France

Toll roads. Traffic rules. Fuel prices.

Driving in France

The total length of roadways of France is 1,028,446 km. Length of motorways - 11,882 km. In France all roads are paved.

    Toll roads

    In France, there is a charge for using roads depending on the category of vehicle and the distance traveled. Some bridges and tunnels are also subject to payment.

    Vehicle classification:

    Vehicle classification in France
    CLASS VEHICLE DESCRIPTION
    5 Motorcycle (Motorcycle with sidecar, Tricycle)
    1 Light vehicles (Vehicle with overall height under 2 metres and GVW not exceeding 3.5 tonnes)
    2 Intermediate vehicles (Vehicle with overall height from 2 to 3 metres and GVW not exceeding 3.5 tonnes)
    3 HGV or bus with two axles (Vehicle with overall height of 3 metres or more with/witout GVW of more than 3.5 tonnes)
    4 HGV or bus with three or more axles (Vehicle with more than two axles and height of 3 metres or more, or GVW of more than 3.5 tonnes)

    Toll rates on motorways

    The motorway toll system in France is managed by several companies distributed across different regions. The amount of payment is always displayed on the board at the entrance to the paid site. Payment can be made in cash, by credit card or through remote payment systems.

    Toll rates for some motorways at 2020:
    Toll rates for some motorways in France
    MOTORWAY ROUTE (distance) RATE (EUR)
    A1 Paris - Lille (210 km) € 16.90
    A2 Combles - border Belgium (64 km) € 4.00
    A4 Paris - Strasbourg (483 km) € 39.80
    A5 Paris - Langres (276 km) € 18.90
    A6 Paris - Lyon (457 km) € 35.70
    A7 Lyon - Marseille (306 km) € 25.20
    A8 La Fare-les-Oliviers - Menton (граница Италии) (218 km) € 24.40
    A9 Orange - Le Boulou (граница Испании) (270 km) € 25.00
    A10 Paris - Bordeaux (581 km) € 56.20
    A11 Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines - Nantes (322 km) € 38.20
    A13 Paris - Caen (221 km) € 24.70
    A16 Paris - Dunkerque (308 km) € 22.00
    A26 Troyes - Calais (376 km) € 34.70
    A28 Abbeville - Tours (401 km) € 39.70
    A31 Beaune - Metz (297 km) € 19.80
    A39 Dijon - Bourg-en-Bresse (149 km) € 11.90
    A40 Mâcon - Mont Blanc Tunnel (207 km) € 22.90
    A43 Lyon - Fourneaux (граница Италии) (186 km) € 24.70
    A63 Bordeaux – Bayonne (173 km) € 11.40

    The table shows the estimated tariffs for cars, which are calculated once at the beginning of the year on the basis of the site of French motorways, provided that traffic between points is carried out along one motorway.

    For example: Paris - Lille (€ 16.90), if you driving on the A1 motorway only . When traveling by another route, the tariff may vary.

    You can calculate the route in more detail on the portal Autoroutes France 

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    Special toll (tunnels)

    Mont Blanc Tunnel

    The Mont Blanc Tunnel is a highway tunnel in Europe, under the Mont Blanc mountain in the Alps. It links Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France with Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy, via European route E25, in particular the motorway from Geneva (A40 of France) to Turin (A5 of Italy).

    The Mont Blanc tunnel has a length of 11.611 m. Of these, in France - 7.644 m, in Italy - 3.967 m.

    Tunnel Mont Blanc in France

    Tunnel location: Google Maps

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Mont Blanc Tunnel in France
      VEHICLE ONE WAY RETURN TICKET 10 JOURNEYS
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car € 30.70 € 38.50 € 96.20
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 46.30 € 57.80 € 144.50
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 61.30 € 77.00 € 192.60

    Tunnel prices on the French side are different from Italian prices.

    Additional information about the Mont Blanc Tunnel 

    Fréjus Road Tunnel

    The Fréjus Road Tunnel is a tunnel that connects France and Italy. It runs under Col du Fréjus in the Cottian Alps between Modane in France and Bardonecchia in Italy.

