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Subject Topic: Non-Toll Route to Marseille from Calais Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by WilliamMcBeard06/6/2018 at 12:57pm
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Afternoon all,

Looking at driving from NW England to Marseille over 3/4 days. Will be taking the ferry over as I'm only driver. I then have 3 days/2 nights to get to Marseille for an overnight ferry to Corsica. First day would see me do the English side of things and then aim to get 1 to 2 hours in past Calais. St Quentin area or before. After that I'm looking to do another days driving of say 5-6 hours and end up somewhere where my daughter and I can stay the night and have a walk into a town for dinner. Have done so in Clermont-Ferrand and Angers on previous trips.

Ideally a route that is as toll free as possible as I have the time. Can go to alternative ports but Marseille seems to come up cheapest.

All advice and opinion welcome
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Message posted by Berriow06/6/2018 at 1:28pm
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Must you go to St Quentin? The well worn route from Calais via Rouen, Chartres, Bourges and Clermont Ferrand to Montpellier can be almost toll free - and then take the short cut across the Camargue to get to Marseille. But other options are possible.

Message posted by WilliamMcBeard06/6/2018 at 1:33pm
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There is no definite need for anywhere Berriow. The more interesting the route the better. I have done the Rouen->Clermont route before and loved the way it comes down from the mountains heading to the Med. Would possibly like to do a route that is new to me though.

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Message posted by Berriow06/6/2018 at 1:41pm
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I haven't got a map handy, but if you can find a way to get to Grenoble fairly toll free, then the D1075 south from there to the coast is very attractive. Take care.

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Message posted by kenren06/6/2018 at 5:07pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Berriow on 06/6/2018
I haven't got a map handy, but if you can find a way to get to Grenoble fairly toll free, then the D1075 south from there to the coast is very attractive. Take care.



When I lived in Chambery I used to go Chalons sur Saone, Bourg en Bresse, Chambery then Grenoble then Sisteron Grasse,Nice.

It’s a lovely route but very time consuming

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Message posted by WilliamMcBeard06/6/2018 at 6:14pm
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Thanks Ken. How long would you say? Do you have the road numbers by any chance.

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Message posted by Val A06/6/2018 at 6:45pm
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To Marseille I would be tempted to do St Quentin, Chauny Tergnier, Soissons, Chateau Thierry, Sezanne, Troyes (using the by pass not the autoroute), Bar sur Seine, Chatillon sur Seine, Dijon, then Chalon sur Saone, and the road parallel to the A6 (to the east - can't remember what road number it is) all the way to the toll free section just north of Lyon, then Vienne and off to the west of the autoroute, down past Valence, Montelimar, Orange, and across towards Marseille on the autoroute A7 or it becomes very congested with traffic.

We used this route for years - but it's years since we used it and it may be much busier and 'traffic calmed' now, so perhaps others would comment.

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Quote: Originally posted by WilliamMcBeard on 06/6/2018
Thanks Ken. How long would you say? Do you have the road numbers by any chance.

Cheers
Bill



Well as long as you want to take really. The temptations to stop are basically everywhere after Grenoble. The views are fantastic. However do not go this way if you are in a hurry. It will seem endless and you would miss the point of going that way.

I can’t remember the road numbers but it is pretty direct south east from Chalons to Chambery and after Grenoble it is “la route Napoleon”. Pretty much.

Ken

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https://about-france.com/mobi/no-tolls-med-m.htm
Im using the above site to get to Bordeaux. Worth a punt

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Have a look at this, it may help.

Non toll routes

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Message posted by franbee07/6/2018 at 8:45am
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The Route Napoleon is fantastic but takes about twice as long as you think it should.

I'm not much help otherwise as we tend to take about 5 days to get to the Med, we jump on and off the toll routes as fancy takes us.

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