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Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Ok i did a search, and could not find any other thread regarding this.

Seeing as all the planes are being cancelled to Manchester, and Luton from Basel flying with EasyJet (i refuse to pay the expensive flights from Zurich to Manchester with the other airlines too expensive with a family of 4). I am thinking of driving to the Uk (north west) so please anyone if you could tell me the best way (route) to take, the fastest, and cheapest way, we have a Jeep, would it be cheaper to rent a car, and drive like say a diesel vehical to the UK, and back.

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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Have you looked at Swiss? I think they fly Basel-Manchester.
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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Forgot to say, my in-laws are on their way as we speak from Wigan. I will ask them how much it has cost them. I know the costs won't be exact but it may help!! They are pulling a caravan though but it may give a you a "ball park" figure.
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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Sell your jeep. The expense of it features in every discussion about your travelling.

The best way to Manchester is the first one you will think of: Metz Riems Calais M25 M40 M6 M62.

It is a long drive, and it will take you at least a couple of days. I have done it a few times in a 4x4 and really don't recommend it. You could fly Basel-Liverpool with Easyjet...

In your position I would either bit the bullet and pay the Manchester fare, or fly to Heathrow or Luton and pick up a hire car. Stansted is a pain, so don't go there. When you factor in the petrol,ferry, food and overnight stops, taking a car all that way with your family is very expensive.

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Ok i did a search, and could not find any other thread regarding this.

Seeing as all the planes are being cancelled to Manchester, and Luton from Basel flying with EasyJet (i refuse to pay the expensive flights from Zurich to Manchester with the other airlines too expensive with a family of 4). I am thinking of driving to the Uk (north west) so please anyone if you could tell me the best way (route) to take, the fastest, and cheapest way, we have a Jeep, would it be cheaper to rent a car, and drive like say a diesel vehical to the UK, and back.

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Have you looked at Swiss? I think they fly Basel-Manchester.
Husband checked, and they will stop this flight route soon
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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

DaveA's route is the best one to follow. I've driven this route 6 times in the last few months and I'll be driving it again next Thursday night. It usually takes me around 9 hours but I don't stop other than for coffee/fuel/remove coffee.

It is a long way, over 800 KM but through some beautiful countryside on very good roads (assuming you doing mind paying the Peage on the Autoroute). You will drive through a lot of WWI battle grounds so if you're interested there's plenty of places to stop off (such as Verdun) and do some sight seeing to break up the journey. If you're into Cathedrals then stop for a while in Riems. After Riems you're on the "Autoroute des Anglais" with only around 400KM left and it's downhill all the way to the coast.

Regarding costs, without the overnight stops and booking well in advance it worked out the cheapest option for me.

One important tip, don't speed near the coast, the Gendarmerie often patrol and they will fine you on the spot. Each time I've driven this route I've seen controls and they were all near the coast.

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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Oh yeah, I had completely forgotten about the toll costs: about 40EUR each way or something...

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DaveA's route is the best one to follow. I've driven this route 6 times in the last few months and I'll be driving it again next Thursday night. It usually takes me around 9 hours but I don't stop other then for coffee/fuel/remove coffee.

It is a long way, over 800 KM but through some beautiful countryside on very good roads (assuming you doing mind paying the Peage on the Autoroute). You will drive through a lot of WWI battle grounds so if you're interested there's plenty of places to stop off (such as Verdun) and do some sight seeing to break up the journey. If you're into Cathedrals then stop for a while in Riems. After Riems you're on the "Autoroute des Anglais" with only around 400KM left and it's downhill all the way to the coast.

One important tip, don't speed near the coast, the Gendarmerie often patrol and they will fine you on the spot. Each time I've driven this route I've seen controls and they were all near the coast.

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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

[quote=DaveA;311151]Sell your jeep. The expense of it features in every discussion about your travelling.

The best way to Manchester is the first one you will think of: Metz Riems Calais M25 M40 M6 M62.

It is a long drive, and it will take you at least a couple of days. I have done it a few times in a 4x4 and really don't recommend it. You could fly Basel-Liverpool with Easyjet...

In your position I would either bit the bullet and pay the Manchester fare, or fly to Heathrow or Luton and pick up a hire car. Stansted is a pain, so don't go there. When you factor in the petrol,ferry, food and overnight stops, taking a car all that way with your family is very expensive.




We do have a second car, but i like the comforts of the Jeep, so i will not sell my Jeep, as for the other information thanks, we worked it out, and it would be just under 2000frcs for us to fly from zurich to Manchester then we would have to hire a car for 2 weeks, so that works out very expensive aswell
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Oh yeah, I had completely forgotten about the toll costs: about 40EUR each way or something...

