Travelling by Car

Travelling by Car

Holidaying in the UK, Channel Islands and France is easy with Condor Ferries. You can take your car and pack everything you need and explore your destination to the full without the need to worry about excess baggage charges.

Selecting the right vehicle option when you book

When you book a ferry with us, we need to know your vehicle type and dimensions. This is because our fast ferries have restrictions on the weight of vehicles that can be carried, on the space available for vehicles with roof heights (or roof loads) above 1.85m and limited turning circles. It’s vital that you book the right vehicle type and declare your roof or rear rack load and any trailer accurately. You must also tell us when you book if you are carrying freight or travelling for commercial reasons. If you don’t, you may miss your ferry or be asked to pay the correct fare before you can travel.
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What is an SUV/MPV?

Condor Ferries defines an SUV/MPV as a Sports Utility Vehicle or people carrier with 4 or more seats, these vehicles are usually heavier than standard cars but have roof heights lower than 1.85m. Examples include Landrover Freelander / Ford Galaxy / Isuzu Trooper

What is an HSUV?

Condor Ferries defines an HSUV as a High Sports Utility Vehicle with 4 or more seats. Again these vehicles are heavier and their roof heights are higher than 1.85m. Examples include Landrover Discovery / Mitsubishi Shogun / Toyota Landcruiser

What is a passenger van, campervan or minibus?

Condor Ferries defines a passenger van/campervan/minibus as a vehicle with windows and four or more seats or containing sleeping & cooking facilities used for personal recreational or leisure reasons. The standard passenger van/campervan or minibus length is up to 5.5m and longer vehicles may be booked on payment of a small length supplement. The maximum size of a passenger van is up to 6.5 metres long but less than 3.1 metres high (including all roof loads). Please note the maximum laden vehicle weight is 3.5 tonnes for our Fast Ferry services, any vehicle exceeding this, will be refused boarding. Examples of this type of vehicle that may be eligible to be carried on our fast ferries include VW Transporter, Combi or Mazda Bongo

Taking a Campervan to the Channel Islands

Only one small canister of camping gas (up to 5kg) may be carried in the vehicle and the gas tap must be turned off before boarding and stay off throughout the crossing. Furthermore, campervans require a permit to travel to Guernsey or Jersey which is issued by a participating campsite or directly from the local authorities (see ‘Travelling with your Caravan, motorhome or campervan on Condor Ferries’)

What is a Motorhome?

Condor Ferries defines motorhome as a vehicle with integral sleeping/living quarters within the same chassis. Motorhomes can be up to 6.5 metres long but less than 3.1 metres high (including all items on the roof). Examples include Autosleeper/Elddis/Swift (types). Only one small canister of camping gas (up to 5kg) may be carried in the vehicle and the gas tap must be turned off before boarding and stay off throughout the crossing. Please note the maximum laden vehicle weight is 3.5 tonnes for our Fast Ferry services, any vehicle exceeding this, will be refused boarding. Like campervans and caravans they require a permit to travel to Guernsey or Jersey which is issued by a participating campsite or the local authorities. (see 'Travelling with your Caravan, motorhome or campervan on Condor Ferries')

What is a Van?

Condor Ferries defines a Van as a vehicle which is panel sided and has a cargo area. Bookable by phone or in our port office only, the price varies depending on the dimensions. The maximum size of van that can be carried on our fast ferries is up to 6.5m in length and up than 3.1 metres high. Please note the maximum laden vehicle weight is 3.5 tonnes for our Fast Ferry services, any vehicle exceeding this, will be refused boarding. When booking you must accurately declare your reason for travel a – if you do not do so you may be refused carriage on the sailing and will be asked to pay the appropriate fare that applies to your journey. Furthermore, vans may require completion of customs paperwork to make a booking or if you think this may need to declare your load please contact us on 0845 609 1037.

Bicycle Racks

Condor Ferries charges a small supplement for rear bicycle racks. Roof racks or bicycles stacked on the roof of vehicles/trailers must be declared as part of the overall height of the vehicle or vehicle trailer. Supplements are charged for vehicles over 1.85m high.

For more information on what kinds of trailers we can accept and how to book them please see the See Taking a trailer page.

Checking in with a Car

Please ensure that you check in no later than 60 minutes before your departure time. On arrival at the car check in booth, please show your booking confirmation, and if travelling to France your passport. You will then be given your boarding cards and a car sticker showing your arrival destination. The sticker should be placed on your car windscreen, and your boarding tickets kept ready to show when you embark. A member of our check in staff will assign you to your car lane which will be dependent on the length and size of your vehicle.

Embarkation

When it’s your turn to embark, you will be brought forward and asked for your boarding cards. The stubs will be torn off and the cards returned to you. You should keep your boarding cards with you at all times. You will need to show them if asked to do so, and if you wish to make a purchase in the onboard Duty Free shop.

Loading of Vehicles

You may notice cars that checked in after you are loaded onto the ferry before you. This is because many of our services stop at more than one port, so it is important that cars are loaded in a certain sequence to ensure disembarkation at each destination port is carried out easily and efficiently. On our fast ferries, some types of vehicle will need to be loaded in specific parts of the car deck due to the restrictions on the vehicle deck heights; this may also affect when you are loaded and where you asked to park.

In some circumstances you will be directed to park at the top of the car deck on the fast ferries, although there may be space elsewhere. This is to improve the operational performance of the ferry.

Please remember to apply your handbrake firmly, leave the car in gear and if you have a motion sensitive alarm fitted to disable it to avoid your vehicle moving during the crossing or the motion of the ship activating the alarm.

Disembarking with a Car

When you return to the car deck on busy sailings you may find that other vehicles have been parked close to your car. If you are unable to access your vehicle safely you may be required to wait for other vehicles nearby to move away before getting back in to the car. Please take care when moving around the car deck.

Passports

passportsIf you are travelling between the UK and the Channel Islands, then your passport is not needed. But don't forget you'll need a valid passport for travel to and from France.

Guests travelling to and from St. Malo must ensure that their passport(s) is available for inspection and the correct and valid documentation is being carried. Visas are required by some non EEC nationals.