It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas
Directions from Calais: Take the A16 heading towards Saint-Omer/Reims/Paris. Take exit onto A26/E15 toward Saint-Omer/Reims/Paris. Then take the exit onto A1/E15 toward Arras-Est/Paris. Keep right to continue on A3, follow signs for A104/E15/Bordeaux. Take the exit onto A6B toward A10/Lyon. Keep right to continue on E50. Merge onto A10. Take the A20 exit toward Bordeaux. Then merge onto A62 and continue onto A61. Take the exit 21- Castelnaudary toward Castres. Take the D6 and then D623. Turn left onto Rue Général Laperrine and a slight right onto Quai du Canelot. Road distance approximately 1081km / 671 miles / 9hrs.
Directions from Paris: Take the A10/E50 toward Bordeaux. Keep left to continue on A10/E5, follow signs for A71/ Toulouse/ Bordeaux. Keep right to continue on A71/E9, follow signs for A20/Toulouse. Take the exit onto A20/ E9 towards Toulouse. Take the A20/E9/A62 exit toward Toulouse/ Bordeaux. Merge onto the A62, continue onto A61, keep left to stay on A61. Take exit 21- Castelnaudary toward Castres. Take the Route de Mirepoix/ D6 and then D623. Turn left onto Rue Général Laperrine and a slight right onto Quai du Canelot. Road distance approximately 735km / 456 miles / 6hrs 30 mins.
Avis - 0033 (0) 468 250 584
Hertz - 0033 (0) 468 254 126
Budget - 0033 (0) 468 723 131
Europcar - 0033 (0) 468 250 509
Carcassonne - 38km
Toulouse - 71km
Closest train stations:
Castelnaudary - 650m from the base
The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.
- Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
- Dover to Calais: P&O
- Newhaven to Dieppe: LD Lines
- Portsmouth to Le Harve: LD Lines
- Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries or try Northern Spain and drive across to South France
- Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander: Brittany Ferries
- Plymouth to Santander: Brittany