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Getting to Europe has never been cheaper!

Published: 26 April 2018

If you’re planning a road-trip to clock up the miles this year, getting out of the UK has never been cheaper – thanks to competition between the ferry and Eurotunnel providers. The result is that you can cross from Dover to Calais for just £30.

Ride5000miles member Jonathan Tatton went on holiday on his BMW GS having booked a five-day return ticket using the booking comparison website www.aferry.com.

“There are some very cheap deals going on cross-channel ferries at the moment,” he said. “I wanted a break and booked a crossing for Monday returning on Friday, Dover to Dunkirk. It was just £35 return. I’m went riding in the Black Forest, riding the B500 – it would be rude not to at that price.”

For northern bikers there are other options – reader Chris Hood travels from Hull to Zeebrugge for his trips. “At £100 each way with a cabin it’s great value, especially when you consider how much it costs from coming from up north.”

Travelling off-peak will mean a cheaper fare, and there can be a big difference between the cost of a daytrip and a seven-day return.

But there are also some deals to be done if you want to go further afield R5K official partners Brittany Ferries run trips to Spain and Western France. Prices starting from around £110 each way for Spanish trips. They’re a great option if you don’t fancy Northern Europe.

R5K member Brian Hoyle sums it up well. “Travelling overland would involve tolls through France, and at least three hotel stays. A ferry to Spain is great value and you’re fresh when you get there.” 

What is R5K?

MCN’s campaign aims to encourage as many riders as possible to cover 5000 miles in a year. It’s all about getting out more and enjoying your bike.

How do I do it?

Make a note of your mileage at the start of your biking year. Many members take a photo at the start and end of the challenge.

Five reasons to sign up

  1. It’ll make you a better rider.
  2. You’ll know your bike better than ever, and enjoy it more.
  3. It’ll make you ride to places you’ve never been before.
  4. You will be part of biking’s best community.
  5. Share tips on where to ride and what kit can go the distance.

How to sign up

www.facebook.com/groups/ride5000miles