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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 15-10-2021, 22:33 Thread Starter
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Advice on route Valencia-Cherbourg

I usually travel with the satnav set to No Tolls and No Motorway. However, for my return route from somewhere around Valencia to Cherbourg port I want to move fairly quickly (don't fancy a long, cold end to my trip!) so I will be allowing motorway for sure tho I drive maybe 90-100km/hr on motorway rather than the allowed 120 or whatever.

The 2 pics give my satnav's route with NO toll roads, and WITH toll roads. It looks as if NO toll roads goes via Pau and the toll one goes via Irun.

I gather from things I've read in the past that there are stretches of toll road that are worth the expense.

Can anyone make suggestions that might make my journey reasonably quick? I'll be travelling end Oct into November.

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There will be some/many who disagree, but as far a I am concerned all toll roads are worth the expense, if that is the direction and speed that I want to travel.

They are certainly more relaxing than constant roundabouts as you enter every village and town................and safer as we had many local motorists and pedestrians in the way as we plodded across the countryside.

If all you want to do is go from A to B and not "experience" the bits in between...............it's a no brainer.................toll roads every time.

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I would tend to agree with most Webby says Jean. Plus the fuel stop at Auchan Irun is the cheapest en route.
Even that route is a little tortuous and like a 'helter skelter' but moves all the time and will be easier on the van. imho.

Just looking again Jean, from your present position Andorra, Toulouse, Bordeaux looks the shortest route?

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From Valencia I often return via Zaragoza then through the Somport tunnel,
Pau, Mont de Marsan and join the A63 at Le Muret the last A63 toll point heading
north. So saves €30+ and avoids that Irun to Muret A63 (was A10 pre toll status)
truck infested stretch, to me it's definitely worth the extra few hours going through
and under the Pyrenees.
Not to say it isn't worthwhile taking the tolls around the major cities.
I was only being disparaging about the trucks not our new heroes the
camionistas.
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I always use the A75 free motorway when going North or South. It’s possible to go north via the Spanish AP7 to the French border, then A9 as far as the A75 which is free right up to Clermont Ferrand. From there Tolls available all the way to Cherbourg via Tours, Le Mans and Caen.

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If all you want to do is go from A to B and not "experience" the bits in between...............it's a no brainer.................toll roads every time.

Speed,safety and relaxation.................it's what money is for.
Ah, there's the rub webby - yes, I'd like to take not too long going up; but at the same time I don't really fancy ending my trip on days of soul-less driving.
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Just looking again Jean, from your present position Andorra, Toulouse, Bordeaux looks the shortest route?

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I'll be moving further south before heading for home Ray.

Thanks camion n Terry - I'll have a look at those options.

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The A75 certainly gives some great views of the country side. A few steep climbs and drops but certainly interesting including a run across the Millau Bridge.

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I've eventually got Michelin route planner to work n it seems that the quickest route is also the shortest and cheapest! So win-win-win!

When the time comes I'll just plug in the satnav n let her have her head.

It's route 1 on the 2nd pic
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Our Hovel is on the edge of the Vendee/Deux Sevres border so we usually start the 'Holiday proper' by joining the A63 south at Fontenay le Comte and drive as far as Gradignan, Bordeaux [187 miles]; then Camping Larouletta, St Jean de Monts [125 miles]; Municipal Camping at Zaragoza [185 miles]; and, lastly, the leg to Moncofa [185 miles]. These were all formal sites because we were caravanning, but the autoroute drive was very relaxing and well worth the Toll Fees [we just reversed the route for the Return Journey and travelled via Dieppe to Newhaven to get the 20% Fare reduction for the 60+ age group ...


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