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Routes to south west France - route map with hotels 

Western routes via Rouen & Orleans: A16 - A28 - A71 - A75 - A20

Route guide and map showing easily accessible hotels 

Budget & mid-range hotels very close to motorways and main roads

The route from Calais to Paris, Languedoc, Southwest France or Spain

 ROUEN BRIDGE REOPENS
the PONT MATHILDE is now open to traffic again, after two years' closure.

Looking for other routes south ? .....
Click here for Southeast from Calais via A26 motorway (E15, E17) and Reims
Click here for Southwest from Paris via A10 (E 05) to Poitiers & Bordeaux
Click here for route avoiding tolls to Bordeaux Bayonne and Irun (Spain)
Click here for E19 / E44 from Rotterdam & Brussels to Western France

Routes from Calais to southwest France via Rouen are marginally longer (about 5 miles) than routes via Paris, but are cheaper (less tolls) and far easier driving (less traffic, less stress, fewer lorries). At French holiday weekends and other busy periods, they are also usually faster, sometimes much faster.

Route guide:

Leave Calais on the  A16 E402  motorway following signs for Boulogne, Amiens.
The motorway is a toll-motorway from Boulogne to Abbeville
Just before Abbeville, take the free   A28 E402  motorway to  Rouen.Rouen is sometimes a bit slow, but this is the only bit of hassle on the whole route, and the route is well signposted.

At the entrance to Rouen  the A28 becomes the N28. Follow on down through the tunnel, then across the Seine. (The Pont Mathilde bridge, closed from 2012 to 2014, has now reopened). Immediately after crossing the Seine, turn 270° right, following signs for Paris and Evreux then Evreux & Orleans .You will join the A13 motorway south of Rouen.
About 10 km south or Rouen, leave the A13 motorway for the  A154 motorway, which then becomes the N154 dual carriageway almost to Dreux.

Before Dreux, you have about 10 km on the N12 (straightforward, old-style dual carriageway, sometimes busy). At the start of the town, leave the N12 following the signs for Chartres and Orleans.

After Dreux,
the N154 is almost all modern dual-carriageway as far as Chartres. After Chartres, about a third of the remaining 40 km of N154 as far as the A10 motorway is now  motorway-standard dual-carriageway. A new 8km stretch was opened in May 2013. Traffic normally flows freely on the remaining relatively straight single-carriageway sections as far as the motorway. 

After joining the  joining the  A10 , it's motorway all the way. At Orleans, the motorway divides and you have are three possible choices :

1. Clermont Ferrand (for Languedoc and Spain) via  A71  (toll ) and  A75  (free motorway) This route is not recommended for cars with heavy caravans or in winter, as the A75 after Clermont Ferrand has - as well as the Millau Viaduct (toll) - several long steep hills, and a long stretch at up to 1100 metres altitude, that can be snowed up in winter.

2. Toulouse  (for the Dordogne, central southwest France) via  the  A20 . This motorway is free from Vierzon until after Brive la Gaillarde.

3. Bordeaux (for southwest France and western Spain), via A10 (toll).
At Orleans, the A71+A20 split from the A10.
At Vierzon, south of Orleans, the A71 and A20 split.

Bordeaux hotels:
Click here for a full list of Accorhotels in and around Bordeaux (includes Formule 1, Etap, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure and other Accor brands)

 The hotels listed on this map have been carefully chosen because these are hotels that are close to the exit,  easy to find, and not located in noisy industrial zones.  Links on the map take you to the hotels' own websites or other booking sites, with online booking and the best offers available.
NB: "Close to the exit" does not mean noisy. All these modern hotels are well insulated and soundproofed.
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Clermont-Ferrand hotels:
Click here for a full list of Accorhotels in and around Clermont-Ferrand (includes Formule 1, Etap, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure and other Accor brands)

Hotels: just motorway hotels that are very easy to find

Click here for a printable PDFversion of these instructions:
 Printable Calais-Southwest France route guide

Click here for more information on Routes through France to Spain
And for when you reachSpain  .....
     Checkout Driving inSpain
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