A car is the ideal means of transport if you want to explore Meuse.
Meuse has a network of 8,300 kilometres of roads, of which 85 kilometres are major roads (RN in French), 3,525 kilometres “A” roads (RD in French) and 59 kilometres motorway.
There is no major road running in a north-south direction but you’ll forget that as you follow the Sacred Way running from Verdun to Bar-le-Duc. Numbered RD1916 (a reference to the year 1916), it was the main road used during the Battle of Verdun to carry supplies to the French troops. All along this historic road, you’ll see milestones topped by soldiers’ helmets. There is also a memorial to the Sacred Way and a museum (musée de la voie sacrée) in Souilly.
Heading out of Meuse
Two major roads run across Meuse from east to west – the A4 motorway and the RN4 Paris-Strasbourg road, providing efficient access to the neighbouring “counties” of Haute-Marne, Marne and Meurthe-et-Moselle.
Thanks to the A4 motorway, Paris is within 2½ hours of Verdun and Metz is only an hour away. The RN4 runs through Commercy and Ligny-en-Barrois, with links to Saint-Dizier, Vitry-le-François and Paris on one side, and Toul, Nancy and Strasbourg on the other.