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A8 autoroute

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Length  223 km
Highway system  Autoroutes of France
A8 autoroute
Major cities  Nice, Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, Menton, Mougins

The A8 autoroute, also known as La Provençale, is a 224-kilometer (139 mi)-long highway in France that runs between Aix-en-Provence and the A7 to the Côte d'Azur.


Map of A8, France


The A8 is an extension of the A7 starting to the west of Aix-en-Provence at La Fare-les-Oliviers. The road passes through the Departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Alpes-Maritimes. It serves the towns of Aix-en-Provence, Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Monaco and Menton before crossing the border where it becomes the A10 in Italy. It crosses the mountain ranges of Sainte-Baume and of Maures between Aix-en-Provence and Fréjus and the Massif de l'Esterel between Saint-Raphaël and Cannes. Following the Grande Corniche the road offers panoramas of the sea between Nice and Menton.


  • 2x3 lanes from Coudoux (the junction with the A7 to La Barque (junction with the A52).
  • 2x2 lanes from La Barque to Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (being expanded to 2x3 lanes) increases to 2x3 lanes at Cagnes-sur-Mer.
  • 2x4 lanes from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Saint-Laurent-du-Var (the road enters the Nice conurbation).
  • 2x2 lanes in the section through the southern Alps from Nice Saint-Augustin to the frontier with Italy, this section has 15 tunnels. There is a speed limit of 90 km/h in the tunnels (70 km/h for large vehicles).
  • Traffic

    The road has heavy traffic all year round and is especially congested in July and August (in particular around Antibes and Nice. As a result, traffic-management schemes have been adopted between Var to Nice-West similar to those on the Péripherique in Paris. The autoroute is regularly closed on the Nice-Menton section as a result of rock falls onto the carriageways. The sections crossing the Maures and L'Esterel mountains are at risk from forest fires in summer.


  • 28 : A7 autoroute, Coudoux
  • Aires de repos: Ventabren
  • 29 18 km: Aix-en-Provence (ouest)
  • 28 : A51 autoroute
  • 30 19 km: Aix-en-Provence (pont de l'Arc)
  • 31 21 km: Aix-en-Provence (est)
  • 32 27 km: N7 Châteauneuf-le-Rouge
  • Péage de La Barque
  •  : A52 autoroute
  • Aires de service: Rousset (eastbound) L'Arc (westbound)
  • 33 47 km: Pourrières
  • Aires de repos: Saint-Hilaire (eastbound) Barcelone (westbound)
  • 34 58 km: Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume
  • Aires de service: Cambarette
  • 35 74 km: Brignoles
  • Aires de repos: Roudai/Candumy
  •  : A57 autoroute
  • Aires de service: Vidauban
  • 36 118 km: Draguignan / Le Muy, Gulf of Saint-Tropez
  • Aires de repos: Jas Pellicot
  • Aires de service: Canaver
  • 37 129 km: Fréjus / Puget-sur-Argens
  • Péage de Le Capitou/Fréjus Ouest
  • 38 134 km: Fréjus / Saint-Raphaël
  • Aires de service: L'Esterel
  • 39 145 km: les Adrets-de-l'Esterel
  • 40 157 km: Mandelieu-la-Napoule
  • 41 159 km: Cannes / Les Tourrades
  • 42 165 km: Cannes / Mougins
  • Aires de repos: Piccolaret
  • Aires de service: Breguieres
  • 44 171 km: Antibes Ouest, Sophia Antipolis
  • Péage d' Antibes Ouest
  • 46 178 km: Villeneuve-Loubet / Bouches du Loup
  • 47 179 km: Villeneuve-Loubet Centre
  • 48 181 km: Cagnes-sur-Mer
  • 49 185 km: Saint-Laurent-du-Var
  • 50 186 km: Nice (promenade des Anglais)
  • 51 187 km: Nice (Saint-Augustin)
  • Péage de Nice Saint-Isidore
  • 52 190 km: Nice (Saint-Isidore)
  • 54 197 km: Nice (nord)
  • 55 199.5 km: Nice (l'Ariane)
  • 56 : Monaco (A500 Spur)
  • Péage de La Turbie
  • 57 208 km: La Turbie
  • Aires de service: La Scoperta (eastbound) Beausoleil (westbound)
  • 58 214 km: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • 59 220 km: Menton
  • State border
  • 224 km Autostrada A10 (Italy)
  • Opening dates of the A8

  • 1956: Creation of Escota, a company to be in charge of all the sections from Aix-en-Provence to the Italian Frontier.
  • 1961: Opening of the toll sections of Fréjus through Mandelieu-la-Napoule to Cagnes-sur-Mer (exit 46).
  • 1969: Opening of the toll section from Roquebrune to the Italian frontier (initially only one carriageway and for lightweight vehicles. Then, in 1970, both carriageways were opened).
  • 1971–1974: Staged opening of the sections between Aix-en-Provence and Fréjus.
  • 1976: Opening of the section between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Roquebrune (partly one carriageway only—the doubling of some tunnels was completed as late as 1988).
  • References

    A8 autoroute Wikipedia

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