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Eurotunnel or Ferry?

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by spidermanUK, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. spidermanUK

    spidermanUK Formula 3

    Feb 26, 2005
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    I'm going to Brugge, Belgium in early June in the 360 Spider, I have a choice of the Ferry, Dover-Calais, or Eurotunnel. Which would be the best choice purely based on minimising the risk of damage to the car, or is there nothing to choose between them? Are there any "tricks" to either mode of crossing to ensure the car arrives safely? Is there anything unusual I should be aware of for the drive through France and Belgium?
     
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  3. steve f

    steve f F1 World Champ

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    tunnel less chance of getting sea sick
     
  4. 400SPYDER

    400SPYDER F1 Rookie

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    And as you stay with your car all the time, less chance of it being damaged.
     
  5. stevep

    stevep F1 Veteran

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    chunnel by far
     
  6. Rene

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    I use both ferry and tunnel several times a year and there are no problems with either. On one occasion a ferry crew member suggested I approach at an angle the disembarkation juncture with the ramp, but normally this is never a problem as modern ferries are designed for cars of all clearances.

    Tunnel is quicker, marginally, but on a ferry you can enjoy a break and a meal during the crossing, so one less motorway stop.

    The French are better at observing speed limits now because the police are more vigilent. It's we Brits, the Belgians (in France) and the Germans who speed most. If you get stopped by the traffic police, it's an on-the-spot fine of €130.

    On two-lane motorways, it can be tricky if there are a lot of lorries, and there usually a lot. One slow lane, 70mph and one fast lane, 85mph+ means that overtaking can be difficult. The French tailgate.

    I am less familiar with Belgian motorways, others can give you details. I like the way many of them are illuminated at night for miles on end.
     
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  8. reggie

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    I went to Brugge in my 360 Spider recently and used to Euro Tunnel. Thought it was superb, straight on and off, doesnt take long, and a quick run to Brugge. I deff reccomend the euro tunnel. Brugge is also a beautiful city

    dont drink too much bush !!!! (before i get all the funny comments, which that comment deserves, Bush is a thick 12.5% beer, blows your head off)
     
  9. simon355

    simon355 Formula Junior

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    You must follow the Coach lane on Eurotunnel otherwise you risk your alloys on the train itself. The lanes are wider for coaches and most sportscars go with them - they are used to it. The Murce only has 2" either side even on the coach section...
     
  10. hedge

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  13. Stewart 430

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    I go to brugge on a regular basis (great city). I have used both Hoverspeed and Eurotunnel and never had any problem.

    Have a great time.

    Regards

    Stewart
     
  14. Rene

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    I'm interested in what Simon says about using the coach channels. Do you mean inside the train? The rear tyres on the Testa tend to rub against the slightly elevated walkways set either side of the car carriages, but as the walkways are barely raised, they do not touch the rims. I try to aim the car as centrally as possible to avoid the squeal of rubber against metal.
     
  15. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

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    Whilst any risk of damage is minimal if, when booking ticket, tick the option of cars over 1.85m the width of the carriageway inside the train is wider. Much less worry about width when (dis)embarking.
     
  16. closeshave

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    The fine depends on your speed they start at 90euro and go up and up
    Keep it under 200 KPH and they are OK
     
  17. EssexBoy

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    When I brought my 400 into the UK from Belgium, I used TransEuropa ferries (Ramgate to Ostend). There were only two cars on the car deck - no chance of damage - and the journey took just 4 1/2 hours.
     
  18. murph7355

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    I've always found the tunnel a *lot* quicker than the ferry. And if you're only going to Belgium, the break isn't really needed over and above the 35mins you get on the train.

    It's a squeeze width wise but a 355 will go on with a couple of inches spare.

    I've also always found French motorway etiquette (outside of the Peripherique) exceptionally good - this is probably relative to the morons we have on our roads, but I've never had a problem.

    Similarly I've never been stopped by the French or Belgian police. But I hear they are getting very harsh on people speeding. I also heard that over 200kph and you're in grave danger of having thecar impounded.

    They also don't take kindly to radar detectors etc.

    All that said, it's far nice driving over there than here in the main.
     
  19. closeshave

    closeshave Formula 3

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    Being caught with a radar detector carrys a 1400Euro fine and they take the unit off you. Keep it well hiden at peaige's and fuel stops.

    I prefer the tunnel for speed, I think it is far faster then the ferry and as Simon said if your car is wide or you just want more space go down the coach/van lane with th rangee's and X5's.
     
  20. godzilla

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    If your car is 355 or wider I would definitely go through the "high vehicle" lane on the Eurotunnel.

    If you have a radar detector I wouldn't even bring it to France. They can and will search your luggage and fine you and confiscate it.

    This is regardless of whether you were using it or not and the fact that they are legal in the UK and Germany! (I suppose you are supposed to mail it ahead and pick it up on the border???)
     
  21. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

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    Having discovered my radar detector in my glove box whilst on the chunnel last year this issue is surmountable - buy a tin of quality street sweets in Dover.

    Hand the sweets out generously during the channel crossing and store detector in empty tin! Arrive at border or back in UK and remove from tin.
     

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