Skip to content

Time to drive to UK

Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total)
  
  • Author
    Posts
  • #26638
    Alistair
        • Topics: 30
        • Replies: 83
        • Total: 113
        • BIC Full Member
        • ★★★★★
        Member since: 11th May 2010

        Hello all,

        We drove here with a trailer 6 years ago, which took 4 days of pretty hard driving. Someone has told us that an HGV with animals can do it in 3, including rest periods for the animals, which sounds a bit unbelievable.

        Do you have any thoughts on how long it could take, not a race, staying within legal limits etc. and an HGV.

        Many thanks.

        By the way we are not shipping the donkeys back to the UK.

        Alistair

        Many thanks in advance

        Compare hotel prices and find the best deal - HotelsCombined.com
        BullionVault

        #27047
        SensibleAnn
            • Topics: 25
            • Replies: 68
            • Total: 93
            • BIC Old Hand
            • ★★★★
            Member since: 14th November 2005

            Hi Alistair,
            We have driven back and forth to Crete several times over the last few years.
            We did the journey from Crewe to Makri Yialos once in 72 hours in a Renault Clio with 2 dogs on board.  No overnight stays in hotels, just stopping in service station car parks to grab the odd hours rest and stopping when necessary to let the dogs do the necessary.  It was completely knackering, took us a week to get over it and I wouldn’t ever do it again!!

            #27317
            moggy1923
                • Topics: 89
                • Replies: 466
                • Total: 555
                • Practcally Cretan
                • ★★★★★★
                Member since: 29th April 2007

                Alistair, slightly confused with your question, are you talking about the total journey time, i.e. including ferries, or the actual driving part?

                did see you are asking about an HGV

                #27523
                Alistair
                    • Topics: 30
                    • Replies: 83
                    • Total: 113
                    • BIC Full Member
                    • ★★★★★
                    Member since: 11th May 2010

                    Hi Moggy
                    Yes I mean total time. We have been told by someone who sends animals to the UK from Crete and they say it only takes 3 days – cannot believe it – and this includes rest stops!

                    Any thoughts gratefully received.

                    Alistair

                    #27686
                    The Ebenezer
                        • Topics: 0
                        • Replies: 3
                        • Total: 3
                        • BIC 2.0 Newbie
                        Member since: 19th August 2010

                        It’s doable, I think, with two drivers.
                        I’ve done it in 3 days(glossing over the 9pm ferry from Souda the previous night), in a 4×4, with single driver.
                        It required arriving in Piraeus at 5.30am leaving plenty of time to miss the Athens morning rush & getting to Patras in time for the 1.30 Superfast to Ancona
                        That gets you in @ noon on the 2nd day which got us comfortably to Locarno for an overnight. However, next day, with the smell of home in my nostrils, I drove for 13hrs arriving in Surrey at 9pm; Herself had to peel my fingers from the wheel.
                        With the right ferry connections & aiming for the Swiss/French border for the 2nd night stop, a long 3rd day gets you to the M25.
                        Some caveats.
                        I haven’t been on the Patras road for 12 months, so I don’t know what the re-build is doing to road conditions.
                        Avoid Italian Bank Holidays. On one trip inbound to Crete at Easter, the autostrada was backed-up for 35 miles from Bologna towards the Adriatic.
                        Swiss tunnels; holiday periods can be log-jammed, particularly bad if there is a breakdown. Got stuck for 3 hrs last October at the St Gothard.
                        Milan ring road; sod’s law states you will hit it at rush hour; a good navigator or satnav comes in very handy as you will be busily engaged in admiring the antics of the Italian drivers.

                        #27812
                        moggy1923
                            • Topics: 89
                            • Replies: 466
                            • Total: 555
                            • Practcally Cretan
                            • ★★★★★★
                            Member since: 29th April 2007

                            Would like to clear one thing up, it is not 4 days of driving. As one spends time on the ferry from Crete to Piraeus (Athens) and time again on the ferry from Greece to whichever port in Italy. The hard drive from Italy to port for departure to UK. Personally I would recommend overnght stay in either Austria, Tirol District pretty, have stayed at Barwies 249, 6414 Mieming, email gastl@magnet.at – very happy there, but anywhere around those villages is good, we got there and found somewhere. Alternatively cheap deals can be had in France with PremierClass if you book on-line, around 35 to 45Euro per room, or Formula1 (think cheaper, but maybe share toilet!).
                            Sundays in France no trucks believe allowed on the Road before 4pm on Sundays, so if not drivng a truck the roads in Belgium/France more clear.

                          Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total)
                          • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
                          Scroll To Top