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Old 18-01-17, 09:07
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Default Dover - France Ferry Pricing - Is this accurate?

Good morning T4 owners,

This is one of those repeatedly asked questions and I thought I'd update it and help others as well.

We are planning to cross the Chanel in February 2017 (Fri 24th - Sun 26th) with our T4 for the first time. I've done this journey regularly (once every 4-6 months for the last 2-3years) with our previous vehicle (an estate car).

Our T4 is as standard outside with aftermarket side windows:
  • No roof rails
  • Not lowered
  • No extra bits (i.e. roof box, rear bike rack, trailer etc.)
  • Side windows between B and C pillar
  • Empty loading bay (no seats or cabinet at the back)
  • V5C registered as "panel van" ("VW2" VIN number; i.e. non-comercial vehicle)

The dimensions of the T4 are:

Height: 1.94m
Length: 4.707m



Looking at one of the "cheap ferry ticket websites" (i.e. http://www.ferrysavers.co.uk/ / http://www.aferry.co.uk/ / http://www.cheapferry.co.uk/) these are the best prices I get for the above travel dates:
  • Van (<6m x <2.35m): Eurotunnel Folkstone - Calais 179.30 (or P&O Dover - Calais 190.00)
  • Motorhome (<6m x <2.35m): DFDS Dover - Dunkirk 110.00
  • Car (Other, <6m x <2.35m): DFDS Dover - Dunkirk 65.00

With the same dimensions, vehicle category pricing varies massively. Technically T4 can be classified as any of the above options, I believe? Googling past threads on this forum and others (from year 2011 onwards), T4 owners (and other similiar van owners) have tried and tested all of the above options without any issues / amendments enforced at the check-in each end of the journey.

Based on the information above it is quite obvious which option is tempting for us travellers.

Is this information accurate and is there any issues to consider?

Happy motoring!

'98 T4 1200 2.5TDi 102 ACV - SWB Panel Van - 206,000miles (ave. 41.76mpg)
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Old 18-01-17, 17:31
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Default Re: Dover - France Ferry Pricing - Is this accurate?

I'd go for the car option as it states car/ other. If you get prepared to pay the higher price and it don't happen then it's a bonus!
Let me know how you get on
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Old 18-01-17, 21:44
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I always book our T5 as a high car. Probably been 8 times now no problem. It's got side windows and rear seats.
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Old 19-01-17, 10:18
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Default Re: Dover - France Ferry Pricing - Is this accurate?

Always book as a high car, be honest with your length and height, no problem. Have you checked the prices direct with the ferry companies? Sometimes if you can be flexible with your timings deals to be had. I tend to use DFDS via Dunkirk. last year in June, I was there and back for 79 in a LWB, Med roof T5
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Old 19-01-17, 10:36
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Default Re: Dover - France Ferry Pricing - Is this accurate?

Thanks everyone for your comments.

When we used to have the estae, the ferry price was around 50-55 return (around 90 for summer season) as I was quite competent how to get the cheapest deal by surfing on the internet and being flexible with dates & times.

I don't expect to pay that low for T4, but I think sub 100 fare is reasonable I think (considering the fact that we now don't have to worry about hotel expenses! Though the mpg is much less, overall owning a T4 should make a weekend journey cheaper).

I'll book soon so I shall post how it goes on the actual journey!

Happy motoring.

'98 T4 1200 2.5TDi 102 ACV - SWB Panel Van - 206,000miles (ave. 41.76mpg)
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Old 19-01-17, 20:52
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The days of a sub 100 summer crossing seem to have gone thanks to euro tunnel being the more expensive but quicker option and the demise of sea France (which up until last year was owned by euro tunnel) means P&O can charge more and still be the much cheaper option. We used to get a discount code by email every year from P&O but they have dropped it.
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Has anybody tried getting a 'panel van' through with no side windows classed as a large car?

In the past, we have gotten through on the Eurotunnel with our T4 with one side window. So far we haven't risked it in our new van and have taken the 200 van hit
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I have a Long wheelbase T4 and regularly book with DFDS as a large car, up to yet without problem on both Dover - Dunkirk and Newhaven - Dieppe crossings.
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Originally Posted by bookini View Post
Has anybody tried getting a 'panel van' through with no side windows classed as a large car?

In the past, we have gotten through on the Eurotunnel with our T4 with one side window. So far we haven't risked it in our new van and have taken the 200 van hit
I don't think the lack of side windows would be an issue as long as you have seats or RnR bed in the rear. To be honest I've never known anyone check so you may well be OK. .
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Old 31-01-17, 07:28
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Default Re: Dover - France Ferry Pricing - Is this accurate?

Try
www.fishingferry.com/
P & O flexi ticket so it don't matter if your early or late for your ferry. No extra charge.
Might help you

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