- N10 E5
route guide and map
From Paris via Tours and Bordeaux to Bayonne & Spain
hotels that are very easy to
Click any marker on the map
and a bubble will show up with details of the hotels in that location.
Click link for further details and to book. Key:
classic independent hotels with
and qu ality three star
hotels such as Ibis
& N10 -
E5 ROUTE GUIDE
Traffic from Calais
alternative route to avoid Paris:
Use the route from
Calais or Boulogne or Le Havre, via Rouen and Chartres; join the A 10
just north of Orleans. Click here for more hotels on this
autoroute can be reached either from Pairs,
or via Rouen and Chartres, or via (Rouen) Alençon and the A28
is the main French motorway to the southwest, and is four or three
lanes as far as Tours. South of Tours, it reduces to two lanes, which
is quite adequate except at very peak periods. It is a
particularly during summer holiday weekends, as it carries most of the
holiday traffic bound for the west coast of France.
From Paris onwards, follow motorway signs for A10
Bordeaux.. Nothing could be simpler. The toll section of the A10
motorway starts at Saint Arnoult, some 30 miles southwest of Paris.
There are two
notable black spots on this autoroute, which often cause serious delays
at peak periods; a) the toll station at Saint Arnoult (the biggest
motorway toll station in Europe), which causes long tailbacks in the
north-east bound direction when there is a lot of traffic returning
towards Paris. b) the ring road round Bordeaux, which can get
snarled up either side of the Pont d'Aquitaine, over the Gironde.
Otherwise it is easy driving.
Bordeaux has a complete ring-road, so you can
skirt the city either to the east (N 230 dual carriageway) or to the
west (A630 motorway) . Either way, leave the ring road onto
at exit 15, marked San
from Poitiers to Bordeaux:
Avoid the tolls. Follow the old N10, rather than the A10 from Poitiers
Angoulème to Bordeaux. Leave the A10 at exit 30 Poitiers south.
This route is almost all dual carriageway. It is shorter but slower.
of Bordeaux, and on to Spain,
Click here for a full list of Accor
in and around Bordeaux (includes Formule 1, Etap, Ibis, Novotel,
and other Accor brands)
South of Bordeaux the (free)
motorway is replaced by dual carriageway
(divided highway) route
nationale, the N10, for most of the way to Bayonne. For the last few
kilometres to Bayonne, Irun and the Spanish border, the N10 becomes
A63 autoroute - which links directly at the border to Spain's Autopista
A-8, and thereafter to the Spanish motorway network.
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