Route map with hotels.
See below for hotel marker key
||Upscale classic independent hotels with
||Four-star and quality three star hotels -
such as Mercure or Novotel
||Budget and economy hotels - 1 tor 3 stars
chains such as Campanile, Ibis and F1 / Formule 1
||Independent midscale hotels
clusters: more than one hotel of different
All hotels are very easy
Hotels along the way
guide is selective. There are hotels accessible from virtually any
motorway exit, but some of these can be a fair distance away and hard
to find. And some of them are noisy and not as good as they make out.
This map shows only
hotels that are easy to find, even without a Satnav,
recommended by travellers, and
mostly very close to the motorway.
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Well sited motorway hotels can quickly fill up, and advanced booking is
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route guide and map
From Calais or Paris
via Tours and Bordeaux to Bayonne & Spain
or from Calais
Rouen and Le Mans
- N10 -
E5 ROUTE GUIDE
Driving from Calais
Route guide via Paris:
There are three ways to reach the A10 :
- Via the A16 and Paris : join A10
- Via the A28 to
Rouen and then N154
for less tolls: join the A 10 north of Orleans. More
details on the Calais-Rouen-Orleans
route guide. This is the shortest and cheapest route (Calais-
Tours is 35 km shorter and 35 € cheaper in tolls than via Le Mans) -
but longer in time.
- Via the A28 /
Rouen and Le Mans,
joining the A10 at Tours.
This is the longest but fastest route.
1. Calais to Paris via the
Drivers wanting to travel via Paris can either take the
from Calais, via Abbeville, or the A26 then A1 via Arras. the
A16 has a lot less traffic. Once in the Paris area, there are many
options for reaching the A10 which exits from Paris in the southwest.
But whatever option chosen - the N 184, the A86 western orbital (toll)
or the Paris ring
road (boulevard périphérique - the signs to follow eventually
2. Paris to Bordeaux : the
is the main French motorway to the southwest, and is four or three
lanes as far as Tours. South of Tours, it reduces to two lanes, which
is quite adequate except at very peak periods. It is a
particularly during summer holiday weekends, as it carries most of the
holiday traffic bound for the west coast of France.
From the Paris
"périphérique" onwards, follow motorway signs for A10
Bordeaux.. Nothing could be simpler. The toll section of the A10
motorway starts at Saint Arnoult, some 30 miles southwest of Paris.
There are two
notable black spots on this autoroute, which often cause serious delays
at peak periods; a) the toll station at Saint Arnoult (the biggest
motorway toll station in Europe), which causes long tailbacks in the
north-east bound direction when there is a lot of traffic returning
towards Paris. b) the ring road round Bordeaux, which can get
snarled up either side of the Pont d'Aquitaine, over the Gironde.
Otherwise it is easy driving.
Bordeaux has a complete ring-road, so you can
skirt the city either to the east (N 230 dual carriageway) or to the
west (A630 motorway) . Either way, leave the ring road onto
A63 at exit 15, marked San
Sebastian and Bayonne
from Poitiers to Bordeaux:
Avoid the tolls. Follow the old N10, rather than the A10 from Poitiers
Angoulême to Bordeaux. Leave the A10 at exit 30 Poitiers south
This route is almost all dual carriageway. It is shorter but slower.
along the route
► Click any coloured marker on the map
and a bubble will show up with details of the hotel in that location.
There are plenty of motorway exits that lead to hotels: but it is not
always easy to find them. The hotels listed on this
map have been specifically chosen because they really are close to the
exit, and easy to access. Clicking on a red bubble will open up a brief
information window, with essential information for the hotel, and a
link to the hotels' own websites or other booking sites, with online
booking and often the best offers available.
hotels listed include low-cost Formule 1 hotels, budget Ibis, Campanile
and Etap hotels, midscale Novotel and Mercure hotels, as well as some
NB: "Close to the
exit" does not have to mean noisy. All these modern hotels are well
insulated and soundproofed.
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