This weekend of July 9 to 11 marks the official start of the school holidays. Holidaymakers will be numerous on the roads. According to a recent survey by the IPSOS institute, 7 out of 10 French people will reach their holiday resort by car and the majority plan to stay in the national territory. Obviously, on the roads, no miracle possible… We will have to take our troubles patiently.
Bison Futé hoists the red flag
From Friday July 9, Bison Futé sees red in Ile-de-France. It is advisable to leave or cross the Paris region before 12 noon. The difficulties will be centralized around the tolls and on the main roads towards the south. and coastal regions. Significant difficulties are also announced on the A7 between Lyon and Orange from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the A10 motorway between Orléans and Bordeaux from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. In any case, it is recommended to avoid large metropolises, in particular Marseille, Montpellier and Toulouse, before 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m.
Saturday, traffic forecasts are less optimistic! Bison Futé hoists the red flag throughout the country.
Traffic difficulties will be felt from the start of the morning and towards the toll barriers of the A6, A10 and A13 motorways. The Mediterranean arc and the Rhône valley will experience the usual difficulties associated with the first departures on vacation. If you take the road, here are Bison Futé’s advice:
- leave or cross the Île-de-France before 6 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
- avoid the A10 motorway between Orléans and Tours, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- leave or cross Bordeaux before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
- avoid the A6 motorway between Paris and Lyon, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- avoid the A7 motorway between Lyon and Orange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- avoid the A9 motorway between Orange and Montpellier, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and between Montpellier and Narbonne from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- avoid the A20 motorway between Limoges and Brive-la-Gaillarde, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- avoid the A62 motorway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- avoid the A43 motorway between Lyon and Chambéry, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Avoid the Mont-Blanc tunnel from France to Italy, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Work zones and the Tour de France!
Additional difficulties are to be feared due to the presence of works. Discover the site map. Finally, do not forget the passage of Tour de France. Between July 9 and 11, the Grande Boucle stops in Nîmes (30), Carcassonne (11), Quillan (11), Céret (66) and Andorra la Vella. Significant traffic jams are expected around the route of the stages as well as to access the departure and arrival towns.
If you have to hit the road, prefer Sunday July 11. Bison Futé does not report any particular difficulty on the roads in the direction of departures as well as returns. If you can, this is the day to prioritize to ride more serenely.