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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 9th July 2018, 13:38 Thread Starter
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Will be driving to southern France for 2 weeks at the end of the month so am expecting LOTS of toll roads!! I've only done shorter journeys and just had cash available so never considered the auto-pay solutions before.

Via Michelin is quoting approx €80 of tolls each way - is the auto-pay solution worth looking into? Does anyone have any experience of them?


It looks like there is an activation fee and daily fee for a Liber-t box from TollTickets which my add up to at least €30.


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Its been some years since ive driven in France, so I'm unfamiliar with the payment schemes.
The toll roads are fantastic, no potholes, the services are all decent & clean with play areas for the kids.
Enjoy.

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Returned from 1200 miles round trip towing/touring a couple of weeks ago.The toll roads are immaculate and not busy at all, so you make good progress, with no queuing, incidents or delays. Returning to the UK roads was a tremendous disappointment. We looked into automatic ticketing but the advice we were given was "if you are travelling a few times each year then fine, if it is a one-off trip then don't bother". So, we used a Visa debit card at the pay booths and went briskly through with no trouble at all (no PIN required). The pay stations were quiet and not manned. However, our friends preferred to use cash and that was a much slower process - particularly as the passenger has to get out, sort out the money and feed the machine. When your fuel tank is near half take the first opportunity to fill it up again.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10th July 2018, 10:20 Thread Starter
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"if you are travelling a few times each year then fine, if it is a one-off trip then don't bother". ... When your fuel tank is near half take the first opportunity to fill it up again.

Thanks Dulac, I think that answers my question - as it's a one-off trip it may not be worth setting up. I never really thought about using cards for paying, always gone down the cash route too.


Is fuel a problem in southern France? I've never had any issues in north/west France when driving and always found plenty of motorway and village/supermarket options for filling up.


We're not towing this year so we'll be taking our BMW 520d - I'm hoping fill ups will be few and far between anyway as we'll be getting 65+ mpg compared to the Antaras 22mpg when towing!!
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Baz - for some reason I imagined you were towing with the Antara. Solo in the BMW you won't have any fuel problems. When towing we found that the provincial filling stations weren't geared up to accommodate a car and caravan (the major roads were fine). As you say, the supermarkets were a good option and open 24/7 unattended for just a car and payment by card. Like here, the cost is cheaper but I am suspicious of the quality of the fuel and prefer to stick with Shell whenever possible.

On this holiday the consumption dropped to about 22mpg when towing (usually it's around 30mpg in the UK) and driving solo I noticed a difference but it cannot simply be a change in the fuel brand - can it? I wasn't aware of any big differences in either speed, terrain or driving style but I did change gear a lot more, as if the power had dropped off a bit.

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