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Jen that only 2 hours early, we book an 8am return from Calais and turn up sometime the evening/night before, we drive straight from by Girona to Calais in one hit & never know how long it might take. Usually get on a train within an hour of arrival
 
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its a flat rate of £11 per crossing irrespective of the original fare.
Not any more sadly. I just priced up a crossing for a couple of weeks time.

5 day return
Car over 1.85 = £158 return
Campervan = £197 return
= +25%

Standard return
car over 1.85m = £200
Campervan = £250
= + 25%
 
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I noticed that.

I think that Andy may have a frequent tunneller as I do... with one of those it is non-peak £43 plus £11 supplement for a single journey.

I don't know how often you intend to travel across but if it's more than twice then you may want to think of frequent tunneller, 10 journeys to be taken in a year, £430.
 
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Happy new year to all
I have been looking at my options to take my Cali into Europe for the first time this year. I have read many posts now as to the classification when booking. There does seem to be vast differences in costs depending on how it's booked.
I have just looked at the Aferry site and found that if you select the 'Specific car & model' option, the California is listed under VW. So after selecting I tried a few sample crossing times and found that the cost was the same as the smallest car?

Am I missing something?
 
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Happy new year to all
I have been looking at my options to take my Cali into Europe for the first time this year. I have read many posts now as to the classification when booking. There does seem to be vast differences in costs depending on how it's booked.
I have just looked at the Aferry site and found that if you select the 'Specific car & model' option, the California is listed under VW. So after selecting I tried a few sample crossing times and found that the cost was the same as the smallest car?

Am I missing something?
Hi Shadrack, I just made an enquiry (Dover/Calais) via Aferry and a Cali came out the same cost as a Golf if you, as you say, select the 'Specific car & model' option. You may have found a loophole! The cheapest DFS return fair is £98 in Jun/July for a 'Specific car & model' option i.e. a Cali and £124 for a "Motorhome" 6m x 2.35m. So this could be a result!

I also looked at Frequent Tunneller tick on the Eurotunnel site. It looks as if you can book minimum 10 tickets (single) for £440 with no specific vehicle specified. Tickets lasts a year and are transferable to another driver (you have to specify when purchasing tickets). Potentially this looks a bargain even if you don't use all the tickets. Worth investigating further.
 
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Hi Shadrack, I just made an enquiry (Dover/Calais) via Aferry and a Cali came out the same cost as a Golf if you, as you say, select the 'Specific car & model' option. You may have found a loophole! The cheapest DFS return fair is £98 in Jun/July for a 'Specific car & model' option i.e. a Cali and £124 for a "Motorhome" 6m x 2.35m. So this could be a result!

I also looked at Frequent Tunneller tick on the Eurotunnel site. It looks as if you can book minimum 10 tickets (single) for £440 with no specific vehicle specified. Tickets lasts a year and are transferable to another driver (you have to specify when purchasing tickets). Potentially this looks a bargain even if you don't use all the tickets. Worth investigating further.
You have to pay £11 supplement when you book. It will ask for your reg number and look up your vehicle.

However it still means that each leg can be as cheap as £55 or £75 if you travel peak times.
 
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You have to pay £11 supplement when you book. It will ask for your reg number and look up your vehicle.

However it still means that each leg can be as cheap as £55 or £75 if you travel peak times.
Thanks Jen, I was looking at getting FT account after my earlier post and just saw the supplement bit! You saved me the call to their customer service to get the surcharge value but as you say at £11 it still looks good value. I just picked a random out date of 30th June and back date of 21st July for a campervan. Lowest off peak is £103. Definitely worth bearing in mind if you plan three or more trips on this route.
 
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Tickets lasts a year and are transferable to another driver (you have to specify when purchasing tickets). Potentially this looks a bargain even if you don't use all the tickets. Worth investigating further.
Is it possible then for frequent users who take up this option to perhaps sell spare tickets they won't need to other Cali owners looking for a ticket?? Could bring the cost down for all involved.
 
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Is it possible then for frequent users who take up this option to perhaps sell spare tickets they won't need to other Cali owners looking for a ticket?? Could bring the cost down for all involved.
I've tried to think of reasons why not but can only think of one! Once the tickets are used it might be the case that they are linked to a registration number. Not sure I would sell to other Cali owner for them to find this is the case! It would be a bit of an "ooops" moment! In any event you would still have to name that driver when you initially buy the ticket.
 
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I recently made two bookings via Aferry.... Dublin-Holyhead and Dover-Dunkirk, both returns. For both I selected Cali as car type (mines a Beach, but their wedsite doesn't distinguish between Beach/Ocean/SE etc.) Both bookings were charged at the same rate as small car. The booking confirmation emails, show the max height/length, and these are greater than the Cali's dimensions. I think I'll be using Aferry again in future, as worked out 25% less than via Stenline & DFDS websites directly.
 
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I've tried to think of reasons why not but can only think of one! Once the tickets are used it might be the case that they are linked to a registration number. Not sure I would sell to other Cali owner for them to find this is the case! It would be a bit of an "ooops" moment! In any event you would still have to name that driver when you initially buy the ticket.

When you check in you have to check in with the card that the frequent tunneller deal was paid with.

Sorry, you can have a ticket but I'm not giving you my credit card as well :D
 
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When you check in you have to check in with the card that the frequent tunneller deal was paid with.

Sorry, you can have a ticket but I'm not giving you my credit card as well :D
Aw, you are a spoilsport. ;)
You make a good point and one I should have spotted. Thanks.:thumb
 
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It's still an excellent deal. I pop over to France/Belgium roughly once every other month, often more frequent, so it's a no-brainer.
 
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It's still an excellent deal. I pop over to France/Belgium roughly once every other month, often more frequent, so it's a no-brainer.
Yes, I agree great deal. My "spoilsport" comment was only because you wouldn't lend me your credit card to make it an even better deal!!:)
 
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I also looked at Frequent Tunneller tick on the Eurotunnel site. It looks as if you can book minimum 10 tickets (single) for £440 with no specific vehicle specified. Tickets lasts a year and are transferable to another driver (you have to specify when purchasing tickets). Potentially this looks a bargain even if you don't use all the tickets. Worth investigating further.
We are just an hour along the A20 and M20 from Eurotunnel, I'm sure we could manage five return trips per year. I will have to investigate further.
 
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Jonathan said:
I think I'll be using Aferry again in future, as worked out 25% less than via Stenline & DFDS websites directly.
Yes, we always use aferry, and have never had issues with car type etc. And never found anything cheaper.


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You have to pay £11 supplement when you book. It will ask for your reg number and look up your vehicle.

However it still means that each leg can be as cheap as £55 or £75 if you travel peak times.
Sorry, but what is the supplement for?
 
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Sorry, but what is the supplement for?
Being above 1.85m

It means you go in the big boys carriage, not squashed up in the double-deckers :D
 
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Being above 1.85m

It means you go in the big boys carriage, not squashed up in the double-deckers :D
Oh Thank you!

When I travelled last summer, I just booked with my registration number unknown, so I didn't get charged the extra money for a campervan.

They never said anything or charged me any extra. Will be doing the same this year.
 
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If anyone goes with Brittany ferries, as I tend to , as I live in the West Country, any Cali owner can go as my guest, and get 10% off.....no catch...just send me a privâte message, and I will give you my real name and club voyage number.....why not.
 
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