and map showing easily accessible hotels
mid-range hotels very close to motorways and main roads
from Calais to Paris, Languedoc, Southwest France or Spain
the PONT MATHILDE is now open to traffic again, after two
Calais to southwest France via Rouen are
(about 5 miles) than routes via Paris, but are cheaper (less tolls) and
far easier driving (less traffic, less stress, fewer lorries). At
holiday weekends and other busy periods, they are also usually faster,
sometimes much faster.
Leave Calais on the A16 / E402
motorway following signs for Boulogne,
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
route, and the route is well signposted.
At the entrance to Rouen the A28 becomes
on down through the tunnel, then across the Seine. (The Pont Mathilde
bridge, closed from 2012 to 2014, has now reopened). Immediately after
the Seine, turn 270° right, following signs for Paris and Evreux then
Evreux & Orleans .You will join the A13 motorway south
About 10 km south or Rouen, leave the A13 motorway for the A154
motorway, which then becomes the N154 dual
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
After Dreux, the N154 is
all modern dual-carriageway as far as Chartres.
Chartres, about a third of the remaining 40 km of N154 as far as the
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
After joining the joining the A10 ,
motorway all the way. At Orleans, the motorway divides and you have are three possible choices :
Ferrand (for Languedoc and Spain) via A71
and A75 (free
This route is not recommended for cars with heavy caravans or in
as the A75
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.
the Dordogne, central southwest France) via the A20 .
This motorway is free from Vierzon until after Brive la Gaillarde.
southwest France and western Spain), via A10 (toll).
At Orleans, the A71+A20 split
At Vierzon, south of Orleans, the A71 and
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