Quick Answer: Which Motorways Are Free In France?

How do I avoid toll roads in France?

The first trick is to avoid autoroutes in the first place.

This is, in theory, anyway, easy to do as they’re clearly marked “Péage” on the blue and white road signs – and if you assume that any ‘A’ road is a toll-charging autoroute, you’ll be right far more often than you are wrong..

What does BIS mean on French road signs?

“Routes bis” Thus a sign saying “bis Lyon” is an alternative route avoiding the main roads, and generally with less lorry traffic. Bis, in French, means second (as in the prefix bi-).

Are A roads in France motorways?

A roads (as in A6) are motorways, called autoroutes in France. N roads are national strategic truck routes. D roads are departmental (county) roads.

Is it difficult driving in France?

Except in Paris, driving in France is really quite easy. Roads are well-maintained and well-signed. Tolls and gas can be expensive, but I still wouldn’t trade the flexibility of having a car when venturing to more rural areas like Normandy and the wine regions.

What is the speed limit in France?

The normal speed limit on French motorways is 130 km/hr (just over 80 mph). – or 110 km/hr in rain. The normal speed limit on dual carriageways (divided highways) is 110 km/hr. The normal speed limit on main roads is 80 km/hr (outside built-up areas).

How do you pay for motorways in France?

On most autoroutes, you take a ticket when you enter the highway, and pay the toll when you exit. Look for a toll gate marked by a green downward-pointing arrow. The green arrow means all types of payment are accepted, including euro cash, credit/debit cards, and télépéage (electronic transponder).

Which motorways have tolls in France?

Toll Charges in FranceAix-en-Provence to Nice: 17,60 euros for Classe A & 26,80 euros for Classe B.Bordeaux to Paris: 55,60 euros for Classe A & 85,60 euros for Classe B.Calais to Paris: 22,10 euros for Classe A & 33,90 euros for Classe B.Lyon to Paris: 34,80 euros for Classe A & 54,40 euros for Classe B.More items…•

Why are French tolls so expensive?

The reason there are so many toll roads in France is simply because unlike the UK the main roads are not owned by the government they are operated by different companies. The number and variety of the toll operators does mean that there is little consistency over pricing.

How do I pay tolls from France to Italy?

In France, Italy and Spain 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.

What do I need to drive to France from UK?

A full, valid UK driving licence is required. Due to new updates from the DVLA the paper counterpart is no longer required and this includes when travelling on the Continent. You must be 18 or over to drive in France. A GB sticker to display in the rear windscreen and your motor insurance certificate(1).

How do I pay in France?

For anyone visiting France, the easiest way to pay for thigs is to use a credit card backed by one of the worldwide credit-card companies, notably Visa or Mastercard.

Do I need vignette in France?

While technically you can drive a vehicle without an emissions sticker through the restricted zones when the restrictions aren’t in force, the RAC strongly recommends that if you’re planning to drive in Paris, Lille, Lyon or Grenoble, and you qualify for a vignette, you get one and display it at all times.

Do I need a GB sticker in France?

You will need a GB sticker on your car to drive in France unless it’s equipped with EU number plates, which show the country code in a circle of stars on a blue background. You will also need a GB sticker or number plate on anything you’re towing.

How much do French tolls cost?

You should expect to pay between 15-40 € when entering a toll road in France. You can pay the toll with euro coins and a selection of cards. It’s recommended to bring cash as not all foreign credit cards are accepted at the toll booths. Here’s everything you need to know before entering the toll roads in France.

Can I buy a toll tag in France?

You can get a Toll Tag for all the motorways in France, and then use the special “t” toll-gate lanes at all toll plazas.