Motorhomes are a great way to travel across Europe. Here at LandCruise Motorhome Hire we are ideally situated in Chichester on the South Coast for you to continue your adventure, whether you’re travelling by ferry or the Eurotunnel.
|22 miles||Portsmouth||Le Havre, Caen, Cherbourg, and St Malo|
|122 miles||Dover||Calais and Dunkirk|
If you decide to travel via the tunnel, then you will be allocated a space in one of the single deck carriages. They’re twice as high as the double deck carriages and the entrances much wider so you can easily manoeuvre.
Whether you’re taking a small campervan or large motorhome the price is the same. That includes having a bike rack on the back. You just need to inform them upon booking.
During the crossing you must stay with your vehicle, but you will not be able to use the gas (for safety reasons) so make any drinks before you get on the train.
Eurotunnel is probably the easiest way to cross the channel in a motorhome, and at just 35 minutes from platform to platform, by far the quickest. It also has the added benefit of no delays due to bad weather!
There are a number of crossing options with varying journey times (from 90mins to 11hrs) and on-board facilities. Your decision about which route to take will depend on a couple of things:
- where your eventual destination will be
- whether or not you see the crossing as part of the fun & adventure or just a time delaying inconvenience
You will need to work out which method is most cost and time effective for you.
When you make your ferry booking you will need to provide the exact measurements of the motorhome you are taking. Don’t forget to include any extra fittings you may have, such as bike racks. If you get these measurements wrong you will likely be charged extra upon arrival, usually for each additional metre. You can find the dimensions for each of our vehicles on our website.
It’s worth remembering that you don’t have to make the same journey on your way home. One way tickets are available from most operators, which gives you the opportunity to explore a little bit more of France.
From Portsmouth – Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries also offer a cheaper, no frills, economie service from Portsmouth to Le Havre
From Newhaven and Dover – DFDS
From Dover – P&O
Quick Price comparison:
To give you some idea of the price for each service/route, we’ve found out the cost for a return trip for a family (2 adults and 2 children) travelling for 1 week in April in a 6 berth Chausson Flash 626 motorhome.
Portsmouth to Caen
Portsmouth to St Malo
Portsmouth to Cherbourg
Portsmouth to Le Havre (economie)
Newhaven to Dieppe
Dover to Calais
Dover to Dunkirk
|P&O||Dover to Calais||158.80|
|Eurotunnel||Folkestone to Calais||205.00|
*These prices don’t include the cost of any reserved seating or cabins
**Prices correct at time of writing (Feb 2016)
Whichever route you decide to take you will be asked to submit the vehicle registration at the time of booking to allow immediate identification at check-in by automatic number plate detectors.
If you like you can give us a call and ask for the registration number of your particular motorhome. However, please bear in mind, sometimes we may have to switch your vehicle for various reasons.
More often than not, you can just state that you are in a Hire Vehicle and this information will be obtained when you arrive.
Assuming you have all the appropriate paperwork for your pets, then all ferry operators and the Eurotunnel allow pets to travel, though they will have to remain in your vehicle during the crossing. They vary in price, but it’s around the £15-20 mark each way.
The Eurotunnel is therefore by far the better option for dog owners as it allows you to all stay together.