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Driving to the UK

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I am looking for a Driving Companion. A careful driver!.

I have never driven to the UK however since I will be living there for a while (studying) I intend to take my Car with me. I must be there on the morning of 15th December. That means we leave Switzerland 3 days earlier and take our time on the road. I badly need a co-driver. Please - answer back!

Anyone? any recommendations?

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Hi All,

I am looking for a Driving Companion. A careful driver!.

I have never driven to the UK however since I will be living there for a while (studying) I intend to take my Car with me. I must be there on the morning of 15th December. That means we leave Switzerland 3 days earlier and take our time on the road. I badly need a co-driver. Please - answer back!

Anyone? any recommendations?

3 days???? You're crazy - or will be by the time you arrive.

Have you booked a ferry/tunnel - where in the UK will you be travelling to? What car will you be taking?

In general Dunkirk and Calais are 7hrs from Basel - with Le Havre and Dieppe no more than 30mins further on - assuming you avoid Paris. There are numerous informative threads on routes, tolls etc.
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Old 18.11.2015, 14:20
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Take the plan and hire a car...

Much more cheaper... depending on how far you're going and how much you value your time.
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Re: Driving to the UK

Note setting off early on Sunday is a good idea, as many of the roads within Europe (not UK) do not have trucks on the roads until sometime late in the day.

You have not stated if you are traveling alone or have other passengers. Important to let the other driver know how much room for their luggage.

We prefer the Dunkirk crossing to Calais, as then have 2 hours on a comfortable ferry, i.e. no driving and perhaps eat on the ferry.
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Re: Driving to the UK

3 days does seem a bit excessive with two people sharing the driving.

We generally take the car when we go and we drive straight through to the ferry in one day without issue (and that's with two kids and a lot of stops).

Depending on where you are heading, spending a night in a B&B before the tunnel is not a bad idea, though if you are heading up north take a look at the overnight ferry from Rotterdam to Hull. We generally take this as we have a further 8 hours of driving / ferries upon reaching Hull.
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overnight ferry from Rotterdam to Hull. We generally take this as we have a further 8 hours of driving / ferries upon reaching Hull.
OUCH!!!!

Looking at Scotland for next September - and considering the Amsterdam-Newcastle route to balance out the driving.
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considering the Amsterdam-Newcastle route to balance out the driving.
I really like the overnight ferries for that reason. We generally get on just after 5, stick everything in the cabin and head to the playground with the kids. Have some dinner and chill out while the kids sleep.

A nice bit of black pud and bacon for brekkie in the morning and then head out. The only thing i don't like are the customs delays when getting off the ferry in Hull - it seems to get worse each visit.
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OUCH!!!!

Looking at Scotland for next September - and considering the Amsterdam-Newcastle route to balance out the driving.
I've done Switzerland to central belt scotland 3 times and usually have a stop in London.

It's not bad at all. Won't be doing it again though.
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Re: Driving to the UK

Are you moving to Birmingham? In which case I would spread the journey over 2 days, and stop overnight somewhere near Dover so that you are fresh for the "challenging" UK driving on the left side.

I always cross the channel with DFDS ferries from Dunkirk to Dover, and enjoy the sea views. I imagine the Channel Tunnel to be claustrophobic, so I never went that way.

Which car are you driving?
Will you be paying for the co-driver to fly back here?
Do you have a decent Sat-Nav?

https://ferry.dfdsseaways.co.uk/Fares

http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-6546-ib...re/index.shtml

https://www.google.ch/#q=budget+hote...06020707561767

http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Rou...nce=&corridor=

About 800 Km (9 hours driving) Zurich to the ferry at Dunkirk.
About 350 Km (4 hours driving) from ferry to Birmingham.

How old are your 2 children?
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I imagine the Channel Tunnel to be claustrophobic, so I never went that way.


I was worried about this same thing until I did it - and it's surprisingly OK. You stay in your car (unless you need the facilities, such as they are, or want to stretch your legs) so it's no more claustrophobic than that, really.


And it's quick!


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Re: Driving to the UK

Just to answer your queries although, I already got myself a co-driver; Yes - I move to Birmingham and on this trip I go alone, without kids to prepare the passage so to say.

And yes - we have agreed with my co-driver that 2 days are quite enough and ya, the ferry is a definate YES!. I drive a VW Golfplus(and just incase you are eyeing me with a devilish eye... -no, no I am not a polluter, mine is not part of the VW scandal, i am squeaky clean).

Lastly, I will be paying my co-driver to fly back and I have a decent Sat-Nav, otherwise I would be holed up in my house.

I appreciate your reply and the links!



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Are you moving to Birmingham? In which case I would spread the journey over 2 days, and stop overnight somewhere near Dover so that you are fresh for the "challenging" UK driving on the left side.

I always cross the channel with DFDS ferries from Dunkirk to Dover, and enjoy the sea views. I imagine the Channel Tunnel to be claustrophobic, so I never went that way.

Which car are you driving?
Will you be paying for the co-driver to fly back here?
Do you have a decent Sat-Nav?

https://ferry.dfdsseaways.co.uk/Fares

http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-6546-ib...re/index.shtml

https://www.google.ch/#q=budget+hote...06020707561767

http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Rou...nce=&corridor=

About 800 Km (9 hours driving) Zurich to the ferry at Dunkirk.
About 350 Km (4 hours driving) from ferry to Birmingham.

