Have you heard of the Sea Highway? It is a route that joins two highways on land by means of a maritime service.
From 4 September 2010 you can now travel by sea with your car from Gijón to Nantes, saving 10 hours and without having to stop along the way.
The vessel is perfectly conditioned for accommodating passengers and their vehicles and the crossing can be made in seats or in a cabin, depending on the type of cabin (with 4 beds, 2 beds, interior, exterior, etc.). The prices vary but the route is basically cheaper, more comfortable and safer than travelling by road. This was set up with the main objective of reducing road traffic and reducing the environmental impact.
The ship makes 3 departures a week from each port:
Gijón: the ship reaches Nantes at 11 h on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 5 h on Sundays, and leaves Nantes at 21 h on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 15 h on Sundays.
Nantes: the ship arrives from Gijón on Mondays at 5 h and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 h and leaves for Gijón at 21 h on Mondays and at 15 on Saturdays.
The ship arrives at Saint Nazaire Port, which is sixty kilometres from Nantes.
The terminals have all the necessary services. In Nantes there is a reception and information area, ticket office, telephone booths, toilets and showers available for drivers and 140 parking spaces.
In Gijón there are also rest areas and offices, toilets and showers for drivers and separate areas for pre-boarding and boarding and 118 parking spaces.
The service has been used so often since it was first set up that from next February the ship will be replaced by another larger one, with sufficient capacity to respond to the enormous demand in terms of transporting passengers and goods; the new ship “Sorrento” will be used for the crossing.
Whether you are travelling for work or pleasure or by truck, car or caravan, this new “sea highway” allows you to travel in comfort and reach other European destinations.
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