The cost of Europe.

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  • #55464
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    I have just booked my hire car for 1 week at Easter £170. I would normally pay £70~£80

    For August (just looking)

    2 weeks hire car £470. (small car)
    Travelling on the ferry from Portsmouth – Bilboa (return ) so I can stay longer and not hire a car £1000

    It seems that at these prices hire car and ferry companies are going to price themselves out of the market! My wife will want to see her family but pushing nearly a £1000 for the two of us (flights, car hire, car parking) to stay in our own apartment it becomes very close to the point where we will holiday somewhere else.

    There must be tens of thousands of apartment owners that don’t have family ties and will simply avoid Spain this year as it seems it’s even more expensive than 2009!!

  • #97391
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    To be honest jp1 you did very well at that price, in fact you did well to find a car at all this late in the day for Easter.

    On the CDS it been difficult to get a cheap car for a while, many now just don’t bother with a car at all. For the last two years prices have increased and the cars have not been replaced. All of the car hire companies also now take a bond

    I think it’s fair to say that booking a hire car is only a recent phenomenon and it is likely to revert to people going on holiday to do just that, i.e. be on holiday not driving around. The car hire companies then may have to rethink their policy.

    Regards

    Paul

  • #97394
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    As, long as people like JP1 one keeps on hiring. Why should they reduce their prices. market dictates.

    Surely, it is much cheaper to use the local transport including Taxis. Even though I have my own car in Spain. I use local transport whenever and wherever possible.

    It is cheap, clean, punctual & allows me to be with the locals and feel the pulse of what is happening in town. At night in the absence of a public transport, I either take my car or a taxi.

  • #97395
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    Why should they reduce their prices. market dictates.

    If the market dictates they wont and if the market dictates they will!

    Which is what I said I think. We intend now to buy a car so i’m out of it.

    Public transport .. each to their own.

  • #97397
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    My friends and neighbours who rent out their villas in the summer always have to say that car hire is necessary. There is a bus from the village – 2 kms away but then there is getting to and from the airport. Usually the family group is up to 6 people. It all makes for an expensive holiday and they may find in the future, if this continues, the bookings dry up.

  • #97398
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    @shakeel wrote:

    As, long as people like JP1 one keeps on hiring. Why should they reduce their prices. market dictates.

    Surely, it is much cheaper to use the local transport including Taxis. Even though I have my own car in Spain. I use local transport whenever and wherever possible.

    It is cheap, clean, punctual & allows me to be with the locals and feel the pulse of what is happening in town. At night in the absence of a public transport, I either take my car or a taxi.

    I think this would apply well for people who stay there for longer period. If one goes for 1-2 weeks and does not want to spend 2 days going to /from the airport, then a car is essential. Of course one can stay 15 minutes from the airport and beachfront but how many properties are like that?

    If one wants to go to say Peniscola and surroundings or Javea/Denia and surroundings, what other choice does exist except renting a car?

  • #97400
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    I rent a car so that we can get around to see my wife’s elderly parents 30 minutes from our apartment, as well as get to and from the airport. I am not sightseeing!!

    However, family ties mean that I have to rent, otherwise my wife cannot see her family. For a lot of apartment owners, holidaymakers this is not the case. But at nearly £500 for one of the smallest cars I will be re-considering.

    I don’t see hire car companies having a great volume at £500 for 2 weeks, those than can will simply not rent. And those like myself will start to use public transport to get around.

  • #97402
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    I have just booked a car for the period 1st June to 29 June through comparecarrentals.com for €522. I have an annual excess insurance policy for €50, this I think is a good deal.
    Wrixon

  • #97403
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    Just in regards to rentals.

    at least in my experience cars rentals and such seem to have changed quite a few people property criteria (specifically rentals). many seem to now look for properties where they will not need a car for their stay or has at least access to train and/or bus stations.

    Not good for many who trying to rent out properties in out in poorly located urbanisations.

  • #97404
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    Are holiday bookings substantially down in eurozone from British tourists because of weak pound?

  • #97405
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    Ive just had car hire in murcia for 10 days for 96 euro, shop around

  • #97407
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    British tourists visiting Spain down 36% last year, according to recent article in El Pais. That’s a big drop by any measure.

    Mark

  • #97438
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    The cost of car hire supposedly rose due to the crisis…car hire companies expected less people to travel abroad so decided to buy/replace less cars and therefore have less for rental and can justify higher prices for those they have.

    We live here and always find car rental in the UK is far higher than car hire here, usually costing far more than flights for a weeks trip for the 5 of us!

