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Tips to Get the Best Deal on Your Ferry Tickets

Greece ● 18 December 2017

There are many different ways to travel: plane, car, train, bus, and boat. Each of those, of course, can be broken down into their subcategories, each of which are tailored with different advantages and disadvantages. That’s why it’s important to do plenty of research about your trip before you make any drastic decisions. If you think you’ll be traveling by a ferry anytime soon, you should pay careful attention to these tips that will help you find cheap ferry tickets! As you read, you’ll notice the overarching theme is to plan, plan, and plan. The key tip is to spend a lot of time preparing your summer vacation and getting things done as early as possible. So with that in mind, here’s how to find the best deals on your ferry tickets:

● Don’t procrastinate! Buy those tickets as early as you can. Generally, the earlier you book your trip, the cheaper the ticket prices will be. Prices skyrocket around tourist season - usually June to August, but sometimes religious and governmental holidays in late spring see a spike in prices as well - so beat the crowd and take advantage of them while they’re low.

● That said, choose your travel time wisely. Usually departures during the late afternoon, evening, and nighttime are cheaper than those that leave in the morning or during the middle of the day, and additionally, weekend departures are usually more expensive than those during the middle of the week. This is because weekend day trips are more desirable for the average individual because they don’t need to worry about missing work or having to get up early. If you’re committed to the travel, you won’t mind cutting those corners, so take advantage of those deals in Greece.

Greek ferry

● Keep your eyes open for obvious deals. In other words, don’t feel like you need to make the trip both ways on the same ferry line. You might be able to save some money traveling with another company one way. On the flip side, however, it’s not uncommon for ferry lines to offer you deals if you buy a round-trip ticket with them, so just be sure to weigh all of your options. Speaking of buying tickets both ways, five-day and ten-day trips are usually cheaper than three-day or seven-day tips because they’re a bit more awkward in terms of scheduling. That said, it might be worth changing some of your plans to take advantage of those great deals.

● Avoid scammers! There are plenty of con artists out there who advertise their cheap tickets and boast about their great prices. The truth is that any reputable ferry line, or any sort of travel company for that matter, won’t come for free. If a deal seems too good to be true, do some research on the company and see if they are legitimate.

● Don’t get sucked into the bells and whistles, but plan your trip wisely. A ferry is not the same thing as a cruise ship, although most ferry companies are sure to offer some benefits at additional costs. There usually is no need to pay extra for access to exclusive club lounges or a cabin room. However, if you’re going to be on the ferry for a long time, such as overnight, it could definitely be worth it to ensure that you can get a good rest and have a comfortable journey.

● Additionally, you should keep in mind other details about pricing, such as the fact that an economy or “deck” ticket on one ferry might be more expensive or even the same price as a more luxury class ticket on a high-speed boat line.

● Know your car well. If you’re shipping a car on a ferry rather than just yourself and your family, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the dimensions and size of your car. Each company is likely to have slightly different rules when it comes to pricing transport of a vehicle depending on its size, height, weight, and other details such as a roof rack or trailer. On a similar note, if you’re traveling with your vehicle, look up the prices of gasoline or other fuel on either end of the ferry journey. You might only save a couple of cents, but those things are sure to add up, especially if you end up getting lucky and saving time as well.

● If you see yourself traveling by ferry often, it’s a smart idea to open up some sort of membership account. You might be able to earn “miles” and other benefits depending on how much and how often you travel. For example, members not might be hit with cancellation fees. Some ferry lines will not allow any alterations to your booking once they are set in stone without making you pay some sort of fee. A membership, in this example, will give you some greater flexibility - even if it’s only a refund - if you find you have to change the date or time of your departure.

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