- Driving through France
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Driving from Dunkerque to La Mole, St Tropez.
Don’t want to use the Tolls, but i want a modicum of speed, don’t want to be stuck on the back roads either.
I’ve been trying too google a route that may involve a bit of both. Can’t find much, never driven that area of france.
Any tips?! 😕Posted 10 years agomeehajaMember
A roads are fine, especially if you’re into crazy overtaking… You also get to see a bit more of real france, which is nice! What I will say though is fill up whereever you can. They’re not big on 24 hour petrol stations over there and some places (quite a lot) only take french credit cards as payment.Posted 10 years agoRoter SternMember
I always used to drive along the A roads too when I was a student which as someone has already said are mainly dual carriageways. I do find the north part of France pretty monotonous though, a bit like the prairie belt in the Sates. Huge endless fields slightly rolling land and a straight road as far as the eye can see. Depends if you want to make the journey there part of the holiday as it will take a couple of days if you don’t use the motorways.Posted 10 years agodeadlydarcyMember
never driven that area of france.
Lol mate, you’re pretty much driving the length of the country aren’t you?
uplink’s route is good, but seriously…avoid Paris unless you’re driving around it after midnight and before 6 am. Using A roads, it will be at least two day’s drive (if not three, depending on the number of drivers) and you’ll be more tired from having to concentrate a bit more. Also, you only need to hit the wrong town at the wrong time and traffic can actually be bad in parts of France (contrary to what everybody will tell you).
So it’s all down to time and money innit? If you fancy getting off the beaten track and staying a few nights here and there, then A roads it is but for speed and fuel efficiency, then Peage is your only man.
How about a bit of both…do the first half of the trip on Peage and then as you get towards the Massif Central, get on to the A roads and see a bit of France that few other people ever bother with…stunning villages in the forests etc…nice bit of the country.Posted 10 years agojohnhooMember
I drove from Bradford to Perigeux a few years back. Took two days each way (including Bradford-Folkestone-Le Shuttle) using M1-A57-A1-M25-M20 in UK and N-routes in France: Calais-Boulogne-Dreux (overnight stay); Dreux-Orleans-Limoges (or vice versa) – Perigeux.
Perigeux is only about 2/3 of the way to Provence.
Last holiday I flew Leeds/Bradford – Nice & hired a car when I got there. 2 hour flight & tres relaxed when you get there.
It takes longer to get from Ste Maxime to St Tropez (20 miles max) than I spent on the plane. Do not attempt to drive into St Trop. get the boat from Ste MAxime or St Raphael.Posted 10 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
The toll roads are indeed fast & straightforward. & expensive & yawningly boring. Fuel’s also more expensive on them. I was well pi$$ed off when my sat nav said, ‘drive for 185 miles’…. If your’e in a hurry, fair enough but if you want a bit of variety & see things, cheaper then keep off em.Posted 10 years ago
I did do Perols (Montpellier) to Calais in 10 hours on them though, just slept most of the way.
I wouldn’t even think of driving this route outside of motorway. Unless it’s a road trip with plenty of overnight stays. Contrary to what people have said, A road ‘nationales’ are not all dual carriageway, can be fairly busy, plus you’ll be going trough a lot of town (speed limit 50km/h) and can even get stuck in traffic jams.if you want to enjoy you could take motorway to grenoble and then la route napoléon to down south and then la corniche d’or up to saint tropez.Posted 10 years ago
Another very important point to consider DO NOT i repeat DO NOT drive during the week end from mid june to end of august. And I am not taking the piss.
If you want to plan your route I advice you to use mappy.com and to have a look on the “bison futé” web site.
If you need any help just shout.DrJMember
What Juan said (obviously) – especially about avoiding the heavy traffic days, or you will sit for hours in jams, even on the autoroutes. Here is a handy planner:
As for Paris – it is over-rated in terms of driving difficulty. Problem is (as above) people leaving for vacation en masse.Posted 10 years ago
One other option would be to use the train. It’s a tad more expensive (I think it’s 130€ for the car only) but it’s much more convenient as you can drop it the day before, spend a day in paris, train/fly to somewhere enjoy one day and then take your car one day after it arrives.Posted 10 years ago5labMember
the way tomtom takes me to morzine and back (avoiding tolls) is via belgium, swizerland, luxomberg. It’s still on fast roads (as there’s no tolls in those countries) but its a little longer – adds about 2 hours onto the journey. so its slower, but costs £70 less in tolls. Getting to morzine is easypeasy in a day, st tropez would be a slog but definately possible with an early start. i’d rather take 2 hours longer and spend £140 on beerPosted 10 years ago
I don’t mind the drive taking a little longer, trying to avoid the 80 euros each way toll!
At the moment we’re looking at motorway to lille (free). Then a couple of major roads that nip into belgium at one point i think! Then down to St Tropez
Posssibly use the tolls for the return, just get home!
Deadlydarcy………meant i’ve only ever driven down the west side! And then straight through to sspain and Gibraltar. 28Hrs…….and that was after picking a car up from from leeds.Posted 10 years ago
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