  • #97440
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    Hi Skippy
    where did you get car hire for €90
    Wrixon

  • #97448
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    @skippy wrote:

    Ive just had car hire in murcia for 10 days for 96 euro, shop around

    Interesting! please share
    I booked a car (peugeot partner/or simil.) 13 Days (easter) and thought
    that my 350 € was a good price.
    Pick up ALC / Drop off VLC

  • #97449
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    i have just rented a vw golf for 3weeks in the height of summer from valancia airport cost me nearly £700 last year same car was £550.i need a car as the villa is just outside morriara on the calpe rd and walking up to the supermarket and back every day with bags full of shopping is not my idea of a holiday. i go up in the morning for fresh bread and a paper not for a work out.

  • #97451
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    i just booked flights and car hire from 18th aug to 8th sept for 5 people for £1,100 all in (except the fuel)

    I thought that was a great deal, i was expecting to pay about a grand for 3 weeks, even at the back end of the summer.

    it worked out about even, £550 for the flights and the same for the car from Newcastle to Malaga

  • #97457
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    we paid nearly £800 for four flights from gatwick to valancia with easy jet and booked them the day they was released.you can get cheaper flights
    if your willing to travel early or late but with 2 young kids i would rather pay the extra and have them happy as all parents know a miserable kid on a flight is a nightmare

  • #97459
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    @sunwind wrote:

    @skippy wrote:
    Ive just had car hire in murcia for 10 days for 96 euro, shop around

    Interesting! please share
    I booked a car (peugeot partner/or simil.) 13 Days (easter) and thought
    that my 350 € was a good price.
    Pick up ALC / Drop off VLC

    I use doyouspain, the price kept going down in the weeks before i booked it. I booked it the day before i went away, alicante airport was full of hire cars not being hired maybe thats why i got a good deal.

  • #97460
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    Alicante & Murcia are two different regions. I hope you end up at right airport to collect your car.

  • #97462
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    @shakeel wrote:

    Alicante & Murcia are two different regions. I hope you end up at right airport to collect your car.

    You can fly to Alicante if you have a property in Murcia it is allowed.You can also fly to Murcia if you have a property in the Alicante region this is also allowed.

  • #97463
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    Bloodyhell, 4 weeks in July for smallest Peugeot @ BCN £1132.34. (Doyouspain) I don’t think so. Time to buy a small run around methinks.

  • #97475
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    Im also looking at buying a car for use in spain (murcia) prices a bit high, were are all these people who are selling up in spain and coming back to the uk, i cant find many bargains maybe people are selling to the dealers.Have a look on ebay.

  • #97479
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    Wouldn’t you do better by buying a left-hand drive in UK and preferably one that’s registered in Spain, there are dealers who sell LH Drives?

    Several people I know are complaining that the cost of living in Spain is now similar to the UK for most things including food shopping etc.

    Also, someone I know who’se property in the Campo once valued at over 700k euros is now worth 400k euros but probably wouldn’t sell with that drop in price.

    I think Spain has lost it’s gloss, but there’s plenty of water in the reservoirs now so not all bad 😉

  • #97480
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    Almost everything is more expensive in Spain now, especially if you have to change from sterling. Even the Germans and Norwegians are complaining.

    There is a charming spanish logic, sales and profits down….put up the prices. This January saw a spate of price increases. If I were to be looking at a holiday in Spain I would choose a town, Marbella, Fuengirola etc. where a car is not needed. Otherwise I would look at another country that doesn’t rip off it’s tourists (as much)!

  • #97481
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    Skippy, the paper chase in buying or selling deters people. Apart from feeding the incompetent civil servents.

  • #97482
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    @katy wrote:

    Otherwise I would look at another country that doesn’t rip off it’s tourists (as much)!

    Like France with 2 Euros croissants or Italy with 4 Euro icecreams? Or Turkey where food is cheap but flights cost £250+ per person?

    For a well- informed tourist Spain is the cheapest destination in 2010. Of course we all need to thank to the oversupply of dirt cheap rentals and still cheap airfares.

  • #97484
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    it seems the dirt cheap rentals are only in some places, i couldn’t find a cheap villa when looking they were either already booked or was the same price as last year,we paid £750 a week for a 2 bed 2 bath villa with private pool in baladra.luckily the down turn has not affected my wifes company so we are in the same financial posistion as last year but most things seem to be a bit dearer to book this year flights cars and with the pound a little lower i’m sure when we get there it will seem a little more expensive too

  • #97485
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    I use doyouspain, the price kept going down in the weeks before i booked it. I booked it the day before i went away, alicante airport was full of hire cars not being hired maybe thats why i got a good deal.

