Driving from southern Spain to the UK, on your own... Anyone done it?

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  • eleven63 20 Aug 2016 17:51:58 2,522 posts
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    Looks like I'm going have to drive back to the UK from southern Spain on my own. My partner had to fly back as, well, basically her mother is dying :(

    I don't mind the driving bit, was a white van man way back - driving isn't the issue...

    But the dozen + toll booths between here and Calais do...

    Any tips, ideas?

    Just apologise to the car behind as you scramble out of the car fucking about with tickets, change, cards etc?

    Or adopt an air of nontulance?

    Thank you, as always, the the great hive that is Eurogamer.
  • Saul_Iscariot 20 Aug 2016 17:56:14 3,129 posts
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    I haven't but I can ask my brother if he has. He holidays a lot in France, near the Pyrenees. I also work with a lot of drivers who have worked in Europe, they might have advise on where to stay for rests and shizzle. Whereabouts in Spain are you?
  • elstoof 20 Aug 2016 17:57:16 23,687 posts
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    Either get one of those Liber-T tags sorted, or just don't give a fuck as you stroll round to the booth. It's their fault for not having dual sided tolls.
  • elstoof 20 Aug 2016 17:58:02 23,687 posts
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    Or you can drive to Santander and get the ferry to Pompy
  • THFourteen 20 Aug 2016 17:58:05 52,595 posts
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    Get a good lock on the back of your van too.
  • eleven63 20 Aug 2016 18:22:19 2,522 posts
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    Saul_Iscariot wrote:
    I haven't but I can ask my brother if he has. He holidays a lot in France, near the Pyrenees. I also work with a lot of drivers who have worked in Europe, they might have advise on where to stay for rests and shizzle. Whereabouts in Spain are you?
    Izbor, about 40 kilometres south of Granada - there are no back roots in Spain, but France?
  • eleven63 20 Aug 2016 18:23:17 2,522 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Either get one of those Liber-T tags sorted, or just don't give a fuck as you stroll round to the booth. It's their fault for not having dual sided tolls.
    That is a good idea!

    I'm tending towards the 'don't give a fuck' root.

    Cheers.
  • eleven63 20 Aug 2016 18:24:48 2,522 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    Get a good lock on the back of your van too.
    No van, an Insignia with all the gadgets and gizmos, the driving part is the easy bit!
  • eleven63 20 Aug 2016 18:26:14 2,522 posts
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    @elstoof looked at that, but it's 24 hours on a fucking ferry with the cream of British society....

    Edited by eleven63 at 18:26:38 20-08-2016
  • Saul_Iscariot 20 Aug 2016 18:42:35 3,129 posts
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    It is a twenty four hour drive, which isn't recommended under any circumstances. Still waiting to hear from my brother.
  • elstoof 20 Aug 2016 18:56:46 23,687 posts
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    The ferry wouldn't be too bad I don't think, I've done overnight ferries to France and the passengers are mainly older moneyed up folks going to their holiday homes or European students. The cream of British society are all on their Thompson packages to Majorca rather than slumming it on a ferry with restaurants, bars and cinemas.

    Edited by elstoof at 18:58:33 20-08-2016
  • mal 20 Aug 2016 19:17:13 29,326 posts
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    eleven63 wrote:

    Or adopt an air of flatulence?
    Works for me ;)
  • eleven63 20 Aug 2016 19:23:19 2,522 posts
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    @Saul_Iscariot yes, planning on stop over in Burgos, a little bit north of Madrid, then onto Tours, then blighty - roughly breaks up as 8 hour driving days, even one stop over I think is too dangerous!
  • eleven63 20 Aug 2016 19:23:40 2,522 posts
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    @elstoof true lol!
  • Armoured_Bear 21 Aug 2016 08:16:38 27,192 posts
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    eleven63 wrote:
    @Saul_Iscariot yes, planning on stop over in Burgos, a little bit north of Madrid, then onto Tours, then blighty - roughly breaks up as 8 hour driving days, even one stop over I think is too dangerous!
    Burgos is lovely , amazing cathedral , pretty centre and fantastic Morcilla (Black pudding )
  • elstoof 21 Aug 2016 08:36:29 23,687 posts
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    Street Black Pudding
  • Armoured_Bear 21 Aug 2016 10:58:01 27,192 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Street Black Pudding


    Edited by Armoured_Bear at 10:58:48 21-08-2016
  • eleven63 21 Aug 2016 15:29:02 2,522 posts
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    @Armoured_Bear yes, stayed there a few times now, it is lovely! Apparently it gets very cold in winter, when we go it's always about 30!
  • eleven63 24 Aug 2016 21:36:30 2,522 posts
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    Anyhow...

    1st leg done, Izbor-Burgos and zero fucking around with toll booths, as there aren't any!

    That fun is to come.

    Burgos? Pigs ears as tapas? Yep, all worth it so far, but I could murder a Big Mac.
  • elstoof 24 Aug 2016 21:54:54 23,687 posts
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    You can get a nice* Quick Burger soon

    *ymmv
  • Dirtbox 24 Aug 2016 22:33:26 91,178 posts
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  • Armoured_Bear 25 Aug 2016 07:24:48 27,192 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Don't drive through Switzerland, the toll is literally a year of road tax.
    It's 30 quid, is that what road tax costs?
  • elstoof 25 Aug 2016 07:41:01 23,687 posts
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    Quite a substantial detour on a Spain to UK trip
  • Dirtbox 25 Aug 2016 08:17:58 91,178 posts
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  • eleven63 25 Aug 2016 19:33:01 2,522 posts
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    @Dirtbox cheers buddy, her mum passed away this morning :( she was 88 and had a severe stroke 10 years ago, she wasn't meant to last a couple of years! Game old bird as they say...
  • eleven63 25 Aug 2016 20:14:52 2,522 posts
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    @Dirtbox lol! Anyways the trick is to ALWAYS avoid the clusterfuck that is driving through Paris, driving through Madrid is a breeze compared to the Parisian mess presented to a driver.

    To Calais, via Le Man / Rouen is your friend, if driving from Tours.
  • mal 25 Aug 2016 22:44:12 29,326 posts
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    News tonight is to avoid going through Cal after midnight apparently, FWIW.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37186868

    Edited by mal at 22:45:22 25-08-2016
  • Dirtbox 25 Aug 2016 23:32:18 91,178 posts
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  • spindizzy 26 Aug 2016 06:39:17 7,755 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Armoured_Bear wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    Don't drive through Switzerland, the toll is literally a year of road tax.
    It's 30 quid, is that what road tax costs?
    I'm not sure, it's tax and it's to do with roads is about as accurate as I can be. And that it lasts a year.

    It was about 40 for a half hour drive through Geneva last time I got one.

    ed: Just realised I'm mixing a drive up from italy with a drive up from spain. You'd be going waaay out of your way if you went anywhere near. Ignore me.

    You've got a straight shot through france, there's sod all to worry about. This is handy http://about-france.com/tourism/no-tolls-routes.htm
    Yeah, definitely don't go via Switzerland as it's way out of your way. But as a point of correction, you don't need to pay the toll if you stick to back roads - it's a motorway toll, not road tax, and so 40 CHF (37 euros) is incredibly cheap compared to France. I had friends visiting me in Geneva a month or so back, and they didn't get it. You just need to be very careful with your routes.
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