For whom the Toll Toll's (Ok I'm Leaving now.

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  1. electrajohnt

    electrajohnt Read Only Funster

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    I am new to this forum and new to Motorhoming so sorry if this has been covered before. On another thread "Carol" gave a very good run down of the route south through France that, to a large extent, avoided tolls. I have saved this advice for future use.

    My question is; is there a map or list of the entire peage/motorway system in France/Europe that shows where the toll free sections are. This would allow a route to be prepared that reduced the travel cost and time to anywhere in France, or for that matter anywhere in Europe where there are toll roads.

    JohnT
     
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    Most maps including the cheap AA maps of France show toll motorways in a different color to non toll. Alternative is use non toll option on sat nav. BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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    Plot any route on 'Viamichelin' and say no tolls, and that's what it does. Doesn't avoid the free mways though!

    In the written instructions it actually shows you the road signs you'll see when you need to change to a different road or lane or whatever. We always used to use them with the motorbike as Mrs Navigator can't flick through the road atlas on the pillion like she does in an enclosed vehicle LOL

    However, it won't tell you the actual tolls where it does or you do want to use toll roads as MoHo (class 2) isn't one of the choices.
     
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    It doesn't always work out cheaper to avoid all the tolls. We bought a truck sat nav from EBay for just over £40 and it has been a godsend. Apart from allowing you to program in the size of your vehicle it allows you to program a route and then look at avoiding certain sections. It will show you an alternative and the difference in time/miles. In some cases it turned out to be quicker and shorter to avoid the toll. On other routes the extra distance and time to avoid the toll would have cost more. If you are just meandering and don't care how long you are travelling for this is fine but if you have a destination in mind it could be a case of spend to save sometimes. :BigGrin:
     
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    Its not about saving money in my case its about seeing the towns villages and countryside. You see nothing on the motorways. BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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    We are running down to bennidorm just after new year
    So I would like a route that that is a mix of toll and toll free
    Some sections of toll road have perfectly good alternatives that are free but what is a cost effective route
    Dont fancy running on toll free if I could use toll road to do same distance in less time
    So I suppose its a mixture of what you save in time and fuel compared to cost of toll roads

    And for the seasoned travelers just how long from calais does it take to get down to bennidorm at say 8 hours driving in one day
     
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    Thnaks. That site looks very good. I have printed their recommended route off and will be using it I suspect.
     
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    I know that one brian but you cant beat personal knowledge and experience
    I am sure someone put up a route on here before with details of the route itself
    and recommended stops
    but I cant find it :Doh:
     
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    I'd recommend Michelin for a route too. We usually stop twice in France and once in Spain for somewhere like Bennidorm. That equates to about 7hrs driving each day. The biggest problem, we've found, is getting a place to stop in France. Aires are quite often occupied by, er, locals and sites generally closed, even when their published info says they're open. In fact, this year two of the sites we would normally use, in France, have decided to close for the first time, in our experience.
     
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    In the past, we have nipped onto a motorway, just to find an aire.

    Found some belters :BigGrin:
     
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    To be honest, although we mostly avoid toll roads, a lot of the towns and villages on main toll free routes can become a bit boring and time consuming. Sometimes if you have an end of the day destination in mind you're better off going straight there. The prettiest towns and villages are off the beaten track usually. This is just my opinion and I'm prepared for a lot of you to disagree with me.
     
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    French route map

    We bought a map that specifically shows which motorway roads are toll or not in France.

    We did this at a service station just outside Calais.

    Rouen and Chartre were a real pain off the toll road and took a huge amount of time to get through.

    So we chose to use a bit of toll road and non toll as costs on the french toll roads mount up really quickly if you cover lots of miles.

    But the"N" roads we used in France were fast and with a good surface.
    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Talking of Europe if you take a non toll road in Italy at the moment be careful. The toll roads are the only roads in can be relied on to be in decent condition, many of the A roads are bad especially at the bridges & flyovers where the joints on the roads surfaces are degrading to a point where metal pieces are sticking up. Rural roads are generally donkey tracks. I had to stick to more toll roads than I wanted for the sake of my vans suspension and my fillings:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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