About-France.com

Routes to the south of France

route map with hotels 

Western routes via Rouen & Orleans: A16 - A28 - A71 - A75 - A20

Route guide and map showing easily accessible hotels 

Budget & mid-range hotels very close to motorways and main roads

The route from Calais to Paris, Languedoc, central southern France or northeast Spain

Overnight stops on the way...

The hotels listed on this map have been carefully chosen because these are hotels that are close to the exit,  easy to find, and not located in noisy industrial zones.   ► Click any coloured marker on the map and a info box will show up with details of the easy to find hotel in that location. Click the link in the info box to book online at best rates. Links on the map take you to the hotels' own websites or other booking sites,
NB: "Close to the exit" does not mean noisy. All these modern hotels are well insulated and soundproofed.
Left click and hold to move the map around in its frame
Click for  this map for your mobile phone

Want to avoid the tolls?
New : Slow roads through France - Discover a leisurely route down through France on  tranquil byroads, taking in attractive small towns and villages, magnificent châteaux, forests, historic abbeys, valleys and mountains. A route guide in three parts.
 
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 - 2 or 3 starschains such as Campanile, Ibis or  F1.
Independent budget hotels
Hotel clusters: more than one hotel of different categories

Route guide:

Leave Calais on the  A16 E402  motorway following signs for Boulogne, Amiens.
The motorway is a toll-motorway from Boulogne to Abbeville
Just before Abbeville, take the free   A28 E402  motorway to  Rouen.Rouen is sometimes a bit slow, but this is the only bit of hassle on the whole route, and the route is well signposted.

At the entrance to Rouen  the A28 becomes the N28. Follow on down through the tunnel, then across the Seine. (The Pont Mathilde bridge, closed from 2012 to 2014, has now reopened). Immediately after crossing the Seine, turn 270° right, following signs for Paris and Evreux then Evreux & Orleans .You will join the A13 motorway south of Rouen.
About 10 km south or Rouen, leave the A13 motorway for the  A154 motorway, which then becomes the N154 dual carriageway almost to Dreux.

Before Dreux, you have about 10 km on the N12 (straightforward, old-style dual carriageway, sometimes busy). At the start of the town, leave the N12 following the signs for Chartres and Orleans.

After Dreux,
the N154 is almost all modern dual-carriageway as far as Chartres. After Chartres, about a third of the remaining 40 km of N154 as far as the A10 motorway is now  motorway-standard dual-carriageway. A new 8km stretch was opened in May 2013. Traffic normally flows freely on the remaining relatively straight single-carriageway sections as far as the motorway. 

After joining the  joining the  A10 , it's motorway all the way. At Orleans, the motorway divides and you have are three possible choices :

1. Clermont Ferrand (for Languedoc and Spain) via  A71  (toll ) and  A75  (free motorway) This route is not recommended for cars with heavy caravans or in winter, as the A75 after Clermont Ferrand has - as well as the Millau Viaduct (toll) - several long steep hills, and a long stretch at up to 1100 metres altitude, that can be snowed up in winter.

2. Toulouse  (for the Dordogne, central southwest France) via  the  A20 . This motorway is free from Vierzon until after Brive la Gaillarde.

3. Bordeaux (for southwest France and western Spain), via A10 (toll).
At Orleans, the A71+A20 split from the A10.
At Vierzon, south of Orleans, the A71 and A20 split.

Bordeaux hotels:
Click here for a full list of Accorhotels in and around Bordeaux (includes Formule 1, Etap, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure and other Accor brands)

autoroute A71



Clermont-Ferrand hotels:
Click here for a full list of Accorhotels in and around Clermont-Ferrand (includes Formule 1, Etap, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure and other Accor brands)

Hotels: just motorway hotels that are very easy to find

Click here for a printable PDFversion of these instructions:
 Printable Calais-Southwest France route guide

Click here for more information on Routes through France to Spain
And for when you reachSpain  .....
     Checkout Driving inSpain



Routes from Calais to the south of France via Rouen are marginally longer (about 5 miles) than routes via Paris, but are cheaper (less tolls) and far easier driving (less traffic, less stress, fewer lorries). At French holiday weekends and other busy periods, they are also usually faster, sometimes much faster.

Not the route you wanted?
Check out these alternatives...
A10
For the southwest via Rouen Tours and Poitiers 
See ► A10 to Southwest France

A26
For southeast France, Switzerland or Italy, via Reims  
See ► Southeast from Calais


►► Site guide
About-France.com home
Full site index
About-France.com site search
►► Principal chapters on About-France.com
The regions of France
Beyond Paris, a guide to the French regions and their tourist attractions.
Accommodation in France
The different options: hotels, gites, camping in France.
Guide to Paris
Make the most of your trip to Paris;  attractions, Paris hotels, transport,  and lots more. 
Tourism in France
The main tourist attractions and places to visit in France - historic monuments, art galleries, and more
Planning a trip to France 
Information on things to do before starting your trip to France.
Driving in France 
Tips and useful information on driving in and through France - motorways, tolls, where to stay....
Maps of France
Cities, towns, departments, regions, climate, wine areas and other themes.
The French way of life 
A mine of information about life and living in France,
A-Z dictionary of France
Encyclopedic dictionary of modern France
►►More maps
Map of the French regions
More themed maps of France

About-France.com
Winner

Best website
for holidays in France
Mailonline travel guide



Copyright text and photos © About-France.com 2003 - 2018

European data protection notice. About-France.com does not collect personal data. We use cookies solely to enable audience statistics, social media and some ads. To continue using this site, click or else request more information.