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Ocean to the Sea Road Trip

Bordeaux - Biarritz - Toulouse - Carcassonne - Perpignan - Montpellier - Marseille

Expect on your Ocean to the Sea Road Trip Itinerary

Road conditions Road conditions
Landscape Landscape
Security Security
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Beach Beach
Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Historical sites Historical sites
ACTIVATE MAP Stages6 km1,149 h/stage2.7

Best months to drive Ocean to the Sea Road Trip

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Ocean to the Sea Road Trip in France?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 225EUR drive & more 125EUR sleep & more 396EUR eat & more 432EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 953EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,178EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 315EUR drive & more 175EUR sleep & more 660EUR eat & more 576EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,411EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,726EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 630EUR drive & more 213EUR sleep & more 1,056EUR eat & more 864EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 2,133EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,763EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,350EUR drive & more 263EUR sleep & more 165EUR eat & more 432EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 860EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,210EUR
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Ocean to the Sea Road Trip Itinerary

If you are looking for one of the most alluring road trips in France, Ocean to the Sea Road Trip will surely cater to your needs. Ocean to the Sea Road Trip will become an answer to the needs of family. The route takes you through such beautiful places as Bordeaux, Toulouse, and Carcassonne. The trip described in this article will take 6 days to complete, but tourists can surely complete it in 4. You are also free to extend your tour and explore the remaining part of what France holds in store, which is equally interesting. If you are wondering about the time spent driving, it will be on average 2.7 hours daily, and you will travel 1,149km . Ready for the journey? So, let’s get in the vehicle and set out!
number of days 6 number of days
route length 1,149 km route length
budget high budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level
During Ocean to the Sea Road Trip, travellers will have a superb opportunity to marvel at picturesque nature. During adventure, you can enjoy a wide range of interesting highlights to visit relatively stress-free. If the lifestyle and traditions of France are what interest you the most, you will definitely enjoy what the road trip has to offer. While on Ocean to the Sea Road Trip, tourists will also have an excellent option to pay a visit to a number of brilliant historical sites. If you are interested in what the urban life looks like in France, Ocean to the Sea Road Trip will certainly come up to your expectations. Drivers should be prepared that the adventure is more expensive thanks to greater number of amenities. When travelling around France, you will be driving on the right. When it comes to accident level it is moderate. The period between May and October are recommended for the road trip.

START Bordeaux

Distance 1,149 km Driving time 16.5 h Pace: fast Airports BOD
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1 Bordeaux - Arcachon - Biarritz

Distance 243 km Driving time 4.7 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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2 Biarritz - Pau - Toulouse

Distance 306 km Driving time 2.8 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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3 Toulouse - Carcassonne

Distance 93 km Driving time 1.0 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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4 Carcassonne - Perpignan

Distance 129 km Driving time 2.4 h Pace: modest View map Itinerary
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5 Perpignan - Narbonne - Montpellier

Distance 191 km Driving time 2.9 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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6 Montpellier - Marseille

Distance 187 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: fast View map Itinerary
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Ocean to the Sea Road Trip Summary

No doubt our trip will become a superb inspiration for your future holiday excursions.
The itinerary we’ve suggested can be used as a foundation that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with diverse attractions.
If travelling by car is your plan when exploring highlights around France, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a bunch of elements to keep in mind to make your journey smooth. The following road rules will surely become useful for all drivers considering renting a car or camper hire in France.
When you’re sightseeing around France, you should remember about the local traffic rules. Alcohol is best to be avoided at all while travelling around France. Holidayers ought to remember that the allowed consumption limit is rather low and amounts to only 0.5‰. Exceeding the maximum speed limit, which is 50km/h, around the city streets may result in a speeding fine. Never exceed the maximum allowed speed of 90km/h when travelling around rural areas. When driving along motorways, the allowed speed is 130km/h. In order to stay safe, it is best to equip your car with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher and drive with your headlights on at daytime.
The majority of travellers are also interested in the travel expenses of the whole road trip. Depending on the budget option that you go for, the amount of money that you have to pay during the whole undertaking can vary. A wide range of budget possibilities is showed below.
If you’d like to benefit from the cheapest offer to cover the planned 1,149km while travelling around France, it can be roughly 125 EUR. You will have to pay approximately 396 EUR for economy hotels. When it comes to the travel expenses related to restaurants and food in this offer, the average expenses are 432 EUR. Travellers will have to pay approximately 225 EUR if they are interested in the cheapest hire car option as well. Thus, you can expect the travel expenses to be approximately 953 EUR without vehicle rental and 1,178 EUR with vehicle hire.
Holidayers who are interested in greater comfort and the standard option will pay approximately 175 EUR for the gasoline needed to cover the road trip. Cost amounting to 660 EUR can be expected by all holidayers who are considering standard accommodation. Holidaymakers can expect that the standard option in terms of restaurants and food will cost more or less 576 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard rental vehicle can expect a cost of approximately 315 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay around 1,726 EUR for the whole Ocean to the Sea Road Trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend roughly 1,411 EUR.
Drivers who are searching for the highest level of convenience will be pleased with the premium offer. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay approximately 2,763 EUR for the whole trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend around 2,133 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the tour in a premium hire vehicle should expect a cost of approximately 630 EUR. When it comes to the top standard configuration of the road trip, the gasoline cost will be up to more or less 213 EUR. You should expect to pay approximately 864 EUR for restaurants and food and more or less 1,056 EUR for hotels if you opt for the exclusive standard of services during your trip.
Our tour is also an excellent opportunity for all camper fans. When it comes to this means of transport, you will pay up to around 1,350 EUR. Holidayers will spend around 263 EUR on fuel allowing to cover all stages of the road trip. Holidaymakers who choose camper rental should expect to pay roughly 165 EUR for overnight stays and roughly 432 EUR for expenses connected with food.
All of the details are available in the section Road Trip Costs.
The part of France showed in our road trip idea is most enjoyable between May and October. There are multiple exciting road trips and scenic drives that are available on our website if you’d like to see other of our road trip options. Even the most demanding of drivers will surely be taken aback by the broad spectrum of options available on our website.

Facts for safer driving in France

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 90 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 130 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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