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Routes and Directions to the Ring

Routes to Nordschleife from Southern England

There are several ways to get to the ring from the south.

Channel crossings

•  Channel tunnel - 1/2 hour

•  Dover to Calais ferry - 1 ½ hours (P&O / Sea France)

•  Dover to Bolougne - ¾ hour (Speed ferries)

•  Dover to Calais Sea Cat - ¾ hour (Hoverspeed)

Cheap ferry sites:

The average crossing cost is £80, but expect to pay around £70 more for the tunnel and more at peak times such as school holidays.

Calais to Nurburg directions (275miles)

On leaving your chosen channel crossing at either Bologne / Calais or Dunkirk the directions are the same.

1. Exit the ferry / tunnel port and join the E40 heading towards BRUSSELS.
2. Continue on the E40 untill arriving at the outskirts of BRUSSELS.
3. Join the Brussels ring road following signs for LUIK. Be aware this junction can catch you unawares.
4. Follow signs for LUIK round the Brussels ring road.
5. Exit the Brussels ring road following the E40 signs for LUIK.
6. At LUIK get in the left hand lane where the road forks. Continue on the E40 towards AACHEN
7. Continue on the E40 until arriving at the junction for the E42 towards VERVIERS, SPA, MALMEDY. Join the E42.
8. Continue on the E42 untill PRUM. Note there is no fuel on this 50 miles section
9. Exit the E42 at the PRUM exit.
10. At the end of the slip road turn left following signs for GEROLSTEIN. This is a main road, 10 miles along most of the traffic turns left, do not turn left continue straight on, the road becomes the 410.
11. Continue on the 410 through GEROLSTEIN, DREIS BRÜCK until you get to KELBERG.
12. At KELBERG turn left to the NURBURGRING.


In Brief

•  Calais - E40

•  E40 to Brussels

•  E40 to Liege (Luik)

•  E40 to junction with E42

•  E42 to Prum Exit follow signs to Gerolstein

•  Through Gerolstein, Dreis Bruck then Kelberg

•  Follow signs to Nurburgring.


The E40 has regular fuel and food stops with regular and super-unleaded fuel. We suggest a fill up after the ferry and another just before Luik (Liege)


All the roads on the way to the ‘ring' have speed limits which should be followed. In previous years it was possible to push on but countless reports of people receiving hefty on the spot speeding fines has meant the speed limit is now your safest bet.


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