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Spring and Summer 2020

Below are the days on which to avoid the French motorway system if you possibly can, based on official traffic forecasts - from the French highways agency.

Black spots = the classic points of major congestion on the French motorway network on peak holiday weekends

Avoid the worst... see Routes through France including toll-free routes and routes to Spain
Southbound  Northbound

  • Green from 11th May to 28th June except  Red  Wed 20th and Thur 21st May  (Ascension holiday)  and Friday 29th May (whitsun)
  • Summer weekends: orange or red on all routes every Friday and Saturday from  26th June to 16th August.
  • Black Saturdays 2020 :   1st and 8th August on all routes

  • Red days   on all routes: Sats 11th  18th and 25th July 3rd August

  • Green from 11th May to 28th June except Sunday 24th May (end of Ascension weekend)
  • Summer weekends: orange or red on all routes every Friday and Saturday from  10th July  to 30th August.
  • Weekend 31st July - 1st August:  orange everywhere
  • Saturdays 8th August
    Red throughout France  
  • Weekend Fri 14th - Mon 17th August
    Orange everywhere Red on A7 and A9 (Rhone valley - Languedoc)
  • Weekend Fri 21st - Mon 24th August
    Friday Sunday & Monday - Orange everywhere
    Saturday:  red everywhere 
  • Weekend Fri 28th - Sun 30th August
    Friday & Sunday Orange everywhere,  Saturday red everywhere
  • The worst weekends for travelling north : the last three weekends of  August

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