Getting to Calais: some suggestions for travel, combine as you will!
Travelling with NoBorders
London NoBorders is organising a coach/ferry for those who want to come to the weekend (including the demonstration). The coach will leave Friday (26th June) and return to London Sunday (28th) evening.
PLACES STILL AVAILABLE ON RETURN COACH LONDON-CALAIS (FERRY INCLUDED) (last update 23/06/09)
Depart: 9am Fri 26th, from the Old Vic, Waterloo Rd
Return: Sunday 28th evening - the ferry is at 5pm so we hope to be back to London by 9pm.
£35-40 waged, £30-35 unwaged return - ferry ticket included (slightly more than originally estimated due to the coach company cancelling on us), payable preferably directly into the No Borders London bank account:
Our bank details are:
* Co-operative Bank
* A/C number: 65252615
* Sort code: 08-92-99
* (International transfer, IBAN: GB85 CPBK 0892 9965 2526 15)
If not, you can pay in cash on the day but we are really trying to avoid this as we don;t want all that cash floating around all weekend.
Please confirm your place asap by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or, preferably, calling the following number: 07535319119. If there's no answer leave a messgae or send a text and we'll get back to you.
Departure is bright and early on Friday 26th so if you’re coming from outside of London you may well be travelling down the night before. If you need help finding somewhere to stay, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
(NB. All prices quoted are based on single tickets and lowest fares available)
Option 1 “Scenic”: London to Dover (coach), Dover to Calais (ferry)
National Express coaches, London-Dover
Single tickets (no booking fee, non-variable according to timeframe booked)
Youth with Student Coachcard or NX2 Card £13.50
Child (3-15yrs), Over 60s and disabled adults £6.75
Tel: 08717 818181 Opening hours are 08:00 to 20:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 to 20:00 on Sundays (UK time). Calls cost a maximum of 10 pence a minute for BT customers. Mobile and other networks may vary.
P&O Ferries, Dover to Calais ferry ports
Departures every hour or so (day and night), crossing time 90 mins, check-in 45mins before departure, prices vary according to departure time - not necessarily your average peak and off-peak hours
Foot passenger (bike permitted at no extra cost) Approx £4-15
Vehicle (price includes all passengers) £25-40
Van or minibus £31.25-50 (up to £112 ish for last-minute booking)
http://www.poferries.com/tourist/index.html; 08716 645 645
Option 2 “Speedy”: London St Pancras to Calais Frethun
Eurostar ( Train , takes about 100min from ST.Pancras ! )
Youth (12-25yrs); Seniors (60+)
Early booking (5 weeks!)
£27.50 (weekdays) - £52.50 (popular times ie. Fri-Sun)
£22.50 – £42.50
£54.50 - £79.50 (based on 1 adult + 1 child)
Medium-term booking (3 weeks)
£27.50 - £67.50
£27.50 - £62.50
Last minute booking (less than a week)
£67.50 - £127.50
£42.50 - £77.50
www.eurostar.com; 08705 186 186, Opening hours: 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday, 9am to 5pm Sunday & UK Bank Holidays, please note a £5 booking fee applies to all phone bookings.
Option 3 : all the way by coach
Not available according to their website, but people talk as if they’ve done it ... you can try to book a ticket to Lille and ask to leave the coach in Calais (which they often refuse though).
online booking http://www.eurolines.com/;
or via National Express 08717 818181 (opening times and rates as above)
Some people talked about cycling to the ferry in Dover. If you are interested contact email@example.com and we get you in contact.
If you look for a place in a car or (even better!) go in a car and have some free places, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
General Infos: check london.noborders.org.uk for updates.