Getting to Paris by Ferry

The beautiful and fashionable city of Paris stands as one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. Apart from the marvelous monuments, artistic relics and fashionable shops there is quite a bit of romanticism that surrounds Paris. There are innumerable people visiting Paris every year and they have the options of reaching this wonderland by air, road, rail or ferry. Getting to Paris by ferry adds a very sweet and soothing feel to the entire journey.The ferry and the hydrofoil services operate around the clock in all seasons. There is however the possibility of a last minute cancellation due to unavoidable storms. This system of getting to Paris by ferry is mainly utilized by residents of the United Kingdom. Most of the ferries carry cars, trucks and huge amounts of freight, but there are those who just carry passengers. There are at least 12 trips per day between Folkestone and Calais. The hydrofoils take around 40minutes to reach Calais from Dover. Slower ferries may take longer durations depending upon weather and tides. It is advised to make prior reservations while bringing a car as the space below the decks is usually full. The ferry time tables also majorly depend upon weather and several other factors.

There are a number of companies that make getting to Paris by ferries possible. Among the leading operators comes the name of P&O Ferries. This company operates both cars and passenger ferries between Portsmouth, England and Cherbourg in France and between Le Havre and Portsmouth. It has three departures a day in the former case and has three a day in case of the latter route. The most popular routes that have 25 sailings a day costing 10 Euros one-way for adults is between Dover and Calais. Children under age 4 are not charged. Hoverspeed operates at least 12 hovercrafts crossings daily in this route.

There are stipulations regarding the moving of a rented vehicle between France and England over the water. It is advised to check in advance with the rental company about license, insurance requirements and additional drop-off charges. Text Source: ‘asiarooms’

There are several excellent boat services which makes use of the Seine. As well as providing easy, cheap transport to much of central Paris, excellent photo opportunities abound. You can buy a day or 3 day ticket and hop on and off the boat as needed. The boats take a circular route from the Eiffel Tower, down past the Louvre, Notre Dame, botanical gardens then back up the other bank past Musee D’orsay. Batobus offers a regular shuttle service between the main touristic sights (closed in January); other companies such as the famous Bateaux Mouches  offer sightseeing cruises.

There is also a river shuttle service called Voguéo on the eastern part of the Seine, between Gare d’Austerlitz and Maison Alfort (in the suburbs). It’s not meant for tourists, but as a convenient service for Parisians. As a result, the view isn’t the most breathtaking in Paris (part of it is industrial), but even though the boats are pretty small they’re bound to be much less crowded than those for tourists. More importantly, it’s free if you have a Carte Orange (weekly or monthly public transport pass). Otherwise a ticket bought onboard costs €3 which can be considered expensive. The last stop is in zone 3 so normally you should not be able to go that far with a Carte Orange that covers zones 1&2, but since June 2009 it’s free as they are still experimenting the system. There are boats every 15 min and the whole trip lasts about 30 min. If you want to do a round-trip and don’t have a Carte Orange, you will have to buy a second ticket. (Text Source: Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)

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