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Route to southwest France, avoiding the tolls
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From Calais to southwest France & Spain without tolls


► Option no tolls at all
This 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
Paying 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.

About-France.com recommended toll-saving route:  
Calais > Abbeville > Rouen > Chartres > Tours > Poitiers > Angoulême > Bordeaux.

The tolls that are worth paying:
Calais to Abbeville on A16  :  8 Euros
South exit from Rouen on A 13 > A154 :  2.10 Euros
Motorway round Tours: 1.80 Euros ( 2 x 0.90 Euros)
88 km of the A63 - the last 88km of the route, avoiding the long built-up area around Bayonne and Biarritz.  Cost 11.90 Euros
Total recommended tolls (2014): about 24 Euros for a car, or  about 36 €uros for a normal motorhome, RV or camping car.
Time saved by paying these tolls: 2 to 3  hours.

Route guide:

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.

  Entering Rouen the A28 becomes the N28. Follow on down through the tunnel, then cross the Seine on the newly reopened Pont Mathilde.

 After that, follow signs for Paris and Evreux 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 intersection.
Then follow the A154 > N154 dual carriageway almost to Dreux.At Dreux, follow signs for Chartres and Orleans.
After Dreux, the N154 is almost all modern dual-carriageway as far as Chartres.
From Chartres follow the  N 10  to Chateaudun, Vendôme and Tours. This is mostly single carriageway for 130 km, but there are sections of dual carriageway, notably round Vendôme. Before reaching Tours, the N10 becomes the  D 910.
On approaching Tours, follow signs for the   A10 motorway, and join it at junction 19. Skirt round Tours on the toll motorway, then exit at junction 23, following the sign for D910 to Montbazon
Follow the D 910 all the way to Poitiers, skirting round the city.
(Alternatively, do not leave A10 toll motorway at junction 23, but stay on then exit at Junction 30, Poitiers south. Time saved: up to an hour)

After Poitiers, the D910 once more turns into the   N 10 , which you now follow almost as far as Bordeaux. It is dual carriageway virtually all the way. Join the free  A10  /   E5   motorway shortly before Bordeaux, then follow signs for Bayonne.


South of Bordeaux, the motorway is replaced by dual carriageway (divided highway) route nationale, the  N 10  /  E5 , for most of the way to Bayonne.
   The N10 becomes the  A63  toll motorway from exit 10 About-France.com strongly recommends taking the toll motorway from this point for the last 75 kilometres to the Spanish border. The cost (2014) is 7.40€ for a car, 11.30€ for a car plus caravan; but this will save about an hour in normal traffic conditions. The Bayonne area is built-up and busy.  The A63  links directly at the border to Spain's Autopista A-8, and thereafter to the Spanish motorway network.

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Alternative route avoiding all tolls :
a) Boulogne: 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 traffic congestion in 2014, following the Rouen bridge fire.
c) At Tours, do not join the motorway, just keep following the green signs for Poitiers
d) Approaching the Bayonne area, leave N 10 before it becomes the A63 toll motorway. Take Exit 10, signed Bayonne in green. Follow the D810 through to the Spanish border. Warning: this last toll-free alternative will take up to an hour longer than the motorway
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Avoiding the tolls on the
Calais - Tours - Irun 
route to southwest France and Spain

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