Ferry to France vs Plane - Travel from the UK to Western France:
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The perfect choice for families - from start to finish
Ferry vs Plane
Planning a family trip to Western France?
We've compared two travelling options for a family to see how easily and comfortably they can reach their holiday destination in the Loire Valley.
Rose, Dad, Mum, Tommy
Fly to Nantes: Flying to Nantes, the family will collect a hire car to drive to the Loire Valley.
The luggage: One hand luggage bag and one 23kg hold bag per person. Pay extra for golf clubs. Pay extra for airport parking.
The flight: Transfer from car park with luggage, check-in, pass through security, await boarding, select your seat. Approx. check-in 2 hours.
In-flight: In-flight snacks and drinks available, limited leg room, definitely no fresh air!
Hire a car: Before you get on the open road, you'll need to collect and pay for your car rental. Pay extra for a car seat.
Add on your accommodation: You could book self-catering accommodation in the Loire Valley but this won't be included with the cost of your flights.
Sail to Caen: Cruising from Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries the family will arrive in Caen and drive comfortably in their own car to the Loire Valley.
The luggage: As much as you can fit in your car! No baggage restrictions. Even take your dog.
The ferry crossing: From the port, simply drive aboard and cruise in comfort. Check-in time 45 mins. Bureau de change, cinemas, ensuite cabins, restaurants, shops, arcades, cafes, play area.
On-board: Enjoy traditional French cuisine, make the most of the free Wi-Fi and perhaps get some rest in an air-conditioned cabin.
Drive on, drive off!: Enjoy the drive in the familiarity and comfort of your own car.
Include your accommodation: Opt for a ferry inclusive holiday deal and include your cottage with your ferry costs. Cottage is part of your ferry inclusive holiday deal.
By PlaneBy Ferry
Pay extra for bikes, golf clubs & excess luggageNo baggage restrictions
In-flight entertainment not includedChildren's entertainment, cinemas, shopping & more
Pay extra for a hire carBring your own car
No in-flight Wi-FiFree Wi-Fi on-board
Accommodation not included with your flightsAccommodation can be booked as part of a ferry-inclusive holiday deal. Book your ferry and cottage together and save £'s
Pay extra should you change your bookingFree to change passenger names on your booking
Pay 100% for flights upfrontReserve ferry crossings in advance with only a £35 deposit
If you are after a family holiday in France without the hassle of limiting your luggage, compromising your personal space or arranging airport parking and car hire abroad - then ferry travel is for you. As well as having a relaxed and enjoyable experience you will have the familiarity of your own car, room for luggage and all the family. And don't forget - the price you see is the price you pay. No hidden extras!