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The Green Army’s essential road tripping guide to Euro 2016

Your road tripping guide to Euro 2016 #COYBIG

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All roads lead to the Euros and thanks to Shane Long and Jonathan Walters that’s where we will be this summer. It’s in France, so no better excuse for an epic summer road trip. Lads, it’s time to start planning.

Group E games

Ireland v Sweden, Monday, June 13, Stade de France, Paris

Ireland v Belgium, Saturday, June 18, Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

Ireland v Italy, Wednesday, June 22, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille

First up, tickets

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Group stage tickets are gone. UEFA are running a ticket exchange enabling ticket

buyers to sell-on unwanted tickets at face value. More information can be found

here

Getting there

Irish Ferries sail from Rosslare to Cherbourg and Roscoff twice a week and from

Dublin to Cherbourg once a week.

Stena Line also sails from Rosslare to Cherbourg three times a week.

Brittany Ferries sail once a week from Cork to Roscoff.

You could also take your car or camper van on a ferry to the UK and through the

Channel Tunnel.

Road tripping in France

Travelling in France is a breeze. All the cities are well connected, by good, fast,

well-maintained roads. Most French autoroutes are toll motorways and remember,

there will be thousands of others travelling in the same direction as you, so plan

accordingly. If you have time, use the more interesting minor roads to discover the

real France. You can get more information on non-motorway travel in France here.

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Hiring a car?

Baffling rates, confusing fuel and insurance policies and costly penalties: hiring a

car in Europe isn’t always straightforward. So if you’ve decided to fly to France and

hire a car, here’s a useful guide to hiring a car in Europe, from Liberty Insurance.

Tips for driving in France

Budget: For parking, fuel and toll roads. Tolls – which you can pay by cash

or card – are pricey and you should expect to play about 7-10 cent per

kilometre. This goes up by 50% if you have a caravan. Fuel prices are not

too much dearer than here. The average price – at the time of writing – for a

litre of petrol is 1.28 cent per litre and 1.10 cent for a litre of diesel. You

could find that your Irish credit cards are not always accepted at stores or

petrol stations in other countries so check before you go.

Think right: It’s easy to forget to drive on the right, particularly after doing

something familiar, such as leaving a petrol station or car park. If in doubt,

put an arrow sticker pointing to the right side of the road you should stay on.

Place it within your field of vision, but above your eyes.

Speed limits:

– Built-up areas 50km/h; outside built-up areas 90km/h); 110km/h on

urban motorways and dual carriageways separated by a central

reservation barrier; 130km/h on motorways.

– Minimum speed limit on motorways is 80km/h.

– In wet weather and for motorists who have held a driving licence for less

than three years, lower speed limits apply: 80km/h outside built-up

areas, 100km/h on dual carriageways and 110km/h on motorways.

French police apply speeding restrictions strictly and if you exceed

speed limits you will face heavy on-the- spot fines.

Sat navs: If yours indicates the location of fixed speed cameras, you must

have the ‘fixed speed camera points of interest’ function deactivated.

– Drink driving: Blood alcohol content must not exceed 0.05% per 100mg.

For drivers with less than three years’ experience, this drops to 0.02%. By

law you are required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in

France.

– Must Haves: You must carry your valid full driving licence, your vehicle's

registration document, your motor insurance certificate, a warning triangle

and a reflective jacket.

– Headphones and headsets: It is illegal to use any device that is attached

to the ear while driving.

– Seat belts: Front and rear seat belts must be worn by occupants if fitted.

– Passengers/children in cars: Children up to the age of 10 must travel in

an approved child seat or restraint, adapted to their age and size. Children

under the age of 10 are not allowed to travel on the front seat unless there

is no rear seat in the vehicle, or the rear seat is already occupied with

children under 10, or there are no seat belts.

– Built-up areas: Where you see the sign “priorité a droite” give way to traffic

coming from the right.

– Roundabouts: Where you see a sign that reads ‘Vous n'avez pas la

priorité’ or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic on the roundabout has priority; where

no such sign exists, traffic entering the roundabout has priority.

– Use of the horn is prohibited in built-up areas, except in cases of

immediate danger.

– Security: Don’t leave wallets or expensive gadgets in view at any time,

even when you are in the car.

Be aware that laws are strictly enforced. Break them and you could have your

licence confiscated and your vehicle temporarily impounded if no alternative driver

with a valid licence is available.

Where to stay

Unless you’re one of those “Sure, we’ll just sleep anywhere” fans, and you haven’t

booked anywhere yet, try Kuoni, the official accommodation agency for the

tournament. You should also check out AirBnB. Don’t rule out camping either, it is

a popular pastime in France and you can find more information here.

What’s the security like in France at the moment?

You can find recent travel and security updates from the Department of Foreign

Affairs and Trade website here, so check before you go.

Health insurance

Before travelling, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade strongly

recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available

by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain

comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs. You

should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the

activities you want to undertake.

In case of emergency

You can call 112 anywhere in the European Union in case of an accident, assault

or any other distress situation.

If you need consular assistance while in France, contact the Embassy of Ireland in

Paris on 01441 76700 or by email.

Music

A good road trip needs good tunes. Here’s a sing-a- long Spotify playlist to

download before you go.

Party time

There will be designated fan zones in each city with entertainment laid on for the

travelling supporters. Expect a carnival atmosphere.

Car insurance

If you’re taking your own car, before you go check with your insurance provider to

make sure you have the minimum cover you need to drive in France. At Liberty

Insurance, all their motor policies give you the minimum cover you need by law to

use your car in any EU country, including France, for up to 93 days. Get a car

insurance quote in minutes.

Finally, getting to the all important group E games and what to do when you

get there:

Ireland v Sweden, Monday, June 13, Stade de France, Paris

Ireland v Belgium, Saturday, June 18, Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

Ireland v Italy, Wednesday, June 22, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille

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