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Best strategy RWC 2023 - France in a Campervan (total newbie)

  • 06-09-2022 12:21pm
    Registered Users Posts: 42 Nharrison02

    This time next year (Fri 8th Sept 2023) the Rugby World Cup kicks off in France. I have bought family tickets (2&2) for the 4 pool games and the quarter final. The first two pool games are in Bordeaux and Nantes. The remaining games are in Paris.

    My plan is to get a campervan for the first two games 09th Sept & 16 Sept and travel around France in between.

    I havent done this before so not sure what would be the best option:

    a. hire a campervan from an irish company and bring to france on the ferry for the week and go to the first two games returning after 2nd game


    b. fly to france and hire a campervan from a French company in france for that week. (Alternative is take the boat instead of fly)

    What would be the best option or any other options would be welcome?

    Re the Paris games I don't have a plan yet but most likely will try and find accommodation for those games but wouldn't rule out campervan either.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,070 ✭✭✭ alias no.9

    A few things...

    I doubt hiring in Ireland will be an option, maybe Bunk Campers because they already operate outside Ireland so might not be a blanket computer says no that's typical of Irish companies.

    Hiring in France could be tricky if you don't already have a booking. It'll be very high demand and a lot of travel agents have block booked vans. You really need to get moving on the booking.

    Now we're past the negativity, France is really well setup for campers. Taking your time along the west coast between Bordeaux and Nantes between the first 2 games will be well worth your time. If you like oysters, make sure to visit Ile d'Oleron.

    I have the match tickets sorted myself, just need to work out the time off work / remote working.

  • Registered Users Posts: 174 ✭✭ IBrows89

    We did this for the euro's in France 10 years ago. We rented the camper in Germany and drove it across the border. The price in Germany was so much cheaper. I can't remember exactly where but it could be worth checking.

    The camper worked incredible for the group of 5 of us. We used campsites every 3 days and camped at free parking places the rest of the time. Frances camper system is set up so well, most big shops have specific parking for campers and stuff. There's apps like park4night that show all the places but there's also a system called France passion, it's 30 euro membership for the year but you get to park for free at lots of various vineyards, farms or restaurants for free (not obliged to spend money with them). We found it incredible in our family trip last year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 145 ✭✭ Itineoman

    Nephew rented a van from Frankfurt for the last RWC for the same reasons as IBrows89 says. France is probably the best place in the world to do the motorhome thing. Park4night is the way to go for places to stay.

    For the Paris games, you can park up in Versailles and take the train into the the big smoke. Or use the camping in the Bois de Boulogne ( expensive )

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,845 ✭✭✭ niloc1951

    We're booked at for the Ireland Scotland Match and back there for the Quater's/Semi's & Final in October. A great campsite on the banks of the River Seine with the RER close by which will take you directly into

  • Registered Users Posts: 909 ✭✭✭ endabob1

    I've booked all of Irelands group games and some other group games so me and the Mrs are planning a month in France travelling in our van.

    Have so far just booked ferries and a hotel in Paris for the Scotland game (we are at a games in the south immediately before and after so to fit this game in we are just doing an overnight in Paris) - I bit the bullet and booked Bois de Boulogne for the weekend of South African game as we will have to do a bit of work occasionally so will need stable power and wifi

    I'm a bit more relaxed about some of the others - I looked at Bordeaux for the first weekend and because Wales are also in town everything looks super busy so that's the one I am a bit more worried about. Not sure if anyone has any experience of staying in and around Bordeaux or getting to/from the stadium by public transport. We are both the games that weekend. I have the Park4night app so will keep an eye on that. Have registered for France passion too, thanks IBrows89 for that suggestion.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 145 ✭✭ Itineoman

    Camping Village du lac is a nice place just outside Bordeaux. City centre is 15 mins by bus/train from outside the entrance. It is on a small lake/pond and quite pretty. We’d not normally be campsite people but this was worth the few quid. Was recommended by Motorhoming friends who are from bordeaux. Only snag is the last train is fairly early on so need a taxi if returning at night.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 bq67ie

    Bought a campervan specifically for RWC23 and going to sell it shortly after. Rental didn't seem worth it. Will resell for more or less the same price. In debt up to me oxters for now but will be worth it :)

    Sailing in to Bilbao and driving up to Bordeaux, handier than driving down from Cherbourg and was cheaper at the time.

    Going to get a 5G wifi dongle and a pay as you go 5g sim out there, should be grand I think.

    Using park4night and campercontact for parking spots. Seems to have plenty of options....

    For the Bordeaux game, just gonna park at IKEA. Will only be there 2 nights so should be grand. Will head up to Nantes then using that linked site for ideas. Have a campsite booked in Nantes, and also Paris. Going to stay out of "match cities" apart from a day or so in the lead up to each match, so should have heaps of parking options. France is properly set up for this.

    This will be my first proper trip in the van but have done a lot of reading up, so happy to share whatever I've picked up along the way....

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,522 ✭✭✭ Alkers

    What did you buy?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,070 ✭✭✭ alias no.9

    The CampingCarpark at Petit Port in Nantes is now available to book up to Sunday 17th September

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