a VirtualTourist member from Norwich
I will be staying in carcassonne for 3 days in september and am hiring a car as i have been told the best way to get around.
I would like to visit the millau viaduct and the coast plus may be toulouse.
I looked on google maps for directions and it stated on route planner partial toll and toll road.
How do you pay these tolls and can anyone give me sum idea on cost per toll .
Hi Alan. I see you are from the UK so you can easily use a credit card to pay tolls. However, we find it much more fun to use the N and D roads that don't have tolls. They go through the little towns and rural countryside and you get a chance to see the real France. That is such a lovely part of the country that if you have the time, it would be a good idea.
On the other hand, if you are in a hurry, the A (or toll) roads will get you there quickly. We're from the USA and sometimes our non-chipped credit cards are problematic in France although when we've gone through toll booths that didn't have a person, the credit card was accepted. Very small exits out in the country do not always have a manned booth.
If you don't want to use your credit card, you can use cash at the manned booths (marked at the exit) or coins at non-manned booths.
If you've never driven in France before, here's a description of the different types of road. [original VT link]
Enjoy your trip.
If you've ever been through a toll barrier in Britain and paid cash (the Tyne Tunnel and Severn Bridges are the ones I've done most) the process is pretty well identical. It really is no hassle at all. I'd go for cash on the first one as it's much the easiest.
One notable difference between a toll bridge/tunnel in the UK and a toll road in France is that if you arrive at an exit in a time that indicates you have broken the speed limit, you get fined on the spot.
Thank you Ranger. Good to know.