There are lots of options in getting vehicles across the waters of Europe. If are starting in, or visiting the UK it is likely you will need to take a ferry across the English Channel, unless you use the Eurotunnel train (see below).

Vehicle ferries

Below is information about each popular crossing route. Prices are for a return crossing for a small van with 2 people. The larger the vehicle the more expensive the cost. You are advised to book well in advance during peak season. All companies have offers, so check with them. You will also save money by booking in advance. You can also save money by taking early or late crossings.

Dover (England) - Calais (France).

Operator Cost Comments
Sea France £200 / €280 1 1/4 hours
P&O Stena Line   1 1/4 hours

Dover (England) - Dunkerque (France)

Operator Cost Comments
Norfolk Line £150 / €210 2 hours, normally the cheapest option.

 

Portsmouth (England) - Cherbourg (France)

Operator Cost Comments
P&O Portsmouth £300 / €420 4 1/4 hours
Brittany Ferries £300 / €420 4 1/4 hours

Portsmouth (England) - St Malo (France)

Operator Cost Comments
Brittany Ferries £400 / €560 8 - 11 hours, due to variable ties at St Malo. Overnight service available

Plymouth (England) - Roscoff (France)

Operator Cost Comments
Brittany Ferries £400 / €560 8 hours, overnight service available

Rosslare (Ireland) - Cherbourg (France)

Operator Cost Comments
P&O Ireland €600 off peak, including cabin and meals 20 hours, 3 times a week.
Irish Ferries €600 off peak, including cabin and meals 20 hours, March - January only

Rosslare (Ireland) - Roscoff (France)

Operator Cost Comments
Irish Ferries €600 off peak, including cabin and meals 20 hours, April - September only

 

Cork (Ireland) - Roscoff (France)

Operator Cost Comments
Brittany Ferries    

 

Italy - Greece

Venice – Patras
35 hours

Ancona – Patras
18 hours

Bari – Igoumenitsa
10 hours

Bari – Patras
16 hours

Brindisi - Igoumenitsa
9 hours

Brindisa – Patras
14 hours

xx - check all prices

Eurotunnel train

It is also possible to travel to and from the UK with a vehicle using the Eurotunnel train service. You vehicle is loaded onto a train and taken from Folkestone in England to Calais in France in 35 minutes (or vice versa). This will coast typically twice that of a ferry, but look out for special offers which may it an attractive option.