► Option no tolls
is not the most sensible option, since
the few euros saved by not paying any tolls - even for motorhomes
- will be offset by a longer route with more stress, and lots
of stopping and starting as you go through built-up areas, rather than
skirting round them.
For this reason, the details of the no tolls option are indicated below.
►Option minimal tolls
a few euros in tolls on a 1000 km journey pays for itself
in time saved and less stress. This route offers the best balance
between speed and toll costs for driving from Calais to the
Spanish border at Irun, near Bayonne.
recommended toll-saving route: Calais
> Abbeville > Rouen > Chartres > Tours
> Poitiers > Angoulême > Bordeaux.
The tolls that are worth
to Abbeville on A16 : 8 Euros
exit from Rouen on A 13 > A154 : 2.10 Euros
round Tours: 1.80 Euros ( 2 x 0.90 Euros)
of the A63 - the last 88km of the route, avoiding the long
built-up area around Bayonne and Biarritz. Cost 11.90 Euros
recommended tolls (2014): about 24 Euros for a
car, or about 36 €uros for a normal motorhome, RV
saved by paying tolls: about 2 hours.
Leave Calais on the A16
E402 motorway following signs for Boulogne,
Amiens. The toll
section starts just before Boulogne.
Just before Abbeville, take the free A28
E402 motorway to Rouen.
Until September 2014 - alternative routes
all the way to Rouen. At Junction 11, follow A29
direction Le Havre / Caen "péage". The toll for a car is
than Euros, since you will leave A29 at the next exit, to follow A151
Rouen / Dieppe. Now take the toll-free A151 then A150 then N1338 to
After crossing the Seine
follow signs for A13
You join the Rouen south expressway: just follow it. Keep following
signs for A13. Eventually you will have a choice between A13 Paris
Caen. Follow A13
if you are heading south, A13 Caen if you are heading for Brittany or
You will join the A13
in the direction of Paris about a kilometer further north than you
would otherwise have joined it. You'll have another 2 €uro
toll to pay After than, you're back on the route.
On peak travel days (Saturdays July to mid-August)
avoid toll-booth queues on A29 by using the normal route into Rouen,
and the alternative route out of Rouen described below. (click
Rouen the A28
becomes the N28.
Follow on down through the tunnel, then across the Seine.
follow signs for Paris
then Evreux & Orleans .
You will join the A13
motorway west of Rouen.
About 10 km south or Rouen, leave the A13 motorway for the A154 motorway. Toll gate at the
Then follow the A154 > N154
dual carriageway almost to Dreux.At
Dreux, follow signs for Chartres
N154 is almost all modern dual-carriageway as far
From Chartres follow the
N 10 to Chateaudun, Vendôme and Tours.
mostly single carriageway for 130 km, but there are sections of dual
carriageway, notably round Vendôme. Before reaching Tours,
becomes the D
On approaching Tours, follow signs for the
motorway, and join it at junction 19.
Skirt round Tours on the toll motorway, then exit at junction 23, following the
sign for D910
Follow the D 910 all the way to Poitiers,
skirting round the city. After Poitiers, the D910 once more turns into
N 10 , which you now follow almost as far as Bordeaux. It is dual
carriageway virtually all the way. Join the free
E5 motorway shortly before Bordeaux,
then follow signs for Bayonne.
of Bordeaux, the motorway is replaced by dual carriageway
(divided highway) route nationale, the
N 10 / E5 ,
for most of the way to Bayonne. For the last few kilometres to Bayonne,
Irun and the Spanish border, the
N10 / E5
becomes the A63 autoroute(toll) - which links directly at the
border to Spain's Autopista A-8, and thereafter to the Spanish motorway
along the route - all very easy to find
Coloured markers on the map indicate handy hotels close to
road. Click any marker for details. Direction indications for reaching
hotels are for southbound traffic.
Spain with no tolls.
easy driving to the Mediterranean coast.
Or Map of free
motorways in Spain.
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Alternative route avoiding all tolls :
Leave A16 motorway at exit 29, and follow D901 > D1001 as far as
the entrance to Abbeville, where you take the Free A 28.
b) At Rouen
before reaching the Seine, take exit at the entrance to a short tunnel,
for D6015 marked Vernon, Cergy Pontoise. Follow D6015 as far as Le
Vaudreuil, then join the free A154 > N154. But beware of weekday
congestion in 2014, following the Rouen bridge fire.
c) At Tours
do not join the motorway, just keep following the green signs for
d) Approaching the Bayonne
area, leave N 10 before it becomes the A63 toll motorway. Exit 10,
signed Bayonne in green. Follow the D810 through to the Spanish border.