Autoroutes and motorways in Europe: Information on roads, tunnels and tolls
for autoroutes in France, autostrada in Italy, autopista in Spain and Portugal,
autobahns in Austria, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. Routes
Distances and Mileage in Europe chart
Alpine Tunnels tolls:
Mont Blanc, Frejus,
Grand St Bernard, St Gotthard
Motorway Tolls and Charges:
Pay-as-you-go tolls are charged on most motorways in France, Spain, Portugal and
In France, Italy and Spain you can pay by credit card - you just hand over the card,
nothing to sign and often no receipt unless you request one. On many motorways you
can use booths which display a carte bleu sign - insert your card, wait for it to
be returned and drive off. Otherwise make sure you have plenty of change available
so you can use the automatic booths, although manual booths are always able to provide
- Visit the website for
French Autoroutes, for more info, and a route planner which
includes toll costs.
- Another useful site gives information on
Italian Autostrade prices.
- The web site for
Spanish Autopistas, which are about half as expensive,
is also useful.
- Portugal also charges motorway tolls, many of which are collected electronically.
More information on this sytem can be found on the
Visit Portugal website.
An easy option for France is to sign up for a Telepéage electronic device which
is read as you pass through the toll. Previously it was possible to purchase an
electronic device in France which was charged to your credit card. Now, unless you
have a French bank account, it is necessary to buy these electronic tags through
UK website of the French toll operator, which has resulted in a considerable
increase in fees. the set up fee is €20, application fee €10,
subscription fee €6, and a monthly cost of €5 (only charged in months when
tag is used). The benfit is you do not need to lean over to the left to pay and
you can use the priority lanes for tag holders. To purchase a tag visit
Tolls are also charged in Switzerland and Austria for driving on the autobahns.
In Switzerland you buy a sticker at the border which costs 40 Swiss Francs for the
current year plus January in the next year; you can
buy a Swiss motorway sticker in the UK here. In Austria you pay 7.63 Euros for
10 days or 21.8 Euros for 2 months and these can also be bought in service stations
near the border.
Mont Blanc Tunnel
- A car costs about 35 euro single or 45 return. Speed limits are 50 km/h minimum
and 70 maximum. In addition you must leave a gap of 150 metres between you and the
vehicle in front. These rules are rigorously enforced and monitored with cameras.
Fines are heavy and payable on the spot. Unfortunately last time we checked the
Tunnel website it was down, but for information on the tunnel and everything in
the Mont Blanc area go to the
Chamonix web site.
The alternative route is via the
Frejus Tunnel (another unhelpful website and in French) which is about 13 kms
long, on the A43 from Albertville (Modane) to Turin, which costs about 35 euro single
for a car. This is our preferred crossing as motorways access both ends of the tunnel.
You could try the
Grand St Bernard Pass and Tunnel between Martigny in Switzerland and Aosta in
Italy. This tunnel is about 5.85 kms long, costs about 21 euro one way or 35 euro
return (2008), and claims to be open all the year. If you are feeling adventurous
and the weather is good, take the old pass road over the top and stop at the Grand
St Bernard Hospice where they still keep St Bernard rescue dogs.
The St Gotthard
tunnel between Luzern and Lugano. It's 17 kms long, transit is free. There is
web site, but it's in German.
The Oresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, and the Storebaelt, or Great Belt,
Bridge in Denmark, charge tolls.
Suggested Routes in France
- The motorway from Clermont-Ferrand to Montpellier is toll free, runs through
spectacular scenery and is a good alternative to the busy A6/A7 Rhone Valley
- Avoid Paris if you're going to the Alps, Provence or Cote d'Azur
from Calais by taking the A26/A5/A31 via Reims to Dijon
- The new A39 links Dijon to Bourg-en-Bresse
- If you're heading from Calais/Boulogne towards the south-west, Pyrenees
or Languedoc take the A16 to junction 10 then the RN184 Cergy Pontoise, St Germain,
RN13/RN186 (Versailles) A13 (Rouen/Le Havre) A12 then either towards Chartres
the RN10 or for other directions the A86 direction Creteil leaving towards Orleans
- The A84 motorway link between Caen and Rennes is now complete, meaning continuous
motorway or dual carriageway from Calais to the Spanish border south of Biarritz.
To find out the cost of fuel for a specific journey visit our
Route Planner and enter your start point and destination. You
will see a breakdown of the costs by fuel (based on petrol for a Fiesta type car).
You can change the fuel type, vehicle type or miles to kilometres.
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