New ferry service between France and Spain
LD Lines has launched a new ferry service between St. Nazaire (Britanny, France) and Gijon (Northern Spain).
The first “Motorways of the Sea” ferry service between France and Spain is being launched on 16 September 2010 at Nantes-Saint-Nazaire port in Britanny, France. Operated by LD Lines, the new service will provide three weekly round trips between Nantes-Saint-Nazaire in the North West of France to Gijon in Northern Spain, with a crossing time of 14 hours. This service is for passengers travelling with a vehicle only, and at present there is no facility to cater for foot passengers only.
The service will be inaugurated by the ship Norman Bridge, which used to sail between LD Lines' Dover to Boulogne route. Tourist passengers can make the most of a new launch offer of £79 single for a car and two passengers, including cabin.
The service represents a significant new addition to LD Lines' ferry route network as LD Lines’ Managing Director, Christophe Santoni, explains; “This new link will provide both tourist passengers and freight customers with a unique landbridge between the UK and Northern Spain, crossing via our Portsmouth – Le Havre or Newhaven – Dieppe routes for example, and then onward travel to Spain via Nantes-Saint-Nazaire. This is an exciting new development and we also have plans to upgrade the service to a daily frequency, depending on the level of demand the route generates.”
There is great news for ferry fans and those who want to take a maritime route from France to Spain insead of the usual heaving autoroutes, especially as the P&O Ferries Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry service discontinues from the 27th September 2010 (the end of an era!). Happily, Brittany Ferries has recently doubled its service from UK to northern Spain. See Brittany Ferries routes from Portsmouth to Santander and Plymouth to Santander.
For more information on ferry services between the UK, Ireland and continental Europe, see our Ferry Planner.