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This page gives a few details of how we may be reached. You must not rely on the accuracy of the information given here, but we hope it'll be a good starting point for you to plan your journey. We've created downloadable axe files for each route that you can import into Microsoft Autoroute. This is not a definitive list of services and options and if you browse thru' our links page, you'll get pointers to other web sites that'll provide even more options, including a couple of route-planning websites.

 

Routes
A few of the available routes from the UK to France

Driving in France is a real pleasure compared to the over-crowded frantic roads of the UK but there are a few points to bear in mind (umm, remember to drive on the right? :-)

  • Road numbers in France change as you drive along them with no apparent logic for the change. We've found that the easiest way to navigate is to keep the road numbers in mind but use the town names when following road signs. All you need to do is prepare a list of towns you want to pass by that you can tick off as you go.
  • Another tip, if you're trying to get thru' a town, is to look for a "Toutes Directions" sign and follow it out of town.
  • French drivers do tend to drive rather close to your derriere - don't take it personally and don't let it faze you - you have plenty of time to read road signs as you come up to them.
  • If you're planning on using the Autoroutes, tolls are often imposed. Sometimes at the beginning of the section but more usually, by taking a ticket from a machine at the beginning and paying at the booth at the end of the motorway.
  • Do purchase a french road atlas. You'll find it invaluable for planning your journey here, as well as planning your trips out whilst you are here.

If you have any tips or hints of your own that you think would benefit other guests, please contact the Web Master, who'll be only too pleased to include them here.

 

 

 

Route from Caen

Caen route map
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Distance: 325 miles.
Driving Time: 6 hours

Caen is reached by Brittany ferries out of Portsmouth.

To download the route that created this map, right click Autoroute Express and select "save link as" - note: you do need Microsoft Autoroute on your PC before you can make any use of this.

 

 

 

Route from Calais

Calais route map
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Distance: 450 miles.
Driving Time: 6¾ hours

Calais is served by a number of ferry companies operating out of Dover, as well as the Channel Tunnel. See the links page for Sea France, P&O Ferries and Hoverspeed.

To download the route that created this map, right click Autoroute Express and select "save link as" - note: you do need Microsoft Autoroute on your PC before you can make any use of this.

 

 

 

Route from Cherbourg

Cherbourg route map
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Distance: 420 miles.
Driving Time: 7¼ hours

Cherbourg is reached by Condor and P&O ferries out of Portsmouth and Brittany ferries operating out of Poole.

To download the route that created this map, right click Autoroute Express and select "save link as" - note: you do need Microsoft Autoroute on your PC before you can make any use of this.

 

 

 

Route from Dieppe

Dieppe route map
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Distance: 390 miles.
Driving Time: 6 hours

Dieppe is reached by Transmanche Ferries out of Newhaven.

To download the route that created this map, right click Autoroute Express and select "save link as" - note: you do need Microsoft Autoroute on your PC before you can make any use of this.

 

 

 

Route from Le Havre

Le Havre route map
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Distance: 387 miles.
Driving Time: 6 hours

Le Havre is reached by P&O ferries out of Portsmouth.

To download the route that created this map, right click Autoroute Express and select "save link as" - note: you do need Microsoft Autoroute on your PC before you can make any use of this.

 

 

 

Route from St. Malo

St.Malo route map
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Distance: 315 miles.
Driving Time: 5½ hours

St. Malo is reached by Condor ferries operating out of Poole, and Brittany ferries out of Portsmouth.

To download the route that created this map, right click Autoroute Express and select "save link as" - note: you do need Microsoft Autoroute on your PC before you can make any use of this.

 

 

 

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