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Driving to Spain

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Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 7:48pm
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Yvonne53

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Location: Villamartin

We are moving over soon and my husband plans to take the ferry from Portsmouth to Santand er then drive. Has anyone done this and do you have any tips or advice. Thanks

Rdudden

Wed May 8, 2019 8:47pm

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Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 8:47pm

many times 

it is easy 

but better go euro tunnel cheaper and more fun the ship is a nightmare 

Yvonne53

Yvonne53

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Wed May 8, 2019 9:40pm

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Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 9:40pm

Hi, how long does the journey take if you take the Euro tunnel?

Andrew65

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Wed May 8, 2019 10:31pm

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Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 10:31pm

I wouldn't say using the tunnel is cheaper than the ferry to Santander by the time you have paid for tolls extra fuel and an overnight stop.

Rdudden

Wed May 8, 2019 10:43pm

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Location: Benidorm

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Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 10:43pm

ferry with a dog cabin 600 prices on board silly for food drinks etc

can drive in a 5 litre jag inc all costs from Calais to Benidorm 700

and its fun

can do with one stop in pau france and everyone must drive over the pyreniss once

Andrew65

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Wed May 8, 2019 10:55pm

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Posted: Wed May 8, 2019 10:55pm

Ferry was 400eu for us last summer with a cabin.

Movingon

Movingon

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Thu May 9, 2019 8:21am

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2019 8:21am

Rdudden wrote on Wed May 8, 2019 10:43pm:

ferry with a dog cabin 600 prices on board silly for food drinks etc

can drive in a 5 litre jag inc all costs from Calais to Benidorm 700

and its fun

can do with one stop in pau france and everyone must drive over the pyreniss once

How long a drive from Calais might take depends entirely on how you do it.

On the peage/motorway and stopping only for fuel, toilet, and sandwich grabbing, a pair of fast and competent drivers could make it in as little as 18 hours. Take a non peage/motorway route however then just in driving time without any over night breaks you can double or even triple that.

Don't forget also that since last year in France on any road without a physical central barrier the maximum speed is just 80kph or 50mph.

Tolls for a one way trip will amount to around €200.

Rdudden posted:

"but better go euro tunnel cheaper and more fun the ship is a nightmare

"can drive in a 5 litre jag inc all costs from Calais to Benidorm 700 and its fun"

Those of course would be a purely personal opinions !

MaryM

Thu May 9, 2019 8:51pm

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Location: Torrevieja

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2019 8:51pm

We've done both prefer the boat more like a holiday journey to Torrevieja approx 8.30 hrs but we stop for coffee etc also found it cheaper ferry food reasonable not expensive, plenty of entertainment if required one of the boats even has a pool.

Drive from Calais expensive with toll charges and hotel for stop over, interesting journey lots to view but I do get fidgety in a car, like to stretch my legs! And the journey seemed for me to go on and on!

Bon voyage 

Mary

Yvonne53

Yvonne53

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Thu May 9, 2019 8:57pm

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2019 8:57pm

Thanks Mary, did you use the ferry to Santander?

Andrew65

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Thu May 9, 2019 9:07pm

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Posted: Thu May 9, 2019 9:07pm

We didn't think food and drink was too expensive on the ferry, certainly cheaper than UK motorway services prices. You can take a cool box to your cabin full of food and drink as we did.

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