Motorway tolls France 2022 → Price, how to pay, toll road sections
- Almost all motorways and some bridges and tunnels in France are tolled.
- Toll gates are used to collect the toll, the amount is based on a vehicle category, and the distance travelled.
- Tolls are paid by drivers of motorcycles, cars, trucks and buses.
Toll road charges in France for 2022
The amount of toll in France depends on the category of a vehicle and the distance travelled. There is no general tax on mileage as motorway networks are managed by different companies and tolls vary considerably in some areas.
The most convenient way to find out the toll charges is to have a look at autoroutes.fr, where a toll calculator is available. You simply fill in the cities you will be passing through, the destination and the vehicle category. The calculator calculates the exact amount of tolls.
Vehicle categories in France
- Category 1
Cars and car trailers with a weight of up to 3.5 tonnes and a height of up to 2 meters. These are passenger cars and trailers. When entered into the calculator, this category is marked as “Light vehicles”.
- Category 2
Vehicles with a weight of up to 3.5 tonnes and a height of 2 to 3 meters. These include vans, trailers and caravans.
- Category 3
Vehicles with a gross vehicle mass of more than 3.5 tonnes and a height of more than 3 metres.
- Category 4
Trucks with more than two axles, a weight of more than 3.5 tonnes and a height of more than 4 metres.
- Category 5
This category includes motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars.
A complete overview of tolls in France for the 2022 can be found here.
- Category 1
Toll payment in France 2022
Toll booths are marked as “péage”. The payment system may vary from one motorway to another, but you will usually pick up a ticket at the turnstile when entering the motorway and pay at the exit or the end of the toll section.
Payment in cash or credit card
Payment in cash can be made at turnstiles with a green arrow above it. You can pay in euros, pounds, Swiss francs or dollars. Turnstiles, which are marked with a payment card in addition to the green arrow, accept CB, Visa, Eurocard Mastercard and Cofinoga cards. It is also possible to pay with EuroShell, Eurotrafic or DKV refuelling cards.
Automated toll Télépéage Liber-t
Télépéage Liber-t is a system for electronic toll payment. Thanks to the device attached to the windscreen of the car, the motorway sections travelled are recorded and billed once a month. At the toll booths, special lanes reserved for the Liber-t are marked with the orange letter t, you do not need to stop when passing, just slow down to 30 km/h.
Télépéage Liber-t in England
You can order automatic tolls in England via Sanef. The refundable deposit for renting a Liber-t unit is 20€ (£16.65). Then, there is a 6€ (£4.99) annual management fee. This is payable each year that you have a tag, whether you use it or not. And a 5€ (£4.10) monthly active service fee that is payable for each calendar month that you use your tag but only up to a maximum of 10€ (£8.30) in a single year.
Paid road sections in France 2022
France has one of the densest motorway networks in the world. Motorways are marked with the letter A and a number, with one-digit numbers indicating intersections across large parts of France and two-digit numbers indicating motorways in different regions.
Toll motorway sections in France
- A1 Paris – Lille
- A2 Combles – Belgium A7
- A4 Paris – Strasbourg
- A5 Paris – Langres
- A6 Paris – Lyon (Autoroute du Soleil)
- A7 Lyon – Marseille (Autoroute du Soleil)
- A8 Aix-en-Provence – Menton (Le Provençale)
- A9 Orange – Spain AP-7 (La Languedocienne)
- A10 Paris – Bordeaux (L’Aquitaine)
- A11 Ponthévrard – Nantes (L’Océane)
- A13 Paris – Caen (Autoroute de l’Ouest)
- A14 La Défense – Orgeval
- A15 L’Ille-de-France – Cergy-Pontoise
- A16 L’Isle-Adam – Belgium A18 (L’Européenne)
- A19 Sens – Courtenay – Artenay
- A20 Brive-la-Gaillarde – Montauban (L ’Occitane)
- A22 Villeneuve d’Ascq – Belgium A14
- A23 Villeneuve d’Ascq – Valenciennes
- A26 Calais – Troyes
- A27 Villeneuve d’Ascq – Belgium A8
- A28 Abbeville – Rouen -Alençon – Tours
- A29 Saint-Quentin – Beuzeville
- A30 Uckange – Belgium A28
- A31 Toul – Dijon – Beaune
- A34 Reims – Sedan
- A35 Germany – Strasbourg – Switzerland A3
- A36 Ladoix-Serrigny – Mulhouse (La Comtoise)
- A39 Dijon – Bourg-en-Bresse (L’autoroute verte)
