Nearly 1,000 km of traffic jams in France on “Black Saturday”: here are the traffic jams on European roads

Meanwhile, traffic jams are receding again. However, the mobility organization VAB recommends that, as far as possible, the departure for the outbound or return flight be postponed until Sunday.


Heading south, on the road from Luxembourg to Lyon and Spain, motorists encountered a delay of more than two hours early this morning. The waiting time in the morning increased to 3 hours. Most of the delays were on the A7 motorway between Vienne and Orange. At 11 am, vacationers have been in a traffic jam for about four hours. It was also very busy on the alternate route through the center of the country.

On the other side of France, towards Bordeaux and Spain, vacationers in the south have to consider a lot of extra travel time. According to VAB, it takes seven and a half hours to drive through Lyon to the Spanish border.

On alternate routes, via Paris and Clermont-Ferrand, motorists lose more than 4½ hours, while the route via Paris and Bordeaux to Spain is good for more than 4 hours of delay, according to VAB.

Traditionally, there is also a long traffic jam in the Mont Blanc Tunnel towards Italy.

Red symbol for returning travelers

Busy day traffic in France applies not only to travelers to the south, but also to returning vacationers. The red code applies there. Peak traffic for returnees is expected around 3pm.


It is also very crowded on the road in other European countries. In Germany The holiday begins in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria and can already be seen on Saturday morning in the area around Munich. There are really long waiting lists. On the road between Munich and Salzburg in Austria, drivers lose up to 3 hours 40 minutes.


in Austria You have to take into account strict border controls towards Slovenia. Anyone driving to Slovenia or Croatia will have to count an extra 50 minutes on the A10 Salzburg-Villach on Saturday morning and another 45 minutes on the Karawankentunnel on the A11.

In Slovenia itself, there is a traffic jam on the Ljubljana-Zagreb highway before the border with Croatia and on the Maribor-Zagreb highway before the Croatian border. In Croatia there is a traffic jam between Zagreb and Karlovac.


in Switzerland The Gotthard Tunnel towards Italy is again the biggest bottleneck. On Saturday morning, there are already 12 kilometers of traffic jams and one must take into account an additional 1-2 hours for the tunnel, and after the tunnel another half an hour to the border with Italy in Chiasso.


Also in Italy Itself busy because many Italians celebrate their holiday in August. On the A9, A50, A1 Como-Firenze, you should take into account an additional 2 hours and 15 minutes. Also between Milan and Modena, on the A1 motorway, there is an extra hour and a half of travel time.

The crowds in Italy on the A22 from the Brenner Pass to Verona were amazing. The additional travel time there was over 3.5 hours around 11:30 AM. This is much more than in previous years.

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