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Spain - Getting There By Road
There are several options for driving from Calais to Alicante on the Costa Blanca. For those looking for a mainly toll free route then the journey between Calais and the Costa Blanca via San Sebastian will take around 17 hours depending on traffic. There is also a route that goes via Perpignan that also has no (or very few) toll roads. However, for those looking to arrive quickly then the option of taking the tolls roads is there. This is obviously more costly but as the roads are relatively traffic free it means a speedier arrival at your final destination.
A realistic time frame for travelling to Spain from the UK via road is around 2 days. This can vary depending on routes taken and stoppages made. For those in no hurry to arrive at their destination several stops en-route for sightseeing can add several days to the journey but it is a lovely way to see the country.
When you are crossing the border either from France to Spain or from Portugal to Spain then it is worth remembering that these countries are in the ‘Schengen’ zone, and therefore passport checks are not carried out. Another route is from Andorra, and this is considered to be a tax haven, so there are checks carried out along that border, so the queues there can often be lengthy.
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