- A40 Mâcon – Mont-Blanc
- A41 Switzerland A1 – Grenoble
- A42 Lyon – Pont d’Ain
- A43 Lyon – Aiton – Modane
- A46 Villefranche-sur-Saône – Rillieux-la-Pape – Communay
- A47 Chasse-sur-Rhône – Saint-Chamond
- A48 Bourgoin-Jailleu – Grenoble
- A49 Moirans – Romans-sur-Isère
- A50 Marseille – Toulon
- A51 Claix – Col du Fau
- A51 Marseille – Gap
- A52 Chateaneuf-le-Rouge – Aubagne
- A54 Nîmes – Salon-de-Provence
- A57 Toulon – Le Cannet-des-Maures
- A61 Narbonne – Toulouse
- A62 Toulouse – Bordeaux
- A63 Bordeaux– Spain AP-8
- A64 Toulouse – Briscous
- A65 Langon – Pau
- A66 Toulouse – Pamiers
- A68 Toulouse – Montastruc-la-Conseillère
- A71 Orléans– Clermont-Ferrand
- A72 Saint-Étienne – Nervieux
- A77 Rosiers – Cosne-sur-Loire
- A81 Le Mans – La Gravelle
- A83 Nantes – Niort
- A85 Corzé – Vierzon
- A86 Duplex Tunnel
- A87 Angers – La Roche-sur-Yon
- A88 Falaise – Sées
- A89 Bordeaux – Lyon
Map of motorways and toll roads in France
The autoroutes.fr website has a web application, where you can find all the toll and non-toll sections of French motorways. If you move the cursor over a section of the motorway or road, the speed limits for the area will be displayed.
Sections charged with special toll
In addition to motorway tolls, France also charges a toll for crossing certain bridges and tunnels. The complete price list for vehicles of all categories can be found here.
Prices for crossing some tunnels and bridges in France 2022
Motorcycles Cars up to 3,5 t cat. 1 Cars up to 3,5 t cat. 2 Tunnel du Puymorens £3,624.20 € £5,956.90 € £12,3214.30 € Tunnel Maurice-Lemaire £3,193.70 € £5,266.10 € £8,279.60 € Pont de Normandie £0,000 € £4,745.50 € £5,526.40 € Pont de Tancarville £0,000 € £2,242.60 € £2,763.20 € Viaduc de Millau 15.6.–15.9. £4,575.30 € £9,3110.80 € £13,8816.10 € Viaduc de Millau 16.9.–14.6. £4,575.30 € £7,418.60 € £11,1212.90 € Tunnel du Fréjus one way £2630.70 € £4046.30 € £5361.30 € Tunnel du Fréjus way there and way back £3338.50 € £5057.80 € £6677 € Tunnel du Mont Blanc one way £2630.70 € £4046.30 € £5361.30 € Tunnel du Mont Blanc way there and way back £3338.50 € £5057.80 € £6677 € Tunnel Prado Carénage £2,412.80 € £2,412.80 € £2,412.80 €
Eurotunnel by car
If you are planning a trip from France to England, the fastest way is to use the Eurotunnel. It is an approximately 50 km long tunnel leading from Coquelles u Calais, France to Folkestone, England. The journey takes up to 35 minutes. The ticket price includes car transport and transport of up to nine passengers. The Eurotunnel terminal is located at exit 42 of the A16 motorway. The terminal in England is accessible from the M20 motorway at exit 11A. You can find more information on the official website of the Eurotunnel. You can see only a selection of the cheapest tariffs in the table below. Motorcycles pay half price.
Eurotunnel transfer price 2022
1-2 days 2-5 days Unlimited Way there £31 £76 £95 Way back £31 £76 £95
Motorways in France: Speeding limits, fines…
Speed limits in France
The speed limit in the rural area has been recently reduced to 80 km/h. This measure was introduced to improve safety and reduce the number of traffic accidents. At present, however, many French regions are returning to the original maximum of 90 km/h in the rural area.
Also be aware of the fog speed limit, which is 50 km/h (including motorways). In wet weather, the limit is then automatically reduced from 130 to 110 km/h on the motorway, and 100 km/h on other directionally divided roads.
- 130 km/h (110 km/h in rain)
- 110 km/h (drivers with driving licence for less than 2 years)
Toll-free sections of motorways:
- 110 km/hod (100 km/h in rain)
- 50 km/hod
- 80 km/hod (70 km/h in rain)
You can find speed limits for specific roads and motorways on the web app at autoroutes.fr.
Fines for motorways tolls
A driver who fails to pay the toll will be fined £646750 €.
Road and motorway signs in France
Motorways are marked with the letter A (Autoroute) and the road number, main roads are marked with the letter N (Nationale). Roads are marked with the letter D (Departáment).
In France, directions to motorways are often marked only by a direction sign with an arrow and the motorway number. Specific directions are given only before entering the motorway.
Toll-free sections of motorway in France
Motorway bypasses and parts of some motorways such as the A12, A20, A25, A31, A33, A38, A55, A75, A82 and A84 are toll-free.
