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Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

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Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

I'm thinking of doing a driving holiday in northern spain. Have anyone tried a similar trip and how did you arrange it for a week?

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1. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

Not sure when you are planning to go but Brittany ferries who run this service have currently suspended all crossings due to an industrial dispute. Having said this, used this service from portsmouth many times and is a great way to travel with car across to Spain.

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2. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

Is Portsmouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries? How much and how long would it take?

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3. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

Crossing time is 24 hours but fares vary depending on time of year. Go to:

http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/

and you will be able to get a price for your travel dates!

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4. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

All crossings are with Brittany ferries since p and o pulled out a few years ago. Crossing to Santander takes 24 hours ( currently leave lunch time arrive lunch time). To Bilbao it is longer ( leave late night one night, full day and one more night at sea and dock early following morning). As said, prices really vary depending on time of year. Height of summer is about £1000 for 4 people and car (you have to have a cabin). Crossing out of season for 2 can be as low as £400. The web site is very clear and shows you cheapest crossings around the date you plan to travel.

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5. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

Just to add, you obviously need to add the crossing times if going for a week and the ferries only leave a couple of time a week.

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6. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

I done the trip last year. Santander to Portsmouth.

Food just about acceptable, entertainment not my style. Still as I live in a wine region we just had a bottle of our local product, sat back and enjoyed the trip. Cheaper than a journey through France.

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8. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

Yes, solysombra's last point is a good one, careful of exactly how much time you end up getting in Spain. When my parents come over, they often end up combining either Plymouth/Portsmouth - Santander and Portsmouth - Bilbao ferries to find the perfect combination for the dates they want.

It is possible to just have reclining seats on the Port Aven boat (usually used on the Santander sailings in summer), but it is very advisable to pay the extra and get a cabin, reclining seats are not much fun I can tell you! On the other boats that sail this route it is mandatory to have a cabin.

And as Casa said, the food on board is ok (best on the Pont Aven), but pricey, so worth bringing your own if possible, there are plenty of places you can sit and eat your picnic/drink your wine onboard.

The website is brilliant, very clear and efficient, and their customer services team are great too if you need to phone.

All the industrial action from a couple of weeks ago has now finished too, and for the moment looks to be settled. Everything back to normal!

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9. Re: Plymouth - Santander by ferry with car

Sorry at late reply- just seen your post. If you're still considering this trip (which we do regularly, usually in May) then you have only a few days to catch Brrittany ferries' excellent 20% off holidays offer til 14 Dec.

Their ferry-only prices are a bit expensive, but if you book at least three nights in any of their accommodations (hotels, paradors or cottages) they discount the fare substantially, and the extra 20% (IF YOU BOOK BY 14th DEC) makes it really cheap. You'll probably prefer the coast but we've just confirmed our favourite mountain hotel (Del Oso, near Potes) for a week for under £700 including an upgrade on the ferry to a large 4-berth outside cabin with windows . I'd strongly recommend this if you have kids as the 24-hour crossing's not tolerable without privacy, beds and a shower. With decent accommodation it becomes a mini-cruise!

Even in August you'll probably get a package for less than £1k for four in a cottage and the area is wonderful.

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