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Spring and Summer 2022

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
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2022 information
  • Green from 11th May to 28th June except  Red  Wed 25th and Thur 26th May  (Ascension holiday)  and Friday 3rd June (whitsun)
  • Summer weekends: orange or red on all routes every Friday and Saturday from  1st July to Friday 12th August.
  • Black Saturdays 2022 :   30th July on all routes.  
    9th and 22nd July, 6th and 13th August in Rhone valley
  • Red days   on all routes: Sats 9th 16th & 30th July , 6th and 13th August

  • Green from 11th May to 28th June except Sunday 29th May (end of Ascension weekend)
  • Summer weekends: orange or red on all routes every Friday and Saturday from  8th July  to 27th August.
  • Weekend  1st - 2nd August:  orange everywhere
  • Weekends 5th and 12th  August
    Red everywhere on the Saturdays, Orange on Friday, Sunday and Monday   
  • Weekend Fri 19th - Mon 22nd August
    Friday Saturday Sunday:  red everywhere. Monday Orange everywhere  
  • Weekend Fri 26th - Mon 29th August
    Friday and Saturday red everywhere.  Sunday & Monday Red in Paris area and Rhone valley, Orange everywhere else
  • The worst weekends for travelling north : the last three weekends of  August

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