How old are your 2 children?
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Re: Driving to the UK

Hello Sbrinz,

we start our journey on the 13th. Is it ok if we book the ferry perhaps on the evening of 13th when we are sure of our location and likely time to get on the ferry? Advise about booking ferry & tunnel please.

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Are you moving to Birmingham? In which case I would spread the journey over 2 days, and stop overnight somewhere near Dover so that you are fresh for the "challenging" UK driving on the left side.

I always cross the channel with DFDS ferries from Dunkirk to Dover, and enjoy the sea views. I imagine the Channel Tunnel to be claustrophobic, so I never went that way.

Which car are you driving?
Will you be paying for the co-driver to fly back here?
Do you have a decent Sat-Nav?

https://ferry.dfdsseaways.co.uk/Fares

http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-6546-ib...re/index.shtml

https://www.google.ch/#q=budget+hote...06020707561767

http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Rou...nce=&corridor=

About 800 Km (9 hours driving) Zurich to the ferry at Dunkirk.
About 350 Km (4 hours driving) from ferry to Birmingham.

How old are your 2 children?
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we start our journey on the 13th. Is it ok if we book the ferry perhaps on the evening of 13th when we are sure of our location and likely time to get on the ferry? Advise about booking ferry & tunnel please.
Oerlikon to Calais is (give or take) 850km - if you take one of the 2 (common) motorway routes. Either via Reims or via Luxembourg. The driving part of the journey will take approximately 7.5-8 hours - on to which you should budget any stops you anticipate making.

Fuel + Pee = 15mins
Fuel + Pee + Coffee = 30mins
Fuel + Pee + Lunch = 60mins

I tend to do the full journey in one go - and budget 8.5hrs.

If you are worried about time - book a B&B/motel near Calais for the evening of the 13th - then get on an early boat/tunnel on the 14th (10am).

If you are going to Birmingham you might want to drive to LeHavre, do the overnight boat on the 13th, arrive in Portsmouth on the 14th and go up from there.

It is worth booking in advance.
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Sbrinz - Man, thanks so much for so quickly "working it out for me"!
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If you are worried about time - book a B&B/motel near Calais for the evening of the 13th - then get on an early boat/tunnel on the 14th (10am).
But check your boot and rear seat before boarding the ferry.
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Can't you work it out for yourself? Sbrinz has given you lots of info. It's easy enough to work out a rough idea of when you'll arrive, simply book the ferry say an hour/hour and a half later than that to give yourself some leeway. If you get there earlier you might be able to get on an earlier ferry/train if there's space.

Frankly, I'd book now rather than wait until the day. You may find everything's booked up by that time. And a warning, if you plan to stop at an hotel overnight you'll need to arrive before 6pm unless you tell them you're going to be arriving later when you book it. Most places only hold reservations until 6pm.
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Hi All,

I am looking for a Driving Companion. A careful driver!.

I have never driven to the UK however since I will be living there for a while (studying) I intend to take my Car with me. I must be there on the morning of 15th December. That means we leave Switzerland 3 days earlier and take our time on the road. I badly need a co-driver. Please - answer back!

Anyone? any recommendations?



I can't help your co-pilot situation, but I think 3 days is rather a lot. As Dodgyken has said, you can get from Basel/Calais (my only reference points I'm afraid, without further Googlage) in about 7 hours, not accounting for stops. You can take it steadily to Calais, book a cheap hotel room and then get an early Chunnel to the UK.


Have you ever driven in the UK? You may need to check for kits that alter the angle of your headlights. It's the reverse of UK drivers driving their cars over here! We're in the unusual position of having to research driving in the UK (which we're both very used to) in a non-UK car.


Good luck with your journey and your subsequent studies.
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I can't help your co-pilot situation, but I think 3 days is rather a lot. As Dodgyken has said, you can get from Basel/Calais (my only reference points I'm afraid, without further Googlage) in about 7 hours, not accounting for stops. You can take it steadily to Calais, book a cheap hotel room and then get an early Chunnel to the UK.


Have you ever driven in the UK? You may need to check for kits that alter the angle of your headlights. It's the reverse of UK drivers driving their cars over here! We're in the unusual position of having to research driving in the UK (which we're both very used to) in a non-UK car.


Good luck with your journey and your subsequent studies.
Nope, no need. It's only the UK cars that need to change their headlights. Just remember that the driver has to be on the kerbside of the road and you go the other way around at roundabouts.
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Nope, no need. It's only the UK cars that need to change their headlights. Just remember that the driver has to be on the kerbside of the road and you go the other way around at roundabouts.
It is actually recommended to put the beam deflectors on the headlights when driving a LHD car in the UK. They sell the kits on the ferries.
It's not very pleasant driving towards a foreign car and being blinded by their headlights which are pointing directly at you.
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It is actually recommended to put the beam deflectors on the headlights when driving a LHD car in the UK. They sell the kits on the ferries.
It's not very pleasant driving towards a foreign car and being blinded by their headlights which are pointing directly at you.
Some cars have a switch on the light itself that deflects the light of a LHD car for driving on the left. Our Touran has this and it is a much better solution than the sticky deflectors - worth checking your car manual.
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