Two options for 2018 CampingCard ACSI

ACSI are publishing a new campsite guide in January 2018 that also has a Europe-wide CampingCard in the front cover. The guidebook details campsites selected specifically for UK visitors in France, Spain, Portugal, the UK and Ireland. ACSI know where we like to go because they have been inspecting over 9000 campsites every year for decades.

Which guide should you buy?

FAQs ACSI Camping Card - Traditional Twin Books
View ACSI CampingCard 2018
ACSI Campsite Guide UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France
View Campsite Guide UK, Ireland, France, Spain & Portugal
Who should buy?
  • People planning on using the CampingCard in January 2018.
  • Anyone travelling outside the five countries listed in the new campsite guide.
  • Anyone who wants a complete list of ALL the campsites offering CampingCard discounts.
  • Anyone who can wait until mid January for delivery.
  • Anyone travelling only to France, Spain, Portugal, the UK or Ireland.
  • Anyone who enjoys campsite guides with additional information, including regional facts and ferry information.
Release Date On or before December 15, 2017 On or before January 17, 2018
Has a CampingCard? Yes Yes
Price £17.99 £17.99 TBD
Number of Campsites Listed 3,319 2,340
Countries Included

Austria
Belgium
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
France (1435)
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland (16)
Italy
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal (24)
Slovenia
Spain (256)
Sweden
Switzerland
UK (47)

France (1090 CC/105 non-CC)
Spain (205 CC/270 non-CC)
Portugal (20 CC/65 non-CC)
UK (40 CC/485 non-CC)
Ireland (10 CC/50 non-CC)

Are all of the sites
offering discounts included?
Yes, lists 3,319 campsites in 21 European countries, all of which offer discounts when you show the CampingCard at reception. No, details 2,340 campsites in the countries above, however only 1,430 of the camp grounds are in the CampingCard scheme.
Lists other campsites? No, lists campsites participating in the ACSI discount scheme only. Yes, details 2,340 campsites selected specifically for UK campers, however  some of the sites are also in the CampingCard scheme.

 

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20 THOUGHTS ON “ACSI CampingCard vs ACSI Campsite Guide for UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal”

by Kev Beckett

Happy with the old books as the whole ethos is to list those sites in Europe offering off season discounts. For me ACSI would be better looking at bringing out an ‘app only’ option of the discount card not another physical book.

by Adrian Baker

Having returned this weekend from southern Germany via Luxemburg and France using the traditional Guide and discounts, I cannot see the benefit with splitting the countries as especially the ACSI reduced sites will be duplicated.
I would like to see the reintroduction of the DVD listing as my mobile phone does not work with their App and it is more expensive than the DVD if more than a couple of countries are visited.

by John Craig

ACSI card / guide – excellent idea but losing the plot. Given that the main selling point seems to be in offering the buyer discounts on off-season camping then the guide should be available for the whole of the off-season period so should be published in mid-September not December/January which is half way through the season. Also most if not all of the site inspections seem to take place in the summer so how can you assess if “heated” toilet blocks are in fact heated. My experience says many are not or are inadequately heated for a strip down shower!
Also, I like to go away for the winter and having to wait for the new guide to arrive in mid December is just about OK but by mid January I am down in Spain or Portugal so no good at all. And as I like to tour randomly rather than stay on a fixed site having it posted out to a campsite is not a realistic option.
Come on ACSI think like a client and you might just get it right.

by David Powell

P.S. I would be inclined to buy one or other of these in alternate years, which I think is Steve Wild’s point (above). Each appears to have the full-Europe ACSI card, though at one site in France this year I was told the ACSI discount at that site was only for Dutch holders; I could not understand this.

by David Powell

My question is: are the UK sites in the new book commercial sites or from the 2 main “clubs”, or a mixture of both? Being currently a member of both clubs, I have their books already. Yes, one can use the internet, but I would like to have a book with non-club sites I can look at when not at my computer; as far as I am aware, there is no UK equivalent to the French “Le guide official Camping Caravanning” with 9654 sites (2015 edition).

by Helen Banner

We are only travelling to France in 2018. How many sites in the ACSI book compared to the sites book? TIA

by Kerry Harris

Before I make a decision, can you tell me how many sites in France & Spain are listed in the camping card book and how many in the UK book thanks

by Gwynne Rhys-Jones

If you wanted to split the books ,why not have what one could term Eastern Europe /Western Europe . This would mean moving Austria, Belgium ,Luxembourg , Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Italy to your second list .

by James Flynn

Depending on the target audience ( which In the main is elderly and in general unadventurous) most, I feel will stick with the traditional guide, as change is anxiety causing for some. However giving a choice to people who mainly stay in the Countries covered by the new guide, may opt for that if it can be put over that they are not losing out and may be very unlikely to visit Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

by Steve Wild

If like myself you are in possession of the ACSI 2017 guide, then it makes complete sense to keep hold of this edition and then purchase the new style Campsite Guide being released in January to run along side it. What is the point in buying the same guide twice as both 2017 and 2018 list 3319 sites across 21 countries. By waiting for the new edition you’ll then also have access and info to many more sites even though not all CC.
Do we have to wait until mid Jan to order or will there be a pre order facility later this year?

by PETER LAMBERT

WHATS THE POINT IN ORDERING THE NEW CAMPSITE GUIDE 2018 WHEN YOU SAY NOT ALL WILL BE GIVEN YOU THE LOW SEASON DISCOUNT.YOU CAN LOOK FOR YOURSELF ON THE INTERNET FOR THE SITES THAT YOU WILL HAVE IN THAT GUIDE ANYWAY. I CANT SEE THE POINT IN THAT NEW PUBLICATION.I WILL HAVE THE NORMAL PUBLICATION.WHY CHANGE TO CAMPSITE GUIDE,THANK YOU.

by Andrew Averty

Happy with the original ACSI. in fact just France would be ideal
Unable to get a replacement ACSI ID Card lost in France.
ACSI seem obsessed with computer access. I have low vision and cannot fill in the forms they deem necessary.

by John Aitken

Are all the sites in the traditional book in France, Spain, and Portugal also in the new book?
How many UK sites are in the new book and do they all give a discount?
Regards
John Aitken

by Catherine Brown

We are more than happy with the traditional guide so will be ordering that for next year. I like the fact that it is in two volumes.

by Alan Russell

In order to make an informed decision one needs to know what percentage of the sites in the five countries have been omitted. Also example pages of both books for the same campsites need to be displayed.
The stats given are poorly presented in that they give the number in one book in 21 countries and compares it to the number in the other book in just five countries. In other words; no true comparison can be made!

by Harley Bennett

I enjoy spending my camping time out of the UK with lots of different nationalities so I’m not so sure the new guide book is such a good idea, it could end up directing mainly ‘Brits’ to the listed sites which my opinion not a good thing.

by Dave barron

Hi
I am a subscriber to the original book & card.
Do I have to choose too?
If I do how?

Many thanks

by John Hinchsliff

Hi
If I opt for the 5 Countries version can I still use my ACSI card in Holland and Germany if I visit an ACSI ?

by Andrea Treeby

Does the new ACSI campsite guide book come with an app, or is this available at extra cost (same system as currently). We find this invaluable when selecting campsites, especially as it can be used off line ? Or, if the guide is written with more detail, will this reduce the need for the
app ? Thankyou in advance, Andrea Treeby.

by Geoff Coleman

Will we be able to purchase the on line app with both options & if so is it the same full app showing all ACSI members in all countries?