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on things to do before starting your trip to France
|Driving in France
and useful information on driving in and through France - motorways,
tolls, where to stay....
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► Find hotels close to
motorway exits: route maps and hotel details on these routes :
between main points in France
Use this table to check distances in miles between the main entry
points into France (Paris, Calais, Cherbourg, Roscoff etc.),
in the north and east of the country,
and the main cities and centres in the south and west of France.
NB: distances are in miles,
not in kilometres. They are calculated using the best route
under normal driving conditions. See below for journey times. Roscoff
is a small port in Brittany, near Morlaix, and is served by ferries
from the UK.
- Vertical columns: distances from the nine
principal entry points into
France (cities on or near the border)
- Horizontal lines: the main regional centres and
significant points in
the south and west of France.
indicate the channel port from which the journey distance is shortest
for a given destination; but depending on the destination, the
difference may not be very great. For instance, for driving to
Perpignan (and on to the Costa Brava or Costa Blanca) the difference is
: About-France.com strongly recommends booking ferries directly from ferry
Prices are usually the same as from so-called "cheap" ferry ticket
outfits; and changing or exchanging a ferry booking is liable to be
much easier and cheaper if you have booked directly with the ferry
operator. No-one plans to have to change their booking, but many end up
From Calais. Check out the About-France.com guide
to routes from Calais
underestimate distances: Calais
to Perpignan is about the same distance
as London to John o'Groats. Calais
to Nice is a hundred miles more.....
1. Mulhouse - Nice route is via Zurich & Milan
2. Geneva - Marseille, via Valence
3. Geneva - Nice route via Mont Blanc tunnel & Italy
Most French motorways are toll routes - and it is worth taking them
unless you have all the time in the world to wander along other routes
and avoid the tolls. The price per kilometre varies from toll motorway
to toll motorway, but generally speaking it is between 7 centimes per
kilometre and 11 cts./km for cars.
For all but the smallest RVs (motorhomes or campervans), and
caravans, tolls are 50% more expensive, so there is perhaps more
justification for avoiding the toll routes. But even then, not always.
► Journey times:
taking into account stops, hold-ups and traffic conditions, an average
speed of 60 m.p.h is feasible on a normal day on the French motorway system.
Most of the long journeys across France will be fully, or
largely, on motorways or roads of motorway standard. On Saturdays in
the summer, average speed may be only 50 mph or 55 mph depending on the
route and the trafic density.
So to calculate
the time needed, divide the mileage by 60 or 50, depending on when you
plan to travel. Thus, the 600-mile journey from Calais to Toulouse
should take about 10 hours under normal driving conditons, but could be
up to 12 hours on a Saturday in summer.
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