Driving to Spain and paying tolls!

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11 Jan 2017 16:02 by Anna1808 Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

Hi- I am new to the forum! We are going to start spending every summer in Denia Spain. We are planning on driving for the first time this year. We have 2 small children and have booked the ferry to Calais. I would love some advice on 2 things!

1. Any suggestions of where to stop on our journey there? We are thinking of stopping twice as the children are so young! 

2. My husband is going to drive to the airport to collect some family members but I won't be able to go with him. Is it possible to pay the motorway tolls in a British car? He's worried he won't physically be able to collect ticket/ pay the machine in a right hand drive car on his own!! 

Thanks in advance!


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11 Jan 2017 16:07 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 4470 posts Send private message

Anna   He's worried he won't physically be able to collect ticket/ pay the machine in a right hand drive car on his own!! 

The first time I drove in France was in the late 50’s in a UK reg car.  Since then until coming to live in Spain and eventually buying  a LHD car I never ever had any problems with driving a RHD car in France or Spain.    


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11 Jan 2017 17:07 by marcbernard Star rating in Marina Alta; Alicant.... 231 posts Send private message

Without trying to make any funny remarks, is it not possible to get out of the car, go round the front to the left hand side and deal with whatever needs doing? OK so those behind him in the queue will not be pleased but so what?


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11 Jan 2017 18:23 by juansheetisplenty Star rating in Cartagena. 224 posts Send private message

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Anna 1808, the attached link will show you how to drive through the tolls without even opening a window. We use it and it is great. Beats queuing at the manual barriers. It will not, however work in Spain. You stick the gizmo on the inside of the windscreen and your UK bank account is charged following month.


As for hotels, it  depends where you are coming from in UK. Typically we drive down and stay in Calais giving us a clear next day. Our usual route is therough Rouen, then across through Clermont Ferrand, Milllau bridge, Narbonne, Girona, etc. Easy drive.  Place we stay/have stayed Calais, Bourges, Clermont Ferrand, Narbonne, Girona, Barcelona.  All really depends on timing of your arrival at Calais. We tend to use ACCOR hotels.

Good luck!

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