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Driving to UK from Lausanne

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In mid August, we need to get from Lausanne to Cornwall.

Flights from Geneva to Bristol (for our family of 5) are over 1000f plus a hire car, so just looking at other options.

Driving. How much do petrol and tolls cost from Lausanne to Calais? How long is the drive time?

How about tolls from Lausanne to St Malo (Brittany)? and then catching ferry across to Plymouth?
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Old 05.06.2012, 20:51
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

Just went from Zurich to London.
On tolls from Basel to Calais we spent € 50.- and we needed to fuel up twice.
Petrol prices are about the same everywhere, at the moment.
It takes about 8 to 9 hours to drive that route.
Don't know bout ferries, we used the tunnel.

Have fun!
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

We went in May. We left Solothurn at 7 am & drove to Luxembourg and filled with cheap fuel, prices similar to Swiss. We then drove to Dunkirque for a DFDS- Norfolk line ferry, we booked ahead for €80 return. Arrived in time for the 18:00 ferry, but we had very few rest stops!

However as you are going to Cornwall you might also consider Caen - Portsmouth http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/fe...ortsmouth-caen as well as Roscoff-Plymouth http://www.directferries.co.uk/

In August there is heavy UK traffic east of Plymouth, so the Roscoff-Plymouth-Cornwall route would be best. Book early!

Here is the information for the journey, fuel, tolls etc. http://www.viamichelin.com/web/Routes

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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

We travel over from here via Vallorbe for the border crossing, then across country via Pontarlier and Salin-les-Bains to Dole to pick up the motorway (A39) there and go up past Troyes and Reims for Calais. Last trip in November took 8 and a half hours with a 15 minute rest break and about half an hour for lunch and petrol top up.

Tolls on this route were 27.60Euro for Dole-Reims section and 20.80Euro for Reims-Calais. Petrol on the motorways was between 1.54 and 1.61Euro depending on which stop you used; Reims was the cheapest then but it varies on every trip. Depending on your car, petrol tank size and average fuel consumption you might be able to get across France with only one top up, but we usually do a quick 20 litre splash and dash on the last section before Calais.

I'm just planning our next trip for July and P&O Ferries from Calais are around £80-£95 return at present for a mid-afternoon departure and early morning return. Tunnel is £176 return, but faster at half an hour, compared to the 1.30 hour ferry.
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

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Just went from Zurich to London.
On tolls from Basel to Calais we spent € 50.- and we needed to fuel up twice.
Petrol prices are about the same everywhere, at the moment.
It takes about 8 to 9 hours to drive that route.
Don't know bout ferries, we used the tunnel.

Have fun!
I went from Zug to Ieper/Ypres in eight hours a couple of weekends ago, probably about an hour short of the tunnel (never going above about 120 km/h, but it was a holiday so very light traffic). Via Strasbourg, Nancy, Luxembourg and across southern Belgium, it only cost about €10 in tolls - all free except for the short stretch between Saverne and Nancy.
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

It tooks us about 7.30 hrs to get to calais was about 50 euro ish tolls and we get the tunnel then you can leave if there is an earlier train and only 35 mins... we normally fill up 2 times and have a 10 min break at each for loo etc. similar route to mentioned before a39 up to past reims.. last time we left at 4.30ish and arrived uk lunchtime.. we are are only an hour drive from folkstone though.. x
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

I'd happily pay 1000 francs to save 2 days not driving to the UK (and especially in the UK).

If I was going for more than a week it would perhaps sway me.

Oh and when I've done the trip, I try to avoid driving in the UK as much as possible. More traffic than Holland and more for gas than anywhere I know of.....
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

Sort of off topic, but relevant, has anyone using a sat-nav been experiencing reception problems in parts of Switzerland over the last few weeks? Our in-car sat-nav doesn't seem to be picking up the usual SRS-SRG signal here in Fribourg canton, but when my husband drives to work in Lausanne it seems to get the V-Traffic signal from Yverdon on to Lausanne. It's only happened in the last two-three weeks; it was fine before then.

I'm not sure if it's a problem with our sat-nav (the car's a 2007 model) or whether it's the Swiss system itself. As we're going over to UK in July and use the sat-nav for traffic updates on the journey I'd like to know if anyone else has or has not had problems with their Swiss sat-nav reception lately.
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

Cheapest route (and takes the same time) is through Belgium and luxembourg, with no tolls and also cheap fuel in Luxembourg.

If your trip is 5 days or less you can get a short trip saver on the tunnel crossing and it is only £45 each way.
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

I think one important question is "Are you used to long drives" or will you be sharing the driving. 8 or 9 hours driving is ok if you are used to driving long distances, but if you are only used to a couple of hours then fatigue can make the journey hard work and dangerous. Then the flight costs make a sensible option.
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Re: Driving to UK from Lausanne

If you have two drivers and aren't in any particular hurry its no problem. We did Surrey to Montreux in about 12hrs including the ferry crossing (Calais to Dover) and a decent stop for lunch in a restaurant.

Given that including train to GVA and all the messing around before and after the flight, it can easily take 8-9hrs, its not bad; especially if you want/need a car at the other end.

edit: My wife has driven it on her own a few times and has also been fine, but she has better capacity for long drives than I do.
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