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Old 27.08.2012, 17:53
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Van from Zug to Suffolk, channel tunnel question...

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Looking to rent a large van to drive to Suffolk from Zug, pick all my worldly belongings up, then drive back to Zug.
Just looking at the logistics of it all, looks like Sixt are the best place to rent a van (doesnt seem to be any small cheaper independent van hires like you get in the UK, ) however how do you book the channel tunnel tickets without the reg plate?
From memory they always asked you at the booking stage? Or do people know differently?
Or do I have to ask at the stage of booking the van what plate reg it will be?
If anyone is interested in sharing some costs, it will be empty going to England, looking at Sept 15th.
Oh, and also, any route tips with a van? are the tolls in France more expensive with van?
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Old 27.08.2012, 17:56
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Re: Van from Zug to Suffolk, channel tunnel question...

Don't forget to check the situation with customs so you don't get stuck. There was a recent thread with alternative routes to UK to avoid most tolls and to plan a petrol/diesel fill in Luxembourg.
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Old 27.08.2012, 18:12
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From memory they always asked you at the booking stage? Or do people know differently?
Or do I have to ask at the stage of booking the van what plate reg it will be?
Hire companies don't always know which van will be available on a certain date.

Just tell the ferry company it's a hire van when you book and if they say that's not possible then just make a reg up to make the booking and tell them it's a hire van when you turn up at the docks.

You're not the first person to take a hire van abroad
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I've done this trip with a Sixt van among others (Sixt were really helpful btw) and I just put TBC in the registration field for the channel crossing. Just make sure that you book as freight when you have the full van, as you're only allowed on the regular channel tunnel train if you have less than 3 cubic meters of goods, regardless of the size of the van.
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Re: Van from Zug to Suffolk, channel tunnel question...

The Dunkirk-Calais DFDS route is good for vans and lorries - there's plenty of room on the ferries as the lanes are designed for lorries.
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Oh, and also, any route tips with a van? are the tolls in France more expensive with van?
Zug - Basel - Colmar - Strasbourg/Saverne - Metz - Thionville - Luxembourg - Namur - Charleroi - Mons - Calais is all motorway and avoids tolls almost completely (there is a short toll section east of Metz which costs about 8 euros with a normal car, not sure if a van is more expensive).

Going via Saverne takes you onto smaller roads for about 50 km, but is a good option for avoiding the heavy traffic around Strasbourg depending on what time of day you go through.
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