Cheap Ferry Crossings

While competition in the UK ferry industry isn't as intensive as with airlines, it's still worth hunting around to ensure you get a cheap deal. This article helps you to find cheap prices for ferries from the UK.

With ferries there are 2 key areas I recommend checking on the web:

  1. Comparison sites - enter what you are looking for on the comparison site and it will cleverly go off to check prices from various sources.
  2. Ferry operators website - All the main ferry operators have web sites that allow you to book online. Often these sites have the best available deals

If you have time then it's also worth having a look at:

  1. Agencies - There are a number of agencies out there that can get reduced travel rates. One good example is the Camping and Caravan club who offer their members special rates.
  2. Offers - There are often offers around such as the newspaper deals, or web sites that get you reduced rates.

These different methods of finding best ferry deals are covered below in more depth.

1. Comparison sites

I've noticed that the comparison sites I went to all looked very similar and possibly one company serviced them all. One of the main sites for comparing prices is Ferrysavers. It covers most of the operators and can find some good deals that didn't appear to be available through other sources,

2. Ferry operators sites

These sites are well worth having a look at. Often they will show you the prices at different times of day, so if you can be flexible on the times you travel, you could save money.

For an example of how comparison and ferry operators websites compare have a look at a comparison exercise I performed for a short haul return trip to Calais in July 09. In some cases FerrySavers was cheapest and in others going direct to the ferry operators websites was cheaper.

3. Agencies

Some agencies claim to be able to get discounts on standard prices. Examples are Carefree through the Camping and Caravanning club. They say they can get 10 - 50% off depending on the ferry operator. See the Camping and Caravanning site for more info.

4. Offers

The national newspapers are often having travel promotions.  Sometimes these cover ferry deals and are very good value. You can keep an eye out at your local newsagents or check the newspapers travel sections. The main national newspaper are Daily Express, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent, Mirror, Sun, Telegraph, and the Times.

Also the web site day-trippers,net will list ferry deals.


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