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Old 9th May 2008, 22:13   #1 (permalink)
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Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Just driven from Manchester left monday afternoon 4pm,arrived in Dalaman 6am,if anyone is thinking of doing this and would like some info then let me know.

Also if anyone wants i could add some more details to this thread of the experience and the pitfalls encountered en-route.

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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Hi Paul, please tell us about your trip and any tips etc. it would be very useful for others thinking about it.
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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Paul,

It would be very helpful for those of us who would like to drive to Turkey, if we could have the benefit of your experiences.
I used to travel all over Europe by car, but Turkey is still in the 'pipeline'.

I note 2 1/2 days drive, I would have thought more - did you ever stop for a pee ?
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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Hi Paul,
Please let us know the details.
This would be very interesting for many members including us.
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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Hi

Great drive!

I would be interested to know how many road miles that is (and how many tanks of petrol). Also, what car? I assume something big that eats up the miles?

I am sure we would all like to read details of your experiences.

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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

How much was the total petrol cost and which route did you take?
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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Thanks for all the comments and requests.

Our car is a 1999 Renault Megane Scenic 16valve petrol

We started off from north manchester 4.00pm monday the 5th of may,we drove down to Dover for a late crossing booked for 22.00hrs this was the cheapest for 2 adults and a car (23) Dover to Dunkirque

Some time was wasted waiting for the ferry loading and the 2 hrs crossing which is a bit longer than the Calais crossing,once we landed at the other side we headed for Belgium and into the Netherlands most of the roads were very quiet and well sign posted,next was into Germany and past the Hockenheim Race track and on into Austria.

Our main problem was reaching the Serbian border,make sure you have a green card for this section or else its 125 euros to pay to enter,the tolls through this country were 5 euro,5 euro and then a 15 euro,3 in total,next we entered Hungary,no border checks and really good roads,very easy into Budapest but was lost in it for about an hour,the film Grounhog day came to mind once or twice,next was Bulgaria,very simple friendly and helpfull,5 euros for a day pass to drive their roads and on to the turkish border.

Total mileage was 2,650 miles down to Dalaman,i will put fuel costs on once i can check my card statement as some countries wanted local currency so best using card.

The Renaults onboard computer was reading over 36mpg most of the time and we had the back stacked up to the roof so was quite heavy.

When we arrived at the border it was being refurbished so plenty of building work but again very helpfull,passport check,visa for friend then turkish 3rd party insurance for the car(45 YTL for 3 months)qucik signature from the main man and of we went.

Arrived Dalaman 5am thursday the 8th May

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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Wow Paul,

G and I are really intrigued. And ignorantly shocked that it only took 2 1/2 days!

Rivotting read and very concise. Would love Carol's perspective of driving versus fly.

Very well done!
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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Wow. sounds great. I look forward to the petrol costs!
What is and where do you get a 'green card'?
I thought that was a USA work permit..!
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Re: Manchester to Dalaman 2 1/2 days drive !!

Paul,

It's on my list of things to do but my family aren't as keen and would want to make it a mini holiday getting there and back so 2 1/2 days would be out of the question (unless of course I did it on my own !)
Out of curiosity, my sums suggest that 2650 miles over 2.5 days is just over 1000 miles per 24 hour day.
Would I be right in thinking that there were at least two of driving and your stops were for refreshment breaks only ?
Probably the biggest question has already been asked regarding total fuel bills and did you take advantage of a quick visit into the Luxembourg border where fuel has always been the cheapest in Europe.
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