Barcelona to Rome

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  1. StanandShirley

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    Thinking of taking the ferry from Barcelona to Rome or the port just north
    Firstly has anyone done it so to give me some advice. Also can you sleep in your van while crossing. Any advice would help thanks
     
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    We did it last year, you cannot sleep in camper but the accommodation not bad. It is run by Grimaldi lines and it is a working boat so do not expect a cruise ship. In my opinion its better than driving 1600 miles when compared to 20 hour's some in bed.
    Always book a cabin for exclusive use.
    We are doing it again this year with a break in Sardinia. Hope this helps.
     
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    Driving your motorhome in Rome would be “interesting”. Probably need a bigger turbo,or some rocket fuel. But I guess you’ll bus into the centre.
     
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    I concur with @Portland, we did the journey in reverse last year, the boat was fine, food not so great but acceptable, best to take some of your own onboard.

    In 2009 we returned to Barcelona from Genoa courtesy of Gran Navi Veloci, much the same comments apply.
     
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    Thanks Portland and Podney not thinking of driving through Rome in camper not after being in Madrid and by all accounts Rome’s even madder no will be staying outside and train in
     
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    Only Gimaldi Lines operate a ferry service from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (for Rome). This operates 6 days a week, usually departing 23.00, arriving 19.00 next day. For a one-way crossing (booked in advance and non-refundable, more expensive for a refundable ticket), the cost would be around €200-270 depending on date for 2 Adults, a "camper" up to 9m in length, and an outside cabin. Without an outside cabin for the overnight crossing you would only save around €40, so does not seem worth saving even if you could stay in your MoHo on a Vehicle Deck (which you can not). By the most direct road route, the distance is around 790 miles - possible, perhaps, in 2 longish days driving. Full details of the ferry service can be found at https://www.grimaldi-lines.com/en .
     
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    Ah yes,we found the train was good,and the underground was even better,and cheap,seem to recall we got a ticket where you get on/off all day within an area....usual stuff.
     
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    When visiting Rome we stayed at theCamping Tiber site. (http://www.campingtiber.com/) ACSI accepted.

    We chose it as it provides a shuttle bus to the nearest Metro station with direct trains to the centre of the city. It also provides electric hook up, internet access, a pool and a bar.

    The site is fairly large and has some static vans so won't be to everyone's taste.

    Beware when in Rome and look after your personal possessions. Rome is the
    Pickpocket capital of Europe.
     
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    Thanks folks for your help have booked on the Grimaldi site which was cheaper than going through Camping & Caravan even though they said I would get a discount Sailing on the 16th April noted the remarks about the food so will be taking enough grub with us for the trip also booked a cabin as suggested Happy Days and Thanks again
     
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    Great to hear you have booked! Do you mind me asking what it cost, and what the charge includes? We might be doing similar, but a couple of weeks earlier and in 2019.

    Thanks .(y)
     
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    After Barcelona that you just left:LOL:
     
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    Mike beaches ,paid just over £300 which included a four berth cabin for the two of us cheaper if you don’t have a private cabin, also included a cancellation fee insurance
    Looking at the mileage probably would spend the same on fuel and having driven along the French coast a few times had seen lots of places before
     
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    Thanks very much! That sounds a reasonable price for the convenience of saving the driving and also saving time. We would also pay for a private cabin.

    I think the cost is probably less mile-for-mile than crossing the Bay of Biscay, from Plymouth to Santander, on Brittany Ferries.

    Have a great trip. (y)

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    Just wondering of it would be worth doing Plymouth to Santander then Barcelona to Italy rather than driving from Calais (or Amsterdam or Zeebrugge) to Italy :) Something we would have to work out.
     
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    We are doing just that later this month! But then we live in Cornwall, not Scotland!
     
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    If I am totally bored later I might work out the mileages to see what would work best. We'd probably be going in late September or early October and back late October so availability of aires through France might also be an issue on the return journey.
     
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    Puddleduck your trip all depends on if your happy driving and seeing new places both options are valid, it’s because we have driven along the length of France on the med side a few times so going by ferry is a new experience
     
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    Grimaldi Ferry Terminal co ordinates are 41.363530 2.172260 - that will take you right to the check in office and slip road to the quay :)
     
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    it will also depend on time of year and how fast we need to be where we are going as we'll be going to visit relatives.... also depends on how fast we want to be away!
     
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