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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 with Russia and China.

E40 shield

E40 interchange near Bruges, Belgium
Route information
Length8,641 km (5,369 mi)
Major junctions
West end Calais, France
  Ghent, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Liège, Belgium
Cologne, Germany
Bolesławiec, Poland
Kirchheim, Germany
Dresden, Germany
Legnica, Poland
Mysłowice, Poland
Dubno, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Debaltseve, Ukraine
Astrakhan, Russia
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Almaty, Kazakhstan
East endRidder, Kazakhstan
Countries France
Highway system
International E-road network
E 40 roadsign in Skołoszów, Poland



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

Note: The   A-2 highway hasn't been fully built.

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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