From the Uk to Spain By Ferry. My next Travel Plan?


My Mission: Uk to Spain by Ferry


I can imagine your face whilst  reading the headline: You are probably shaking your head thinking “Here she goes again!” Traveling from the Uk to Spain only by car and ferry? Another of her crazy ideas!

On the boat at sunset. Picture owned by Clelia Mattana. All rights reserved.

On the boat at sunset.
Picture owned by Clelia Mattana. All rights reserved.

Well, why shouldn’t I?

Exactly 10 days ago I was back in Europe  and  I already feel a bit trapped, even  in my beautiful Sardinia, being a traveler, this is not enough anymore. I need to move to be happy. Even if only for a couple of weeks before going back to work.

Where did I get the idea of a journey from the Uk to Spain by ferry and train?


1| THE PASSION FACTOR: First of all, people who know me well  are fully aware  that  I LOVE boats and ferries. Since I’m back to Europe my friends in the UK are asking me non stop to visit them, and I also love Spain. Not to mention that I  need to practice all those perfect Spanish sentences I’ve learned on the road right? Perfect combination!

2|THE ADVENTURE FACTOR:  It is definitely more adventurous to get on a boat/ferry instead of a boring plane, and it’s also cheaper! or maybe it simply reminds me of my teenage years of freedom, looking the sunset on a deck and dreaming of faraway places. The ferry is definitely the most romantic way of transport for me. It’s an alternative travel experience and most importantly, taking the ferry is the only way to bring your car with you without the hassle of renting one. Win-win situation for a different approach to your holidays!

That said, I’m still in the dreaming process here. But when I start dreaming I also start the research process to see whether it’s feasible or not and check all the possible combinations to reach my destination.

So let’s start dreaming together with my Itinerary for this amazing ferry/road trip! 

Plus: I will tell you step by step how I can make it possible



Sardinia ——>London (by plane)——-> Poole(by train)——–>Ferry to Gijon——–> Madrid (either by car or Train, bus or whatever vehicle I find available!)

How long the journey is going to take?

I researched online to see the best options and, including the flight, the train to Poolethe ferry and the road trip to Madrid, I calculated around 2 days.

The Ferry is the way of transport that will take most of my time (25 hours) , but this is actually the best part of it, together with the road trip to Madrid.

The aim of this slow journey is reaching my final destination by enjoying everything in between, so being on a boat for a long time is something I am looking forward to!

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The inside of a typical Ferry boat. Pretty awesome! Source:

The ferries covering these routes are usually fully equipped with restaurants, bars and shops. They also have relaxing lounges and cabins with beds to relax and enjoy the journey to the fullest.

I took so many ferries from Sardinia to mainland Italy and I can define myself an expert :). I loved staying outside on the deck, just reading a book, watching the sunset and the sunrise, or simply staring at the horizon and relax. These are the moments where I feel free: The wind on my face and an endless horizon in front of me!

How much the journey will  cost me?

Before embarking (literally in this case) on this adventure, I obviously had to check all the expenses involved as the transportation costs are the ones that will influence my budget the most. I have friends both in the UK and Spain so the accommodation is not a real problem for me.


Thanks to the low-cost airlines I will pay around 30£ from Sardinia to London.



I need to consider the cost of the train from London to Poole, which is around 10£. I went to my old faithful wikipedia website to have a look at  what companies operates form and to London, and the prices. Totally feasible! Phewww 🙂

I also needed to calculate the cost from Gijon to Madrid and below I found all the details on what to expect in terms of prices. Since I’m feeling  adventurous I think I will go for the ride (I have contacts in Spain so it shouldn’t be too difficult).

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Looking at the map I decided that I want to make a quick stop in Oviedo.

What’s in Oviedo?? Call me sentimental, but I loved the movie Vicky Cristina Barcellona“, where Javier Bardem invited Scarlett Johanson to spend a romantic weekend in Oviedo.

From what I saw on the movie I found it so fascinating that  now I want to see it for myself . Being this a road  adventure I thought.. why not? I Love to stop in small villages and have a look around anyway and this is the perfect opportunity!



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Typical Ferry boat. Source:

This was one of my main concerns as I know that for the Sardinia ferries the cost is pretty expensive. I had a look online to find the best deals, and I found some cheap ferries companies that operate on those routes.

To my surprise I found one that offers tickets starting from 68£(the cheapest one I’ve found is a company called  LD lines). Not bad at all. I compared that to the Italian ones and they are 20-30% cheaper, depending on the route, type of vehicle embarked and type of cabin.

 Recap of the expenses:


Below is a quick summary of the average cost for my ideal trip from the UK to Spain only using 1 plane, train, ferry and a car.

Flight: 30£ + Train 10£+ Ferry 68£+ car 20£ = GRAND TOTAL 128 £.

Not bad huh? I am seriously considering the idea of this trip, I always  wanted to discover a bit more of Spain (never made it to Madrid, shame on me), and take this opportunity to visit my dear friends in London.

I am also pondering other European escapes, but I have so much work to do, and so much material to write about my beloved Philippines that I doubt I will have much time to do anything more than this.

But I’m literally obsessed with boats, ferries and road trips. Since I’m back from Asia, I’m really missing all this.

The first few days back home, sleeping in a comfortable bed are a real bless, but after a while my travel bug starts screaming inside me  again and I can’t say no to the call of the wild, can I?

What do you think about this little crazy Idea? Would you do something similar to explore Europe without spending a fortune?

But most importantly…Have you ever heard of a Spanish place called OVIEDO??? 🙂


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  1. I have been twice to Oviedo, it is a pretty nice little town in the north. Don’t expect to find the Spanish cliche (movida, parties, flamenco, sangria, …) and you will love it!

    1. Thanks Giulia! Don’t worry I never have too many expectation about a place. Just give me a quiet relaxing place, good company and good weather and I’m happy.

  2. This is an awesome idea! I’m surprised at the cost too, it’s much cheaper than I would’ve expected for a journey like that. Will interesting to see how it pans out if you go ahead with it!

    1. Thanks Nick! I know right? It’s not that expensive and honestly, if you count the hours you need to be at the airports for the check in and all, if i can …I’d rather take a fantastic road trip 🙂

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