Autoroutes are the French equivalent of a motorway and often involve the payment of tolls to travel along them. These Autoroutes are very common in France and can be the best way to travel long distances. Due to the size of France and the long distances you may need to travel we’d always recommend you use Autoroutes wherever possible because it will usually save you time.
To give you an example, driving from Calais to Paris takes over an hour longer if you avoid travelling on toll roads!
French Autoroutes account for over 9111km of the French road network. Autoroute signage is denoted by the letter “A” followed by a number.
Autoroutes are unlike other motorways in that they are operated and administered by a variety of different companies. Each of these companies charge a toll or “Péage” for their use. If you plan to travel long distances you may find that you have to pay on more than one occasion during your journey..
Although the majority of Autoroutes are toll based and require payment, there are a selection of Autoroutes throughout France which are still government run and are therefore free.