    The Frejus tunnel has a length of 12,895 m. Of these, in France - 6.535 m, in Italy - 6.360 m. Operational speed is 70 km/h.

    Fréjus Road Tunnel in France

    Tunnel location: Google Maps

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Fréjus Road Tunnel in France
      VEHICLE ONE WAY RETURN TICKET 8 JOURNEYS
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car € 30.70 € 38.50 € 91.40
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 46.30 € 57.80 € 139.80
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 61.30 € 77.00 € 183.10

    Additional information about tariff Fréjus Road Tunnel in French (476 Кб).

    Puymorens Tunnel

    The Puymorens Tunnel is part of the Е9 international highway between Toulouse (France) and Barcelona (Spain). The Puymorens Tunnel has a length of 4.820 m.

    Puymorens Tunnel in France

    Tunnel location: Google Maps

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Puymorens Tunnel in France
      VEHICLE TARIFF (EUR)
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car € 4.20
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 7.00
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 14.40

    Payment is made from the south side of the tunnel.

    Maurice-Lemaire Tunnel

    The Maurice-Lemaire Tunnel is part of the N159 regional road connecting Nancy in France and Freiburg in Germany. The Maurice-Lemaire Tunnel has a length of 6.872 m.

    Maurice-Lemaire Tunnel in France

    Tunnel location: Google Maps

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Maurice-Lemaire Tunnel in France
      VEHICLE TARIFF (EUR)
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car € 3.70
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 6.20
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 9.70

    Initially, it was a railway tunnel, which was subsequently converted into a car tunnel.

    Prado-Carénage and Prado-Sud Tunnel in Marseille

    The Prado-Carénage Tunnel in Marseille connects the port with the city center. The Prado-Carénage Tunnel has a length of 2,455 m.

    This tunnel was built in 1993 and became the first paid city tunnel in France.

    Prado-Carénage Tunnel in France

    In November 2013, the second paid Prado-Sud Tunnel was opened in Marseille. It has a length of 1,500 m and connects coastal areas with the A50 motorway.


    Prado-Sud Tunnel in France

    Access to these tunnels is permitted only for cars, vans and lorry with a height not more than 3.2 m and a total weight of up to 3.5 tons. The maximum speed is limited to 60 km/h.

    Toll rate at 2020 год:
    Toll rate the Prado-Carénage and Prado-Sud Tunnels in Marseille
    TUNNEL TARIFF (EUR)
    Prado-Carénage € 2.90
    Prado-Sud € 2.20
    Bouth Tunnels € 5.10

    In the video below, you can watch the trip through the Prado-Carénage and Prado-Sud tunnels in Marseille (you can watch other videos on our YouTube channel).

    Eurotunnel

    The Eurotunnel passes under the English Channel. Its length is about 51 km, of which 39 km is under the bottom of the strait. The tunnel connects continental Europe with the UK.

    Eurotunnel

    Tunnel location: Google Maps

    The toll includes car transportation, up to 9 passengers and luggage. There are several types of tickets:

    • Day Trip & Overnight — ticket must be purchased as part of a 2 day return. Return must be completed by midnight (local time) on the second calendar day. Price from £ 31 per car, each way.
    • Short Stay — ticket must be purchased as part of a 5 day return. Return must be completed by midnight (local time) on the fifth calendar day. Price from £ 66 per car, each way.
    • Single or Long Stay — standard tickets. Price from £ 85 per car, each way.

    Detailed information on all tariffs can be found on the official website of the Eurotunnel 

    Tunnel on motorway A86

    The A86 motorway, which is the ring road around Paris, has a toll tunnel. Its length is about 10.5 km.

    Tunnel on motorway A86

    Tunnel location: Google Maps

    The driveway through the tunnel is allowed only for cars, vans and lorry with a height not more than 2 m and a total weight of up to 3.5 tons. It is forbidden to travel through the tunnel for motorcycles, as well as for vehicles equipped with LPG. The maximum speed in the tunnel is 70 km/h.

    Toll rate at 2020 (EURO) :

    Toll rate tunnel A86

    Learn more about tunnel toll on the A86 motorway in French (157 Кб).

