Driving on the roads of France

In France, the motorway network is firmly in the hands of operators, which levy independent and individual toll fees. Even if nearly all motorways thus have tolls, there are some exceptions. Among these are only bypasses of large cities and the motorway near the border in Alsace - here, the levying of the toll is waived. Other than in Germany, all vehicles are subject to tolls.

UTA offers you a quick passage via a cashless settlement as well as many attractive discounts on the toll fees in France. Thus, you save angst, money & fuel!

The French toll system

Everything you need to know

In France, there is a closed toll system with entries and exits. This means that the toll fees have to be paid directly at the respective toll station when leaving toll-bound motorways. The total amount of the toll is determined by routes driven, the vehicle class, and the emission class (this one affects only the toll fee of special toll-settling sections) and can thus vary a lot. Even if there are toll-free routes, these are rare - for most routes, motorways with toll fees are unavoidable.

The special toll-settling sections in France are, for example, the Mont-Blanc Tunnel and the Tunnel du Fréjus, which in turn require a separate handling. You can find further information on this in the table below.

How the toll can be paid

Select your toll medium!

Generally, the toll in France can be paid in cash, with credit card or particularly conveniently with an on-board unit. Settlements with the on-board unit are thus very easy and carried out without an intermediate stop by driving in special lanes, which are marked by an orange "T". The other lanes are likewise marked with self-explanatory symbols, which simplify the use of the toll stations. Please keep in mind: EC cards are unfortunately not accepted for settlement.

By tonnage or vehicle class, the French toll system is divided as follows:

System TIS VL

(Télépéage Inter Sociétés - Véhicule Légere) for vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes or a height up to 3 metres (class 1, 2 und 5).

System TIS PL

(Télépéage Inter Sociétés - Poids Lourds) for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes or a height over 3 metres (Class 3 & 4).

Toll settlement with UTA

You can use these toll media in France

UTA offers you optimal and fast options for toll billing in France, which make your drive as simple and efficient as possible. In the table below, you can find the UTA toll media and their use.  

Vehicles > 3.5 t
or ≥ 3 m height
Light vehicles/passenger cars
≤ 3.5 t and < 3 m height
UTA One®UTA MultiBox®Liber-t
Telepass EU
UTA MultiBox®
UTA MultiBox®light
TMB Card
(Tunnel du Mont-Blanc / Fréjus)
UTA Full Service Card
for Tunnel du Fréjus
UTA Full Service Card
for Tunnel du Mont-Blanc

UTA toll service in France

Your advantages with UTA at a glance

  • Convenient postpay transactions with an attractive charge settlement term

  • Detailed and clear billing of your toll charges

  • Collective invoice with VAT proof or net invoice without VAT

  • Online administration of your toll media in the UTA exclusive area

  • Form and informational documents for download in the UTA exclusive area

  • Get information and support from our toll experts during business hours

Attractive discounts with UTA

Benefit from exclusive discounts!

As a UTA customer and user of an on-board unit, you profit from attractive discounts for HGVs and buses! When you settle your toll with a toll box, you can potentially profit from exclusive discounts - some of which are applied automatically, while others require an application as well as a fee. Sounds complicated? We are happy to advise you personally as to whether a discount agreement is possible!

An overview of the individual operators and their discount conditions can be found in the UTA exclusive area.

UTA tax service in France

Possible refunds

As an entrepreneur, get back the Value Added Tax which is levied on the French toll! The VAT rate is currently 20%. UTA will arrange your refund, thus saving you bureaucratic expense and linguistic correspondence challenges. We'll take over everything and you'll get a credit note in the end!

Explore the UTA tax service

UTA parking service in France

Settle the parking fees via your OBU!

Do your drivers use not only the French motorway including toll stations, but also spend a certain amount of time in fee-based parking places? Use the comprehensive UTA acceptance network in the parking department, too! Already, a multitude of car park operators (including parking structures) allow for a calculation via an on-board unit. These parking lots are marked with an orange "T" on a black background, like the toll stations.

Generally, parking fees are also refundable. Check your parking fees for a possible reimbursement of the Value Added Tax! You are welcome to speak to us about this as needed!