If you decide that you are happy to pay the Toll charges, then you have two options.
You can either pay at the barrier every time you approach one, which will probably involve some queuing, or you can buy a “Toll Tag” which automatically allows you through the barrier without having to physically stop and pay and then it charges your account.
This saves the time it takes to sort out change or use your credit card and you aren't queuing behind other people struggling to do the same.
Remember it isn't easy in a UK car to pay at the booth because your right-hand drive car means you will be unable to reach the pay meters which are on the left hand side for French cars. Though having a passenger helps!
We have more information on Tolls in France here
You can get a Toll Tag for all the motorways in France, and then use the special “t” toll-gate lanes at all toll plazas. Some of the special “t” lanes allow you to go through at 30 KPH.
Drive-France is on twitter @drivinginfrance and one of our Twitter followers, David Vickers, has recently driven through France and decided to try a Sanef Toll Tag on his trip.
He has kindly supplied this report on his findings.
Earlier this year when booking our Tunnel Ticket for our holiday in France – we saw that Eurotunnel were offering/promoting Sanef Toll Tags. The special offer meant we wouldn't have to pay the 10 Euro Application Fee.
Having been frustrated in previous years after “bombing” up the French “Autoroute” only to get stuck at the peage for ages while cars in front struggle to find the ticket/change/credit card/have to get out because they are on the wrong side of the car etc… and at the same time seeing others just cruising through the automatic toll booths – we thought it would be daft not to give it a go.
When the tag arrived I was concerned about the placement of the tag – the advice was specific - it had to be placed on the windscreen in the “shaded/mottled” area as these would be free of any reflective coating that would interfere with the tag electronic reading.
Our car (a 61 plate BMW 330D) does not have a “Shaded/mottled” area so was very concerned that it would not work. The local BMW dealers could not help!