Driving advice

Driving costs abroad

Pay-as-you-go tolls are charged on most motorways in France, Spain and Italy. You can pay with cash, a credit card, or pay for a unit that sits in your car and opens the toll gate automatically while charging your bank account.

Examples of toll costs in France:
Paris to Calais £17.03 (21.70 Euros)
Lyon to Montpellier £19.46 (24.80 Euros)
Tours to Bordeaux £25.10 (32.00 Euros)

Keep in mind all prices shown here are provided as a guide only and may be subject to changes.

In Austria motorway passes are 8.50 Euros (£6.67) for 10 days or 24.80 Euros (£19.37) for two months. Passes can be bought from service stations near the border. You need a similar permit for the Swiss motorway system. These cost £29 for the year and can be bought online from travel-swiss.co.uk/vignette.

These costs make driving abroad appear more expensive than the UK but the cost of fuel tends to be lower. Here’s how the cost of a litre of fuel varies across Europe.

Country Unleaded (£) Unleaded (€) Diesel (£) Diesel (€)
UK 1.06 1.32 1.06 1.33
Spain 0.87 1.09 0.78 0.97
Ireland 0.94 1.18 0.83 1.04
Austria 0.78 0.97 0.71 0.89
France 0.99 1.24 0.86 1.08
Germany 0.95 1.19 0.82 1.02

*Exchange rate at the time of writing = 1.25 Euros to the pound.


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