Overnight stops & driving routes in France

Here is our comprehensive list of French hotel chains, cheap and luxury options, that you will find dotted around France that are great for an overnight stay.

Each French hotel chain will offer a mix of locations for your overnight stop.  If you just want a bedroom in which to lay your head then choose a stopover that is easy to access, for example just off the motorway.  However if you fancy more of a break to your journey then head to a city center and combine a stop over with a discovery visit to a new place.

In our travels between Calais and the south coast we’ve enjoyed stop overs at cities such as Reims, Troyes and Lyon – all fabulous towns with loads to see.  French cities are good at underground car parks so there’s always somewhere to park up and navigating the city center tends to be better with a good navigational aid!

If you are in the midst of planning your driving route through France, perhaps our recommendations on the best route to take will help?

Route 1. To the South of France >>>

The first of our two-day routes is the classic eastern route, perfect for those wishing to go to the Cote d’Azur, Provence and The Alps.  You’ll be heading down the main route through France, popular with all nationalities and famous somewhat for it’s many toll roads.

Read our guide on the route to take and places to stop.

French alps

Route 2. Languedoc, Midi-Pyrenees, Northern Spain and Catalonia >>>

The second of our two-day routes through to the south of France, may be new to you, mainly because it takes you close to Paris, and if you are not heading for the French capital, you will want to give the whole area a wide berth, except that not only is the route through the centre of Paris just as convenient to reach the south of France and Northern Spain, but there is also so much to see.

Plage de Canet-en-Roussillon

Route 3. Normandy, Poitou-Charente, Vendee, Dordogne and South West >>>
In our 3rd and final route through France, we take a look at the Atlantic Coast and cut our way through majestically from Normandy in the north to Biarritz in the Pays Basque in the south west.

If you are looking for a hotel for an overnight stop, our favourites are Premiere Classe, Hotel B&B and Novotel, if you fancy paying more for luxury. We recommend you book ahead if you are planning a stay during the summer months.

Saint malo, brittany