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Autoroute Tolls in France
Autoroutes are at the heart of the French road network.
Autoroutes are the French equivalent of motorways, but rather than being owned by the government and paid for by taxes they are owned by different companies who charge vehicles a toll; if you’re driving a long way you can expect to have to pay several different tolls on your journey.
Most autoroutes are toll roads, but a few are free, particularly in the Brittany region, where most of the autoroutes still belong to the government.
How to Use Autoroute Tolls
Toll autoroutes are signalled with the word péage (toll) and a blue sign, whereas free roads have a green sign.
The procedure for using toll motorways is to take a ticket upon joining the autoroute, and produce it again when you leave the motorway. Payment is caluclated according to the distance travelled. Prices vary depending on the route taken and the type of vehicle.
Paying Autoroute Toll Fees
You can pay by cash or credit card, or if you’re planning to spend a lot of time on the roads you could invest in an electronic Telepeage badge. If you put it on your dashboard or on your windscreen it automatically raises the barrier without you having to lean over to the left window. It keeps a record of all your journeys then bills you at the end of your holiday. Sanef have recently set up a new operation in the UK that allows UK residents to pay for a Liber-t tag from a UK bank account. More information is available from Sanef, the UK representatives of French autoroutes - click here for more information.
Autoroute Toll Charges
Tolls are subject to change so it’s wise to check just before you leave or make sure you’re carrying extra cash when driving through France, just in case. And don’t forget that different vehicles pay different prices.
Please check online before you travel at www.autoroutes.fr.