Why should I book as freight?
It is a question we are often asked by couriers and van operators. Why should I book a freight ticket rather than jumping on a ferry company’s website and booking a passenger ticket? And more importantly what is the difference?
Firstly, the difference between a freight and a passenger ticket is that all vehicles carrying commercial goods, goods for hire and reward or in a vehicle designed for and travelling for commercial purposes should travel on freight tickets, even if they are empty.
There are several advantages to booking a freight ticket over a passenger one though, and some of these are detailed below:
Firstly, freight ferry ticket prices are generally fixed for the whole year, and do not suffer from seasonal fluctuations. This means that the prices will be the same all year round, regardless of when you need to travel. By having fixed ferry prices you will always know your costs, can plan ahead and can offer the best possible service to your customer. There are no hidden costs, all our prices are displayed on our website (prices shown exclude VAT) and you can be confident you are paying the correct price for the service you require.
Many ferry operators that are popular with couriers, such as DFDS Dover Calais, Eurotunnel and Scandlines, sell their freight tickets as “Open Tickets”. This means you can turn up and get on the first available ferry when you arrive at the port. You’re not committed to booking to a specific time, you can cross when it suits you and you don’t need to worry about being early or late. Open tickets are also generally valid for a few days so if you get held up there’s no problem and you will still be able to travel.
Our ferry tickets provide you with enormous flexibility which is especially important when working in the express parcel & courier industry. We will assist you to make the right ferry choice from the beginning. But in any business, or in life, your ferry requirements may often change quickly, and unlike passenger tickets freight tickets are normally free to cancel and amend. For example, you may find yourself held up and need to change from a ferry to Eurotunnel so you can reach your delivery point in time or you may need to travel earlier or later than planned. Freightlink are here to react to your demands with no charge.
Many ferry operators provide dedicated on-board areas for freight clients. Our ferry bookings allow free access into these areas. No children running around, no stress. You can relax in complete comfort and catch up with fellow freight drivers. Many freight lounges also include showers so you can freshen up on board. Some freight ferry crossings, especially those overnight, also include a free berth in a cabin for a driver allowing you to get a good rest.
Some of the ferry operators reward freight drivers with free meals whilst onboard. This can provide you with savings of £10 - £15 per crossing. Speak to our customer service team, or see “what’s included” when booking online.
If you book your freight ferry ticket, on whichever route you choose and is best for you, Freightlink will make sure you get the best possible service and enjoy all the benefits a freight ferry ticket offers you when travelling in your van.