Motorway tolls in France:
Pay-as-you-go tolls are charged
on most motorways in France. For a useful French Autoroute toll calculator
visit the web site for
French Autoroutes, where you will find a ready-reckoner to calculate
French motorway charges.
You can pay by credit card - you just hand over the
card, nothing to sign and often no receipt unless you request one. On many
motorways you can use booths which display a carte bleu sign - insert your
card, wait for it to be returned and drive off. Otherwise make sure you
have plenty of change available so you can use the automatic booths, although
manual booths are always able to provide change.
An easy option is to sign up for a
Télépéage electronic device. This is stuck to the windscreen behind the
mirror and is read as you pass through the toll. This requires a credit
card for online purchase, a deposit of 30 euro and a fee of just 2 euro
per month which is only charged for months used (plus of course the toll
itself). The benefits are rapid passage through the tolls and no leaning
across the car to pay at left-sided toll booths. Visit
www.sanef.com but the
site is in French.
Alpine Tunnels from France to Italy:
Blanc Tunnel - A car
costs about 35 single or 45 return. For information on the tunnel and
everything in the Mont Blanc area go to the
Chamonix web site.
The alternative route is
Frejus Tunnel (about 10 kms long), from Albertville (Modane)
to Turin, which also costs about 35 single for a car.
The A28 now runs from the A16 south of Calais to Le
Mans, and then onwards to Tours, where it joins the A11. This will benefit
UK drivers travelling from Calais and Dieppe towards the Loire Valley, La
Vende, and South-West France, who will now enjoy almost unbroken motorway,
except for still needing to use the non-motorway Rouen bypass.
The now-famous and beautiful bridge across the valley
near Millau means the A75 takes you unencumbered all the way to the Languedoc
coast near Montpellier.
driving in France