Swift Speedbird 490 Mondeo Estate
West - North Yorkshire
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Don't forget, if you're towing a caravan, to select 'with caravan' from the 'Options' in order that the website can calculate the correct tolls.
One newcomer to this (or another forum) posted that the toll had cost quite a lot more than he'd been quoted - and obviously hadn't realised that caravans are charged as a Class II vehicle, with an increased toll. For example, the route quoted above as 23.80 is 34.80 if you're towing a caravan.
We've started using non-toll roads over recent years, not being in a rush to get anywhere, and find that towing your speed is not significantly reduced overall. We still manage to get down to the Mediterranean from the north with just one overnight stop, using a non-toll (or minimal toll, perhaps 2 or 3 euros) route. We also benefit from being able to buy our fuel 'off autoroute' and save perhaps 20 cents a litre, which for a fill-up can also be quite a saving.
I've just had a look at viamichelin, and our last journey from Calais down to Grau d'Agde would have cost us 97.10 euros in tolls if we'd used the Michelin recommended route, and uses a calculated 75 litres of fuel at 1.30 per litre. We actually paid no tolls, not even for the Millau viaduct, and our 75 litres of fuel would cost not more than 1.14 euros/litre (supermarket prices at the time, and some down to 1.09) so overall we saved about £12 on fuel and £90 in tolls! For us, on a pension, that's a huge saving - and both ways is more than we spent on campsite fees for a three week holiday!