A10 to Bordeaux & southwest France

Route guide for southwest France from Calais or Paris, using  A10  N10 and  A63 
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Handy hotels close to the Paris-Bordeaux motorway 

and Calais - Rouen - Le Mans - Bordeaux route
Budget  & quality  hotels very close to motorways and trunk roads
  En français: hôtels sur autoroute A10

 A10  -  N10      E5  or  A28  

Routes to Southwest France 

French  route guide and map

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

Hotels that are easy to find
► 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.

A10 & N10 -  E5  ROUTE GUIDE

Traffic from Calais
Recommended alternative route to avoid Paris:
Use the route from Calais or Boulogne or Le Havre: two options:
a) via A28  and Le Mans : faster but 37 km longer ,  join A10 at Tours
b) via Rouen and Chartres for less tolls: about 30 € less but 40 minutes longer ; join the A 10 just north of Orleans.
Click here for more hotels on this route.
The   A10  autoroute can be reached either from Pairs, or via Rouen and Chartres, or via (Rouen) Alençon and the  A28 /  E402 .

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 Paris 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.

Bordeaux hotels:
Click here for a full list of Accor hotels in and around Bordeaux (includes Formule 1, Etap, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure and other Accor brands)
Discover Bordeaux:  See Bordeaux city guide
South of Bordeaux, and on to Spain,
South of Bordeaux the (free)   A63  motorway is replaced by dual carriageway (divided highway) route nationale, the N10, for most of the way to Bayonne. For the last few kilometres to Bayonne, Irun and the Spanish border, the N10 becomes again the A63 autoroute - which links directly at the border to Spain's Autopista A-8, and thereafter to the Spanish motorway network.

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