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Correct, minimum EUR 40, I think I paid a bit more last time but I used the credit card slot machine option rather than paying each time - saves a few minutes at each toll booth.

One other tip - don't be under any time pressure to get to a particular ferry/eurotunnel departure. It will cause unnecessary stress and isn't worth the hassle, I book well in advance with flex options on Speedferries. Eurotunnel is a bit more flexible anyway as there are mayn more departures.
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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Sutter, unless you are going for at least a few weeks and need the additional space forget the car.

You can do Zürich to London in a day, it will be a long day and your kids will be going mental but the end of it. Zürich to Manchester is in the region of 20 hours taking into account stopping for ferry, kids to take a **** etc.

Take the train if it's cheaper than flying, or tell your husband to look for a job that provides a company jet as a perk.
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i like the comforts of the Jeep
I which case you are easily satisfied so a VW Polo hire car should do you fine.
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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

I drive Basel <> Oxford once a month and find the cheapest drive to/from the UK from the Basel area is Basel, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Spy (Belgium), Lille, Calais and then channel tunnel using the frequent traveller program with Eurotunnel (buy 10 singles for GBP 39 per trip). It takes a bit longer than going via Reims but avoids the most expensive French motorway tolls and allows you to top up with very cheap fuel in Luxembourg half way. I go in a diesel Renault Modus with cruise control which takes about 12 hours door to door and does it (just!) on a single tank of fuel.
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I drive Basel <> Oxford once a month and find the cheapest drive to/from the UK from the Basel area is Basel, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Spy (Belgium), Lille, Calais and then channel tunnel using the frequent traveller program with Eurotunnel (buy 10 singles for GBP 39 per trip). It takes a bit longer than going via Reims but avoids the most expensive French motorway tolls and allows you to top up with very cheap fuel in Luxembourg half way. I go in a diesel Renault Modus with cruise control which takes about 12 hours door to door and does it (just!) on a single tank of fuel.

That's an interesting option, according to Google maps, the extra journey length is negligible, maybe 20k or so. I might try that route next time around, my initial thought was that your extra journey length might offset any Peage savings due to extra fuel usage but I don't think that's the case. With my car, fuel cost is not insignificant
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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Hi Sutter, just a thought what about Ryanair Basel to Dublin around 700chf for 4 depending when could be less or more, then Dublin to Manchester on 2 euros each return on that one not bad if times work well.
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Sutter, unless you are going for at least a few weeks and need the additional space forget the car.

You can do Zürich to London in a day, it will be a long day and your kids will be going mental but the end of it. Zürich to Manchester is in the region of 20 hours taking into account stopping for ferry, kids to take a **** etc.

Take the train if it's cheaper than flying, or tell your husband to look for a job that provides a company jet as a perk.

We have T.Vs, and a dvd player in the Jeep so the kids can watch some T.V, or dvds, we will make pit stops for them, and of course they can sleep, as for the private jet, we have a friend with a helicopter we have been in, but not much room for the luggage
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We have T.Vs, and a dvd player in the Jeep so the kids can watch some T.V, or dvds, we will make pit stops for them, and of course they can sleep, as for the private jet, we have a friend with a helicopter we have been in, but not much room for the luggage
Buy a portable DVD player and take the train or find a friend with a better helicopter.
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Buy a portable DVD player and take the train or find a friend with a better helicopter.
It is a portable DVD player with 2 T.V screens, but it needs to plug into the car, or at home. Ok does anyone have a private Jet on here we could borrow please
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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

We drove to Hawes for a wedding back in May and we decided to take the Ferry from Zeebrugge (Belgium) to Hull. The ferry is over night so you arrive relaxed and only have a short drive from Hull to Manchester on the second day.

Here are the Routes
Zürich -> Zeebrugge
Hull -> Manchester

We took a P&O Ferry, there might be others doing the same route. I can recommend the Club Cabin as the Minibar is for free
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12000USD should cover it. Unless you can find an empty leg cheaper.

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Re: Driving to the UK from Switzerland

Hi, we drove the same route this summer - just to Brighton and it was recommended by my parents who have been driving over for 40 years!
The petrol is the same price as here in Lux, and the tolls worked out to be about 10 Euros each way which helps the budget, and the difference is distance is very minimal. We had our 3 year old with us, and bought him a portable DVD player which helped with the long drive - I wholly recommend it if you have children. We chose to take the ferry - dunkerque to Dover so that we could stretch our legs and move around abit before getting back into the car. We have to go up to Manchester next year (with 2 kids in the back this time!) so I'll be interested how long you have in the end.
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