    But the OP was specifically talking about Easter, of course it much easier to get cheaper hires at this time of the year. Try them again for say, first two weeks in August, your £90 won’t go very far. 😀 If they can find people willing to pay their rip off prices during Easter, the summer etc, good for them, I know I won’t be paying it.

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    @agoreira wrote:

    I use doyouspain, the price kept going down in the weeks before i booked it. I booked it the day before i went away, alicante airport was full of hire cars not being hired maybe thats why i got a good deal.

    But the OP was specifically talking about Easter, of course it much easier to get cheaper hires at this time of the year. Try them again for say, first two weeks in August, your £90 won’t go very far. 😀 If they can find people willing to pay their rip off prices during Easter, the summer etc, good for them, I know I won’t be paying it.

    agoreira LOOK AT DATE I POSTED THE 9O EURO CAR HIRE, IT WAS BEFORE THE EASTER POST WENT ON, ALSO, DID I SAY IT WOULD 90 EURO IN THE SUMMER, WRONG AGAIN, SUNWIND ASKED ME WHO I USED FOR CAR HIRE,SO I TOLD HIM, NEXT TIME I WONT BOTHER. GOOD BYE

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    @dartboy wrote:

    it seems the dirt cheap rentals are only in some places, i couldn’t find a cheap villa when looking they were either already booked or was the same price as last year,we paid £750 a week for a 2 bed 2 bath villa with private pool in baladra.

    This is our area, we dont rent but speaking to others around who do it seams there is no problem renting out in the summer and rental prices have not moved

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    @skippy wrote:

    @agoreira wrote:
    I use doyouspain, the price kept going down in the weeks before i booked it. I booked it the day before i went away, alicante airport was full of hire cars not being hired maybe thats why i got a good deal.

    But the OP was specifically talking about Easter, of course it much easier to get cheaper hires at this time of the year. Try them again for say, first two weeks in August, your £90 won’t go very far. 😀 If they can find people willing to pay their rip off prices during Easter, the summer etc, good for them, I know I won’t be paying it.

    agoreira LOOK AT DATE I POSTED THE 9O EURO CAR HIRE, IT WAS BEFORE THE EASTER POST WENT ON, ALSO, DID I SAY IT WOULD 90 EURO IN THE SUMMER, WRONG AGAIN, SUNWIND ASKED ME WHO I USED FOR CAR HIRE,SO I TOLD HIM, NEXT TIME I WONT BOTHER. GOOD BYE

    The original post was an Easter quote, (I have just booked my hire car for 1 week at Easter £170) so how come you could post before the first post in this thread? 😕

  • #97499
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    My OP was describing that a car for 1 week prior to Easter (well returning to the UK Easter Sunday) has cost me £170, when it would have usually cost around £80.

    But the main point I was trying to make is that a very small car for 2 weeks in the Summer will cost me £500.

    Now to my mind at this price people will simply not book Spain as a holiday destination if they will be forced to hire a car due to their location of villa/apartment. Prior to this recession I would have paid around £150~£180 for the same car.

    I fall into the category of I need to rent a car so my wife can see her elderly parents, there can’t be many UK based people that will have the same pressure as me that forces them to pay such as high price. With flights just travel costs will be pushing over £800 for 2.

    We will either postpone the visit to later in the year and take a Summer break somewhere else.

    Inflated prices , IMO, are going to have a big impact on tourist numbers this year.

  • #97500
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    i think after this year i may well look at going somewhere else as much as i love the area we go to forking out 3.5k just to be there is pushing my cash limit abit.if i eat out say 3 times a week whilst there thats another £450.not a cheap family holiday anymore

  • #97505
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    @dartboy wrote:

    i think after this year i may well look at going somewhere else as much as i love the area we go to forking out 3.5k just to be there is pushing my cash limit abit.if i eat out say 3 times a week whilst there thats another £450.not a cheap family holiday anymore

    I can understand you thoughts , its a lot of money in anyones book, the neighbours we talk to that rent there villas out say there are very few customer from the UK these days, seams to be mostley Germans, Spainish, Dutch and French

  • #97570
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    normally the expence of the holiday could be off set abit against the cost of living in england, but the food and drink in the supermarkets are the same if not dearer now due to the pound being so weak.I won’t let it spoil my holiday thou, but the kids won’t be getting trips to the theme parks near benidorm this year where last year we did 5 in the 3 weeks we were there.We enjoyed eating out in the area before but i think we may limit this to the rondon once a week and a couple of trips to the chinky by the bridge

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