How to avoid toll sections of motorways in France
Toll motorways can be avoided by using expressways, which usually copy motorways. To plan your trip, we recommend the route planner at autoroutes.fr, where you can set Driving directions in the “Option” menu: Michellin recommended, Quickest, Shortest, Sightseeing and Economical. The economical option is guaranteed to find the cheapest route of the toll motorways, i.e. without tolls wherever possible.
Speeding fines in France 2022
In France, the rules are strict, and there is even a threat of imprisonment for speeding. They recently reduced the speed limit in rural areas to 80 km/h. They expect fewer accidents and generally higher safety from this measure.
Also be aware of the food speed limit, which is 50 km/h (including motorways). In wet weather, the limit is then automatically reduced from 130 to 110 km/h, and 100 km/h on other directionally divided roads.
In France, compliance is monitored very closely. You may remember the case of a British man who had to pay a fine for exceeding a single kilometre! In towns, radar measurements over the road are common, while outside towns, gendarmes often carry out speed checks hidden behind various unexpected obstacles.
The amount of fines
- up to 19 km/h where there is a max. of 50 km/h: £116135 € and 1 penalty point
- up to 19 km/h where is a max. higher than 50 km/h: £5968 € and 1 penalty point
- 20-29 km/h: £116135 € and 2 penalty points
- 30-39 km/h: £116135 €, 3 penalty points and 3-year driving ban
- 40-49 km/h: £116135 €, 4 penalty points and 3-year driving ban
- nad 50 km/h: £0,861 500 €, 6 penalty points and 3-year driving ban
- repeated speed violations over 50 km/h: £2,593 750 €, 6 penalty points, 3-year driving ban, car is impouded, threat of staying in prison for three month
Car driving fines in France 2022
For each offence, in addition to financial penalties and penalty points, the driver’s licence can be suspended for up to 3 years, depending on the severity of the office. In practice, however, these are rather extreme cases.
On the other hand, all fines for minor offences are automatic, and if you are stopped by the police when committing an offence in France, it is common to recover the fine on the spot. Police officers often allow the motorist to withdraw money from a local ATM.
If the offence is caught on camera, the offender will be sent a penalty notice.
- Running a red light or failing to stop at a STOP sign – £116135 € and 4 penalty points
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (from 0,5 ‰ to 0,8 ‰ of alcohol in the blood) – £116135 € to £646750 € and 6 penalty points
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (more than 0,8 ‰ of alcohol in the blood) or refusal of taking a breath test – £3 8784500 € and 6 penalty points, 3-year driving ban, imprisonment of up to 2 years
- Driving without seat belts fastened – £116135 € and 3 penalty points
- Using a mobile phone while driving – £116135 € and 3 penalty points
- Dangerous overtaking – £116135 € and 3 penalty points
Driving in France 2022
Mandatory car equipment in France
- Reflective vest
- Warning triangle
- The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger are obliged to wear a safety helmet and motorcycle gloves
The first aid kit and fire extinguisher are only recommended.
In France, a regulation requiring vehicles to be fitted with winter tires or snow chains if necessary came into force in October 2021. The obligation is valid in winter (from November 1 to March 31), specifically in some cities in mountain regions.
A list of regions (and municipalities in these regions), where winter tires are mandatory from November 1 to March 31 can be found at Securite-routiere.gouv.fr.
The aim of the new regulation is to increase road safety by reducing the risks associated with driving on snowy or icy roads.
In other regions, winter tires are mandatory in the winter months on roads covered with snow, ice or icicles.
Snow chains are compulsory in areas where there is appropriate signage about their obligation. The vehicle with snow chains must not exceed a speed of 50 km/h.
The use of seat belts is mandatory on all seats.
Kids in the car
Children under the age of 10 must be transported in a child car seat or child seat designed for their weight and height, and only in the rear seats of the car.
Children under the age of 10 are not allowed to travel in the front passenger seat. There is no upper limit to the child’s height.
Children can wear adult seat belts if the belt runs over their shoulders and not over their necks.
Driving and drinking
The maximum amount of alcohol in the blood is 0,5 per mille, except for professional bus and coach drivers, who must not have more than 0,2 per mille of alcohol in the blood.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (from 0,5 ‰ to 0,8 ‰ alcohol in the blood) – £116135 € to £646750 € and 6 penalty points or a driving ban.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (more than 0,8 ‰ alcohol in the blood) or refusal of taking a breath test – £3 8784500 € and 6 penalty points, 3-year driving ban, imprisonment of up to 2 years.
Daylight driving lights
All-day lighting is mandatory for motorcycle and moped drivers.
Lighting for car drivers is not mandatory but recommended.
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