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Whats the best route to Zurich from Calais?

I know I have Sat Nav, an atlas and AA route master but still wonder what folk agree is the best and/or most direct route to drive from Calais to Zurich. Having lived on the continent for many years, I know that these tools aren't always 100% reliable so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 15.03.2011, 20:33
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Re: Whats the best route to Zurich from Calais?

Check the links below ("Similar threads").

Add 40-60 min for the Basel-Zurich leg.

In summary, two main schools of thought:
Calais-Basel via France
Calais-Basel via Belgium, Lux, D and into Basel.

For a bit of excitement, there's a hybrid route too: Calais-Strasbourg, then hop over to Germany from Strasbourg down to Basel.

Personally, I favour the direct route (i.e. through France). If travelled out of peak hours, plain sailing most of the way on - generally - well maintained roads, where you can cruise at 140 kph with little problem (legal limit is 130 kph), taking an even 7 hrs of driving time.
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Old 15.03.2011, 20:42
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Re: Whats the best route to Zurich from Calais?

Indeed you can take the A4 (IIRC) across into Belgium, turn south at Namur, fuel up in Luxembourg and head on down to Basel. That's my preferred route.

If you're travelling at peak times, however, head towards Paris then Reims then Metz then Strassboug.

If you're going into Basel then the French crossing might suit. If not, avoid. I think Basel is still a construction zone and anything near busy time is painful.

If you slip into Germany, you can head across on the new road and skip Basel if you're heading to eastern or southern Switzerland.

In short...pay tolls and avoid traffic. Avoid the French highway crossing into Basel. There's a big Carrefour at Mulhouse/Usine Peugeot/il Napoleon worthy of a visit.....there's a big leclerc at Thionville worth a visit.

Belgians are the worst drivers you'll encounter.
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Re: Whats the best route to Zurich from Calais?

It's fairly straight forward: http://maps.google.ch/maps?f=q&sourc...h,+Switzerland
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In short...pay tolls and avoid traffic. Avoid the French highway crossing into Basel. There's a big Carrefour at Mulhouse/Usine Peugeot/il Napoleon worthy of a visit.....there's a big leclerc at Thionville worth a visit.
And there is usually a significant police (speed trap) presence on the French autoroute, particularly the closer to Calais you get.
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Re: Whats the best route to Zurich from Calais?

Hi
You can use the viamichelin route finder which gives you several options, they have a recommended route,economical, sightseeing route etc, ofcourse the sightseeing and economical routes which will increase the distance and time on the road.In addition, all the toll bridges and camera locations are mentioned.

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