Ferry Crossing Questions
Self-Drive Holidays in Europe: Frequently Asked Questions about Ferries and
Eurotunnel to Mainland Europe and Scandinavia.
Can I book a
ferry on its own?
Yes you do not need to add anything else that Drive-Alive offers, such as hotel
accommodation or self-catering holiday homes.
Is it cheaper to
travel at certain times of the day?
It depends on the carrier and the time of year. As a general guide the Western
Channel crossings are less expensive during the day than at night. Dover Calais
crossings are the same price for most of the year no matter what time you
travel, but during high summer it is generally cheaper to travel Dover Calais
after 2pm and Calais Dover before 2pm. More details can be found on the websites
for the different carriers, accessed from the main carrier
What happens if I
change my vehicle after I've booked?
Normally no problem. Just send an email or phone with details of the new vehicle
to the carrier. But if the dimensions of the vehicle change significantly,
particularly if it changes from a standard car to a 4 x 4 or people carrier,
there may be a problem as high vehicles are allocated special places on boats
and the shuttle. There may well be a surcharge if this is the case, as well as
possible problems with availability. Should this be the case you will be advised
immediately and every effort will be made to find a solution.
Can I go out
with one carrier and return with another?
In most cases you can mix carriers by booking single journeys rather than
returns. But be aware that this will almost certainly be a considerably more
Can my holiday start
and end in Europe?
Yes, simply ensure you choose the departure port for your first journey
What happens if I
miss the crossing? How flexible is the ticket?
Obviously if you miss a crossing on a route where there are only one or two
sailings daily (or less) you've got a problem! You will be placed on the next
available sailing, but there may well be a surcharge to pay, certainly if you
end up on a more expensive sailing. This would be paid direct to the carrier at
the port. Eurotunnel state that they reserve the right to impose a surcharge if
you travel at a different time to the one ticketed, and there can often be a
problem in terms of getting on the shuttle, especially at peak holiday weekends,
when you might have a long wait. Sea France and P&O Dover Calais are the most
flexible, and the only problem might arise if you cross during a different price
band time, when you will be charged the difference at full published prices. In
all cases, we recommend phoning if you are not going on your ticketed crossing.
The phone number of the carrier will be on their website.