Planning your route

Whether your driving in France or towing in Spain, we highly recommend that you keep organised and plan your journey ahead whilst touring abroad. We can help if you need to know about driving in Europe after Brexit or what the European speed limits are for touring, ensuring you drive through Europe with ease.

Plan your route thoroughly before you set off, there are a number of online route planners you could use.

With this route planner, you can move the route from one road to another and use the navigation tools to take a really close look at the roads you will be using. You can also input the campsite's GPS co-ordinates to see exactly where the campsite is located.

Reclassification of French roads

The French government has decided to transfer the administration of approximately 18,000 kilometres of national roads to local authorities, resulting in the significant reclassification and renumbering of roads. This process started in January 2006 and no time limits were put in place to complete the operation. Each local authority can choose its own renumbering system and changes to road signs. In some cases the road renumbering follows a logical pattern:

Example roads Reclassifications

First letter changed - St Malo to Rennes

Old Number N137
New number D137

First letter and number changed - Figeac to Martel

Old number N140
New number D840

No logical change - Montmarault to Bessay-sur-Allier

Old number N145
New number N79

Our advice is to always use the road numbers in conjunction with the names of towns and villages on your route.

Allow plenty of time for your journey and take the most up to date map available.

Sat navs

In nearly all European countries it is illegal to use car navigation systems which actively search for mobile speed cameras or interfere with police equipment (laser or radar detection).

Car navigation systems which give a warning of fixed speed camera locations are legal in most countries.

The exceptions are:

  • France
  • Germany
  • Switzerland

In these countries, this function must be de-activated or deleted from your device.

Download site POI files for your Navman, Tom Tom or Garmin device.

Save money with Emovis

Emovis (formerly Sanef), the French motorway operator is offering its Liber-t automatic French toll payment service to UK motorists. Members can benefit from a free Liber-t tag application (normally 10€).

Offer valid all year

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Top questions

How do I book an overseas site?

Overseas campsite bookings can easily be made on the Club website and "combined deals" are common when you book a campsite at the same time as your ferry crossing. Booking online means you save the £15 Contact Centre booking fee.

This is my first visit abroad with my caravan/motorhome. How can the Club help?

The Club's first time abroad section explains everything you need to know about going on your first overseas touring holiday.

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Know before you go

Tolls & vignettes

Most major roads abroad are likely to have a toll – see where booths are located.

Will they affect you?

European Holiday Insurance

Providing European breakdown cover and travel insurance with cover for cancellations and medical emergencies.

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