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I have a doofer for the French tolls but I seem to remember that someone suggested an upgraded/alternative doofer was available that also covered Italian tolls.
I saw one that does France, Spain and Portugal. It also does UK tolls like M6 and Dartford but it seemed to be a UK company and was charging different rates than locals + extra for Forex and naturally I'd prefer just to pay the local rate in Euros if poss.

What doofer options are knocking around and where do they cover?
I'm looking to cover whatever I can out of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, perhaps even Switzerland and Austria?
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http://www.area-enligne.com/Area/accueil.aspx?site=AREA&lang=EN&page=ACCUEIL

From barshaker here:
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=3319928
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@admin, it's a Top Europe one. Ours is from APRR I think.
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Just been looking at the Top Europe one - anyone know whether it will work with towing? The French one does - it correctly classes us as Class 2 and opens the barrier.

Italy charges per axle, annoying for those of us with TA caravans, and intrigued if it works?
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I got the Top Europe one from APRR when my old one died. For Spain and Italy it needs to be assigned to a reg number as they use ANPR but you can change/manage that via their web site and swap between cars. It uses a different mount so order extras if you want to swap between cars.

Just back from our kit car trip and mines a duff doofer Toofy Grin Wasn't a happy bunny jumping in and out of the car at every toll. Others on the trip had no problems in Spain and France.
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Austria

you bought an HGV since the last bash then?
If so, the German and Austrian doofers both work in both countries Wink

Register and buy the e-vignette online (but I'd keep printout of receipt in the bus). I assume you can link it to any Eurozone account for paying the special tolls? Someone more local can probably say how well the ANPR e-toll lanes work with a foreign plate. If it throws a wobbly, then in a wrong-hand drive car, let the passenger sort it out Wink That's how I pay M6 toll Wink

I always leave it too late to sort e-vignette/e-toll, so have to use those legacy bank note things. Due to consumer laws you have to purchase 2-3 weeks in advance, so you can only cancel the purchase before the validity period starts.
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- topEurop France, Spain, Portugal and Italy: € 15 badge activation fee,
then € 1.70 / month if circulated in France, € 2.40 / month if
circulated in the Iberian zone (Spain and Portugal) and 2 ,
40 € / month if circulated in Italy. If the badge is not used, no fee.

40€ / month if used in Italy! Shocked

Then I realised it's down to the line break and using a comma instead of a point for some reason.
2 , 40€ in Italy
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Virgule , is usually commonly in france rather than pointe .

There was a télépéage offer on French Groupon. Worth checking out.
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You can use it for car parks at Turin airport too. Confused the hell out of us.
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Indeed @Claude B, but the previous amounts, quoted in the same sentence, used points and a leading '€'.
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There was a télépéage offer on French Groupon. Worth checking out.

Ta but I've had a look and it appears to be for the liber-T pass which is only for France (and I already have)
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While we're here: this Winter, someone told me that French toll roads charge different rates and different times of the day ie there's a premium at peak times. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this?
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@admin, Dunno, but a few years back, I took part in an online survey for APRR where the questions asked my thoughts on whether I would change my travelling times if there were variable toll charges. Maybe based on the feedback they are planning to implement something.
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Our bill is exactly the same regardless of time of day
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 You know it makes sense.
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Useful link here on the Sixt website showing most roads and tolls. https://www.sixt.co.uk/toll-roads/europe/france/
ViaMichelin is good for calculating tolls when planning a trip.
In recent history we have never been charged differently for the time of day although many years ago in the days of the large (punch card sized) toll ticket there was a 25% surcharge listed if you spent overnight in an aire.
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Certain autoroutes charge more at peak periods
If you spend more than a certain time on the autoroute there is a surcharge.
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@davidof, useful to know... but do you have a link helping us to know which routes are the ‘certain’ ones or times?
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Inboard wrote:
@davidof, useful to know... but do you have a link helping us to know which routes are the ‘certain’ ones or times?


AREA is 24 hours maximum on the autoroute
APRR 48 hours

so you can sleep overnight on either.

A nice link with information would be great.... but this is France so don't expect too much.

If you like faff getting off the autoroute and back on can save up to 25%, this site will let you calculate the route and charges

https://autoroute-eco.fr/index.html

The A1 into Paris has peak charging. I think the Dijon autoroute may also do this and would be more interesting for snowheads, I will look into it. With telepeage they should really do it a lot more but it is the dark ages here.
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@davidof, thanks! Useful to know.
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davidof wrote:
Certain autoroutes charge more at peak periods
If you spend more than a certain time on the autoroute there is a surcharge.


GVA to Val d'Isere is the same regardless of the time of day.

Who spends more than 24 hours on a French motorway? Shocked
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bar shaker wrote:
davidof wrote:
Certain autoroutes charge more at peak periods
If you spend more than a certain time on the autoroute there is a surcharge.


GVA to Val d'Isere is the same regardless of the time of day.

Who spends more than 24 hours on a French motorway? Shocked


It's not even 24hours on a motorway it's 24hours between tolls!
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Who spends more than 24 hours on a French motorway? Shocked

I can imagine a camper van on the route from Rheims to Lyon (or from Paris to the Spanish border), may just stop over two nights at an aire. The motorway toll is possibly less than camp site fees.
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bar shaker wrote:
Who spends more than 24 hours on a French motorway?

There are hotels at several aires.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
I have, on occasion, done a few hours driving then spent the night at an aire in the BU5 4 DUB and awoken to find a beautifully sunny day powering the solar system to the max. So I just got out the laptops and started working in a chilled stylee. With solar powering not just the laptops but the in-van coffee machine, there's not the urgency to escape France for Italy in order to find a decent coffee so it's easy to spend the day replying to PM's about the bash that I'm on my way to etc.
I've not spent as long as 24hrs on the autoroute, as the prospect of dinner usually motivates me to get moving again, but between sleep, breakfast and a work-day I may have been on one for 18hrs so it's good to know, just in case Confused
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