Car ferries 'more popular than ever'

Car ferries 'more popular than ever'

The number of Britons choosing to travel abroad with their car by using a ferry is rising.

More than six million cars were carried on UK ferry routes in the first eight months of 2014 - around one for every 10 people in the country.

This figure is up 1.3 per cent on the same period last year; with 2.77 million cars taken to the continent, 2.47 million carried on domestic routes and over 800,000 taken to Ireland. Before arriving at a continental destination, it's always sensible to have pre-arranged your European Breakdown Cover to protect you in the event of an unforeseen circumstance.

Meanwhile the volume of coaches taken on ferries has increased even more, with 119,580 carried between January and March this year - up 3.6 per cent on the same period last year.

The resurgence of the ferry is a significant new travel trend, according to Discover Ferries director, Bill Gibbons. He says annual passenger counts shot up by a million between 2012 and 2013, to 38 million.

The trend looks set to continue as nearly 28 million people boarded in the first eight months of this year, a 2.6 per cent rise on the same period last year.

Copyright Press Association 2014