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When travelling in and around the UK, many people look at going to their destination via train, airplane, or car. What many don't realize is that there are numerous ferries which take you to destinations both domestic and international, and knowing how and when to book Ferry Tickets can make a big difference in the comfort you experience at sea and the amount of money you spend to get from one place to another.
It's always important to check the dates when ferries are available, as (especially in the North of Scotland) they often run on seasonal schedules. This makes sense - there are far fewer people hoping to get to the islands off the north of Scotland in January than in, say, July. This being said, you can usually find schedules for the various ferry companies (along with the prices of ferry tickets) on websites set up by individual companies. The easiest way to do this is usually by utilizing Google searches which include your point of origin, destination, and the word "ferry" - since this should eliminate other methods of travel from your search results.
Ferry tickets can vary in price, and sometimes it is more economical to book them long in advance, especially if you anticipate bringing a vehicle with you on your trip. Other times, particularly for shorter trips, ferry service can wind up being so regular that advance booking of ferry tickets is not required.
If you are bringing a vehicle with you on your ferry trip, make sure to investigate the rules for bringing that vehicle with you on the ferry. In addition to paying additional fees, you may have to arrive before a certain time to make sure there's time to load your car onto the ferry. Because boats can rock at sea, it is also a good idea to use the trip as an excuse to clean your car our. Loose objects can rattle around in your car and cause serious damage to your car and its interiors.
Most ferry operators can take bookings over either the telephone, internet, or in person. You should decide which you feel most secure with, with the knowledge that if you book over the phone you will probably need to pay for your tickets using a credit or debit card.
Taking a ferry can be a fun and exciting way to travel, for the whole family.