Friday, 11 August 2017

If you travel to Spain, observe the speed limit

Attention drivers! For your safety and that of other travelers, pay special attention to speed limits. See the maximum speed chart below, since fines can amount to € 600. It can be much higher if the driver is not identified within the prescribed period (if detected by radar, the fine will also be sent to your country).

Speed limit in Spain, 2017

With regard to driving under the influence of alcohol, the penalties are in the range of € 500 to €1,000; normally, fines will be charged on the spot.
Enjoy your holidays! Let's not forget that the important thing is to reach destination.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Comparative of camping prices in Europe

If you travel abroad it is advisable to have an idea of campsite charges, in case you would need to use them. Please, note that overnight stay in some European countries is only allowed in motorhome sites, campsites or authorized places for this purpose.

Germany has the lowest rates for campsites

This is a comprehensive study done by ADAC  (the oldest motoring club in Germany. This year is celebrating its 100th Anniversary).


As you can see, on the list below, the most expensive country on campsite rates in Europe is Switzerland; on the other hand, Germany is the most economical, followed by Sweden. 
For unknown reasons, the UK is not on this survey. See the following list.

Switzerland 47,97
Italy 45,39
Denmark 40,40
Netherlands 40,48
Spain 39,89
Croatia 39,60
France 36,55
Austria 34,31
Sweden 30,75
Germany 28,54

Of course, from the economic point of view, it is advisable for motorhomers to use aires, motorhome sites or stopovers for these vehicles. Some campsites may offer special rates for motorhomes.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

French motorways, definition, routes and prices

At present French motorways are spread throughout the country with more than 11.000 km. The maximum speed is 130 km/h in good weather and 110 km/h with rain or bad weather.

Toll gates, French motorways

French motorways, known as autoroutes, are designated with numbers preceded by the letter A (for Autoroute). Most French motorways are toll roads, the entrances to them are marked as such by the word "Péage". The normal procedure is to pick up a ticket from a booth as you enter the motorway (just press the button); Tolls are paid on exiting the highway, or when the toll section comes to an end. In some places, there are fixed toll points on the motorway, especially in urban areas or toll bridges.

Main signals on approaching French toll gates:
Toll gates, French motorways

  • X - (red x): it means closed gate.
  • Green arrow    - all payment methods (cash or credit cards).
  • Blue CB  CB, peajes.png  -Blue CB rectangle or black and white credit card pictogram, debit or credit cards only.
  • Orange T  Telepeaje francés.jpg: Télépéage – slow down only, no stopping - only for vehicles fitted with toll charging sensors. Many toll-gates are for both credit-card payment and Telepéage... meaning that if you have a télépége transpondre, you may still get held up behind people paying by card, if there is a queue.
  • Cash payment toll-gates (green arrow or pictogram of coins) will provide change – even the automatic ones.
Frankly, for occasional users of French motorways, subscribing to Liber-T system is a real waste of money. As mentioned, you may have to queue behind those who pay by card.
The "Liber-T" charging sensor is available in the UK, but Sanef, the French motorway operators' company, charges higher rates for users applying via its English language website than for applications from its French website - which can only be used by people having a bank account in France.

Motorway tolls in France - tolls effective as of January 2017

The journey of a car in March 2016, travelling from Calais to Marseille, via Reims, 1060 km, cost € 88.20, remembering that we are just talking a car only (no trailer or caravan).

With regard to the rates for French motorways, please note the following:
For car + caravan or normal-size motorhome the price will increase around 50%.
Toll rates for trucks / lorries (class 4): in this case,  it can increase three times the rate for cars.

The following table might be useful if you travel to France:

