The accelerating cost of taking
a car on holiday to Ireland
cost of taking your car to Ireland has become very expensive.
Ireland needs tourists, but they are going to go to other countries
instead of these costs continue to rise. Taking a car to
Ireland can cost £340 more than taking it to France.
Last Friday evening the 8th April 2011 I watched a programme
on RTÉ television about tourism in Ireland.
I had just travelled across the sixty mile section of Irish
Sea between North Wales and Ireland and the car ferry costs
for the return trip on the 10th cost over £410. The petrol
costs getting two and from Dublin to the western side of the
M25 in the Home Counties cost a further £150. That is
is not a lot of competition on the Irish Sea routes and earlier
this year DFDS Seaways that had bought the Norfolk
Line operation pulled out. The two major players on the
route Stena Line and Irish Ferries appear to have
very similar high fares. This makes it a difficult task attracting
visitors to Ireland and last Friday's TV programme said the
UK market was going down dramatically in visitor numbers.
it is going to cost over £400 for a family of four to take their
car to Ireland this summer people in Britain will be far better
off if they head south over the English Channel. The average
cost for the Dover / Calais - Boulogne crossing which is a third
of the distance of the Holyhead / Dublin route (22 miles) is
not a third of the price - £136. No the major operators like
P & O and SeaFrance are talking from around £70
have discovered that the ferry companies on the Irish routes
charge for each additional passenger whereas those ferries leaving
Dover there is not this restriction for the average family.
Their objective is to have many passengers who will spend money
on board on food and drink and in the shops. They appear to
charge for transporting the family dog or cat (which still remains
in the family car), whereas on the Irish routes these pets go
free. I understand a charge is made on the English Channel routes
to cover administrative costs for checking the passport..
this into account, a family of four will have more spending
power by going overseas to France and Belgium and like Ireland
in the Euro.
of the reasons that the RTÉ programme said many British
people were not finding Ireland so foreign now was because when
they walked down the High Streets the visitor only saw the same
retailers they would see back home and could be visiting any
British town centre. British retailers have bought a great number
of Irish retailers over the past few years and also moved into
the market without buying up the competition. From my travels
in Ireland you do see a lot of British shops in the major cities,
however just drive through any town and you will still see that
the majority are Irish apart from major supermarkets like Tesco.
the car to Ireland is incredibly expensive. I travelled by the
large Stena fastcraft last weekend. The crossing is slightly
more expensive than the traditional car ferries, but not a lot.
The last time I travelled on this ferry was in December 2009,
only fifteen months ago and it cost £174 less than it did on
this visit. That is quite some increase.
is the alternative? Providing you don't need to take the family
pet, have a passenger who does not like flying, take a fly/drive
UK papers are full of advertisements at the moment from Aer
Lingus and Rynair offering fantastic deals to Ireland and easyJet
flies to Belfast. You always need to book early and then rent
a car. Book this online before you go and make sure you buy
your car hire excess insurance in advance. It is usually a lot
cheaper to buy this from an independent insurance company like
one of those advertising on insurance4carrental.com
than buying it from the car hire company direct. This way you
save a lot more money.
is a great place to go for a weekend break or a longer holiday
and the fly /drive option means you have your independence to
go where you want to go, it is just such a shame that the car
ferry companies are making it so expensive. I can not understand
why they can't cut the fares, not charge per person and have
a full ferry. People will spend money whilst travelling. If
they can do it on the England - France routes, why can't they
do it on the Wales / Scotland - Ireland routes?
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10th 2011 Just been back to Ireland again last week. Going
on Thursday 5th from Holyhead to Dublin and returning Saturday
7th Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead. 2 passenger + senior citizen
outward and 2 passengers return. All had Premium tickets - Price
was £392 + credit card fee. There were probably 200
passengers on this early afternoon crossing. Imagine if they
cut the costs and had a full ferry and sold more food etc.
an ad in the Irish Times 5th May 2011 for
Irish Ferries. Take a car and two passengers to France over
the May bank holiday half term €99 euro (or £87
GBP). Found this ad also on their website 10-5-11. Making an
enquiry for 2 passengers plus a car going to Dublin 27th May
and returning 31st May £345. That is £172
each way. I did upgrade in my dummy booking to Club Class
which £16 per person (By some strange coincidence
same price as upgrading to Stena Premium so had I not
done this one way would cost £140 and this is a
shorter journey than going from Ireland to France!
makes a lot more sense at this time to fly and hire a car.
Touring Ireland by car - need to rent a car?