Originally Posted by benikenny
I am driving to La Nucia from UK next weekend and the amount of different routes available are many and vary greatly in price. Can anyone offer me a quick and economical route that makes best use of motorways but a one that would avoid paying too much in tolls?
The Viamichelin route finder already mentioned should be your best friend.
You can select the type of route you want, fast, scenic, recommended, no tolls etc etc.
Tell it what type of car and fuel you have and your cruising speed it will even work out the time and total cost for each route including all tolls. You can try out lots of different routes and trade of extra time against cost savings.
If you do choose a toll route it tells you how much the toll will be at each section so you can have the money ready.
I have done Calais to Moraira many times now, generally I use the motorway all the way down to Montpelier over the Millau Bridge.
I have found this is an easy drive its fast and the French tolls are not too bad, its actually the Spanish end that is expensive, though I just heard that the A7 motorway is now open Barcelona to Alcoi with only a short toll section
so that will save a lot of money.
Watch out for the weather this time of year The Pyrenees (sp) are no place to be in winter without proper equipment.
I generally do the trip with one stop, I find Clermont Ferrand is a good place with loads of hotels and its then an easy drive from there into Spain and down the coast.
I'm sure you have one, but if not a SatNav takes all the pressure off driving around Paris, means you can watch the road and not have to worry about watching the road signs.