Join Date: Oct 2007
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Picking up on Cabby's point.
We went from Poole to Cherbourg this year, and a friend (on here) used the Tunnel.
They came and met us at Pontorson which was nice, but when comparing notes we were quite surprised that the journey time from UK Channel port to Pontorson was very similar. We had a 4.5 hour crossing with loading and unloading delays at each end, but quite a short journey to the bottom of the Cotentin Peninsula. They had a 35 minute crossing with no delays, but a much longer journey in France.
The price comparison was not too different either. We paid more for the crossing but less for diesel on both sides, so there wasn't a lot in it!
It's the Tunnel for us in future though. We tried the longer crossing again as we were headed for Brittany, but the experience reminded us of how painless the Tunnel crossing is, and how we actually quite enjoy making the driving in France part of the holiday.