keep awake)- and we would be there by breakfast time.

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When our kids were little, in the early 70s- it was even much easier. We would leave late afternoon- stop for supper, and then 1 kid would sleep on the back seat and the other in the well- pillows and sleeping bags- take it in turn to sleep and drive- and we would be there by breakfast time.
We've did that a couple of times a few years ago but never again. It's just too easy for the driver to fall asleep at the wheel.
We're conditioned to sleep at night and it's not exactly relaxing for the co-driver to keep checking that the driver is awake rather than sleeping themselves.
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