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Thread Author: legacylad Replies: 52

 Driving vs flying - tyrednemotional
P&O North Sea ferries are an expensive "luxury" (term used advisedly).

Hull - Rotterdam just about makes sense from the North if you're heading to Northern Europe/Scandinavia, but Hull - Zeebrugge is really in "no man's land" for most journeys.

Even then, Harwich - Hook can be cheaper than Hull - Rotterdam (largely because going out overnight and returning during the day, something not possible from Hull, is a very practical solution, both on cost and timetable convenience). I also find the Stena line boats rather better quality (and with less "entertainment" (term again used advisedly)).

About the only advantage of the overnight crossing is a "refreshed" early start sur le Continent, and the ability subsequently to get a full day's mileage under your belt.

The traverse of Hull, bad at the best of times, is full-on gridlock on P&O's timetables, as both arrival and departure times coincide with rush-hour - a restful drive it ain't. Rotterdam is usually a pita on returning with major gridlocks on the Dutch motorways just when you want to use them. The Hook is better, and Zeebrugge is admittedly rather less congested.

For France and South (e.g. Spain), it's either the crossings to Northern Spain (of which I have no experience) or Dover-Calais or the Tunnel every time. Ferry is generally cheaper, the Tunnel can be more convenient. Choice for me is determined by where any stopover is going to be. If I want a mid-journey break on Day 1, then 90 minutes on the boat and a leg-stretch gets the vote. If I drive down to the channel and stay UK-side or just France-side, then the Tunnel works better and saves some overall journey-time.
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 Driving vs flying  new legacylad 5 Jun 20 12:50
 Driving vs flying  new Mr Moo 5 Jun 20 13:06
 Driving vs flying  new legacylad 5 Jun 20 13:12
 Driving vs flying  new sooty123 5 Jun 20 13:08
 Driving vs flying  new legacylad 5 Jun 20 13:17
 Driving vs flying  new Zero 5 Jun 20 13:16
 Driving vs flying  new legacylad 5 Jun 20 13:19
 Driving vs flying  new Duncan 5 Jun 20 13:42
 Driving vs flying  new Terry 5 Jun 20 13:42
 Driving vs flying  new Zero 5 Jun 20 13:50
 Driving vs flying  new tyrednemotional 5 Jun 20 16:37
 Driving vs flying  new God 5 Jun 20 13:44
 Driving vs flying  new Runfer D'Hills 5 Jun 20 16:37
 Driving vs flying  new Runfer D'Hills 5 Jun 20 16:57
 Driving vs flying  new Bromptonaut 5 Jun 20 17:09
 Driving vs flying  new Fullchat 5 Jun 20 19:27
 Driving vs flying  new Zero 5 Jun 20 19:37
 Driving vs flying  new PeterS 5 Jun 20 20:04
 Driving vs flying  new Fullchat 5 Jun 20 20:25
 Driving vs flying  new hawkeye 6 Jun 20 10:34
 Driving vs flying  new Zero 6 Jun 20 11:15
 Driving vs flying  new legacylad 6 Jun 20 12:56
 Driving vs flying  new PeterS 5 Jun 20 20:17
 Driving vs flying  new smokie 5 Jun 20 23:52
 Driving vs flying  new No FM2R 6 Jun 20 00:22
 Driving vs flying  new PeterS 6 Jun 20 01:15
 Driving vs flying  new Runfer D'Hills 6 Jun 20 09:45
 Driving vs flying  new neiltoo 6 Jun 20 11:18
 Driving vs flying  new sooty123 6 Jun 20 11:24
 Driving vs flying  new PeterS 6 Jun 20 12:05
 Driving vs flying  new Runfer D'Hills 6 Jun 20 12:56
 Driving v Flying  new Fullchat 6 Jun 20 13:10
 Driving v Flying  new Zero 6 Jun 20 13:18
 Driving vs flying  new tyrednemotional 7 Jun 20 12:48
 Driving vs flying  new legacylad 6 Jun 20 13:20
 Driving vs flying  new Runfer D'Hills 6 Jun 20 14:24
 Driving vs flying  new CGNorwich 6 Jun 20 16:18
 Driving vs flying  new sooty123 6 Jun 20 16:47
 Driving vs flying  new CGNorwich 6 Jun 20 23:00
 Driving vs flying  new sooty123 7 Jun 20 10:28
 Driving vs flying  new Terry 7 Jun 20 11:40
 Driving vs flying  new Zero 7 Jun 20 12:04
 Driving vs flying  new God 6 Jun 20 14:38
 Driving vs flying  new Runfer D'Hills 6 Jun 20 14:57
 Driving vs flying  new Runfer D'Hills 6 Jun 20 15:11
 Driving vs flying  new legacylad 6 Jun 20 15:33
 Driving vs flying  new Robin O'Reliant 6 Jun 20 15:58
 Driving vs flying  new Zero 6 Jun 20 16:51
 Driving vs flying  new Robin O'Reliant 6 Jun 20 17:08
 Driving vs flying  new tyrednemotional 6 Jun 20 17:11
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 Driving vs flying  new No FM2R 7 Jun 20 19:22
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