Cutting the Cost of French Tolls

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  1. FrCrilly

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    Hi All,

    I’m planning a trip to France for the first time and I want to research the burden of French tolls beforehand. I have heard estimates of €100 to €200 to get from Cherbourg to the south of France (and the same back again).

    While I will accept the fact that tolls are part of a French motorhome holiday, I would like to know if these costs can be significantly controlled. I’m sure a lot of my time will be spent on non-tolled back roads but I am also sure there will be times when I’ll want to get to places as quickly as possible. Below is a collection of routes where I envisage that this could potentially be the case.

    Can I now ask experienced motorhomers if they come across any clever ways to reduce these costs. The kind of things I’m looking for include “this motorway route is a similar length but is more toll cost efficient than that one”, “the non tolled backroad for that route is actually a very good road” or indeed other things that you may have thought of that I haven’t.

    All pieces of information in relation the above will be greatly appreciated, no matter how small. Thank In Advance for all responses.

    Potential Routes

    Cherbourg To/From (cities)
    Paris
    Brest
    Tours
    Nantes
    La Rochelle
    Grenoble
    Biarritz
    Rodez
    Carcassonne
    Marseille
    Nice

    Cherbourg To/From (countries)
    Belgium
    Luxembourg
    Germany
    Switzerland
    Italy
    Spain
     
  2. lunarman

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    Assuming that you are in the UK why are you considering going to Belgium, Luxembourg etc from Cherbourg?

    Personally I would go to these countries via Dover to either Calais or Dunkerque. This would save £200 plus in ferry charges.
     
  3. thehutchies

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    Motorways in France that charge a toll usually have a main trunk road running more or less parallel (never found one that doesn't have).

    If there isn't an equivalent trunk road, then the motorway is free.

    You could always just use the trunk roads instead.

    Mappy.com will let you calculate toll costs and decide whether it's worth the money for the time saved:

    mappy.com
     
  4. TDH

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    My topical tip for reducing toll fees - don't use toll roads. You'll be able to achieve a pretty similar average speed without them - and it makes for a more interesting trip.
     
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    I agree with thehutchies and TDH, use the national routes which run more or less parallel to the motorways. We use these all the time and they can be dual carriageway a lot of the time, much more interesting journey, easy to get off or stop at nice villages and you wont be hassled by the truck drivers who can sometimes tailgate or box you in
     
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    Fr. Crilly what type of Motorhome did you finally buy.?:Smile:
     
  7. Teasy2007

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    Thanks, that is really useful, the way we go it costs just under 200 euro each way, for fuel and tolls. at 48 euro for tolls we dont think that is bad.

    Ginny and Mike
     
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    France Toll Roads

    There are more miles of non-toll motorways in France than toll roads. All the places mentioned have good roads to them, the only holdups are around the main towns etc, other than that the roads are relatively quiet, not like the UK.
    Going through the villages and towns gives the feeling of the real France as opposed to the motorways where there is no hint of France.
    Don't be afraid to 'get lost' in France its a beautiful place.
    Ron W
     
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    When we go over we take and use the tom tom and the road maps its brilliant you can nearly always get lost but we are never in a hurry to get anywhere Just remember have fun:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    I generally find the best toll free roads are the ones that do not run parallel with toll roads, because they are more likely to improve a toll free road where there is no nearby toll road alternative.

    Also tend to use less fuel on the toll free roads because speeds are lower.
     
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    The only time we use toll motorways is to get round large cities and often you will find that section is free. Otherwise RNs are just as good and offer the opportunity to turn off on a whim.
     
  12. Decmac

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    Tolls

    In 2007 went from Cherbourg to Frejus/St. Tropez/Cavalaire Sur Mer, etc and paid €100+ on way down and a little bit extra on the homeward journey on motorways (daylight robbery). Only good thing is that it got us down south very quickly, little over a day driving which was not bad. Some of the tolls were very busy (20 mins to get to the cashier, etc.) and if I remember right this was on a Sunday (normally a busy day on the roads everywhere, so try to avoid travelling on Sundays!)
     
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    But the good thing about travelling in france on a Sunday is no lorries as hgvs are supposed to be parked up.Well french ones are dont know about the ones from other countries
     
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    HI
    My wife and I go to the South Of France in our motorhome every year and mostly use the main roads,These usually run adjasent to the motorways.Sometimes we go onto a toll road,but have not found them to be that expensive.We are off again at the end of April to South Of France, for 12 weeks....the weather is far much better than at home.
    regards
    Mike and Ange
     
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    Hi Mike

    Me and the Mrs are off to the South of france on the 7th June for the first time.
    I have bought a ACSI card to cover sites if we need any.
    Can you reccomend any sites on the coast or any to avoid.

    We plan to stop off at aires in Tours, Bergerac and Montpellier then make our way East along the coast.
     
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    toll charges

    Hi, we just returned from Portugal via Cherbourg and used the peage to come up the west side of France, north of Bordeaux through to Rennes (where it becomes free) was 40 euros, however we have a chimney for the woodburner which triggered the + 3 metre tarrif, which would have been 58 euros, i argued the point at an information point, they reduced the tarrif from class 3 to class 2, dinner that night was courtesy of the peage ;)

    like the other posts say i would use the N routes unless you need to be somewhere, somewhen, the peage is dull, but fast.

    we had to make a vet appointment so the dog could be jabbed for the return crossing, point of note, dont use the vet at Montebourg nr Cherbourg he is a thief, he charged 50 euros for what elsewhere is 27.
     
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