    Caluire Tunnel in Lyon

    The Caluire Tunnel is part of the Périphérique Nord paid complex, which includes 4 tunnels with a total length of 6.5 km, 2 viaducts and 2 toll stations. It connects the A6 motorway (Paris - Marseille) with the A42 (Geneva) and A43 (Grenoble - Chambery) motorways.

    Caluire Tunnel in Lyon

    Tunnel location: Google Maps.

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Caluire Tunnel in France
      VEHICLE TARIFF (EUR)
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car € 1.10
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 2.20
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 3.30

    Special toll (bridges)

    Millau Viaduct

    Millau Viaduct is a bridge structure (viaduct) passing through the Tarn Valley near the city of Millau in southern France (Aveyron department). The length of the bridge is 2,460 m, and the height of the roadway at the highest point reaches 270 m above the Tarn River.

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    Viaduct location: Google Maps

    Tariffs are approved by the French state and «Eiffage du viaduc de Millau». Toll are updated annually on February 1.

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Millau Viaduct in France
      VEHICLE TARIFF TARIFF summer *
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car € 5.40 € 5.40
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 8.90 € 11.00
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 13.30 € 16.50
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 3 meters and total weight greater than 3.5 tonns € 30.00 € 30.00

    * valid in summer from June 15 to September 15.

    There is only one toll booth for both directions. It is located 4 km north of the viaduct and has 18 lanes (9 in each direction). Payment can be made in cash, by credit card and using remote payment systems.

    Normandy Bridge

    Normandy Bridge is a cable-stayed road bridge that spans the river Seine linking Le Havre to Honfleur in Normandy, northern France. Its total length is 2,143 metres.

    Normandy Bridge in France

    Bridge location: Google Maps

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Normandy Bridge in France
      VEHICLE TARIFF (EUR)
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car ----
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 5.50
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 6.40
    Vehicle a total height greater than 3 meters and total weight greater than 3.5 tonns € 7.00

    View a trip on this bridge on our Youtube channel.

    Tancarville Bridge

    The Tancarville Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the Seine River and connects Tancarville (Seine-Maritime) and Marais-Vernier (Eure), near Le Havre. The length of the bridge is 1,420 m.

    Tancarville Bridge in France

    Bridge location: Google Maps

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Tancarville Bridge in France
      VEHICLE TARIFF (EUR)
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car ----
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a height from the front axle less than 1.3 meters and a total height of less than or equal to 2 meters € 2.60
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters € 3.30
    Vehicle a total height greater than 3 meters and total weight greater than 3.5 tonns € 3.90

    Bridge Isle of Rhe

    The bridge connects the mainland to the Rhe island in western France (Charente-Maritime department). The bridge is 2.927 meters long and 42 meters above sea level.

    Bridge Isle of Rhe in France

    Bridge location: Google Maps

    It was originally planned to make this bridge free since 2012, but subsequently this decision was abandoned due to fear of a large influx of cars.

    Toll rate at 2020:
    Toll rate the Bridge Isle of Rhe in France
      VEHICLE TARIFF TARIFF summer *
    Motorcycle, motorcycle with side-car € 3.00 € 3.00
    Vehicle with two or more axles with a total height greater than 2 meters and less than or equal to 3 meters with/without trailer € 8.00 € 16.00
    Vehicle a total height greater than 3 meters and total weight greater than 3.5 tonns € 18.00 € 18.00

    * valid in the summer from June 20 to September 11.

    The toll booth is located on the mainland 200 meters from the bridge and has 8 lanes. Payment can be made in cash, by credit card and using remote payment systems. The ticket price includes a round-trip bridge.

    Parking in France

    You must not stop or park next to kerbs painted with yellow lines. If it is a broken yellow line you can stop there but not park. Time and other restriction are marked on signs nearby. You can only park on the right hand side of the road unless there is a sign which says otherwise. In some cities, some roads have alternate side parking. Look at what everyone else is doing to be sure.

    Parking for more than 24 hours at the same place is prohibited (if it is not a long-term parking lot). Parking machines are widespread in France ("horodateurs").

