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Ferries - Fares for chairs/trikes

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:59 am
by macplaxton
Thought I'd best split this off from my other thread regarding family saloons.
I wouldn't bank on cheaper ferries. Some companies seem to charge as much as for a car.
Name and shame these "rogue" ferry operators!

I'm thinking primarily of the "cartel" on the Irish Sea rather than the Channel ones. Stena these days charge the same for a combo/trikes as a solo - even including trailer (although if my memory is correct, they used to charge a bit more, but not as much as a car more).
All 2 wheeled vehicles with a motor
Trikes, sidecars and trailers are permitted
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The cross-over point appears to be car-derived trikes. Reliants 3-wheelers won't make the cut, but a huge v8 motorcycle-derived trike with a trailer would. This I enquired about ten years ago and more or less got the same answer at the time from Stenaline, P&O, Norfolkline & Irish Ferries. I've heard of different experiences between different operators with regards Lomaxes and Morgans on other routes.

Out of curiosity, today I looked at Irish Ferries:
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Eh??? :???:

In the past they used to do a sort of 65-75% sidecar rate, so it was a bit more expensive than a solo. They do charge separately for trailers, but then I've heard of them manually applying a 50% discount for them on cruise ferries (rather than the swift). I'm baffled that they are lower now than the solo rates. When did that happen?

[rushes out to buy a tilting shower tray]
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Has anyone else come across other fare anomalies?

Re: Ferries - Fares for chairs/trikes

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:10 am
by keiththeoutfitter1
"I wouldn't bank on cheaper ferries. Some companies seem to charge as much as for a car.
Name and shame these "rogue" ferry operators"


I mostly use P&O Hull-Rotterdam and have just put in details for a hypothetical return trip for 17th to 24th June 2018.

Solo £ 460
Sidecar £502
Car £502.

Keith.

Re: Ferries - Fares for chairs/trikes

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:25 am
by macplaxton
Thanks for that Keith,

I had a look at the fare breakdown for that operator/route. Very little discount as such for being on two wheels as a solo motorcycle is £21 less each way compared to a car.

Solo m/c + trailer = Combo = Trike = Car Rate

Combo + trailer = Trike + trailer = Car + trailer = +£49.00 single.

Additional passengers +£17.50 single (no concessions for under 16s or seniors)

Fares vary a lot too, unlike the Irish sea crossings which for solos at least are flat rate regardless of time of day / closeness of booking to departure. Even the combo rates only diverge about £4 or £5 from the solo rate over the course of a day.