Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander ? And discount codes

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  1. Geordies

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    Next year we want to get the ferry with the MH from Portsmouth to either Bilbao OR Santander, After getting off the ferry we'd take a drive either thro France or Spain to reach Agde.

    Have any Funsters got any views about which is the best ferry route and would the drive to Agde be best thro France or Spain ? We'd NOT be looking for the economy ferry trip.

    What is the story with the Brittany Ferry discount codes that people keep requesting from other members, can we get money off the ferry price by using someone else's code ? Is this kosher ?

    If it's kosher, does anyone have a discount code we could use ?

    Thanks all.
     
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    I appreciate you have made it clear you intend to get a ferry to Spain and if you have discounted other options then read no further. However, the cost saving by driving from Calais would be substantial and the route straight forward with much of it toll free on motorways.
    We went to Adge area 3 years ago ( Marseillian Plage, September ) and really enjoyed it, great weather and white sandy beaches.
    Have a great trip and a Safe journey.
     
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    I agree with @PhilandMena I have recently done a bit of research on the differences and reckon it's about half as much to drive down from Calais as it is to use the ferry from Portsmouth save some cash and enjoy the drive down.
     
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    It's a lot less than that!
    As an approximate and depending on the time of the year! Calais to the Spanish border in your average 3.5 T motorhome averaging 30MPG using a non toll route (1048 KM) would cost just under£95.00 in Diesel.
    I'm told the cheapest ferry crossing is with Brittany Ferries and around £350-£400 each way. That would be around £800 return (and I think you will be lucky to get that ) as apposed to around £200. in fuel. that's £600 left to spend on booze and loose women. It's a no brainer, and there's no chance of chucking your gut's up all night in the bay of biscay LOL
     
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  6. Speve

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    I was looking at asking a car trailer and two dogs as well so probably even less.
     
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    There isn't anything between the routes but there are two services from Portsmouth, the economy one and the normal. The normal service is a bit more expensive, but not massively so and is on a more modern ship with better facilities and I think it is probably more stable in high seas - less rolling. Which you choose is entirely up to you. But worth checking the timetable as on some sailings the ferry stops at Roscoff and these trips go over two nights I think. The shortest of the long ferries is Plymouth to Santander which is twenty hours.

    Yesterday I booked Plymouth to Santander for next April and I accept it would be cheaper to use a shorter crossing but we actually enjoy the long "cruise" and treat it as part of the holiday. I drove from Roscoff down to the bottom of France earlier this year and took a week over it and it was a pleasant drive but if you are short of time, want to avoid more driving than necessary (I see you are in Newcastle) then the long ferry is a good option. For us it is simply a case of getting to the "best bits" as soon as possible. We are going to be away twelve weeks so taking a few extra days driving through France would not be a problem but we just prefer starting in Spain. :)

    Choice of ferry routes is endlessly discussed here with some trenchant views but which you take is entirely your decision. It isn't all about money otherwise we would all be living in tents or bivvy bags on our trips not a motorhome. Don't let the ferry police :rolleyes: sway you but there are so many options it is worth considering them all before making a decision.:) You might even want to look at the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam or Hull to Zeebrugge. So many choices. :)
     
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    you do have to play around with ferry dates . i,m going in november as its alot cheaper than october . and come back in april . again may can be more expensive . my mate comes down from fort william and reckons for him its about the same . he is in a daf 45 truck conversion . for me in mine i only get 16 17 mpg , so the drive through france is costly . plus i still need a ferry . yes dover etc can be cheaper but is 350 miles from here . and back . plymouth roscoff is expensive . so return to santander is cheapest . even cheaper than the so called cheap one as on the pont aven i can use a seat so dont pay for a cabin .
    this year the price is 289 each way for mine and 10 quid each way for a seat.
    yes i,m a club member and get discount . but do have the yearly charge to pay.
    as to bay of biscay in twenty five years or more of using it only had one rough crossing . have had worse from roscoff.on the ferry one day off and in spain in 20 hrs gotta be good .
     
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    We usually take the ferry because we have time constraints and it's a lot easier sleeping or having a beer whilst travelling than it is plodding through France.

    Plus I get to avoid France altogether;):D
     
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    OK, my sums.....

    Google says 750 miles form Calais to Bilbao. We do 25 mpg. 140l fuel = £140.
    Ferry £329 less Calais ferry £60 = £260.

    You make no mention of real running costs. You make no mention of overnight stops.

    You save £120 and will surely be gassed, done for speeding, mugged and be brain dead from 6 extra days travel.
     
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    Over the last two years we have driven 5 times from Newcastle to Kent, stopped overnight, early train to France, drove halfway down, overnight stop then driven to Agde next day (we have friends down there). I am sick of the long drive so think a drive to Portsmouth, then 24hrs on a cruise then a leisurely drive across to Agde will be a nice change !! Coming back we do it in two long days, but it ain't fun, so again the cruise will be nice.
     
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    You forgot to calculate for the air that I breath
     
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    Also !........How do you arrive at £329.00 for the ferry!
     
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    I just went on the BF site and did a booking for Jan 2017. That is a MH, 2 people and a cabin.
     
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    Just done search for January cheapest. £734 return with cabin so prices vary very quickly
     
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    All posts in this thread are single journey.
     
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    OK! Is that with a frequent traveller discount? As an aside it only takes me two days to clear France not 6.
     
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    Well Brian, you must be a wiz! I tried for a mid week crossing and the cheapest cabin for 2 adults and a 7 M Motorhome and it comes in at £434.00
     
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    cheapest is usually in november or december . from plymouth with only a seat . the cheap one from portsmouth isnt really cheaper as you need a cabin and the ships not so nice. it does take playing around and being able to use the cheaper crossings . i admit i booked then a week later they have done a sunday crossing a bit cheaper but i cant be bothered to swap it . prices can jump over a hundred quid from week to week .
     
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    At the end of the day, it's always down to personal choice.
     
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