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Old 13 Jan 2012
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UK Ferries to Spain.............

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Trying to get May off, so playing with Brittany ferries website coming out at £730 (only cabins one way) for the dates I would like.

However, because I've travelled with LD lines from Portsmouth, I checked their prices to Le Havre, and it seems they do a "landbridge" service; Portsmouth-Le Havre drive/ride to St Nazaire-Gijon
ok, yes you need to drive/ride from Le Havre to Nazaire and back and yes it will take a day or longer to get to Spain (depending on ferries), but the cost is £367.

Book your ferry crossings and landbridge service to France, Belgium and Spain with LD Lines and GLD Atlantique

That's a fair saving if you can afford the extra time.
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If you have 4 weeks off I'd ride down to Spain, you'll have 3 weeks to explore.

The ride down there isn't too bad it's not the M6/M1. There's a lot less traffic on the roads in France and the Aires are pretty good, if the weather is nice.

I've done Andorra to Le Mans in a day, you could push that out to Le Havre if you put the hours in so it's not that far, about 1,000 k's
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Much of the direct route through France is on free motorways and dual carriageways, similarly the route through Spain, see Ferries to France/Spain, routes through France and Spain, Gibraltar information and ferries to Morocco

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flyingdoctor/Tim; thanks for the replies and info, I've driven up/down through France on tolls and N roads, they do have a great network, I get about 24mpg on a run in my 110 so just looking at at all options.

Interestingly it's about a 480ml round trip Le Havre/St Nazaire, so cost of fuel/tolls misc and the cost of the ferries still saves me around £150.

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I used the St Nazaire - Gijon ferry in June last year when I was heading down to ride the Pyrenees.

The ferry cost £120 for two people, two bikes and a cabin, it would have cost us more in fuel to ride down - and being a night crossing it's a "free night" of accomodation. Like spending a night in a hotel and waking up hundreds of miles further along!

The ferry was obviously designed for truckers - it's not 5 decks of shops, bars, restaurants and cinemas like the St Malo ferry or the Santander ones. However, the cabins were en-suite and in decent condition, the bar and restaurant were perfectly good and there was a small shop for any little bits and pieces you need.

I'd definitely use it again - much cheaper than the Santander ferry but saves a whole load of the route.
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Le Harve Down to Malaga if you cross into Spain at the med side and use the 340 is do able in a single 24hr hit. Done this twice can save a lot of costs in hotels and food if you can put up with the cramp and manage the concerntration
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