Going from Porto to Ferrol
I’ll use the ViaMichelin website to analyse the costs of going from Porto to Ferrol and i’ll compare it with BlaBlaCar prices.
BlaBlaCar didn’t have any travel available for the day i wanted to go to Ferrol. Of course, i hadn’t the opportunity to find a travel to Ferrol. I was searching for a travel going from Porto to A Coruña. I had one travel one day before for around €20/ person. So, in my case it would be around €40 (two persons) + the travel between A Coruña and Ferrol. This travel is around €8,25/ person in Arriva. In this case, the sum of the travel between Porto and Ferrol (without any certainties of dates) would be €40 + €16,5 = €56,5
Using ViaMichelin the travel between Porto and Ferrol would be 318km and would have the total cost of €52,10 with diesel at €1,15/ liter. Of course, that also would arise the problem of parking the car in Ferrol for one week. Not a good option for us.
The experience of previous years (the last 2 years i did the portuguese way to Santiago on bike) i knew the train is the best way to transport the bicycles but also the more expensive. So, i didn’t care comparing the prices. They would be greater. But let’s see.
Going from Porto, you only have the Celta train (€14,75/ person) and you have to go from Vigo Guixar to Santiago de Compostela (€9,25/ person) and from Santiago de Compostela to Ferrol (€14,55/ person). So, for two persons the total price would be €77,1 and you needed 2 stops!
Porto – Santiago – Ferrol
Porto – A Coruña – Ferrol
Porto – Vigo – Ferrol
Going from Porto to Vigo in Autna or Eurolines or Alsa is €12. Going from Vigo to Ferrol in Castromil bus (www.monbus.es/es) is €18,35. So, for 2 persons the total price is €60,7. The cheapest option available and i would arrive earlier than previous options! Great! The cheapest option would be going by car, but i would need to park it one week in Ferrol and adding the price of bus or train from Santiago to Ferrol to pick it up and the returning price would be higher. Not an option!
The difference between the higher option available and the cheapest one is €18/ person. It is huge, considering the distance.
Castromil bus that took us from Vigo to Ferrol. Great service and great price!
Returning from Santiago to Porto
Like the previous options, the best one is going from Santiago to Vigo in Castromil buses (€8/ person) and in Autna for €12/ person. For 2 persons is €40 total.
If you consider doing directly in Alsa you will spend €34/ person, which means €68 for 2 persons. €28 difference in the same travel!!!
So, if you choose the cheapest option (the schedules are better too!) you save €32/ person only in transportation!