Riding your bike does not have to be restricted to the UK. Once you have checked your insurance covers you for riding abroad, there are relatively simple and cheap ways of getting there. France is particularly convenient, offers some great scenic rides, and is the gateway to the rest of Continental Europe.
There are two main options for taking your bike across to France, by ferry or tunnel. But which is better? There’s only one way to find out…Bikesure, the freethinking motorbike specialists, have put together a comparison of travelling by ferry or tunnel to see which one comes out on top.
The shortest ferry journey with P&O Ferries from Dover to Calais, takes around 1 ½ hours,. Whereas using the Eurotunnel only takes 35 minutes to get from Folkstone to Calais. Although the tunnel is much quicker, you are free to roam around on the ferry so you could relax with a coffee, grab something to eat and plan your route.
Using the website dovertocalais.com you can compare prices to find out the cheapest option. If you are flexible as to what time of day you travel, you can get really good deals. However, generally the ferry works out cheaper than the tunnel, whatever time you go. For both it is recommended to book well in advance to get the best deals.
With the Eurotunnel you are with your bike for the entire journey. Simply park it up and stretch your legs. This contrasts to the ferry, as you are not with your bike, however, large cargo straps are provided to tie the bike down. It is also worth taking some additional security measures for while you are travelling. For example, the MOTO-DETAIL Brake Disk Lock fits into the small holes of the brake disc to prevent someone from stealing your bike.
The Eurotunnel holders have been designed with cars in mind so there is only the floor for sitting. It’s not particularly comfortable but remember the journey is only 35 minutes long. Going by ferry is more comfortable, especially for those with claustrophobia, as you can roam about the ferry and can go up on deck for some fresh sea air. Whichever mode of travel you choose it is likely you’ll have a long ride either side so a Skwoosh gel cushion will add extra comfort to your journey.
Although there are advantages and disadvantages to travelling by ferry and Eurotunnel, the ferry just has it. It may be a longer journey but it’s cheaper and you have the option to move around and see where you are going. However, both offer direct motorway access and if you’re feeling overwhelmed with choice of routes to take, try using motowhere.com to help you plan your trip.