• The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 30 years!

    Join Tens of Thousands of other Owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered 24 hours a day!
  • TUG started 30 years ago in October 1993 as a group of regular Timeshare owners just like you!

    Read about our 30th anniversary: Happy 30th Birthday TUG!
  • TUG has a YouTube Channel to produce weekly short informative videos on popular Timeshare topics!

    Free memberships for every 50 subscribers!

    Visit TUG on Youtube!
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $21,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $21 Million dollars
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free!

    60,000+ subscribing owners! A weekly recap of the best Timeshare resort reviews and the most popular topics discussed by owners!
  • Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    All T-shirt options here!
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

GPS for Europe?

PClapham

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
978
Reaction score
12
Points
378
Location
Cleveland
Resorts Owned
WorldMark
Foxrun
We are going to be driving in Portugal and Spain in May. How can we get a gps program for these areas for our gps?

Does anyone have experiences in these areas to share? We land in Lisbon and will be in northern and southern Portugal, Spain and Morocco.

Thanks

Anitak
 

Passepartout

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
28,651
Reaction score
17,476
Points
1,299
Location
Twin Falls, Eye-Duh-Hoe
You might check on just renting the GPS with the car. Otherwise, go to your GPS's site and download the Europe maps, but beware, they may cost almost as much as a whole new unit. For instance, Spain/Portugal maps for my Garmin are $69.99 either to download or on SD card. I DO see these on eBay for $25, but haven't tried them.

We really enjoyed our trips to that area. We rented the car from Carjet in Lisbon. It came from the Budget desk at the airport and had enough dings and nicks that we didn't worry about getting a few more while parking. There is a great tollway N.& S. in Portugal, just remember to get a ticket at the first toll booth.

Prices in both Port. and Spain are reasonable. We stayed at a TS in Albufeira, Pt. and W. of Barcelona. They had a bottle of local wine on the counter and had more in the office for 1 Euro/bottle! Are you taking the car to Morocco or just day-tripping to Tangier? There is a good Rick Steves episode that will give you a good overview if day-tripping. You can view it online. Different trip, but we spent 3 weeks in Morocco, including tent camping on the Sahara with the desert people. Wonderful experience.

I don't know what details you are looking for, but if you ask, I'll try to find an answer.

Jim
 
Last edited:

somerville

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
899
Reaction score
4
Points
378
Location
Dallas, TX
Garmin has European maps that you can purchase. I assume the other manufacturers have them too. Also, Garmin sells some GPS models with both US and European maps. These models usually end in 70. I purchased a Garmin with both maps a few years ago, but I haven't updated the European maps. Newer models offer the lifetime update.
 

PStreet1

TUG Lifetime Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
2,077
Reaction score
43
Points
48
Location
Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mex., & Phx
We just bought a new Garmin for this trip to Spain. We purchased the chip with maps of Spain, and it was very inexpensive. A person we met last night made almost the same trip we are doing last year and he said his Garmin functioned beautifully and got him to addresses in very small towns as well as Madrid/Barcelona/etc. Our new Garmin was last year's model and was just on sale for about $125.00 from Amazon. The chip was extra, but it was inexpensive---maybe $25.00. My husband isn't around right now or I'd ask, but I know it wasn't much. (I think Portugal is on the same chip, but I'm not sure of that either.)
 

x3 skier

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Apr 17, 2006
Messages
5,299
Reaction score
2,336
Points
649
Location
Ohio and Colorado
Resorts Owned
Steamboat Grand, The West,
Raintree and, formerly, The Allen House
I just used Google maps on my unlocked Android phone with a Euro SIM. Of course this was for walking around Madrid and Lisbon and not in a car or outside the city.

I also have a GPS app on my iPhone called GPS Drive that works great in the USA. No clue it also works overseas but if you have an unlocked Smart Phone, it is something to look into since data SIMs are relatively cheap in Europe.

Cheers
 

radmoo

TUG Member
Joined
Oct 7, 2007
Messages
915
Reaction score
1
Points
228
Location
Melrose, MA
We had similar issue few years back. I looked into purchasing maps for Hubby's Tom Tom - it was close to $100. As I knew there was good chance we'd take trips to other countries, that didn't seem like a good option. Instead I went online and found Garmin model on Amazon in $129 range that came with Europe maps. I'd suggest checking that out
 

WinniWoman

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 16, 2010
Messages
10,951
Reaction score
7,205
Points
749
Location
The Weirs, New Hampshire
Resorts Owned
Innseason Pollard Brook
We are renting one with our Hertz Car rental when we go to Great Britain in June. If we knew we were going to be traveling overseas a lot, we might purchase one, but I don't think that will be the case with us.
 

RAMBO

TUG Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2010
Messages
29
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
WASHINGTON DC
When we were in Costa del sol, Spain we rented a car with GPS. BIG mistake. The first one didn't work but we had to go back. The problem is since we don't have a functioning GPS we were in a big soup. We followed a nice cabbie who helped a lot. The second one we got was not a superstar either. but we managed. Please get your own good and fresh GPS (Things are changing all the time).
 

Margariet

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2011
Messages
832
Reaction score
1
Points
226
We've got 2 Garmins and 1 TomTom. For all we have European maps and for the Garmin also USA maps. Easy and handy. I wouldn't know what to day without a GPS. It's also very handy when you are walking in cities or in the country side.

The European maps are up to date. You can buy them at home, might be cheaper, or download them. Renting is always more expensive if you are planning to travel for a long time. Use them for the cameras as well to avoid speed ticketing.
 

Margariet

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2011
Messages
832
Reaction score
1
Points
226
We've got 2 Garmins and 1 TomTom. For both sytems we have European maps and for the Garmin also USA maps. Easy and handy. I wouldn't know what to day without a GPS. It's also very handy when you are walking in cities or in the country side.

