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Hi all,

I'd appreciate some advice from those that have travelled to the continent in their car (I have only done this prior to the Chunnel being built). I'm going to Milan for the centenary and was planning on using Eurotunnel (mainly due to the convenience) but was slightly worried about the clearance on both Eurotunnel and thye ferries. My GTA is lowered and has very little ground clearance - what in your opinion has the best facilities for "specialist" cars? Eurotunnel or the cross-channel ferries?

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I've never used the tunnel, but I'd say there'd be more wiggle room on
the boat. It's fairly level when you go on. No more than a medium sized
speed bumps worth. And it's cheaper.


Anyway it's all part of the trip going on the boat. :)


(The P&O club lounge and priority boarding can be worth a punt too,
the last trip back it was quite plush with fee coffee/tea/soft drinks and even
champagne and mince pie for Christmas. :D The boat back was a bit older but
still pretty comfortable. )
 

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It should go on either, mine does though is not lowered. Eurotunnel is much more convenient if time is a problem. If not the ferry makes a nice break.

PS if you collect Tesco vouchers these can be used 4 for 1 on Eurotunnel :)
 

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Go to the Eurotunnel terminal on the weekend of Le Mans and you'll see hundreds of 'specialist' cars. That said we've tended to use the ferry for the last few years. As Nev says it's all part of the holiday and a full English breakfast will carry you a good many miles into France so you can avoid a lunch stop. The French of course would never miss a lunch stop, so the roads are empty for a couple of hours and when you do stop the service areas are not crowded.

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i have looked at both of them, and for me price was a big factor, so the ferry won.....

Dover-calais return £50 for a car and 3 people......

Total no brainer
 

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If the workshy French seafarers go on strike (like they do, often) the Tunnel is the only way forward. We've been stranded twice because of this:mad:

Saying that, we've booked a ferry this year for £50 return as generally, it's a nice relaxing way to start your hols:)
 
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Ah but the tunnel seems to have more technical issues.
Like the wrong kinda weather. Tunnel wasn't
working very well over christmas but the ferries
were nowhere near full and chugging away no probs! ;) :thumbs:
 
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Thanks for the advice all. I have had issues with the Chunnel in the past - got stuck one September during really bad weather. Storms threw seawater on the overhead lines in France causing salt deposits which shorted out the lines! All trains halted, we spent 6 hours on the train then got dumped back at Gare du Nord at midnight with no food, no accommodation and no information. Complete nightmare! The ferry seems to win but the downside is the additional time taken, ultimately it will depend on my schedule. At least I know there won't be issues either way with the ground clearance on the car.

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Looks like Avis have 159SWs and MiTos for Hire in Milan for
those who may be flying.
 

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Now that they have removed the fire "bars" the clearance on Eurotunnel should be OK. My vote would be the ferry, for the reasons mentioned above. If you are very low they do have some obstructions on the ferries, but normally you can drive around them. Good luck whichever you choose.:thumbs:
 
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Im going on via the Eurotunnel ust because its quicker :cool:
 

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I always use the ferry. It's cheaper and I live in Dover.
Get up at about 4am. Get straight to the port for the 5.15 sailing (ish)
brecker on the boat. (and wake up on the boat)
Drive until I need fuel, About 600 miles, then fuel, coffee machine, wee break, then drive some more.
Turin in 9 1/2 hours driving time.
Could get up later and take the tunnel. But my wife works in France and always takes the tunnel. So it's like going to work for her.
 

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Nigel just as an off the wall option, why not go Harwich - Hook of Holland, follow an almost straight line to Wolfsburg the home of the VW then head down to Milan, I know it will add days to your journey but the VW museam (if there is one) would fulfil your trip. :p:p
 

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I always take the tunnel now, so convenient and I personally have never experienced any of the horror stories. You needn't worry about how low your car is either. The staff are pretty good when loading and if they see a low vehicle they'll wave you onto the lower deck which is exactly the same level as the platform, so no ramps whatsoever. I've seen a Radical board with ease on them.
 

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I would have thought the Tunnel has easier access for cars which are "ride height challenged"; the ramps onto ferries are often quite sharp.

Having said that, once you are on a ferry its deck is a smooth as a billiard table whereas the Shuttle has a dip between each carriage. It would be a PITA to get into the carriage with a queue behind you and discover you can't negotiate the dip. Just imagine trying to get everyone to reverse :(

I have in-laws in France and use both very regularly. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. The best compromise we've found is to take the Shuttle leaving the UK because it gets you there quickly and gives you an uninterrupted full day's driving after arriving in France whereas we use the Ferry on the return because it's nice to have the rest and meal after a long day's drive through France.

(My current car has no problem with either as I just raise the suspension :) ).
 

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HI.

I think Eurotunnel is good because it is faster. I usually take Norfolkline which take you to the ferry to England , and Ireland. Brand new ferries, good ferry connections at an affordable price and attractive travel plans. It is the fastest growing ferry operator in the British Isles. If you have a ferry service from Germany via the English Channel are looking for, you’ve Norfolkline correctly.


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Interesting first post

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Interesting thread resurrection! I went via Eurotunnel, FWIW. Liked it so much will be going again this year. Won't be taking in the VW museum, unless of course they buy Ala!!!!
 

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It was originally resurrected by a spambot - I imagine Leigh didn't realise it was old after that.
 

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It was originally resurrected by a spambot - I imagine Leigh didn't realise it was old after that.
Yup didnt realise - but good advice given !
 
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