Somport tunnel in January?

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  1. skipper64

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    Hi, We are thinking of using the Somport tunnel in January as an alternative to the motorways we have always used.Apart from the obvious advice of looking at the road conditions on line can anybody give us any advice or thoughts on this route in January please.Many thanks.
     
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    check online weather conditions as you get near and make your decision then. You can get down to Oleron St Marie and it can be fine then get snow or bad weather on the final last 20 mins. Take it from one who knows :).. Also they can at times put out signs stating snow chains are compulsory along that road.
    If in any doubt stick with main route and go via Irun...
     
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    Whoops just noticed that I stated the obvious about road conditions.. Lol.. BUT it is the main thing you need to know...
    I have done the route in November, January, February and March. It's always different.
     
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    Looking at the terrain map I think we will stick to the A62.. Front wheel drive 5+ tonnes doe not make for an easy ride if the weather does turn ..
     
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    It's a good road. Lots of large trucks use it.. Bit narrow in places on the French side. The Spanish side is a lot better. Very scenic.
     
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    I was think of using it , what is the Toll charge for a 7.5mtre 3mtr high van? Please.
     
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    What is a bit narrow ? The A62 or the tunnel route ?
     
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    As you near the Somport there are a few tight bends and the odd overhang BUT artics use the route so no issues.
     
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    Somport ??? It's free... No tolls
    A63 via Irun I don't have a cost as its been a while plus last trip was in the car..
     
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    Last time on the A63 was February 2015. costs were
    Bayonne - La Negresse (1st Peage going south) €3.40
    St Jean de Luz - Biriatou (2nd Peage going south) €2.60

    Both sections class 2. Van is 7.4M Over 3M with sat dish:xThumb::xThumb:

    Forgot to mention that the Somport tunnel was closed due to heavy snow hence the reason for A63 route.
     
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    Is there not 2 other tolls on the new section of the N10 / A63 ? 2 x €5.30 seems to ring a bell..
    Plus a little Spanish one as you arrive at Irun..

    PS,... Stop showing off !! Sat dish...:xdoh:
    :rofl::rofl:
     
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    Sorry dont know about the N10/A63 as we joined the A63 south of Bordeaux because of the snow. Think Irun was either €0.80 or €1.20!! cant quite remember

    The Sat dish was only there for show:xwink: as the box went up in smoke:xeek:
     
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    Or park up in Lidl's ,Oleron-st.Maries & go over the road for a kebab.:xThumb:& wait for snow to melt.:xgrin:

    yes as Tonka said you get artics on the road but there are a few :xrofl:narrow bits on the way down into France with overhangs that you need to keep an eye out for.
     
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    Again, ( sorry ! ) on which route do you speak ? The A62 or the tunnel ?
     
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    Hope the replacement doesn't go the same way. lol
     
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    Tunnel . Road up to Som port on French side.
     
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    we came over the top a la @Terry in October (Terry tried it in Feb I think) much higher than the Somport, definitely snow affected, the top is littered with ski runs. I would reckon the Somport will be kept clear when ever they can, but the French side of the of route was definitely the more 'exciting' overhangs bends etc

    watch for signs and do as the locals you wont go far wrong :)
     
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    we travelled through the tunnel last week no sign of snow on the route except on the high peaks the weather there as been very warm as in England averageing above 3 degrees so no ice either of course things can change very quickly. the aire in oloron had a gypsy encamped there with a caravan and awning up and kids and bikes. a lot of us used the car park round the corner about 200 yards away with no problems.
    Jeff
     
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    Thanks for all your inputs,think the key is to check weather conditions before leaving Oloron and having the snow chains handy.Once again many thanks.
     
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    If it's any help as @DavidG58 says we came over (almost)end of FEB :xgrin:Over the tops we came up against 5/6ft of snow at the last Ski resort and from what I understood no one interested clearing it :xblink:after that Eventually found the tunnel road (long story that someone may have a link to :xwink:) Road was kept clear and although hairy in places made a great driving road :xThumb: and made sure we did not fall asleep :xgrin:
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