The European maps are up to date. You can buy them at home, might be cheaper, or download them. Renting is always more expensive if you are planning to travel for a long time. Use them for the cameras as well to avoid speed ticketing.
 

RAMBO

TUG Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2010
Messages
29
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Location
WASHINGTON DC
I second that. Garmin or Tomtom are not expensive. Get one with European maps and you are good to go. As the above poster mentioned rental is not cheap.
 

cgeidl

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 13, 2005
Messages
1,081
Reaction score
124
Points
273
Location
Fairfield,CA
Buy ,not rent

We are in Sicily for two weeks with a car rental and purchasing a Garmin with maps and traffic is cheaper than a two week GPS rental. We plan to use it then sell it as we have no future plans to return to Europe. Might look on Ebay for purchase but want to have a warranty of some sort.Will buy a couple months in advance then sell it when we get back. Plan to use ti in several other countries we are taking a cruise to after Sicily.
 

PStreet1

TUG Lifetime Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
2,077
Reaction score
43
Points
48
Location
Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mex., & Phx
Update on previous post:

We just got back from two weeks of driving in Spain. We bought a new Garmin (even though the old one wasn't all that old) for the trip so that we would have one that takes chips--it was about $130.00. We bought a chip for Spain and one for Mexico. One was $25.00 and the other was $30.00. The car we rented (from SIXT for 125 euros, including 3rd person liability insurance--we used American Express for a total charge of $25.00 for the insurance on the vehicle itself) had a GPS, too.

We were really glad we had our own GPS. Ours functioned faultlessly--the one in the car didn't--and the language was American English. The maps were wonderful. The GPS had maps for even the tiny towns, for even the most tiny streets that were unbelievably close to other tiny streets. For peace of mind, it may have been one of the best investments we've made.

The maps for Portugal are included with the Spain chip.
 

Margariet

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2011
Messages
832
Reaction score
1
Points
226
Yes, they are extremely handy. Also if you go out walking. I always carry my GPS because you might get lost in a strange place. And all the restaurants and shops and important sightseeing points and gas stations! I really wouldn't know what to do without them. I'm quite addicted I guess!
 

Timeshare Von

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2006
Messages
7,081
Reaction score
1,759
Points
599
Location
Milwaukee, WI
Resorts Owned
Wyndham (77k points at Myrtle Beach/Westwinds)
Yes, they are extremely handy. Also if you go out walking. I always carry my GPS because you might get lost in a strange place. And all the restaurants and shops and important sightseeing points and gas stations! I really wouldn't know what to do without them. I'm quite addicted I guess!

Using the GPS while walking in an unfamiliar place is a good suggestion. We used our Garmin while touring Dublin on foot earlier this month and it was very helpful.
 
Last edited:

Talent312

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2007
Messages
17,629
Reaction score
7,469
Points
948
Resorts Owned
HGVC & GTS
I made good use of a GPS while noodling around Scotland, but got a few 'make a U-turn' instructions.
Wait-a-minute, making a U-turn by turning to the right simply didn't compute for me. ;)
 
Last edited:

Timeshare Von

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2006
Messages
7,081
Reaction score
1,759
Points
599
Location
Milwaukee, WI
Resorts Owned
Wyndham (77k points at Myrtle Beach/Westwinds)
I made good use of a GPS while noodling around Scotland, but got a few 'make a U-turn' instructions.
Wait-a-minute, making a U-turn by turning to the right simply didn't compute for me. ;)

Our favorite Garmin instruction in Ireland was "Go 1.5km and board ferry."

LMAO - it came out of left field as we had no idea Toots (our nickname for the Garmin) was going to take us in a direction that required a ferry. We assumed we'd be taken the more common route through a big city about 50km to the NE so the ferry was an interesting development.

I immediately had to get out an atlas to figure out where we actually were in Ireland . . . and where Toots was taking us. It was only €18 to cross and included the car + all passengers, which seemed better than backtracking away from the ferry.

The other "incident" we had was her continuing to direct us up one-way streets in the wrong direction in the town of Cobh. We finally had to turn her off until we got out of town or else we'd be hearing "recalculating" for more than 15 minutes.
 

Passepartout

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
28,651
Reaction score
17,476
Points
1,299
Location
Twin Falls, Eye-Duh-Hoe
We used ours afoot in Rome. It would tell us which bus or metro line to use and the stop to get off. Worked well.

Jim
 

Ken555

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2005
Messages
14,665
Reaction score
5,778
Points
898
Location
Los Angeles
Resorts Owned
Westin Kierland
Sheraton Desert Oasis
I bought a $7 gps app for my iPhone when I was last in italy, and it worked great.
 

Ron98GT

TUG Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2010
Messages
2,299
Reaction score
15
Points
38
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Resorts Owned
HGVC (7k Hawaii), Marriott (2-Bdrm L/O), & RCI Points (80k Grand View)
We used ours afoot in Rome. It would tell us which bus or metro line to use and the stop to get off. Worked well.

Jim

Which model was it?
 

pedro47

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
22,262
Reaction score
8,683
Points
948
Location
East Coast
We used ours afoot in Rome. It would tell us which bus or metro line to use and the stop to get off. Worked well.

Jim

Which GPS model did you purchase for the City of Rome? Thanks for the information in advance.
 

Passepartout

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
28,651
Reaction score
17,476
Points
1,299
Location
Twin Falls, Eye-Duh-Hoe
It is a Nuvi 1250 iirc. Fairly small 3X4 screen. It has a 'pedestrian' mode and I got the appropriate city guide. You do have to turn it off when not actively needed to conserve battery. It takes a minute to acquire satellites- and seems longer if you are in a hurry. You can often get the city guides on eBay for much less than from Garmin.

Jim
 
Top