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Information about route planners for driving in France – Day-tripper.net the web magazine for visitors to France.
Preparation is always the best way of ensuring an easy journey without hassle. We looked at each of the sites listed below to plan a route from Central London to Dover.
Although most drivers use satnav these days, a quick check of thse sites whilst preparing your journey allows for easier planning.
Remember however, when booking hotels when undertaking a long journey, that France is one hour ahead, and ferries and Eurotunnel can have delays. In other words avoid driving when tired and arriving in Reims at 1.30am!
Traffic and jams – Bison Futé is the French Government organisation which helps motorists plan their journeys, avoid blackspots and get there safely. On the autoroutes. www.autoroutes.fr
Planning your itinerary. www.mappy.com
Interesting link about Paris traffic conditions. www.sytadin.tm.fr (in French)
Roadworks on French roads (click travaux). www.sytadin.tm.fr
Roads closed at night (click fermetures). www.sytadin.tm.fr
French Government information on roads (in French). www.equipementsdelaroute.developpement-durable.gouv.fr
Traffic conditions. www.quelleroute.com
French Autoroutes. www.autoroutes.fr
Bison futé is a government funded advice agency for travellers in France. Giving useful advice and tips – maps can be obtained from the French Tourist Office in Piccadilly. Suggested alternative routes (BIS) help you avoid jams (green signs). There are 59 centres dotted throughout France where you can stop for help and advice on toll charges. Between 15 /6 and 31/8 the centres are open daily.
Free telephone calls for travel information can be made from the orange call boxes situated every 4km on main roads, 2km on motorways.
There is a Bison Futé office on the A16 near Boulogne. For drivers going via Dunkirk and following the A25, A1, A26 route east and south, there is an office on the A1 just south of Lille. For people coming from Calais, short of a detour the first office is on the A6 just south of Beaune.
Bison Futé. www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr
Centre 0033 1 48 99 33 33
East 0033 387 63 33 33
West 0033 299 32 33 33
North 0033 320 47 33 33
South East 0033 556 96 33 33
Rhône Alpe / Auvergnes 0033 472 81 57 33
Méditerranée 0033 491 78 78 78
Interactive map showing roadworks in the North of France; www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr
Signs when driving on an alternative route (green signs are old, yellow are new signs)
– The AA Breakdown insurance www.theaa.com
– Green Flag. www.greenflag.com
– Map24. www.uk.map24.com
– Mappy. www.mappy.com
– Royal Automobile Club. www.rac.co.uk
– Via Michelin. www.viamichelin.co.uk
– Routenet (Belgium). www.routenet.be
– Map of Brussels showing traffic situation and roadworks (Belgium). www.mobielbrussel.irisnet.be
– mostly in French
– 1bis (Bottin). www.1bis.com
– ITI Map. www.itimap.com
– RACE, Spanish motoring organisation.
– Route planner. www.race.es
– Traffic info (cameras). www.race.es
– Tunnel information (Spain). www.race.es
Satellite Navigation systems are growing in popularity, as once used, you won't be without one.