4

How much does one have to pay to go the whole way from San Sebastián (Northern Spain) to Munich (Germany) via French (and possibly Swiss) highways (i.e. autoroute or Autobahn)?

Google Maps currently suggests two routes. One goes through France via Stuttgart and the other one goes through France and Switzerland via Bern. Which of these options is currently the cheaper one in terms of road user charges?

5

Anything not going through Switzerland will be much cheaper.

Switzerland sells annual toll tickets ('Märkli') only, which for a single trip easily beats any other toll.

Each countries' toll road agencies will have websites where you can calculate the expected amounts. Note that in some countries, different toll roads are handled by different agencies.

  • 1
    (+1) Good advice but note that tolls in France are so expensive that it's easy to reach the price of the yearly Swiss vignette with one trip across France… and in Switzerland at least, you're good to go until next January (including the potential return trip). But the thing is that if you use the motorway going through Switzerland will only spare you a relatively short part of the French leg of the trip, which you will have to pay anyway… – Relaxed May 3 '16 at 17:54
  • But don't get me wrong - Switzerland is incredibly beautiful and worth a trip. Just the street toll is high; so you might want to consider using free roads only (non-autobahn). – Aganju May 3 '16 at 17:54
4

@Aganju's answer is spot but here is another more generic tip: Use viamichelin.com or mappy (as suggested by @Olielo). They do not seem better or worse than Google Maps to find a route, but they also provide an estimate of the tolls that seems pretty accurate (roughly matches my experience, even if I haven't done any systematic comparison).

When looking at these nunmbers, you have to beware that some countries (France, Italy) have tolls you have to pay every time you use a given section of motorway and others (Switzerland, Austria and many other countries in Central Europe) have yearly or monthly stamps or "vignettes" covering the whole network. That's important if you are contemplating other trips or even merely coming back by road as the return will cost you exactly the same price if you go through France but will be free (or already paid for if you will) if you go through Switzerland.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.