Can I do this trip without flying?
Yes, this is a great option for a No Fly Holiday, taking your car with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth.
This 'No Fly' option would cut the carbon footprint for this trip by around 40%.
Because you wouldn't be paying for flights, luggage or seat selection, and are taking your own car (and, therefore, do not need the hire car included in the price of this trip), the cost is comparable with flying. That includes your own sleeping cabin too.
There are regular sailings between Portsmouth and Santander/Bilbao, and between Plymouth and Santander, and we will happily advise on your options. This trip works best starting in Bilbao and ending in Santander, which is an hour closer to Santiago. The return drive is fairly long at around 5 hours, and so you may wish to break it up with a night on the coast. As always, we'll work through the options together.
Timed right, in 2021 you will spend one night aboard the ferry in each direction. As of 2022, outbound sailings from Portsmouth will take around 30 hours and require two nights on board. The pay off for this is that the new ferries will cut carbon emissions by a further 25% compared to the current boats. The return journeys are usually then just one night. There are no planned changes for the Plymouth route, so it's one night both ways. You will usually have breakfasts and dinners included.
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