Originally Posted by SaddleTramp
Now I 'm back in UK, and gonna drive to Italy, whatg is the best route?
Idiot proof mind, I asked someone, guess what the reply was "drive thru France to Switzerland,, it costs 19 Euros for the road tax there, Mont Blanc tunnel is free but is boring..."
Now, France and Switzerland are pretty big place, I mean, there's loads of roads...
Can anyone give some good clear routes? With toll prices?
Thanks in advance...
Firstly i highly recommend the French autoroutes. They are a little pricey but silky smooth, NO potholes and very little traffic
Not sure where in Italy you need to go but we did London to Bologna last september (all autoroute).
We will be doing it again this year for definate so this is the way we are going.
By the way, buy a really good road map as we would have been stuffed without it.(Recommend the "AA Big Easy Read France" from amazon
The trip is quite easy but if you wrong turn!(we did) a good map will get you back easy. (All my distances are "roughly" from map).
Oh yeah and AA european breakdown cover is brilliant! wont go anywhere without it.
From Calais head for the A26 (autoroute) aiming towards Reims..(will be signposted).
After 160+ miles head towards Dijon (Lyon if it is signed) by getting on the A4 (for 20 miles), then A26 (for 55 miles),then A5 (for 55 miles), then A31 (for 65 miles, passing Dijon).
After passing Dijon its onto the A6 (for 45 miles)towards Lyon (definately signed).
Way before you get to Lyon take the A40, which takes you almost to the Monte Blanc tunnel (not sure who told you it was free? when i last looked online it's about £35 toll just for that stretch
Road leading into the tunnel is N205.
Out the tunnel into Italy you'lle be on the A5 heading for Torino. then wherever you are heading from there.
This route skimms Switzerland but doesn't go in.
Our trip last year ,although we went further down through france and through the Tunnel De Frejues (£28) and onto Torino, the toll cost from Calais to Bologna was £98 and fuel in my Peugeot 306 diesel (58mpg average) was £100. 1080miles.
Was a long way to drive in one go so we stopped overnight in a Hotel Formule 1 near Macon in France. £30/room, sleeps 3.
They are pretty cheap, pre book online and turn up any time, there is always someone there. Each room has a double+single bunk and a sink and tv, shared toilet/shower and for £3 odd a help yourself b/fast. No restaurant or anything but snack and drink vending machines . Very basic but clean.