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road trip from Barcelona to Santiago de Comp

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road trip from Barcelona to Santiago de Comp

we are two friends travelling from Barca to Santiago de comp in mid July. We are renting a car for the journey. Neither of us has driven on the continent before. Does any one know about the price of petrol in Spain and how much motorway tolls cost?. Any additional tips for driving in Spain , we are used to driving on the left hand side.

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1. Re: road trip from Barcelona to Santiago de Comp

Viamichelin gives total cost of trips including tolls and gas, so is a great resource.

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Hi, I've done this trip by car and in the middle of July.

ViaMichelin.com, as the previous poster said, is a very useful resource for planning times, costs for fuel and tolls (it will even give you routes to avoid charges).

My only practical tips are

a) load up with lots of water for the journey. (I mean lots)

b) take a spare set of good quality driving sunglasses (this is experience talking) - I sat on my only pair during a stop-off - the glare - especially when in the centre of the country is incredibly - and tiringly - intense. And, strangely it wasn't easy to just drop off and buy another pair. You'll spend many long hours cruising through deserted mesetas.

c) Keep a flannel, or hand towel, or neckerchief in a plastic bag with water - in easy reach - every now and then you'll need these to refresh your face - or wrap the flannel or neckerchief around your neck by way of keeping cool - even if the car does have A/C - it's the glare from an often naked sun that causes discomfort.

d) Set off early - say an hour before the sun rises - you'll avoid a lot of traffic on the outskirts of BCN, and the timing will mean you'll hit a good spot for lunch - and feel like you've covered some miles.

Have a great time. It's a fantastic - if sometimes a little arduous - journey. (In fact, I'm a little envious - wish I could go with you!). Lots and lots to see, great little out of the way stop-offs for lunch or a snack. ¡Buen viaje! Regards.

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ola! Thanks so much for the helpful advice

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4. Re: road trip from Barcelona to Santiago de Comp

Petrol prices will vary a bit…because of local taxes etc.


The usual advice is do not drive too long, take plenty of breaks and keep to the speed limits.

The Spanish tend to drive fast and cat times close to the rear of your car.

This link is written by an American for Americans so some things you can ignore (like having an IDP)


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