Saturday, 10 October 2015

Road toll guide to Europe

ACCORDING to research published by GreenFlag, 46 percent of the British population are more likely to go on a #drivingholiday in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, or Germany than in any other European country. Ahead of the European short-break season which sees travellers visiting Europe for the likes of Oktoberfest and Christmas markets, Airport Parking and Hotels has created a guide highlighting the cost of some of the busiest toll routes in #Europe.

The research highlights some of the most popular motorways in Europe and the charges that drivers will face when driving through the busiest routes in each country. Routes include Calais to Paris in France, Lisbon to Porto, and Milan to Rome. It also highlights different payment options available and the stipulations each toll route might have.

Of the 18 countries researched, six were found to operate a Highway Vignette system, which is an anti-congestion measure put in place to promote off-peak travel. Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands use this road pricing, which is based on the period of time the driver will be travelling. The remaining 12 countries, including France, Greece, and Spain, operate a road toll method in which the price is calculated on the distance travelled.

Drivers are advised to carry cash when driving on Europe’s motorways, as only six out of the 18 countries researched offered drivers the option of paying via credit card, though may not accept all brands.

Drivers strapped for cash should be cautious when driving on toll roads in France and Italy: a return journey for a 2-axle vehicle from Paris to Marseille can cost up to £78, while a return journey from Rome to Milan can cost from £58 in toll road charges.

Motorists who wish to avoid toll roads all-together should head to Iceland, Luxembourg, or Monaco where there are currently no tolls fees on any motorway.

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