Travel to Europe:

 

        It is very simple and convenient to travel to Europe from this part of Kent, either for the day, a short break or a holiday.

        There are four ways to travel (always remember to 'phone in advance for special offers: NEVER accept the brochure prices and the internet prices are rarely, if ever, up-to-date in that respect):

        By Eurotunnel.    The Channel Tunnel crossing for cars and other vehicles only. This is only seven minutes away and is very convenient. Although bookings are timed, it is normal for travelers to be put on the first available shuttle, there being up to five per hour and transit time is 35 minutes. Several local coach companies operate cheap day trips to various places in nearby France, including supermarkets. The only serious drawback is that for longer-stay, single and non-concessionary fares, these parasites act like the monopoly they (almost) are and hike the prices, year on year, by ludicrous amounts: nearly 100% in the last 12 months, for example.

        By Hoverspeed's Seacat.    The Seacat from Dover to Calais has replaced the Hovercraft and takes about 45 minutes. Sadly, the Seacat no longer goes to Ostend in Belgium, which is quite a pretty old town on the sandy, North Sea coast. Very good shopping and but a short distance to Bruges. One advantage is that nearly all Flemish Belgians speak English better than most British people.

        P&O - Stena or Sea France ferries.    The ferries from Dover are about 15 minutes away, the crossings taking about 75 minutes. Still the most relaxing way to travel in summer.

        Norfolk Line Ferries.   A newcomer to the tourism trade, although experienced in goods traffic, Norfolk Line ferries operate between Dover and Dunkirk. They are currently offering the best possible fares and will definitely be worth considering in the high season and for those fancying a change.

        By Eurostar.    The high-speed train for passengers only, going to either Paris or Brussels from Ashford, which is about 20 minutes away from us. Paris takes two and three-quarter hours and Brussels one hour forty minutes. Both capitals make interesting days out. Again, like Eurotunnel, love of money exceeds love of customers.


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