Most ferry operators offer flexible fares, meaning great bargains at quiet times of day or year. For example, short cross-channel routes such as Dover to Calais or Boulogne can be as low as £45 for a car plus two passengers, although around £75 to £105 is more likely. If you're a foot passenger, or cycling, there's less need to book ahead; fares on short crossings cost about £30 to £50 each way.
The main ferry routes between England and other countries include the following:
You can book directly with one of the ferry operators listed here, or use the very handy www.directferries.co.uk, a single site covering all sea-ferry routes, plus Eurotunnel.
Brittany Ferries (www.brittany-ferries.com)
DFDS Seaways (www.dfdsseaways.co.uk)
P&O Ferries (www.poferries.com)
Stena Line (www.stenaline.com)