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leochas232
30-05-16, 08:01 PM
We're going to LeMans in July. Is it worth getting the automatic toll payment card?


Lionel.

tonym
30-05-16, 08:25 PM
Why not go cross country and avoid the tolls, much better in my opinion!

leochas232
30-05-16, 08:28 PM
Just thinking, if the French are still striking and petrol is short, we may want to go A to B rather than round the nice villages. Just wondered if anyone had used the automatic toll tags.

tonym
30-05-16, 08:32 PM
I looked into this some time ago, I believe at that time you had to buy the tags for around 20 euros then there was a monthly charge for any month you used them i.e. if you didn't use them a particular month you didn't get charged plus any toll charges. handy if you're in the right hand drive car alone :-)


I'd still go cross country :-P

leochas232
30-05-16, 08:40 PM
I've just been looking and you have to pay about 39 Euro up front and then a 5 Euro/month (up to a max 10 Euro/year). Having said that,20 Euro is refundable when you send the tag back.
As far as I could see, it costs about 19 euro to use it for 1 month and then send it back. Depends a bit if it's raining and how happy your passenger is at getting out to pay if they can't reach.

TonyD
30-05-16, 08:59 PM
Why not go cross country and avoid the tolls, much better in my opinion!


This.

Avoid the tolls and enjoy the drive.


Chers,

Tony

Bigblock
30-05-16, 09:08 PM
As others have said go around them, been doing all the lemans since 1988 and never paid a toll.
Some of the old roads are so good and very little traffic.
Cafe's nicer as well

Caio

TINKA
30-05-16, 09:49 PM
Another vote to avoid the tolls, boring boring boring. The cross country routes take in some great scenery the roads are empty and it's just great fun.

aaronjb
31-05-16, 11:06 AM
On the advice of some friends who've been several times (and also with half an eye to "we might have to do A-B at 60mph to save fuel", although I'm told that in reality it's easy to find fuel there even at the height of the action) I got a tag from https://www.saneftolling.co.uk/

Gatwick Axe Man
31-05-16, 11:52 AM
Found this a while ago or someone told me about it, can't remember http://www.viamichelin.com/ lets you customise routes and avoid tolls or motorways ect.

AKCharlie
31-05-16, 04:00 PM
I have been on the Michellin site and there are 3 good routes avoiding the tolls. Ok, adds another 2.5 hours on the drive but we are in no hurry so my vote is go the scenic route and enjoy the drive. Just been speaking to my colleagues in Arnage and there is no issue with petrol shortage and it only affected Paris for one day
Cheers
Charlie

AKCharlie
31-05-16, 04:28 PM
3 possible routes: Le Havre → Dissé-sous-le-Lude Add to favourites



1Via D438 D307
191 mi
05h33
30.68 £

2Via N12 D301
204 mi
05h54
32.92 £

3Via N154 D923
237 mi
05h58
35.74 £

TINKA
31-05-16, 04:31 PM
3 possible routes: Le Havre → Dissé-sous-le-Lude Add to favourites



1Via D438 D307
191 mi
05h33
30.68 £

2Via N12 D301
204 mi
05h54
32.92 £

3Via N154 D923
237 mi
05h58
35.74 £




And the tolls will cost a lot more than that

AKCharlie
31-05-16, 07:24 PM
Which route do you normally take Martin?



And the tolls will cost a lot more than that

TINKA
31-05-16, 11:34 PM
We normally take in different routes depending on what we are doing. Twice I have visited memorial sites coastal and the battlefields. Then plot a route joining these places and Le Mans then a bit of the Loire valley. Like I say the roads are empty and the scenery is superb.

Eggbert
01-06-16, 01:04 AM
Nothing about Tolls, but might help..

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t69/EggbertPhotos/DrivingInFrance_zps35c67e8c.jpg

lutman
01-06-16, 06:34 AM
Easy - try to avoid the toll roads as the side roads are much prettier and less stressful
If you find you must use the toll roads its easier and cheaper to have the card - as you do not even have to stop at the toll gates