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Getting To France  02/08/2014

As our close neighbour, it is relatively easy to travel to France and there are a number of options to choose from.

Taking the Car

The Eurotunnel offers a fast, regular option for those who want to take their car, but only between Dover and Calais. Eurotunnel is also a flexible travel option, so if you arrive early you may be able to get on an earlier crossing rather than waiting around. It is also recognised as the most environmentally friendly way to cross the Channel. You do need to stay with your car during the Eurotunnel journey.

Another option is to catch a ferry across the water. Ferries depart from a wide number of British ports and arrive at different locations on the coast of Northern France. This can reduce your drive time on both sides of the Channel. Ferry companies offer a number of different travel options, including night crossings and high speed options. Whilst on the ferry you have the freedom to wander around, enjoy a meal, shop in duty free or even catch forty winks; all of which can help to break up the journey.

For both Eurotunnel and ferry options you pay a per car price, which makes it more affordable for families and group travel. When driving in France, you also need to factor in toll charges if you opt for the main routes. There is no charge on smaller roads and these may lead you to interesting places to stop and explore on route, but this option will extend your journey time.

Leaving the Car Behind

From coastal resorts such as Les Sables d’Olonne which combine glorious beaches, Atlantic surf, a lively town, a wealth of attractions and entertainment, to a city break, there are times when you have no need for your car whilst on holiday.

If you want a break from the steering wheel, you may prefer the convenience of flying. There are a number of airlines offering regular flights to airports across France from airports across the UK. Out of the main season it is possible to pick up low cost flights and if you are travelling alone, or as a couple, this can work out to be the best value option. Alternatively you may decide to kick start your holiday in style and opt for a seat in Business or First Class.

Another option is to hop on the Eurostar in London and use France’s high speed train services to transport you to your destination. For the final part of the journey from the nearest station to your resort you can hop in a taxi or catch a local bus.

No matter how you arrive, France can treat you to a wealth of natural, cultural, historical and modern delights.


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