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I'm off to the Alps in Feb at half term and are trying to work out timings. Anyone had any experience of this journey? Are the French police like ours that ignore 80MPH or are they bastards. D0 they have ave speed cameras on the tolls?

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I'm off to the Alps in Feb at half term and are trying to work out timings. Anyone had any experience of this journey? Are the French police like ours that ignore 80MPH or are they bastards. D0 they have ave speed cameras on the tolls?

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On many of the motorways they will ignore you doing 80mph, but then the speed limit is 130km/h!

Just watch out for the reduction in speed limit if it is raining!
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Drove to the Swiss Alps this summer. Door-to-door (from near the A3 in north West Sussex) via the Eurotunnel it took about 13 hours each way. I didn't hang around, but didn't do silly speeds either. On the way back I made the mistake of following my SatNav, which took me through Luxembourg and Belgium - which was, in fairness five miles shorter than the route through northern France, but felt much longer. I did get flashed a couple of times in Belgium but, as yet, nothing has arrived in the post - probably I think because I was in a reasonable margin of the speed limit ...
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I'm off to the Alps in Feb at half term and are trying to work out timings. Anyone had any experience of this journey? Are the French police like ours that ignore 80MPH or are they bastards. D0 they have ave speed cameras on the tolls?

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We did it a couple of years ago. Great roads, no need to speed as it’s 110 or 130 kph pretty much all the way. Stick it on cruise control and you’ll be laughing. About eight hours from Calais.

Have you thought about snow chains?

If the mountain roads have had a decent covering of snow the gendarmes will stop you and check if you’re properly equipped. If you don’t have snow tyres or chains they will not let you go any further.
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Drove to the Swiss Alps this summer. Door-to-door (from near the A3 in north West Sussex) via the Eurotunnel it took about 13 hours each way. I didn't hang around, but didn't do silly speeds either. On the way back I made the mistake of following my SatNav, which took me through Luxembourg and Belgium - which was, in fairness five miles shorter than the route through northern France, but felt much longer. I did get flashed a couple of times in Belgium but, as yet, nothing has arrived in the post - probably I think because I was in a reasonable margin of the speed limit ...
hopefully you filled the tank whilst in Luxembourg
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Do NOT drive to / from the French Alps on a Saturday in peak season – it will double your time on the road. If you have to arrive and leave on a Saturday, leave Friday and get as close as you can before stopping overnight. On the way back be in the car before 6am

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cameras are fixed but don't forget in france they can measure the time between toll booths.
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hopefully you filled the tank whilst in Luxembourg
I did, quite by chance. It was very cheap -why is that ?
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I'm off to the Alps in Feb at half term and are trying to work out timings. Anyone had any experience of this journey? Are the French police like ours that ignore 80MPH or are they bastards. D0 they have ave speed cameras on the tolls?

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I think they are unlikely to have speed cameras on tolls, as you are queuing to go through. The Speed cameras don't have to be bright yellow or noticeable in France - normally very discreet until too late.

Stick to the rules, lamp light covers / breathalyser / luminous jackets for every passenger / warning triangle / 1st Aid kit.

Basically, every is fineable - no questions. Straight to the cashpoint.

Fast lane is overtaking only - none of the lane hogging like over here.

Tunnels you need your lights on.

All I can think of at the moment. But basically the Calais road all the way up to Reims (N4?), they watch like a hawk.
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I did, quite by chance. It was very cheap -why is that ?
Because petrol is cheap in Luxembourg.
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Can you still do the car on the train thing ?
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Stick to the rules, lamp light covers / breathalyser / luminous jackets for every passenger / warning triangle / 1st Aid kit.

Basically, every is fineable - no questions. Straight to the cashpoint.
There is no fine for not carrying a breathalyser in France.
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Can you still do the car on the train thing ?
Looked into it years ago. It was very expensive and slower.
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I think they are unlikely to have speed cameras on tolls, as you are queuing to go through. The Speed cameras don't have to be bright yellow or noticeable in France - normally very discreet until too late.

Stick to the rules, lamp light covers / breathalyser / luminous jackets for every passenger / warning triangle / 1st Aid kit.

Basically, every is fineable - no questions. Straight to the cashpoint.

Fast lane is overtaking only - none of the lane hogging like over here.

Tunnels you need your lights on.

All I can think of at the moment. But basically the Calais road all the way up to Reims (N4?), they watch like a hawk.
I'm told its every seat.
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Note that this summer the speed limit on main roads (non-motorways) dropped from 90km/hr to 80km/hr.
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