European route E40

E40 shield


E40 interchange near Bruges, Belgium
Route information
Length: 8,500 km (5,300 mi)
Major junctions
From: Calais (France)
  Ghent (Belgium)
Brussels (Belgium)
Liège (Belgium)
Cologne (Germany)
Bolesławiec (Poland)
Kirchheim (Germany)
Dresden (Germany)
Legnica (Poland)
Mysłowice/Gliwice (Poland)
Dubno (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Debaltseve (Ukraine)
Astrakhan (Russia)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Almaty (Kazakhstan)
To: Ridder (Kazakhstan)
Countries:  France,  Belgium,  Germany,  Poland,  Ukraine,  Russia,  Kazakhstan,  Uzbekistan,  Turkmenistan,  Kyrgyzstan
Highway system
International E-road network
E 40 roadsign in Skołoszów, Poland
E 40 in Eastern Europe and Asia

European route E 40 is the longest European route,[1] more than 8,000 kilometres (4,971 miles) long, connecting Calais in France via Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan, with Ridder in Kazakhstan near the border to China.


Note: in italic are cities in a war zone and controlled by separatists

The road makes a big detour in Central Asia. The shortest road between Calais and Ridder is about 2,000 kilometres (1,243 miles) shorter, mostly using the E30 via Berlin-Moscow-Omsk.



  1. Antill, Peter; Dennis, Peter (2007). Stalingrad 1942. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84603-028-5.
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