I've cycled across Biarritz and that was pretty horrendous too, mixing it with buses in narrow streets. Crossing Nantes, which we did later in the trip, was a doddle by comparison .On the way down last year we got stung €32 - then drove through the Biarritz area on the non toll road - NIGHTMARE
Coming back we paid the tolls but its not cheap in an 8 mtr van
Have you looked at this : I swear by it.It's always worth looking at a couple of different routes. Going from ferry to Dordogne I always went the usual Le Mans, Angouleme, home route, paying the tolls ( about €45-50) Going down to west of Limoges, Thiviers, Brantome , home cut the toll charge down to €23 and put just a few more miles on the journey.
Edit:: this was cost in car.
Yes! your right! My error! exit at Jct 17 and rejoin at Jct 18. A saving of €10.60. A loophole that will be closed soon no doubt!This seems to show some free sections on the A63 but my French is rubbish.
Philippft... Do you have your junctions the wrong way around ?? Going south you hit jn 18 first..
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You can choose car with caravan, same cost I believe and gives a good indicator of travel time
What I will do this year is to come down the A63 and exit at Jct 17 and join again at jct 18. (45 KM) I will continue down the A63 to Saint-George-de-Maremne. This will be a toll free journey and will have saved €10.60 toll fare at Jct 18. I will overnight at George-de-Maremne with a Fuel stop a few hundred meters further down the D810. I will rejoin the A63 at Jct 8. the toll fare from there to the Spanish boarder is €6.00. A big saving and yet using all of the A63 less Jct 17-18 and and 23 KM near the bottom.
A small error in my post which I hope you spotted ! It should be exit at 18 and rejoin at 17. The stop I use at George-de-Maremne is a very easy to access. Just before the roundabout,by the Church. Plenty of bays to park in and just over the road is a Patisserie that also does take away pizza.
This is my first time down to Algeciras. I played around with Michelin maps and my Sat Nav which has latest maps and the route I have chosen is the exit the A63 just over the Spanish border and take the N121-A to Pamplona. (Used this road last year and it's Toll free and a newish road, used by some Trucks. When I hit the Pamplona Ring road I'll reset my Sat Nav for the Aire in Valladolid (Toll free and mostly duel carriageway) (Should I be tired (unlikely) I will stop at Burgos). My plan is to travel the whole of Spain toll free and It's almost all motorway))).
I have used the following Link to decide on my Spanish overnight stops and if you click on the location avatar all the details come up.
I plan to complete Calais -Algecerias in 5 days.