    Parkomat horodateurs in France

    These parking lots work with special credit cards, which can be bought at kiosks with a sign in French "tabacs" (specially licensed tobacco kiosks marked in red).

    Unless otherwise specified, parking is free from 7pm to 9am on weekends and holidays, as well as throughout August. In small towns, free parking is often provided from 12:00 to 13:30. Rates and parking times are written on the machine.

    The penalty for parking violations is € 17.

    Parking in Paris

    From July 1, 2016, entry into the center of Paris is prohibited from 08:00 to 20:00 on weekdays for cars manufactured before 1997 and motorcycles manufactured earlier than 2000.

    From October 1, 2016, the fine for this violation for cars will be € 35, and from January 1, 2017 - € 68.

    In Paris, you can book parking at Parkings de Paris . Parking is selected according to the height of the vehicle. The reservation service is free.

    Map of France roads

    Map of France Roads

    Road rules in France

    Speed limits

    Speed limits in France

    Standard speed limits in France (unless otherwise indicated on the signs).

    Cars (to 3.5 tons) and motorcycles[1]:
    • built-up areas - 50 km/h
    • outside built-up areas - 80 km/h
    • expressway - 110 km/h
    • motorway - 130 km/h
    Cars with trailers:
    • built-up areas - 50 km/h
    • outside built-up areas - 80 km/h
    • expressway - 100 km/h
    • motorway - 100 km/h

    1 In rainy weather, speed limits are lower: 70 km/h outside the village, 100 km/h on the road and 110 km/h on the motorways.

    It is forbidden to drive vehicles on motorways whose speed does not exceed 60 km/h in technical specifications.

    When visible on the road less than 50 m, the maximum speed should not exceed 50 km/h, regardless of the type of road.

    For cars whith studded tires the maximum permitted speed is not more than 90 km/h.

    On motorway sections with more than two lanes, vehicles with trailers are allowed to use only the two rightmost lanes, even for overtaking.

    Speed cameras

    In France, a large number of radars (about 4,000) have been installed on motorways, which record speed violations.

    As of May 11, 2011, warning signs for speed cameras are no longer in use. Previously, the signs were placed at a distance of one to two kilometers from the first radar.

    Alcohol

    The maximum permitted level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.5 ‰.

    If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream exceeds the allowable, a fine will be imposed:

    • from 0.5 ‰ to 0.8 ‰ - € 135
    • above 0.8 ‰ - till € 4,500 and suspend driving license for 3 years

    If you caused an accident leading to serious injuries while the blood alcohol level was above the permissible level, then the fine will be up to € 10,000 and imprisonment for up to 2 years.

    From July 1, 2012, drivers of all cars and motorcycles (except mopeds) must have a disposable breathalyzer in the car.

    This change in traffic rules in France is designed to reduce the number of serious accidents on the roads of France. According to statistics, the number of fatal accidents committed while intoxicated in France exceeds 30%.

    From July 1, 2015, the permissible blood alcohol level for novice drivers (driving experience less than 2 years) is 0.2 ‰. Fine - € 135.

    Dipped headlights

    The use of dipped headlights during the day is mandatory in conditions of insufficient visibility. Also, the use of dipped beam is mandatory when driving through tunnels.

    The French government strongly recommends the use headlights 24 hours a day for four-wheel drive vehicles.

    The fine for driving at night or in conditions of insufficient visibility without light is € 135.

    Children in cars

    The use of a suitable restraint is mandatory for children under 10 years of age or when the child's height does not allow him to use a seat belt (between 1.35 m and 1.50 m).

    It is strongly recommended that children under the age of 10 be transported in the back seat of the vehicle. In the event that the child is transported in the front seat, the airbag must be deactivated.

    Children weighing up to 13 kg should be carried with their backs in the direction of travel.

    The driver is responsible for all children in the car under the age of 18.

    Fine — € 135.

    Seat belts

    Seat belts is mandatory for both front and rear passengers. Fine — € 135.

    Mobile phone

    The use of a mobile phone while driving is restricted to use of a hands-free device. Fine — € 135.

    From July 1, 2015, while driving any vehicle (including a bicycle), it is forbidden to carry any device in the ear that can emit sound (talking, music, radio). Fine — € 135.

