In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.
We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.
The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.
Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.
2006 - Update : This service is no longer available much to the people of Brighton's dismay - Hopefully it will return. You now need to catch a ferry (longer journey of 4 hours).
The Seacat is the fastest route to Dieppe from Newhaven. It runs in the spring, summer and autumn and not in the winter.
You can get some really cheap deals if you keep an eye out.
Many local people get the early morning Seacat on a Saturday, do their shopping in Dieppe market, have some lunch and return on the 2.30 to Newhaven.
Regular buses operate from the bus station locally and to other French towns and cities. The local bus service is run by Stradibus and if you are going to use the bus regularly, you can buy a book of tickets from the Café des Voyageurs (opposite the Tourist Office), reducing the cost of individual journeys by two thirds.
Getting in , out and around Dieppe is very easy by car.
Dieppe is not a big town so the car is only needed if travelling out of Dieppe or maybe if going to one of the edge of town supermarkets for supplies. (Although supplies are plentiful in town)
We Travelled along the coast to Fecamp' and back inland to Dieppe through the smaller villages)
The longest trip we took was to Rouen and back. The roads were congestion free, well maintained and well sign posted. The trip to Rouen to just under an hour and was well worth it.
The LD Transmanche Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe is a comfortable ferry.
It has an bar, a shop and a Cafe'. Staffed by French crew the prices are not extortionate and the choice is reasonable. The interiors are clean and comfortable. There are some good priced wines in the shop (Compared to the UK). Coffee from the bar is nice.
There are minimal facilities at both ports so if you have time to kill then do it before arriving at the port it's self.
The Crossing takes around 4 hours.
well again I come here by car, very easy for newcomers and visitors the www.viamichelin.com does wonders, I say compare a paper map with what they tell you and adjust.
coming off the A28 and into the D915 is great passing the small airport to city center Dieppe.
train and ferry from UK is ok.
ferry on LD lines from New Haven
the train station is at Boulevard Georges Clémenceau, and best to use the trp from Paris gare Saint Lazare on www.voyages-sncf.com or the local trains TER Haute Normandie at http://www.ter-sncf.com/regions/haute_normandie/fr/
next to train station you have the bus station or gare routiére, local buses to take
with pdf file of all bus lines in the town and nearby here
there is a train touristique or tourist train in town
about an hour trip from May 20 to October 15 ,hours 11h30 to 17h30, leaving from city center across the seafront near tourist office.
tariffs are 6€ adults
taxis the best there is Allô taxi dieppoise
interdepartment bus lines at Créabus
LIne 76 - Dieppe-Belmesnil/Belmesnil-Dieppe
Line 64 -Dieppe Londinières/ Londinières Dieppe
Line 75 - Dieppe Totes / Totes Dieppe
Line 63 Dieppe Bellencombre / Bellencombre Dieppe
Line 61 - Dieppe St Valéry / St Valéry Dieppe
Line 66 - Dieppe Berneval / Berneval Dieppe
Line 67 - Dieppe-St Nicolas- Envermeu / Envermeu -St Nicolas-Dieppe
Line 68 - Dieppe Le Tréport Eu / Eu Le Tréport Dieppe
Line 1 - Dieppe La Gaillarde /La Gaillarde Dieppe
There is lots of free parking on the front but does get full at peak times.
Get there early or allow time to drive round, there's also lots of paid parking around Dieppe.
Dieppe is accessed from the UK by ferries from Newhaven (between Brighton and Eastbourne), which is the nearest part of England to Dieppe.
The Transmanche Ferry from Newhaven, England carries cars and foot passengers across the English Channel in about 4 hours.