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Driving through France / Spain...

Discussion in 'Motors' started by AsaTDi, 18 Feb 2018.

  1. AsaTDi

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2007

    Posts: 198

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Currently planning a visit to Villamartín in September via the Eurotunnel. Google maps says its approx. 18 hours in total, so looking to do this over 2 days with a stop over at a place called Bayonne, not far from the border.

    Here is the google maps route calculation - Anyone done this route before? How did you find it? What can I expect the tolls to cost me?

    Also willing to look at alternative routes if anyone has any advice?

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    Thanks.
     
  2. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,954

    Location: Staffordshire

    If you want route options I’d suggest to use ViaMichelin.com instead. Their “Discovery” routing usually has some interesting sights along the way.
     
  3. UnworthyBean

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Jun 2009

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    Just checked and it cost me 62.74 to drive from Switzerland up to Calais in August last year in France toll roads. Obviously your route will be different but it should give you a rough idea.

    If you weren't already planning on getting one, get one of the little tags that just stick to your windscreen. Think they're a tenner or so and it means you don't need any cash, just drive up to the appropriate lane and it just opens automatically. All gets billed at the end of the month.
     
  4. Scottland

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,450

    Location: North Wales

    I did this a few years ago to a place not far from Villamartin, with a layover in Pau. We actually avoided a good chunk of toll roads, using the viamichelin website to plan the route.

    It's a long old drive, but not too bad just make sure to take breaks and have all the requirements for driving through France and Spain (Spare glasses, breathaliser, warning triangle etc).
     
  5. Pyscho_Si

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

    Posts: 2,059

    Location: Bolton

    Might be worth getting a toll road tag. https://www.saneftolling.co.uk/

    I have one for France through these guys and although they also do a Spanish one, I get mine through my Spanish bank.

    Also that route will take more than 18 hours in total. The Spanish part of your route is the route I take from Bilbao/ Santander when I get the ferry and drive to Valencia.
     
  6. Pyscho_Si

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

    Posts: 2,059

    Location: Bolton

    Unless you have to stop in Bayonne (yummy ham but your route is taking you past Teruel in Spain which is also famous for ham ), I would drive a further 30 miles over the border to San Sebastián.... one of the food capitals of the planet.
     
  7. AsaTDi

    Gangster

    Joined: 25 Oct 2007

    Posts: 198

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Thank you all for the advice / recommendations.

    I did look at staying at San Sebastián, but the hotel prices seemed ridiculous for the days I wanted to stop over (may be some event on or something?)

    I will look into the toll road tag :)
     
  8. mjt

    Capodecina

    Joined: 31 Aug 2007

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    Go through the Pyrenees if you can. Roads, scenery and food are all awesome.
    Certainly much more exciting than the Autovías!
     
  9. Pyscho_Si

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2002

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    Location: Bolton


    Try the Mercure ... it is slightly out of town (on a cliff overlooking the bay) but a taxi is under 10 euros to the old town and the parking is easy.
     
  10. Pyscho_Si

    Wise Guy

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    I agree. Andorra is beautiful in the summer months. For Calais, If you wanted to do a stop before Andorra, my list of cities would be Dijon / Lyon or Toulouse / Carcassonne which would also allow you to drive over the Millau Viaduct.
     
  11. Django x2

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Sep 2008

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    Location: Britain

    Yep. You want to go:

    Calais
    Rouen (hit this out of rush hour or dead of night or you'll be very sad)
    Le Mans
    Tours
    Poitiers
    Bordeaux (clockwise down, anti clockwise up)

    South of Bordeaux will take you down past Biarritz and to to Spain. That road feels like it goes on for eternity.

    Depending on who you are travelling with, and their appetite for travel, Bordeaux to Calais is easily dooable in a day.
     
  12. mikeh501

    Wise Guy

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    We did something similar in reverse....

    Got the mini cruise from Portsmouth straight to Bilbao. Really nice intro to holiday and no more expensive than the fuel/hotels etc.

    We then stayed near Barcelona for a few days, before moving north staying in langudeoc. Then over last couple of days we stayed near Paris and went to Disney for the day before home.

    You should do the Millau bridge on the way back.
     
  13. Pyscho_Si

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Bolton


    Mini Cruise??? It is a roll on, roll off ferry with cabins.
     
  14. mikeh501

    Wise Guy

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    theres 2 types IIRC. an 18hr ferry and a 36hr mini cruise.

    get on sunday 4pm, get off tuesday 6am IIRC. Its a really nice begining to a holiday tbh. Lots to do on the ship and much more relaxing than blasting a 1000 miles down france.
     
  15. Pyscho_Si

    Wise Guy

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    If you want to call the Cap Finistère a cruise ship... go for it. I use the about 2 or 3 times a year and yes it is okay. Restaurant is nice. Worth joining them Overseas Owners Club or whatever it is called these days. It can pay for itself on the first crossing.
     
  16. mikeh501

    Wise Guy

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    pedant. im just referring to it as the operator does... :rolleyes:
     
  17. Pyscho_Si

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Bolton


    She is good fun in 30 foot waves. I have pleasure of returning on her during the New Year Storm. Journey took 40 hours and had a great meal on the first night when she was tied up to the dock in Santander.

    To be honest, Brittany Ferries are pretty good. They are my preferred ferry company and you are right it does save a ton of driving.
     
  18. Participant

    Caporegime

    Joined: 13 May 2003

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    Location: Warwickshire

    We avoid Rouen to the west and go via Pont de Brotonne. Pro tip as whilst it's a bit further mileage wise, the route is much more pleasant and Rouen is a nightmare at the best of times.