A10 Motorway guide

(Calais) Paris > Orleans > Tours > Bordeaux  ( > Biarritz)

Route guide showing hotels just off the motorway 

Route map with hotels. See below for hotel marker key

Map Key: (clickable markers)
Upscale classic independent hotels with character
Four-star and quality three star hotels - chains 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
Hotel clusters: more than one hotel of different categories
All hotels are very easy to find

Hotels along the way

This 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.
► Book online: About-France.com is partnered with major discount hotel reservation sites Booking.com and Hotels.com, and also directly with Accor Hotels  (Ibis, F1, Mercure, etc). The links from the map will take you to one of these sites, for reliable online booking at the best discounted rates available.
Well sited motorway hotels can quickly fill up, and advanced booking is is highly recommended. Advanced Internet booking also means plenty of discounted offers that are not available to travellers who just show up at the door.

 A10  -  N10      E5  or  A28  


Routes to Southwest France 

French  route guide and map

From Calais or  Paris via Tours and Bordeaux to Bayonne & Spain
or from Calais via A28 Rouen and Le Mans 

 A10  - N10 -  E5  ROUTE GUIDE

Driving from Calais
There are three ways to reach the A10 :

  • Via the A16  and Paris : join A10 at Paris.
  • Via the A28  to Rouen and then N154 via  Chartres 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 /  E402  to Rouen and Le Mans,  joining the A10 at Tours. This is the longest but fastest route.
Route guide via Paris:

1. Calais to Paris via the  A16  motorway

Drivers wanting to travel via Paris can either take the  A16  motorway 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 are "A10" and Bordeaux.

2. Paris to Bordeaux : the  A10  motorway

The   A10  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 busy motorway, 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

Alternative route from Poitiers to Bordeaux: 
Avoid the tolls. Follow the old N10, rather than the A10 from Poitiers via Angoulême to Bordeaux. Leave the A10 at exit 30 Poitiers south. This route is almost all dual carriageway. It is shorter but slower.

Hotels 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.
   The hotels listed include low-cost Formule 1 hotels, budget Ibis, Campanile and Etap hotels, midscale Novotel and Mercure hotels, as well as some independent establishments.
   NB: "Close to the exit" does not have to mean noisy. All these modern hotels are well insulated and soundproofed.
   Left click and hold to move the map around in its frame.

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