Should I Travel to France by Ferry or Eurotunnel?

If you’re wondering whether you should travel to France by ferry or Eurotunnel there are a number of different factors to consider. Here, we compare the two and hope that this will help you to make the right decision for you.


Which is cheaper: ferry or Eurotunnel?

Ticket prices for both the ferry and Eurotunnel will vary depending on when you want to travel and which vehicle you’re taking with you. You can secure great prices when you book your crossing with us in advance, and don’t forget that you’ll find the best prices and ferry offers when you book directly through our website.


Is it quicker to get to France by ferry or Eurotunnel?

It takes 35 minutes to get to France by Eurotunnel and 90 minutes by ferry. Although is takes longer to reach Calais by ferry, the facilities we have on board mean that you can take a relaxing break from driving with a meal and a drink, meaning that you won’t have to stop for refreshments once you reach France. Plus, you can pick up your duty-free goods during your crossing when you travel by ferry whereas you need to leave enough time at the terminal to shop when you choose Eurotunnel.


Is it safe to travel to France by ferry during the Covid pandemic?

Travelling to France by ferry during the Covid pandemic is very safe. All areas of the ship are thoroughly cleaned both during and between crossings, there’s lots of room for social distancing, and there are plenty of hand sanitiser stations available for use. The wearing of face coverings is still encouraged in order to keep our crew and passengers safe, and we have ‘Good to Go’ accreditation which shows that we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.


Is there fresh air on the ferry and Eurotunnel?

Eurotunnel offers air-conditioned carriages whereas 100% fresh air is circulated on our ferries whenever possible. There’s also the option to step onto the outside decks where you can enjoy the revitalising sea breeze as you take in the spectacular views.


Do you stay in your car on the ferry and Eurotunnel?

When you travel by Eurotunnel, you stay in your car throughout the journey. Travelling by ferry is different as you don’t stay in your car and can start your holiday as soon as you step on board. With plenty of space both in the ferry and on the outside decks, you can find a comfortable seat, refuel with a drink and something to eat, and pick up some treats from our World Duty Free shop.


What’s the best option for children: ferry or Eurotunnel?

There’s always a look of wonder from children when they first travel by ferry, and the excitement of sailing on a boat is a great way to start any trip! With space to play and explore, children’s meals available in our dining outlets, and the option to treat them to sweets and toys from our World Duty Free shop, there’s plenty on board to keep your little ones occupied. Plus, during the summer there’s often arts & crafts activities to try too! When you travel via Eurotunnel with children, they will be required to sit in the car for the duration of the trip.


Are there toilets on Eurotunnel and the ferry?

Our ferries to France have plenty of toilets on board, both in the main areas of the ship and in the Club Lounge. We also have baby changing facilities for those travelling with infants, and accessible toilets too. Access to toilets cannot be guaranteed when you travel by Eurotunnel and there are no disabled toilets on their shuttles.


Can you smoke on Eurotunnel or the ferry?

You are unable to smoke on Eurotunnel shuttles as the smoke will interfere with their fire detection systems. When you travel by ferry, you’ll find a designated outdoor smoking area which you can access throughout your crossing.


We hope that we have helped you to decide whether you should travel to France by ferry or Eurotunnel, and remember to book your ferry tickets through our website for the best prices.


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