French motorways, routes and prices - January 2017
Motorway
Car
Car + caravan,
motorhome
Additional information
A1
16.30
23.20
Lille - Paris
A10
10.70
16.80
Tours - Poitiers
A10
11.80
18.20
Poitiers - Saintes
A10
22.50
35.50
París - Tours
A10
32.30
50.00
Tours - Burdeos
A10/A71
36.80
58.00
París - Clermont-Ferrand
A10/A837
14.70
22.10
Burdeos - La Rochelle
A11
8.50
13.40
Angers - Nantes
A11
27.90
42.60
Paris - Angers
A11/A81
28.80
44.30
Paris - Rennes
A13
8.10
11.90
Le Havre - St Saens
A13/A131
20.10
33.80
Le Havre - Paris
A13/A14
14.60
26.20
Rouen - Paris
A13/A14
23.50
39.50
Caen - París
A14
8.30
16.40
Orgeval - Paris (La defense)
A16
21.70
33.30
Calais - Paris
A2/A1
13.90
20.50
Valenciennes - Paris
A2/A26
12.60
19.10
Valenciennes - Reims
A26
9.70
14.30
Reims - Troyes
A26
22.40
32.90
Calais - Reims
A26/A1
21.70
33.30
Calais - París
A26/A5
40.90
61.90
Reims - Lyon
A26/A5/A39/A40
56.00
85.90
Reims - Chamonix Mont Blanc
(Mont Blanc Tunnel)
A29
8.10
11.90
Le Havre - St Saens
A29/A16
4.70
7.20
Neufchatel en Bray - Amiens
A29/A26
12.80
19.60
Amiens - Reims
A31
2.80
4.30
Dijon - Beaune
A31
4.00
5.90
Langres - Dijon
A31
8.70
13.60
Nancy - Langres
A36
2.80
4.40
Belfort - Mulhouse (German border)
A36
7.50
11.50
Beaune - Besancon
A36
7.60
11.60
Besancon - Belfort
A39
3.10
4.70
Dijon - Dole
A39
8.60
13.90
Dole - Bourg-en-Bresse
A4
10.70
16.10
París - Reims
A4
13.00
20.40
Metz - Strasbourg
A4
25.20
38.40
París - Metz
A4
38.20
58.80
París - Strasbourg
A40
6.00
10.50
Geneve - Chamonix Mont Blanc (Mont Blanc Tunnel)
A40
15.90
26.00
Macon - Geneva (Switzerland)
A41
5.80
8.50
Grenoble - Chambery
A41
12.10
19.70
Chambery - Geneva (Switzerland)
A41/A40
13.00
20.80
Chambery - Chamonix
A42/A40
15.90
25.70
Lyon - Geneve (Suiza)
A43
11.20
17.70
Lyon - Chambery
A43/A430
5.20
8.30
Chambery - Albertville
A43/A48
10.40
17.00
Lyon - Grenoble
A49
9.00
13.90
Valence - Grenoble
A5/A31/A6
34.80
53.80
París - Lyon (vía Troyes)
A51
12.80
18.80
Aix-en-Provence - Gap
A52/A50
7.90
12.20
Aix-en-Provence - Toulon
A54/A7
10.00
15.20
Montpellier - Aix-en-Provence
A57
4.00
6.20
Toulon - Le Cannet de Maures
A6
21.40
33.10
Paris - Beaune
A6
28.10
43.30
Paris - Macon
A6
33.70
52.70
Paris - Lyon
A61/A9
19.90
31.10
Toulouse - Le Perthus (Spanish broder)
A61/A9
21.20
32.40
Toulouse - Montpellier
A62
19.40
31.00
Bordeaux - Toulouse
A63
14.80
21.10
Bordeaux - Hendaye (Spanish border)
A64
19.90
32.10
Bayonne - Toulouse
A65
17.90
28.00
Langon - Pau
A7/A8
24.60
39.10
Lyon - Aix-en-Provence
A7/A9
25.20
39.50
Lyon - Montpellier
A72
14.70
22.80
Clermont-Ferrand - Lyon
A8
2.40
3.60
Nice - Menton (frontera italiana)
A8
3.00
4.50
Cannes - Nice
A8
14.40
21.90
Aix-en-Provence - Cannes
A83/A10
28.90
44.10
Nantes - Bordeaux
A85
9.80
14.10
Angers - Tours
A87
10.10
16.50
Angers - Les Sables d'Olonne
A89
12.70
20.70
Brive la Gaillarde - Clermont Ferrand
A89
17.50
27.20
Bordeaux - Brive la Gaillarde
A9
7.70
12.20
Orange - Montpellier
A9
15.50
23.70
Montpellier - Le Perthus (Spanish border)
A9/A54
5.60
8.50
Montpellier - Arles
E402
7.70
11.90
Le Mans - Tours
E402
25.70
42.80
Rouen - Le Mans
E604
13.60
22.30
Tours - Bourges
E712
3.40
5.50
Grenoble - Sisteron
E9
5.00
7.70
Toulouse - Tunnel du Puymorens
E9
15.60
24.50
Brive la Gaillarde - Toulouse
Source: AA, about-france