to stay on the motorway to Italy, Switzerland and
south east France
guide is selective. There are hotels accessible from virtually any
motorway exit, but some of these can be a fair distance away and hard
to find. And some of them are noisy and not as good as they make out.
This map shows only
hotels that are easy to find, even without a Satnav,
recommended by travellers, and
mostly very close to the motorway. ►
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you particularly like driving in heavy traffic and want to see the
Paris ring road, which can be a daunting experience for much of the
day, and even worse on French holiday weekends,
the route south via
Reims is strongly recommended.
Leave Calais on the A26
E15 autoroute / motorway following signs for Reims.
Carry on past Arras
always following A 26 Reims.
Do not take
the A1 in the direction of Paris, whatever your TomTom or
Satnav tells you. Continue straght on following the A26
A few kilometres after the the toll station at the northern
approach to Reims,
the A26 joins the A4
Motorway. There is a cluster of hotels just off the A4 motorway at exit
22, Reims Tinqueux,
immediately after the motorway intersection.
Otherwise, keep following the direction Chalon en Champagne
and Strasbourg. Follow the autoroute A4 almost as far as Chalons en
Champagne, where the motorways divide: take the right-hand lane to
rejoin the A26
E17 following signs for Troyes and Chaumont.
heading for Strasbourg or Germany, remain on A4 motorway after
Click here for A4 hotels
At Sommesous, after Châlons, there is a
small service area with restaurant and snack bar, which is not usually
too busy. If you visit this service area, take care when leaving.
Unlike most French motorway service areas, there is no separation
between northbound and southbound traffic, and it is therefore possible
to rejoin the motorway in either direction; make sure that you remember
to follow Troyes if going south, Reims if going north.
At Troyes, the A26
E17 meets the A5 motorway. From here keep
Dijon and Lyon.
At Chaumont, the A5 turns into the A31
E21 , which you now follow as far as Dijon.
At Dijon you will meet an intersection
with the A39
motorway. At this point you have two options.
Either continue down the A31 > A6 in the direction of
Chalons-sur-Saône and Lyon, or else turn off onto
following Dole and
Either route will take you to Lyon. Option
1 The A31
route is a bit shorter but far
busier. There is an Ibis
Styles (*** with pool) on the southbound motorway
service area at Macon - St. Albain, just north of Macon. If
you choose the A31, just keep straight on as far as Lyon, where, if
heading further south, you will be directed round the full
length of the orbital motorway. Traffic gets very dense after
sur Saone, where the A31 joins the A6 from Paris, France's main
north-south motorway. At Lyon, follow signs for Marseille or Grenoble
or Geneva, depending on your destination.
2 The A39
route is much quieter and easier driving (not many trucks / HGVs), but
a little longer. If your destination is Switzerland
or Italy, the A39 route via Dole is strongly advised. For the south of
France, follow the A39 motorway to its end at Bourg-en-Bresse,
where it joins the A40. Twenty minutes before Bourg, there is
hotel (**) actually on the "Poulet de Bresse" service area,
which is a fairly quiet service area in the middle of the country. The
hotel is well back from the motorway.
After Bourg keep following Lyon or Geneva/ Milan depending
on your ultimate destination. On approaching Lyon, follow directions
for Grenoble or Marseille, depending on your destination.
To skirt round Lyon, follow signs for St Exupéry airport,
then keep following Valence & Marseille, or Grenoble, depending
on your destination. If following Marseille, take great care when you
join the A 43
Grenoble-Lyon motorway, just after the airport. Traffic bound for the
south must take the next exit off this busy eight-lane (2 x 4)
motorway, after just five kilometres. The exit is not the easiest of
motorway intersections, so keep the signs for Marseille firmly in view,
as you do a 270° exit onto the A
46 Lyon outer ring-road.
From then on just follow "Marseille". This will
quickly lead to the A7 Rhone valley motorway; at Orange, traffic bound
for Languedoc and Spain branches off onto the A9 motorway. There is an Ibis
hotel (**) at the Montpellier-Fabrègues service
southwest of Montpellier.
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Only hotels that are very easy to
routes through France to Switzerland:
Traffic heading for central
Switzerland has a choice of routes after Dole. One
possibility is to go via A
36 motorway to Besançon,
leave A36 at exit
3, then follow
Lausanne or Neuchâtel . Another route is to leave the A39 at
for Poligny and then follow ordinary roads across the Jura mountains
and into Switzerland.
For eastern Switzerland
(Basel, Zurich), follow A36 to Mulhouse, then follow Basel.
Upscale classic independent hotels with
Four-star and quality three star hotels -
such as Mercure or Novotel
Budget and economy hotels - 2 or 3 stars
chains such as Ibis or Campanile
Independent budget hotels
clusters: more than one hotel of different