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Tolled motorways France and Italy

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Tolled motorways France and Italy

Hi everyone,

We are 3 Aussies planning to do a road trip from Dijon to Milan in a rented car (picked up from Dijon) as we would like to avoid issues with the recently announced French train strikes in June 2018.

Just wondering if anyone has experienced using the tolled motorways in these two countries. How do we pay our way in using these tolled roads? Can we use cash or do we have to buy a special pass online? Is it ok to take a rented car from France to Italy one way other than the increase in costs for crossing the border? 2 of us will have an international license before we commence our journey

Many thanks in advance

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1. Re: Tolled motorways France and Italy

You can get a pass which means you don't need to stop, you can use a credit card at an automated barrier or you can use cash at a manned booth.

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2. Re: Tolled motorways France and Italy

Make sure any card you use is a chip and pin card, not magnetic stripe or chip and sign. Even with chip and pin, they can occasionally be finicky about foreign cards. Go through the lanes with a green arrow, which shows that all payment is accepted. Do not go through the lanes with a 't' because that means only transponder payment is accepted. Cash is accepted at many, but not all. You can calculate tolls ahead of time on autoroutes dot fr. They can be hefty.

Champlon, Belgium
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3. Re: Tolled motorways France and Italy

Most if not all lanes will be marked with a "t" because it means that transponder payment will be accepted, not that the lane is only for transponder payments. The lanes to be avoided are always clearly marked "RÉSERVÉ TÉLÉPÉAGE" and, these days, often have a 30 km/h speed restriction sign as well.

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4. Re: Tolled motorways France and Italy

You can pay cash or credit card. Getting a transponder for a one-off trip is a waste of time & money. In any case you would need different ones in France & Italy. Concerning trains, any that are now on sale for June are guaranteed to run. Travel by train would be much easier than renting a car for this trip.

Edited: 14 May 2018, 07:21
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5. Re: Tolled motorways France and Italy

You can find the cost of tolls in advance from www.viamichelin.com

Information on driving in France and Italy, including how to pay tolls, is at http://nickbooth.id.au/Tips/FrenchDrive.htm and driventoit.blogspot.com.au

West Chester...
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6. Re: Tolled motorways France and Italy

We had similar problems with our credit cards at toll booths in France, both with my USA cards and my wife's UK card. But at other times I was able to use my USA debit card. Kind of unpredictable.

We has the same problem at some of the petrol stations. Worked sometimes and not other times. And the procedure for payment often differed. Sometimes you had to visit the window or booth before using the pump even if you were using the card at the machine. Sometimes you went straight to the machine and out, other times you pumped and then paid at the booth/window. And that sometimes changed by time of day. Even more complicated when the booth was not as visible from the entrance.

Twice I had French drivers ask me how to use the pump because even they were confused by the procedure. It became an ongoing betting game between us.

Take the train if its running and avoid driving in Milan.

BTW, have you driven on the other side of the road before? If it's a manual transmission it's weird shifting with the other hand, a problem I have driving in the UK.

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7. Re: Tolled motorways France and Italy

>other than the increase in costs for crossing the border?<

There's no charge for crossing the border, but there is a charge for leaving the car the other side of the border. have you checked how much this is? It is likely to be several hundred euros.

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