Book ferry now or wait ?

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  1. kickstart

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    Want to go to Spain January and February and thought be best go to Santander but would it be best to book early or leave it nearer the time ?
     
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    I always book early - the price often goes up...
     
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    Think you might already be too late - price already on the way up.
     
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  4. kickstart

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    Booked it tonight £35 deposit and £723 to pay November, booked the cruise rather than economy with inside cabins both ways, I recon it will be better than driving down through France in January and probably as cheap.
     
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  5. Hymie

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    Looked last night at booking for mid Sept, return Dec, best price I could find was for Bilbao, £1097.

    I keep seeing posts stating that it's just as cheap as Calais/Tolls/Fuel but it doesn't cost me almost £1100 to do the drive.

    I looked at booking this in April but it was still coming up at around £900 booking several months in advance.

    Do you Costa Verde cruiseline fans have a secret button to push to get a greatly reduced prices?
     
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  6. GWG

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    Going Boxing Day coming back 28 Feb.
    Tunnel is £203 return. 8m Motorhome.
    Fuel return to Beni is around £360 @ 1.2€/£
    So total is around £560.
    Don't pay tolls, not rushing, takes around 3 or 4 days each way, depending on how we feel. Lovely drive , loads of nice FREE Aires. Super fresh food/ bread/cheese/wine, on way at super cheap prices. Love it. Half the price of Ferry and (for us) much more enjoyable.
     
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    we are going in november.GWG which route do you take please?
     
  8. vwalan

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    i go to spain in nov come back next year the ferry is 424 quid return from plymouth . i cant drive down through and back up for that . i like the spanish route . mind i am a travel club member .
    oh mine is 10mtrs
     
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  9. GWG

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    Calais to Rouen, maybe stop at Pont-de- I'Arche Aire just over bridge right in town nice shops etc.
    Down through Chartres, Chateaudun (Aire in Carpark next to Chateau)
    Pointers, Angouleme, (Aire at Roullet, just south of Angouleme)
    Past Bourdeax, there are 3 toll booths between Bordeaux and Spanish border. Just drive off junction before and drive round them.
    Over Border, loads of stops in this area. Turn 1st left and up N121 to Pamplona. Zaragoza, usually stop at Carenina, quiet Aire by sports hall, or noisy Truckstop.
    A23 to Valencia, then coast road N332 (not AP7) to Beni.
    Lots of other Aires in France but less options in Spain. Although some street parking Aires in Pamplona and Teruel. (We no like)
    Nice relaxed Drive rarely go over 65 so good economy.
    Tough Life
     
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    You could of used my discount kikstart!

    Never mind.

    Yes, it will get more expensive as you get nearer. We have 10 single crossing booked on the Spanish route from now until next November. Some less than £200 each way with our discount.

    But, I have just had to do a last minute booking, going the only dates available in August. 1 way car, back in motorhome £1,000 total. The same crossings booked now for next year are 1/2 that. But will go up as time passes and its a supply and demand system.

    TM
     
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    Book early and then you have a choice of cabin. It never gets cheaper,,have you got a discount code? BUSBY.
     
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  12. Geejay

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    I always book ferry to Spain, although I have driven through France because of ferry cancellations. Much prefer the ferry, but I think the discussion is pointless. Those who prefer to drive and take several days, and say it's cheaper - as though that clinches it - well, fine. I prefer the ferry, and for me that's fine - less stress. But neither of us is going to be convinced by the other, so let's just allow each to chose which suits them best and leave it at that.
     
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    Me, le shuttle over, ferry back ..Roy
     
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    In the past I have avoided all tolls but this year I will avoid the first two and pay the ransom for the final stretch to the Spanish border. That particular section off the toll route has tended to take a lot of time.
     
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  15. GWG

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    Er ? Its a discussion, thats what forums are for !! If you don't want to join in, fine.
     
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    With due respect I think my point is that this particular discussion, which has been rehearsed ad nauseum, will get nowhere. There are those who will "prove", quoting various figures, that one way is better than another, largely due to price. People have different priorities, different preferences and I don't think either group are going to be persuaded. Same with toll roads vs non-toll roads. Those who prefer not to pay will go on the N roads, those who don't mind paying and like the convenience (and greater safety) of the autopista will go that way - and never the twain shall meet.

    And I was joining in by saying that really it's a non-discussion. If you disagree, then fine. No problem.
     
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    Geejay.
    It was just people offering their own experiences ! The only one trying to "prove" or "clinch it" was you. Its not a competion. You can learn a lot from reading other opinions. Doesn't need to " go anywhere".
    If you want ad nauseum, we can talk about brexit, or gassing, or A frames. ??
     
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  18. JockandRita

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    Ooooooooh, yes please! :rofl:

    Cheers,

    Jock. ;)
     
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    no far better to talk about gas bottle filling adaptors from ebay.
    the money you save can pay for the ferry.
     
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    Recon my Staffie could do Gas bottle filling
    He's been on the marrowbones again !!
     
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