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Dover-Calais ferry ticket

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We are moving from the UK to Switzerland at the end of the month and I was looking at ferry prices with P&O. Has anyone ever tried to use the cheap one day travel ticket and not returned the same day or at all? Do bad things happen?

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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

pay cash, that's all I can say.
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

They still have your car number plates...you are traveling with a car right?
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

Try www.speedferries.com if you have a car - they can't take trucks - if you want to save. I've used them 3 times without problem. Though the fact that the guy in the port's duty-free shop packs up just before sailing and then captains the catamaran is a little off putting.

I was offered a day return by the person in the booth at the Calais side of the Chunnel a few years back without asking. It was £120 single or £70 day-return. I did think of trying to sell the ticket when in the UK. They still have not found me, but changing my name and plastic surgery helped...
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

Hi. I have done this before, and this is the way I did it. I booked a day trip from the Uk , online, for £ 30. Enjoyed a few good days driving around the continent......and then booked another day trip, online again, for the way back. Only, I used the Web Cafe as the address , and stated that that was my 'resident' country. Inside the Registration box (online) I put down 'TBA' .
Bingo. Turned up at Calais, and was on the ferry, no questions at all. Its been almost a year , and I have not heard anything at all.
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Old 16.08.2007, 13:15
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

Twenty years ago I did this, buying two days returns and was left paying full fare on one ocassion. I hasten to add that I got away with it for years. Sea France appears to have cheaper tickets than P&O.
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

Hui you guys are fast!
Yes, we are going by car and I don't think I will ever drive my car back to the UK unless we decide we really hate it in Switzerland. Just wondered if P&O will try and track me down if I don't return. The cheap day return is £30 (you can even get a promotional code from ebay for £3 which would knock off a bit more) instead of around £55 for a one way ticket. Thanks for the help!!

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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

by the way the best site I know is www.aferry.to (with www.aferryto.fr and www.aferryto.de, etc)
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

I've just booked a Dover Dunkirk one, they seem to be cheaper than Dover - Calais for some reason, saying that they take a little longer getting across!
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

He is right we now use the Norfolk lines service from Dunkirk to dover .. we seem to save a lot of money - cost this last friday morning was 126 euro one way on P&O - and we paid 150chf return from Dunkirk....

Aslo a tip - drive through belgium not france , no road tolls and the roads are a lot better .
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He is right we now use the Norfolk lines service from Dunkirk to dover .. we seem to save a lot of money - cost this last friday morning was 126 euro one way on P&O - and we paid 150chf return from Dunkirk....

Aslo a tip - drive through belgium not france , no road tolls and the roads are a lot better .
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I'll second that, I'd fill up with fuel in Luxembourg, cheaper than France/Belgium (And no nasty speed traps, well less than France!)
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

Hi,

my mother and her boyfirend go over frequently. They tried this and got away with it on several occasions. They got "caught" once - they saw they had lots of luggage - so apparently they wont let you sail on a one way ticket if you have a car full of luggage.....
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my mother and her boyfirend go over frequently. They tried this and got away with it on several occasions. They got "caught" once - they saw they had lots of luggage - so apparently they wont let you sail on a one way ticket if you have a car full of luggage.....
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

hello have also done the day ticket trick but now only use norfolk line very cheap and if your early still let you on not like p+o who make you wait or buy new ticket, also good when you take your pet with you only £20 per booking and not each way.
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

It is ludicrous that a return ticket can be much cheaper than a one-way ticket. If the ferry operators charged properly, people wouldn't need to try and find ways around the system. Similar situations can happen with UK train tickets. Is it just a UK peculiarity?
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

As usual if there is a way to get cash out of you on ferry/train in the UK the customer seems to lose every time.
I looked at the fare to come over with Eurotunnel last week as the weather was bad and single ticket for day trip £27.00 but put it in as a single trip and it was £82.
In the end I always end up using Seafrance and got a return ticket for £59. They seem to be cheaper than P&O.
When I go up North on the train to visit one of my daughters I always book ahead on trainline.co.uk if I can as I last paid £16.50 to get to Wigan. If I cannot do that the return fare is usually about £90 -what a rip off......
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Dover-Dunkerque ferry tickets

I have seen a special offer that may be of interest. Norfolk Line are offering tickets for car + 5 passengers from £14 each way. Book by 15th April for sailings until 17th December. They also have offers on regular trips /bulk bookings from £19 each way. Details on www.norfolkline.com
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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

I followed AbFabs advice below for my last trip over 2 weeks ago and it was cheap and easy. I doubt I'll use Eurotunnel again actually unless i am in a real hurry.


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Try www.speedferries.com if you have a car - they can't take trucks - if you want to save. I've used them 3 times without problem. Though the fact that the guy in the port's duty-free shop packs up just before sailing and then captains the catamaran is a little off putting.

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Re: Dover-Calais ferry ticket

I would suggest the ferry discussed in the posts 10, 14 and 17.
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