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Travelling to the Somme

Carte Hauts de France

By car


  • A1 (Paris-Lille)
  • A16 (Paris-Calais)
  • A26 (Calais-Reims)
  • A28 (Abbeville-Rouen)
  • A29 (Reims-Rouen)

Arrive in Calais from Dover by ferry (around a 1.5 hour crossing) or from Folkestone via the Eurotunnel (around a 2 hour crossing)
  • Don't forget to drive on the right. Roundabouts are anti-clockwise; as in the UK, roads signs show major roads first with local roads following on a second sign.
  • Signs for motorways (Autoroutes) are shown in blue, main roads (Nationales) in green. Secondary roads (Départementales) have numbers.
  • Seat belts must be used if fitted, and no child under 10 is allowed to travel in the front seat.
  • Drink-driving penalties are very severe.
  • In town, you must give way to traffic coming from the right unless road markings give you priority.
  • French motorways are toll roads, although some stretches are free
  • Calais > Amiens:100miles - 1hour 40mins ; It costs about €11 to use the A16 motorway

Speed limits:
  • Built-up areas 50kph > 31mph
  • Major roads 90kph > 56 mph
  • Dual carriageways 110kph > 69 mph
  • Motorways 130kph > 81 mph (reducing to 110kph in poor weather conditions)


By train

Eurostar from London (St Pancras International), Ashford (Kent) and Ebbsfleet (Kent) to Lille, Calais and Paris. The journey will take between 1 hour and 2.5 hours.

  • Lines Paris - Lille or Paris-Calais
  • Haute - Picardie high-speed train (TGV) station

For times and bookings, please visit the SNCF webiste

By plane

  • Roissy - Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • Beauvais - Tillé Airport
  • Albert - Picardie Airport
  • Amiens - Glisy Airport


By sea

Book your ferry and tunnel crossing online!

The Dover - Calais crossing takes around an hour and a half, the Channel tunnel around 35 minutes