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THE BUSIEST DAYS ON THE ROADS IN FRANCE

Winter  Spring and Summer 2018

Here are the days on which to avoid the French motorway system if you possibly can.

  Official traffic forecasts - from the French highways agency

   Orange : delays likely in some places  
   Red= busy,  
traffic will move more slowly and delays probable
   Black = saturated : delays certain in busy spots

Southbound 

Northbound

February 2018

  • Sat 10th Feb in east France and Alps
  • Friday 16th Feb in Alps
  • Saturday 17th Feb orange throughout France, black in Alps
  • Friday 23rd Feb in Alps
  • Saturday 24th Feb orange everywhere, black in Alps.

March

  • Orange every Saturday in the Alps area, except 24th
  • Friday 9th orange in Paris area
  • Friday 30th (Good Friday)  orange everywhere
  • Sat 31st :  main southbound motorways

April - May

  • Fri/Sat 13th & 14th, and 20th & 21st April in Paris area
  • Sat 28th April : orange everywhere
  • Friday 4th May Paris area
  • Saturday 5th May everywhere
  • Wed 9th May: Paris area
  • Thurs 10th May - southern half of France
  • Fri 18th and Sat 19th May : orange everywhere
  • Friday 18th May : red in Paris area

February 2018

  • Sat 17th orange in the Alps
  • Sat 24th orange everywhere, red in the Alps / Lyon sector

March 2018

  • Friday 2nd orange in Paris area
  • Sat 3rd and Sat 10th : orange in the Alps

April

  • Monday April 2nd (Easter monday) orange everywhere.
  • Sat 21st and 28th April: orange in the Paris area

May

  • Sunday May 6th : orange in the southern half of France, specially A7, A8, A9, A10
  • Sunday 13th May: red on all routes
  • Monday 21st May (Pentecost)  orange on all routes.
And into summer...
  • Green from 20th May to 28th June
  • Summer weekends: orange or red on all routes every Friday and Saturday from  29th June to 11th August.
  • Black Saturday:   4th August on all routes
  • Black  or red on all routes: Sat 11th August
And into summer
  • Green from 22nd May to 13th July
  • Sat 14th July orange in Rhone valley
  • Orange or red throughout France on Saturdays from 21st July to 25th August
  • Orange throughout on Sundays 12th 19th and 26th August
  • Orange on Fridays 10th, 17th and 24th August
  • The worst weekend for travelling north : Friday 17th - Sun 19th August

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