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Shopping in Calais – Daytrips to France – Wine, beer, tobacco

- Save 45 – 80% on wine in Calais. There are even greater savings when you consider how little of the United Kingdom price you pay for a bottle of wine actually goes on the wine itself. Tax per bottle in the UK is about £2.05, in France it is about 3 pence.

Save loads when buying tobacco in Belgium. Just buying the guidelines of 800 cigarettes and 3kgs of rolling tobacco (and remember if it is for personal use you can buy much more), you will save (20th March 2015) £950.20 (66.39%) if paying with sterling cash, and £924.80 (64.62%) if paying with a credit card.

- Save when filling up with fuel - Diesel now costs 24.29% less in Calais, 95 petrol is 7.73% less (at an exchange rate of 1.35 euro). Fill up at Real Tobacco in Adinkerke and save even more - 27.29% on diesel and 8.37% on 95 petrol. Latest fuel price survey - 6th March 2015.

- Travel for free or at a reduced rate - Calais Wine Superstore and PIDOU Wine & Beer offer free tickets if you pre-order from £300 of wine online. Majestic Wines offer cheaper fares if you buy your wine in Calais through them. Vouchers and offers

- Buy Chocolate! A 1Kg box costs 24 euro (with the voucher) at Stop Shop in Adinkerke, about £17.70 - in London the same box costs £49.

- Make use of the vouchers available through this site - Both PIDOU and Calais Wine have some excellent offers to entice you into their stores.

Despite tax increases in France there are still big savings to be made when shopping in Calais, especially now the exchange rate is back to such attractive levels - last seen over 7 years ago.

Three reasons for a daytrip; 1 – Save money, 2 – much better range of products in French supermarkets (fewer own brands), 3 – Quality is often better and healthier, and there are more local products available.

Top 5 Offers from
The Calais Wine Superstore

Calais Wine Superstore

Hardy's Crest Sparkling Pinot Noir / Chardonnay - Buy 6 for £3.99 each - Save £6.50 on UK prices!

Hardys Crest Cabernet Shiraz Merlot and Chardonnay Sauvignon - Buy 6 for £2.99 each - Save £8 a bottle on UK prices!

Savi Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Sauvignon – only £2 each – Save £5 a bottle on UK prices!

Parra Alta Chardonnay - only £2 each - Save £4 a bottle on UK prices!

Wolf Blass Eaglehawk Range - Buy 6 for only £2.99 each - Save £4 a bottle on UK prices!

Top offers from
Pidou Wine & Beer

Shopping in Calais – Daytrips to France

Latest deals (October 2015)
New offers from PIDOU wine and beer
Latest exchange rate for cash purchases £1 = 1.50 euro!
St Omer Biere Blonde - £9.33 (24 x 50cl)
Courvoisier 1Lt - £19.60
Beaujolais Primeur - 3.95 euro
JP Chenet wine 3Lt Box - £6.07
Calvet Sauvignon Blanc wine - £1.87 each
Hardy's Signature wine - £2.33 each
Touraine Sauvignon Blanc - £2.57 each
Canti Prosecco - £18.67 box of 6


Save loads of money on a single day-trip.

The Winter sales in France in 2016 in NORD (59), Pas de Calais (62) and Aube (10 – Troyes, Factory shopping centres) will start 6th January and run until 16th February 2016. However, many departments have different start and finish dates. More information (in French) –

The Winter sales start on the second Wednesday in January every year and last six weeks.

The summer sales start around the fourth week of June and last for six weeks.

Another link to French Government website concerning sale dates.

Six departments near the French border are free to set different dates, although often they conform to the National dates (Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Vosges, Landes and Pyrénées-Atlantiques.) Additionally, Departments in the South (Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region) sometimes hold their sales later than the rest of France.

In Belgium the sales are held in January and July.

With the cheapest daytrips to Calais available via with PO Ferries and other cross channel companies, you can do a few trips, buy the wines you like and then go back to stock up with the ones you want or enjoyed.

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