Ferry v. plane – how should families travel to France


Brittany Ferries has published a revealing infographic on the merits of travelling to France by ferry or plane.

Okay, the result was always going to be a resounding victory for ferries, but it’s really interesting to see how the pros and cons of both modes of transport stack up for families.

Probably the most compelling argument is the sheer amount of luggage families can pack in when they take their own car compared to the miserly allowances on airplanes – loading the boot up with toys and clothes and food and bikes and anything else you’ll need to make your stay as comfy as possible.

But there are plenty of other less obvious benefits too, including low deposits on bookings, free wifi on your journey, the ability to changes names on your booking at no cost, low-stress check-ins that are over and done with in just a few minutes.

Of course, the flip-side to all these arguments is the time it takes to travel. While a destination in the north of France can be reached from the ferry port in just a few hours, a location somewhere on the south coast can require a day’s worth of travel once you’ve arrived by ferry in France, and this is where a two hour flight will trump the boat for many.

But, for the team at France For Families, ferries win out every time. With some shared driving and a nap on the crossing we’re more than happy to hit the motorways and spend a few hours at the wheel – a boot full of goodies for the holiday is just way too valuable.

Ferry to France vs Plane

Image source: Brittany Ferries – Ferry VS Plane to France

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