What does it cost on the toll roads?...how do I pay cash, card?...is it just as quick avoiding the toll roads?...I'm heading through France to the costa del sol...any advice welcome...I've got a tent so will be camping en route but can anyone suggest any cheap hotel chains just in case I need a proper bed for the night.
French toll roads and travel advice
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I can't remember what they cost, but they are quite cheap if you're on a bike. You can use cash or a card. I used cash, as it was only a few euro's each time.
For cheap hotel chains, try "Formule 1". not used them myself, but are apparently good.
French services are sooo much better than ours.
French Toll roads etc
French Peage charges seem to vary - don't know why - but as a guide seem to be about 1 Euro for 20km. They are quick, with two speed limits one for the wet and one for the dry. The dry limit is roughly 85mph. If you are running out of Calais on the A26/E15 take care as there is generally a speed trap set on the other side of the first Peage booth. Normally only for those going South to North, but have seen it both ways. Real money spinner for the French!
F1 chain is OK, basic and price to match. There are plenty of alternates to choose from and so long as you avoid the peak season you'll find something easily. As noted services on the Peage are much nicer than UK, but like the UK petrol is more expensive. You can make steady progress on the Route National and 'D' road network, much more scenic, but it will take you longer.
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I have heard rumours that the police can stop you at a toll booth, and check your ticket. This has the time you entered that section and the time you left it, so they can work your speed out.
BUT...... I never saw them. We cruised at a steady 95mph. I had to refuel every hour . Stopping for fuel dropped our average speed down, so didn't have to worry about it.
eatcs01 is spot on about the old bill checking your time between booths but you need to average a ton before they bother you and they don't seen to hate bikers like the British cops seen to at present in the UK.
it ain't dear and the checks are few and far between with the only guaranteed spot for radar (and they hide in broken down cars) is on the A26 E15 between Reims and St Omer with them waiting for you at the tolls at St Omer but they are no where near as vindictive as the British cops and if you have no dosh they take you to the cash points in the town near by.
i seem to remember last year we rode from Spain to Calais in a day on tolls and it was something like £25 and it saves you loads of time but if you are heading down to the Swiss border go via Luxembourg as it is free
petrol is a little more expensive on the toll roads but most of the N roads (route national) are OK but most are busy if you have time the minor roads are great fun with loads of great towns and villages but make sure you fill up on a Saturdays as most petrol stations on minor routes close on Sunday's and the automatic pumps don't take British credit cards only debit and they don't give the protection of a credit card have a look at this www.go-to-france.co.uk/pages/Driving.htm
put a route in drive alive and you will get a price you must go to France as the biking experience is mega and the alps are brilliant you will love it
never took a bike but drove trucks on continent for 18 years, don,t know current cost but the further you go cheaper it gets ie doing short hops is expensive, roads are fantastic and there are plenty of stopping places with toilets etc, Aire's, Campanile and Formule 1 are cheap and plentiful and are near most exits, the police do spot checks at toll booths but are usually just bored, word to the wise pay the fine don't argue and 9 times outta 10 jobs a good un. If you use the nationals and see french trucks outside a cafe/restaurant then its ok as a rule of thumb, hope this helps and good luck
Thanks for all the advice
enjoy ur trip dude..
went to portugal last yr through france and spain.. toll roads are quick and easy.. never once saw the police there.. even at national borders.. not even 1 cop!!
hotel formule1 are cheap and cheerfull just be mindfull in larger cities.. we stopped in Lille once and it was full of immigrants waiting for either deportation or acceptance.. we didint sleep well for 2 nites!! worrying about the bikes.. a new r6 & new gsxr 6
but otherwise theyre clean and cheap!
enjoy the trip dude.. im going meself in 18 days. ( normandy. .stopping at formule1 in st. malo )
If you can't speak french, then learn some basic words before you go.
If you are TRYING to speak the lingo, no matter how bad, then the french are more likely to help by speaking English.
If you refuse to even try, you may get crap service, and ingored too.
Try Snails (Escargot). They aren't as bad as you'd think.
Wonder boy where are you heading to in France
French toll roads and travel advice
If using the toll roads.. the automated payment machines will charge you as per cars....booths with people in will charge you as per bike.. 30% less each. the only negative is that you may have to queue for a minute or so..
I'm going to the costa del sol...so from Calais down towards Le Mans then onto Bordeaux...then head toward Burgos in spain skirt round Madrid then towards Cordoba then onto Malaga...setting off on Mon 11th May and will be hooking up with our lass and rest of family on Thur 14th May....there all flying down....stopping on costa for a week then returning way I came.
wonderboy, i'm off to costa del sol in August so done some homework, hope this helps ...From St malo TO Calella, spain costs about 60 euros for toll's, for car, hoping it's cheaper for bike. I've found that campsites are more expensive than hotels & seem to only do minimum of 3 nights, not good for touring. Hotels seem to range from £37 per double room per night. As for hotels try "etap" or "ibis" cheap. From Leics to Barcelona Via french motorway & tolls approx 987 miles £116 petrol ish. Can't wait.
Thanks for info there mate...will help with me planning...I'll post an update when I get back or send you a pm if you like with anything useful I pick up....I'm same I can't wait...
Look forward to hearig all about it....good & bad. have good 1,shineysideup.
Its a lot cheaper for bikes on the toll roads and they are quicker and safer. Watch out for Police hiding with cameras, and they do wait for speeders at the some toll boths if you have no other exit. Just not very often. We live half way down and have a B&B after Clermont Ferrand the road is free to Montpellier and a great drive. We've done the trip both ways on the autoroutes and minor roads. just allow more time. and remeber there will be less garages of the autoroutes that are likely to be closed at stupid times.
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French Toll Roads
We've been going to France for 5 years on our bike and the tolls are reasonable, as for the Gendarmerie, we have never been stopped by them or seen that many at the tolls. It is usually when the Bol D'Or or the French GP is on that they check your tickets for speeding. The french are much more courteous towards bikers than in this country. Enjoy your trip
Took my daughter to the Loire valley last year - only one complaint - we didn't stay long enough! The autoroutes are great and not expensive, but don't discount using the major, non-autoroutes, they can be quicker without having to break any speed limits and are free. The road surfaces make British roads look like dereliction and we felt very safe, very secure using them.
Hotels;- We stayed in Hotel La Baie in Le Touquet which was really comfortable for the little we paid for two bikers who arrived like drowned rats - it is not part of a chain. MAG have a list of B&B's in France - you could try them.
French drivers tend to be more considerate than Bitish, and French bikers are very friendly - you get a boot rather than a nod. Best advice - remember you are a guest in THEIR country - you are on holiday not an invading army!!
petrol on sunday
Hi, Im travelling down from le-halve on the A13 autoroute to normandy, then onto the A154to everux then D59 - N12 Dreux N154to orleans, onto A71 at Vierzon onto A20 to Limogesthen to Brive, this is happening on sunday 13th of june, but am slightly worried about petrol as ive heard of petrol stations closing on sundays, any ideas of stations on the route im planning, my tanks only good for 140 miles at a time