Calais shuttles and taxi's
Once in Calais, there is a bus shuttle that will take you to the heart of Calais to either explore the city or catch a train out. A sign out in front of the custom office shows the time that the shuttle is scheduled to pickup, but as I found out, the schedule is of little use. For us the shuttle did not show up for almost two hours. Another choice is taking a taxi. The problem with this choice is that the drivers seemed to take pleasure in ignoring any traveler that was not French. You can order a taxi at the Ferry service desk inside, but those taxis also ignore the requestor in lieu of any French traveler.
Motion sickness on SeaCat
If you decide to take the Hoverspeed SeaCat from Dover to Calais in France, heed the warning that choppy waters on the Channel can make for an interesting ride across the water.
I was born and raised near or on boats, and I'd never been sea-sick until this hovercraft ride. It also tested my sea legs, and I had trouble walking around on the ship.
The ride lasts for about an hour; sit down, get comfortable and stay hydrated. If necessary, grab a spot outside on the deck and breathe in the fresh air.
Dover is a pretty safe place...
Dover is a pretty safe place and the town centre is usually trouble free late at night.
It can be very hard to get a taxi cab late at night unless you book in advance. Therefore if you are not sure how to get back to your accomodation make sure you book a cab.
Don't pay too much
Train travel can be very expensive. If there is a group of you it can pay to buy a network card (£20), which will reduce off peak hours fares by one third and up to 4 adults can travel with the card holder. the network card is valid for a year.
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The only warning or dangers I...
The only warning or dangers I can think of here are being really careful of the traffic near the ports. Traffic coming form France and Europe are used to driving on the right hand side of the road and a lot of them forget we drive on the left :-(.
Also beware of pickpockets and camera snachers in the summer season.
Beware of the shipping!
In December you'd be dead of exposure before you got anywhere near the wash from a ferry.... And July isn't that much better.
Beware of low flying ... Birds
There are plenty of these around Dover. I am sure they live on the roof of my house!! They make an awful noise most mornings.
Watch your food when eating outside too!
Back in the Middle Ages.Make...
Back in the Middle Ages.
Make sure that you don't get involved in a medieval fight ;-)
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