Train+ferry foot passenger deals

AnkleBoots

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The Harwich ferry has a train+ferry ticket from London to Amsterdam

Are there any other train+ferry tickets available leaving the UK?

I think there used to be a National Express Dover ferry deal but that might have ended.

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jamesontheroad

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The Harwich ferry has a train+ferry ticket from London to Amsterdam
Not just London - any Greater Anglia station and any Dutch station. I use this to get to the Netherlands before starting out on a DB Sparpreis Europa fare from the Netherlands. Can be very good value for international train travel.
 

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What about the Dover to Calais ferry?

Can you turn up at Dover and get on the ferry as a foot passenger?
 

Metal_gee_man

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What about the Dover to Calais ferry?

Can you turn up at Dover and get on the ferry as a foot passenger?
Yes you can, only P&O Ferries allow foot passengers, sadly the shuttle bus that ran from Dover Priory to the Eastern Docks is no more so its a 15-20 min walk or 5 mins in a taxi
 

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Id be interested in that. Or staying near to Dover and getting ferry across.
Be aware that P&O have currently suspended their foot passenger service, citing COVID precautions. I’m not sure what would happen if you turned up with one of the day trip tickets.

If you do go, check out prices in advance. P&O ferry only foot passenger fares can be eye watering. They sometimes have day trip offers in the hope that you will spend a lot onboard but don’t try using them as bargain singles. They will check if you make both legs of the journey and it is prominently in the conditions that they will charge the difference to the appropriate fare if you don’t.

The rail and sail ticket is useful in this respect as you don’t have to make both legs of the journey.
 

route101

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Be aware that P&O have currently suspended their foot passenger service, citing COVID precautions. I’m not sure what would happen if you turned up with one of the day trip tickets.

If you do go, check out prices in advance. P&O ferry only foot passenger fares can be eye watering. They sometimes have day trip offers in the hope that you will spend a lot onboard but don’t try using them as bargain singles. They will check if you make both legs of the journey and it is prominently in the conditions that they will charge the difference to the appropriate fare if you don’t.

The rail and sail ticket is useful in this respect as you don’t have to make both legs of the journey.
Dont have anything planned , just an idea.
 

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Yes you can, only P&O Ferries allow foot passengers, sadly the shuttle bus that ran from Dover Priory to the Eastern Docks is no more so its a 15-20 min walk or 5 mins in a taxi
The DFDS ferries have no foot passenger doors on the side (for Calais) or connection on the rear (for Dover)
 

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I have been on such ferries, where foot passengers are taken on board and disembarked with a bus .
 

superjohn

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The DFDS ferries have no foot passenger doors on the side (for Calais) or connection on the rear (for Dover)
The former SeaFrance pair still appear to have the gangway at the rear. They date back to the days when SeaFrance still took foot passengers. Calais Seaways served the route in the same era, albeit for P&O, but has been through so many transfers since it is possible the necessary fixtures are no longer present.
 

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The former SeaFrance pair still appear to have the gangway at the rear. They date back to the days when SeaFrance still took foot passengers. Calais Seaways served the route in the same era, albeit for P&O, but has been through so many transfers since it is possible the necessary fixtures are no longer present.
The Dover - Dunkerque ships (Delft, Dover and Dunkerque seaways) were never designed for many passengers let alone foot passengers they didn't have any any rear or side foot passenger ramps fitted when they entered service for Norfolk Line as freight only ships
The Dover - Calais ships are actually all equipt with foot passenger access
The Calais Seaways always had foot passenger access from when it was built and operated by Sally Line (Ramsgate) and when it passed multiple hands via P&O it ended up with DFDS as very much a specialist Dover - Calais ferry
The other two ship were built as the SeaFrance Rodin and Berlioz both on the same design (4 years apart)
They took foot passengers and still could and now running around as the Cote de Dunes and Cote des Flanders

Sadly DFDS don't see it as a profitable venture, extra costs like running a number of buses, staffing check in/ticket selling offices in terminals, and actually reducing capacity of the number of profitable lorries/vehicles carriable because the ships run on a certain staffing level to safely supervise an evacuation of upto a limit well below the actual capacity of the ship to reduce costs during quieter times.
 

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I have been on such ferries, where foot passengers are taken on board and disembarked with a bus .
Finnlines do this in Trävemunde (DE) and Malmö (S). I discovered this route by chance when a UK-Sweden itinerary was scuppered by DB delays in February. I missed the last train from Hamburg to Copenhagen and a hotel night there, so went to Trävemunde instead. A VW minibus drove three of us from the terminal into the boat, where we boarded via the car deck. In Malmö we had to wait until the entire boat had disembarked and another minibus drove onto the car deck to take us to the terminal (and, thoughtfully, just beyond the terminal to the bus stop on the street outside). I caught up with my original Copenhagen-Stockholm train when it passed through Malmö.
 

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I have been on such ferries, where foot passengers are taken on board and disembarked with a bus .
It was last year, just after Xmas, P&O between Calais and Dover and back. Did both crossings on the same day, with the first and last available crossings, to visit Canterbury.
 

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Slightly OT, I recall that P&O used V511KMY, an Optare Excel, ex Metrobus of Orpington, on the shuttle service. If the shuttle service has ceased, any idea what has happened to the bus?
 

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