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Toll Roads in France

France’s motorways are called in French 'autoroutes' and have the prefix ‘A’. Most are toll roads and are marked by blue signs; a green sign means the route is toll free.

The normal process is to take a ticket at a 'péage' (toll) station when you enter the toll road, and then pa...

Get to the French Riviera and Monaco By Car.

Toll Roads in France

France’s motorways are called in French 'autoroutes' and have the prefix ‘A’. Most are toll roads and are marked by blue signs; a green sign means the route is toll free.

The normal process is to take a ticket at a 'péage' (toll) station when you enter the toll road, and then pay at a similar station when you exit. This means you need Euros at the ready, or a credit card to hand.

What's the difference between 'N' and 'D' roads in France?

'Routes Nationales' (national roads) in French or simply ‘N’ roads are main roads that are often straight and uncrowded, making them a manageable and less costly alternative to autoroutes for long journeys.

Minor roads are classed as ‘D’ roads and they are recommended for travelling locally, but should be avoided for long journeys.

One of the reasons you'll love ‘N’ and ‘D’ roads is that you can see so much more of France, and stop off to experience one of the many fascinating towns and villages that lie along such routes. It is also a great way

of discovering genuine regional specialities of France.

What is the cost of toll roads in France?

When deciding on how best to travel to the South of France it is essential to factor in the cost of your journey by car through France.

Beware despite cheapest ferries tolls may eat away at your savings.

Here, you'll find some guidance on how much you can expect the toll costs to be for the journey from Calais to the French Riviera. You'll also find the approximate cost of its 'Route Nationale'-toll free road-

alternative, showing approximate time as well as approximate toll cost to help you decide on suitability.

Calais to Nice (Cote d’Azur)
Taking the A roads
Toll cost:~ 105 Euros
Travel time: ~12 hours (1230km)

Taking the N roads
Toll cost: ~12 Euros
Travel time: ~18 hours (1200km)

Driving requirements in France-checklist

Here you'll find out what you must take with you when driving in France from a legal viewpoint. Remember -the items below here are compulsory equipment and documents for driving in France. You MUST have them in the car with you at all times.

  • Headlamp converters->max fine:90€
  • HiViz Vest->max fine:135€
  • GB sticker->max fine:90€
  • Warning triangle->max fine:135€
  • Spare bulbs->max fine:80€
  • Breathalysers (optional)->no fine

Documents to have with you when driving in France are as follows:

  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • Insurance Documents
  • Proof of Ownership (V5 Log Book)
  • Vehicle Must be Taxed in the UK
  • M.O.T. (if your car is over 3 years old)

Remember-French law requires that you always have personal ID about your person, so keep your passport on you.

Keep safe and drive safe! Take a Break

Long drives on boring motorways, more so during the hours of darkness are particularly dangerous. In France parkings called 'aires' green pique-nique spaces along the motorways ( approximately every 25km there is one) often feature bars/restaurants,petrol station, public toilets and playgrounds for children.

Driving to Monaco

When driving to Monaco, you have a choice between taking the A8 motorway, exit Monaco- toll road or alternatively the D6007 main road.

What is the difference between the two roads?

  • The A8 motorway crosses the whole French Riviera region. It is part of the link between France and Italy. This motorway represent a much faster but rather expensive way with tolls linked to the number of tunnels and viaducts, especially east of Nice. The approximate toll costs are of just under 8€ each way to get from Monaco to Cannes or of approx. 4€ from Monaco to Nice airport for example. Between Cannes and Nice, the motorway stays relatively close to the coastline but after Nice airport, it swings inland and then east through the mountains so is not really convenient to head down to the coast.

  • The D6007 main road is a toll free road also formerly known as N7 and also links France to Italy and runs more or less parallel to the A8. The section that is carved into the mountainside between Nice and Monaco is also known as the Moyenne Corniche and is very spectacular, providing wonderful views from around 300m above sea level over Villefranche, Cap Ferrat and passing straight through Eze Village and has very few traffic lights so is definitely worth using to tour around the eastern Riviera. More about the three famous Corniche roads- read here.
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