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Old 24-May-2006, 08:02 PM
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Tunnel or Ferry?

Riding down to Pau next week, any recomendations on either using the Tunnel or Ferry? Worried about the bike getting scratched up on the ferry, worries justified? Do they allow bikes on the tunnel? Havn't checked the relevant web-sites yet, thought I'd ask you lot first.
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Old 24-May-2006, 08:06 PM
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tunnel
for sure

you get to stand by your bike, ferrys tie them down and you cant check its ok,

much quicker too
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Old 24-May-2006, 08:19 PM
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Tunnel is by far the best
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Old 24-May-2006, 08:31 PM
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Tunnel every time, or ferry newhaven-dieppe (is it still running).
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Old 24-May-2006, 11:40 PM
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Sorry to disagree but for Pau it would have to be a Portsmouth to Le Havre (or St Malo) crossing.

The tunnel takes bikes, but its so much further north and the roads heading south are pretty boring. You can get on some better roads quicker from Le Havre or St Malo.

Ferry companys are OK with bikes, just stand there and check how they strap the bike down.
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Old 25-May-2006, 08:22 AM
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Sorry to disagree but for Pau it would have to be a Portsmouth to Le Havre (or St Malo) crossing.

The tunnel takes bikes, but its so much further north and the roads heading south are pretty boring. You can get on some better roads quicker from Le Havre or St Malo.

Ferry companys are OK with bikes, just stand there and check how they strap the bike down.

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wot 'e said
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Old 25-May-2006, 08:31 AM
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Tunnel. Get off at the other side, take the D940 south, direction Boulogne. Fantastic road to wake you up. Then do some boring autoroutes to get the miles done.
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Old 25-May-2006, 11:40 AM
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Tunnel. Get off at the other side, take the D940 south, direction Boulogne. Fantastic road to wake you up. Then do some boring autoroutes to get the miles done.

D940 is fun but its not very long, still not worth it for Pau in my not very humble opinion. In fact i like being opinionated.
And in addition although i dunno where you live but if you're not in a mad rush for the ferry there are more nice roads going down to Portsmouth than down to Folkestone.

Trust me please (someone's got to) go via Le Havre or St Malo. Not only are they far closer to Pau, there are loads of better biking routes.

The tunnel is great for other parts of France, or just jumping on the Autoroute, in fact i'm using the tunnel this weekend but i'll be autorouteing in the car.
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Old 25-May-2006, 12:37 PM
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Fair enough. It is your opinion.
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But if it's destination that you're after, then yes a ferry to a closer port is probably better.
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Old 25-May-2006, 03:20 PM
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The ferries have improved greatly and are very careful these days, I have used both P&O and Sea France without problems. With Sea France they even have a cradle that both wheels sit in and very secure, last year the guy's even bumped started me when the starter packed up.
Sea France approx 35-40 each way and maybe cheaper for a return
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