Best Road Map France
For Confident Exploring

My road map France expert is Gildas (my French/American husband). He has the best sense of direction of anyone I know and he really knows how to read a map and wouldn’t travel without one.

You’ll have a good map for years so it’s worth getting the right one.

1- First you’ll need a road map of the entire country.
We use BNP La France Routiere ET Touristique that we purchased in France. The scale is 1:1,000,000 and is a good overall road map of the country and passes the Gildas test.

Recommended maps with scale 1:1,000,000:
Rough Guide Map France

IGN FRANCE: France 2010: IGN-901

Michelin 721: France Travel Map

France Travel Map


2- Next you’ll need a road map for the particular region you’ll be touring in.
Gildas says it's the level of detail that's important.
When you get a regional map, get it to this scale: 1:250,000 1cm = 2.5 km or 1:275,000 1cm = 2.75 km

Best Road Map of France for your adventures in the regions:

Michelin Orange Regional maps, scale 1:275,000
Check out this map of the Riviera and find other region maps of France.
France, Provence French Riviera Travel Map


France, Provence French Riviera Travel Map

IGN (Institute Geographique National)France Regional Touring Map: IGN (Institut Geographique National) Road Map Bourgogne / Burgundy (France) / Scale 1:250,000 (French Edition)

At this level of detail it lists all the roads in the region and is suitable for touring and exploring the sights.




If you are going to Brittany you definitely need a map of Brittany because it’s more remote than the other regions. Which makes it all the more fun.

More detail
If you want to have all the small village names on your regional road map of you'll need a more detail. The ones below would be a good choice. Scale 1:200,000 (1cm = 2km)

Berlitz Regional Motoring Maps scale, 1:200,000
Rough Guide
AA Touring Map France, Scale 1:180,000 (IGN map made for AA)


Even more detail.
If you really want more detail because you will be hiking or camping this regional road map of France should do the job.
Scale 1:180,000 (1cm = 1.8km)
AA Road Map France
Michelin yellow local maps, scale 1:150,000 or 1:175,000

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