French Toll Roads
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  • We also found that there wasn't much in the way of traffic police on the toll roads in France and I think in the last four journeys on them we have only encountered one police car on the entire stretch from the Spanish border up to Rouen
  • Overall I would defiantly recommend using the toll roads over and above using the back roads as they are quick and if you don't mind paying out around sixty euros' each way then it is well worth it

    • by Steveradders
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      When we drive from the UK to Spain we try to get there as quick as possible and the last time we did it we stuck as much as we could to the toll roads to gain the time to try and get to the Costa del Sol in twenty four hours.

      The route we took from Calasis did actually mean that if we did the journey without stopping for breaks to stretch legs and feed the kids etc then we would have done the journey in just under twenty one hours.

      The toll roads through France are very quick and there is hardly any traffic on them, we did find that there are a few speed camera’s but they


      are sign before you get to them and our satellite navigation unit did also show them up which was good. The speed limits on the toll road are one hundred and thirty kilometres an hour in the dry and one hundred and ten if it’s wet. I’m not sure how the speed camera can tell the difference but as it was drizzling when we were going down we took no chances and went through them at the lower limits. The roads are very fast compared to the back roads where every time you go through a town you are travelling at fifty kilometres an hour so this does cause big delays.

      Most of the toll roads have a ...


      • service area every twenty to thirty kilometres which have a petrol station and outside toilets a few benches to have a picnic and some where to stretch your legs. One good thing about the signing for the service areas on the French toll roads is that they tell how much the fuel costs for the services that are coming up over the next hundred odd kilo metres which helps you plan where to stop.

        We also found that there wasn’t much in the way of traffic police on the toll roads in France and I think in the last four journeys on them we have only encountered one police car on the entire stretch from the Spanish border

        up to Rouen. One thing that is important to note and we did a bit of research before we left was that you do need to make sure that you have spare bulbs for the car yellow jackets and also a warning triangle as if you do get stopped the police do check.

        Overall I would defiantly recommend using the toll roads over and above using the back roads as they are quick and if you don’t mind paying out around sixty euros’ each way then it is well worth it. If you want a more picturesque route and don’t want to pay the tolls then you can travel through the towns and villages but this will take a lot longer.




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