    Window Tinting

    It is forbidden to tint the windshield, with the exception of 10 cm of the strip in its upper part for protection from the sun.

    The front side windows, in accordance with the requirements of UNECE Regulation No. 43, must have a light transmission of at least 70%.

    Tinted rear windows are allowed, if the car is equipped with 2 side mirrors.

    Fines

    Police officers have the right to levy fines for traffic violations on the spot (till € 375). An official receipt must be issued. Penalties are divided into 5 classes.

    Vehicles parked in violation of the rules may be taken away by the police at the owner’s expense.

    Traffic fines in France:
    Traffic fines in France
    Violation Fine (EUR)
    Speeding no more than 20 km/h € 68[1]
    Speeding no more than 20 km/h in built-up area € 135[2]
    Speeding from 20 km/h to 50 km/h € 135[2]
    Speeding above 50 km/h € 1,500
    Pedestrian offenses € 4
    Failure to signal before turning or changing lanes € 35
    Driving at emergency lane € 35
    Driving with faulty lighting devices € 68
    Traffic light violations € 135
    Overtaking violation € 135
    Driving on the left lane with a free right on the road with two lanes in the same direction € 135
    Tailgating € 135
    Missing or unreadable license plates € 135
    Railroad crossings with a closed barrier € 135
    Stopping or parking at night or in conditions of poor visibility without emergency lighting € 135

    [1] If you pay within 15 days, the fine will be € 45, and if paid later than 45 days - € 180. The maximum possible fine for this violation is € 450 (if the case is to be considered in court).

    [2] If you pay within 15 days, the fine will be € 90, and if paid later than 45 days - € 375. The maximum possible fine for this violation is € 750 (if the case is pending in court).

    If the offence is more serious, the police can ask for a guarantee if you live abroad and may impound your car in lieu of it.

    Useful information

    Fuel prices

    1.34 1.41 1.21 0.86 at 26.09.2020

    Unleaded (sans plomb) gasoline (95-E10, 95 and 98) and diesel fuel (Gazole) are available in France. Leaded gasoline is absent. There are gas stations (GPL).

    Average prices for all types of fuel at  2020-09-26:

    France
    • Sans Plomb 95-E10 — € 1.325
    • Sans Plomb 95 — € 1.338
    • Sans Plomb 98 — € 1.407
    • Gazole — € 1.211
    • GPL — € 0.861

    Trends gasoline prices in France for last years.

    In the country, it is allowed to carry gasoline in cans in a car.

    Emergency phone numbers

    If you break down on a motorway, you are not allowed to call your breakdown company for help. You must use the orange phones on the side of the motorway and you will then be towed to a designated bay where you can meet your emergency organisation.

    • European emergency number - 112
    • Ambulance - 15
    • Police - 17
    • Fire - 18

    Compulsory to carry in car

    • Warning triangle — except motorcycles
    • Reflective jacket — Fine up to € 135.
    • Breathalyzer — required from July 1, 2012

    Winter equipment

    Winter tires

    The use of winter tires in France is optional. They are required in the mountains for a short period of time. On such roads appropriate signs ("Pneus Neige") are installed.

    Spiked tires

    The use of studded tires is permitted from the last Saturday before November 11 until the last Sunday of March. Depending on weather conditions, this period may be extended.

    When driving on studded tires for cars registered in France, a speed limit sticker of 90 km/h is mandatory. For cars registered in foreign countries is recommended.

    Snow chains

    Snow chains may be required in some cases at some mountain passes.

    Optional equipment and other rules

    It is recommended to equip your cars with a set of spare bulbs.

    At roundabouts with the signs "Vous n'avez pas la priorité" (“You have no priority”) or "Cédez Le Passage" (“Take the road”), vehicles in a circle have priority. In the absence of such a sign, vehicles entering such an intersection take precedence.

    Transportation or use of radar detectors is prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in a fine of up to € 1,500 and confiscation of the device.

    Starting January 3, 2012, the use of GPS satellite navigation software indicating the location of fixed and mobile speed cameras is prohibited. This function must be deactivated.

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