Marrakech Express

Most Importantly – The True Costs:

We are keen to be as transparent as possible with our Rallies as they are not a ‘cheap break’. Below is an itemised list of the other costs involved:

Registration – £350
The Car – Approx. £250 plus pimping
Insurance – Approx £35 per person based on specific Banger Rally insurance
European breakdown cover – Optional (but recommended at approx. £30)
Crossing the Channel
Ferries are typically available for approx. £50,
Channel tunnel £55.
Hotels
Please see our recommendations below, and indeed our Packages which include all hotels plus the two ferries (available on the Registration page). We typically use hotels which will cost £25-30 per person per night.
Spain to Morocco Ferry
For those driving into Morocco and back out return ferries cost in the region of £200 – £250 per car (depending on how many passengers there are).
Fuel costs – This will vary wildly depending on your chosen vehicle but 2450 miles at an average 40mpg = 61 gallons/ 275 litres
As of December 2015:
France (930 miles)
Diesel is €1.07/l = €112 or £81
Petrol is €1.28/l = €134 or £97
Spain (865 miles)
Diesel is €1.05/l = €102 or £74
Petrol is €1.17/l = €114 or £83
Morocco (360 miles)
Diesel is €0.73/l = €30 or £22
Petrol is €0.88/l = €36 or £26
Total
Diesel = €244 or £177
Petrol = €284 or £206
Tolls – there are a few tolls but nothing excessive, you will be looking at around £80 in total for tolls, however you can get away without going on the tolls, the routes just take longer!
Flights home
Flights are available back to most UK Cities from both Gibraltar and Marrakech.

What does all this mean then?

For a team of 4: Costs approx. £510 per person (excluding food and drink)
For a team of 3: Costs approx. £585 per person (excluding food and drink)
For a team of 2: Costs approx. £745 per person (excluding food and drink)

Here are some useful links to sort out your whole trip…

Hotel Recommendations

We have now completed our negotiations with the various hotels for 2016 and have managed to come in at a lower price than last year for our supported hotel & ferry package! This will include a hotel in each of the 5 stopovers, based on the highlighted hotels below, as well as the ferry across the Channel and will take away all the hassle of organising this yourself. It will not include the Morocco Ferry or a hotel in Marrakech as teams will be spending varying amounts of time there following the Rally and will have different budgets.

Costs for the Hotel & Ferry Package are as follows;

Team of two: £375 (£187.50 per person)
Team of Four: £700 (£175 per person)
*Team of Three: Price on Request as not all hotels offer triple rooms

If you are happy to do things on your own here is a list of hotels in each destination. The highlighted hotel in each case is where we will be staying along with those who book the package, but you can of course stay wherever you wish, on the list or not.

REIMS

***Hotel Bristol; http://www.bristol-reims.fr/index.php

Grand Hotel du Nord; http://hotel-nord-reims.com-index.php

Ardenn Hotel; http://www.ardennhotel.fr/uk-index.php

Hotel Azur; http://www.hotel-azur-reims.com/en-index.php

Hotel Crystal; http://www.hotel-crystal.fr/uk/index.php

Best Western Hotel De La Paix; http://www.bestwestern-lapaix-reims.com/uk/index.php

MILLAU

***Ibis Millau; http://www.ibis.com/gb/booking/hotels-list.shtml

Citotel Jalade; http://www.hotel-millau.com/an_index.php

Cevenol Hotel; http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http://www.cevenol-hotel.fr/&hl=fr&ie=UTF8&sl=fr&tl=en

BARCELONA

We are moving from the beach into the city for 2016 and are currently negotiating rates with new hotels.

ALICANTE

***Hotel Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza; http://www.eurostarsmediterraneaplaza.com/EN/hotel.html

Hotel Maya Alicante; http://www.hotelalicantemaya.com/en/

Hotel Gravina Cinco; http://www.hotelgravinacinco.es/EN/hotel.html

Melia Alicante; http://www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/alicante/melia-alicante/index.html

LA LINEA/ GIBRALTAR

***Asur Hotel Campo de Gibraltar; http://www.asurhoteles.com/en/asur-campo-gibraltar-la-linea-concepcion-hotel-spain.html

Hostal La Campana; http://www.hostalcampana.es/indexeng.html

Finding a Car

There are literally hundreds of cars out there within budget, many coming with MOT for the Rally! Try the following website links, or check your local garages for trade in’s and local auctions. We will be publishing good deals on Twitter and Facebook as departure day approaches…

www.ebay.co.uk

www.autotrader.co.uk

www.gumtree.com

Fuel Costs

http://www.fuel-prices-europe.info/

Banger Rally Insurance

Our friends at Herts can provide insurance specific for Banger Rallies…

www.hertsinsurance.com

European Breakdown Cover

Breakdown cover is optional but recommended as there will be no mechanical support available. We will not leave you stranded but may not be able to assist with your car. This is of course your responsibility to dispose of legally.

www.theaa.com

www.rac.co.uk

www.greenflag.com

www.moneysupermarket.com/breakdown-cover

Getting across the Channel

Ferries

www.poferries.com

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

www.cheapferry.co.uk

www.directferries.co.uk

www.ferrysavers.co.uk

Tunnel

www.eurotunnel.com

European Driving

www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/countrybycountry.html

Spain to Morocco Ferry:

We will be using the Algeciras to Tangier Med route and this can be booked on the following websites:

http://www.directferries.co.uk/ferries_from_spain_to_morocco.htm

http://www.frs.es/en/ferrys-to-spain-morocco.html

http://www.aferry.co.uk/ferry-to-morocco-uk.htm

Charity:

We strongly encourage fundraising and are currently affiliated with the following Charities. You can of course raise money for any Charity of your choice. You can use www.justgiving.com, an easy way to manage your donations/sponsors.

http://www.coch.nhs.uk/fundraising/babygrow-appeal.aspx

http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/

http://www.stoswaldsuk.org/

http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/events

http://www.blesma.org/

http://www.beatingbowelcancer.org/

http://www.st-gemma.co.uk/global?page_id=7361

http://www.butterwick.org.uk/whatyoucando/fundraising/event_pages

http://www.hospiceofthegoodshepherd.com/

http://www.edwardstrust.org.uk/

http://www.restore.org.uk/

http://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/

Getting Home:

You can of course drive but most likely you’ll want to fly!

http://www.easyjet.com/en/

http://www.ryanair.com/

Check www.skyscanner.net as many destinations are available.