When planning a holiday in France, many UK families choose to reach their destination via ferry, rather than taking a flight. This maybe a surprise to many that travel by plane and in this article we look at the advantages for families when it comes to travelling to France on a cross channel ferry such as Brittany Ferries.
Cross channel ferry to France specialists Brittany Ferries recently published this well designed info-graphic below. It compares a family of four travelling from the UK to France on a ferry vs plane and as you will see, the ferry has many advantages over the plane when travelling in a family.
1. Unlimited Baggage
Unlike when travelling by plane, there are no baggage restrictions on a ferry. Anything you can fit in or on your car can also be taken onto the ferry at no additional charge. This contrasts sharply with airline policies, which usually charge for every additional bag per passenger. When it comes to travelling with a large family, paying for each bag can run up a huge bill in excess baggage charges. Pets can also ride in the car, which makes travelling with them much less complicated and much cheaper than arranging for them to fly along with you or pay to be looked after whilst you are on holiday.
2. You Can Bring Your Own Car
Visiting France by ferry allows you to bring your own car along on your holiday. This saves you money in two ways. First, bringing your car along means you don’t have to pay airport parking charges. Second, you also won’t need to book a hire car when you get to France. This is especially helpful if you have a larger family vehicle, because the rental prices on larger cars can be much more expensive, if available at all. The familiarity of your own car is reassuring, especially for younger children.
3. Shorter Boarding Times
From your arrival at the airport, it may take you up to 2 hours before you’re done checking in. This can include getting a ride from the car park, getting baggage checked, going through security, and picking a seat on the airport. In contrast, the time between arrival and check in at a ferry averages around 45 minutes. This involves simply arriving, presenting your ticket information, and driving onto the boat. The overall journey by plane is quicker but the ferry eliminates hanging around waiting which isn’t much fun, especially with younger children.
4. Better Entertainment During the Trip
Airplane cabins can be stuffy and cramped, especially for large groups like families. Getting seats close together can be a nightmare price-wise, and keeping the children entertained throughout the whole flight can be difficult because of the small seating and inconvenience to other passengers. Fortunately, ferries offer plenty of space and fresh air. Ferries are often equipped with play areas to keep children entertained, cinemas, shops, roomy cabins, restaurants, and even arcades. The hours pass much more quickly when distractions and fresh air are available.
5. Booking Accommodation Is Easier
Generally, booking accommodations is complicated when it comes to air travel. The price of accommodation is usually not included in the ticket price, and must me calculated separately. Ferry trips often provide package deals that include return ferry travel and accommodation. This makes it easy to calculate your total price and means your accommodation can be all taken care of by the time you reach France.
6. Take Your Own Bikes
Biking is a popular pastime in France. The gorgeous countryside rolling by slowly can enrich any trip. Plus, bringing your own bike will make travelling easier in the city. Bringing your own bikes via air travel is an enormous hassle, if your airline will let you bring them at all. It’s much easier to just strap them to the top of the car or on a bike rack on the back and drive onto the ferry. Plus, bringing your own bike means you won’t have to rent a bike when you get to France.
Whether you’re planning to spend a day or a month visiting France, it’s good to keep these points in mind – especially if you’re a family who’ve never considered taking the ferry to France. Choosing a ferry could end up saving you hundreds of pounds. After all, who doesn’t want to save money and have fun doing it?
Post in collaboration with Brittany Ferries