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    Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 12:18
anyone know of any discounts for taking the bike on Eurotunnel ?

do bikes get treated separately to cars  e.g.  all loaded in same carriage first or last etc ~?
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I've been on the tunnel twice by bike. Both times got loaded first, so you have to ride a long way down inside the train.
First time there were 4 bikes together in a carriage, with no cars.
Second time I was the only bike, so had a couple of cars with me.
Just pop the bike on the sidestand and sit on the walkway at the side. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2018 at 15:34
You will find the passenger accommodation far too luxurious though. One reason why I will never use the tunnel with a bike.
 
You have to ride a long way down the train either getting on or off.
Last time I went they seemed to be keeping bikes back to load on last.
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no discounts then ?
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Used the tunnel many times. Mostly they will hold you to load last, though sometimes you’ll get put in amongst the cars. Side stand, in gear, front wheel pushed against what kerb there is in there. Then you can sit on the floor next to your bike, or lie down on it and go to sleep.

You just get to pay whatever they want to charge for bikes – I always take the cheapest option when booking through their site. If you get to the terminal early and are lucky they will offer you an earlier crossing at no extra charge. Conversely they play the game of cancelling services for technical reasons if they don’t have enough load to run economically.

I’d always take it over a ferry though, it is a whole lot faster.

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Tesco card, £10 of vouchers gets £30 off the ticket price and pro rata.
 
Always book in advance, even if on the same day. You really get ripped off if you just turn up to buy a ticket. Found that the hard way.


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Sit on the floor - how uncivilised!
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i expect i will be happy to sit on the floor after having been on the bike from Edinburgh that day
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Overnight ferry from Portsmouth for me with a nice comfortable cabin and an excellent meal.......
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Ferries hold abolutely no attrraction for me, Eurotunnel every time - but this is first on the bike
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I prefer to drown than be choked on smoke when it all catches fire, so ferry for me......Wacko
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Originally posted by cugsy cugsy wrote:

I prefer to drown than be choked on smoke when it all catches fire, so ferry for me......Wacko




This is hilarious, from someone turning up on a motorcycle!

I wonder what the fatality rate is for Tunnel passengers compared with motorcyclists?

That's the funniest thing.

I'd take my chances in a tunnel, to walk to the nearest cross-tunnel access/escape point - any walking-on-water attempt from a ferry would be far less successful. I'm a crap swimmer.

Joking aside, my favourite crossing is overnight ferry (out of Portsmouth). However the cost can be difficult to justify with a bike.

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Panniers double as floatation aids
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Out of interest how much does it cost (return) to take a bike via the tunnel to parts foreign, £100?
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Depends on time and day but £100 for a bike would be top end at peak times.

Tesco appears to be best bet. I can get £75 return for £25 worth of Tesco vouchers - and the wife's got £30 worth so a result. But you have to book 14 days in advance
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