Calais to Metz - Toll or Toll Free

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  1. Craig Rogers

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    I know this is discussed quite a lot, but what do most people do?

    I've looked at 2 possible routes to get to Metz from Calais (en-route to Lake Garda).

    One is this one which is the direct route down through France via Reims on the A26 and A4, but has a toll charge of £30(ish);

    http://g.co/maps/d77mk

    This other one is through to Lille, across into Belgium, then a quite visit into Lux for a fuel pitstop before back into France and down to Metz. This is toll free, but slightly further in distance and time;

    http://g.co/maps/jdxmy

    Question is, is it worth it? I can pretty much run the tank down for a refuel in Lux, so that'll be a big saving, the toll free will be a big saving and it's only a few extra miles.

    So it's worth it from a money point of view, but the roads? It all looks like, at least, dual carriageway. The thing to bear in mind is that on the way down it'll be a Saturday morning and on the way back, it'll be a Sunday morning so hopefully no working traffic.

    Of course, open to offers on any other routes?
     
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    The route via Belgium and Luxembourg is dual carriageway all the way (and some motorway) Its also a very simple route to follow, not very scenic though but worth it if you're in a hurry and don't want to spend on tolls.
    The two petrol stations on the road in Luxembourg are very busy as you might imagine, be prepared to queue :thumb:
     
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    if you take the lux route, why not use the swiss route, there your just north of milan, you enter Italy via chiasso then use the ss routes to lake guarda, no tolls at all, then return via Austria, germany , luxemborg, a nice round trip, Cheers Alf:thumb:.
     
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    I am going the Swiss route. Staying at Luzern overnight on the way then we are going the Gotthard Tunnel.

    Unfortunatly, we are doing this trip in 10 days, so the quickest route down and back is the key for us.
     
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    Great photos by the way, Cheers Alf:thumb:
     
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    Have a nice trip, Cheers:thumb:.
     
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    It's out first extended trip so you can imagine how excited we are.

    We've only ever done 2 nights so far, so it's big thing for us!
     
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    In case anyone is interested, this is the new route that we'll be taking.

    A: Calais Ferry Terminal (Where we'll be staying overnight after a late night ferry)
    B: Service Station in Lux
    C: Camp Municipal Metz-Plage - Campsite in Metz
    D: Camping International Lido, Luzern - Campsite in Lucerne/Luzern
    E: Camping Butterfly - Campsite at Peschiera del Garda (if we can get in)

    http://g.co/maps/5bnan

    Excited? You bet I am! :thumb:
     
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    have a great time, and enjoy your trip, your be on the south end of the lake, peschiera there is some great resturants around that part, if you have probs getting in to your chossen camp site, there are plenty more all around the lake, again have a great time cheers Alf:thumb:
     
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    What time of year are you going Craig?
     
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    Hi,
    You will love it! I went to Lake Iseo last year via Brussels on a Saturday morning and found the Brussels ring road extremely busy, so this year I’ve changed my plan slightly.

    Will go via Lille (Friday evening) and stop overnight on the Berchem services (Luxembourg) then next day use motorways to Metz -(toll) - Strasbourg - Colmar - Basel - Luzern - Como - Bergamo (via A4) - Lake Iseo.

    I shall stay on a Swiss Motorway Aires Saturday night (near Moleno) and be at Lake Iseo around mid-day Sunday.

    My fuel stops will be Dunkerque (3/4), Berchem (brim) Basel (brim) and as the cost of Diesel in Italy is so expensive will probably brim again before crossing Italian border which will get me to Lake Iseo, then the following week onto Lake Garda and finally back to Switzerland before I need to refuel again.
     
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    We are on a similar mission leaving late on the 18th May going to the Motto Guzzi factory near Lake Como then on to Venice and back for the 31st May so will be looking at your journey with interest Craig. :Smile:
     
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    Leaving a week on Friday (20th April). :thumb:

    We will be doing a Venice trip on one of the days, by train.
     
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    Ditto! It's a small world. What time do you enter France!
     
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    drove all the way to venice the other year and never paid a toll at all
    cost of tolls well paid for the diesil and more
     
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    That's my thought. However, don't mind paying the £7 for the Metz to Switzerland bit and the little cost in Italy, but saving the £35 (each way) on the Calais to Metz is a big bonus.
     
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    That's female logic.

    You didn't get a refund for not going on a toll did you, no.

    You did not spend more money by not going on tolls.

    YOU paid for the diesel.

    Had you gone on tolls YOU would have paid for diesel AND tolls.
     
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    We'll be doing the same trip in July, through Belgium, Luxembourg down to Metz into Switzerland and onto Lake Garda. We're going to overnight in Germany on the way back in August.
    Enjoy your trip
    Cam
     
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    We are catching the midnight tunnel crossing and then overnighting at Cite Europe.
     
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    The French are not on holiday then, but do allow a little more time on Friday afternoon and Saturday as they are peak shopping days, no Sunday shopping as you may know.

    The French are great shoppers over this day and a half each week, it's a bit like taking summer holidays, most do that at the same time too.
     
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