Tolls On Ap7 Spain?

Tolls On Ap7 Spain
Good news for motorists heading over the border: the AP-7 motorway in Spain is going toll-free. The toll barriers have already been removed between Tarragona and Alicante and the Valencia section of the motorway is free to motorists as of 1st January 2020.

How do I pay my toll on AP-7?

Tolls can be paid in cash, by credit or debit card, and Via T, which allows the driver to pay the toll without stopping.

Where are the AP-7 tolls?

#5 – Most of the AP7 is toll-free already – The AP7 runs for a total of 948. 3km between Cadiz in the south and the French border, north of Barcelona. To date, only 318. 7km is still toll motorway. Nearly 26% of the toll stretch is on the Costa del Sol. Did you know? On the Costa Blanca, Alicante bypass is part of the AP7 toll stretch.

Is the AP-7 in Spain still a toll road?

Over 1,000 kilometres of road have become toll-free in Spain in the last three years – It is one of the stated policies of the current Spanish government not to renew the management concessions of toll motorways when current contracts expire, and as a result the latest batch of agreements to reach their termination date on Wednesday September 1 will see another 477 kilometres of motorway become toll-free in various parts of the country.

  1. Arguably the most significant of these newly “liberated” stretches of road is the AP-7 between Tarragona in Catalunya and La Junquera on the border with France, making it possible to drive to France from Cartagena in the Region of Murcia without using any toll motorways;

The news has been welcomed by the transport sector in the Region of Murcia, as drivers who frequently use the AP-7 as it passes through Catalunya to transport fruit and vegetables to Europe will be saving around 35 euros per journey. But there are other stretches of motorway which are also becoming free to use this week, including the AP-2 between Zaragoza and El Vendrell in the province of Tarragona, and it is estimated that with current levels of road traffic the total of tolls “saved” by drivers will amount to 515 million euros per year.

Since 2018 other roads where toll barriers have been removed include the AP-1 between Burgos and Armiñón, the AP-7 between Tarragona and Alicante and the AP-4 between Sevilla and Cádiz. As a result there are now 1,029 kilometres of motorway in Spain where charges have been removed in the last three years.

While those in the transport business consider the removal of the tolls to be good news, there are fears that “soft tolls” being demanded by Seopan, a group of concessionaires dedicated to the management of Spain’s public infrastructure could be applied to the roads which have been made free to users in the foreseeable future. The list of current Spanish toll roads is as follows, until the new changes come in on August 31:

  • Autopista AP-2: Zaragoza – Mediterranean
  • Autopista AP-46: Alto de las Pedrizas – Málaga
  • Autopista AP-51: AP-6, connection with Ávila
  • Autopista AP-53: Santiago de Compostela – Alto de Santo Domingo
  • Autopista AP-6: Villalba – Villacastín – Adanero
  • Autopista AP-61, AP-6: connection with Segovia
  • Autopista AP-66: Campomanes – León
  • Autopista AP-68: Bilbao – Zaragoza
  • Autopista AP-7: Alicante – Cartagena
  • Autopista AP-7: Barcelona – Tarragona
  • Autopista AP-7: Estepona – Guadiaro
  • Autopista AP-7: Málaga – Estepona
  • Autopista AP-7: Montmeló – La Jonquera
  • Autopista AP-71: León – Astorga
  • Autopista AP-9: Ferrol – Portuguese border

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How do you pay for toll roads in Spain?

Ways to pay toll fees – In general, toll fees can be paid by the following means:

  • Payment in cash: by means of coins and banknotes of legal tender, in euros.
  • Payment by card: You can generally pay with the most widely accepted credit and debit cards in the world and with work cards.
  • VIA-T electronic toll : This is a payment method implemented on most Spanish toll motorways that allows the toll to be paid without having to stop the vehicle. It works through wireless communication.
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To use it, you need a device called an OBE, which, once placed inside the windscreen of the vehicle, allows wireless communication with an antenna in the payment lane; the toll is charged to the bank account designated by the user. Payment by VIA-T electronic toll is available in almost all payment lanes, with an exclusive lane for this payment method and for every possible destination at every toll station. The device is available in most banks and service companies linked to the transport sector.

Which Spanish toll roads are now free?

How much do tolls cost in Spain?

Cost – How Much Do Toll Roads in Spain Cost? – Spanish toll roads are dotted around the country and many are controlled, or part controlled, by the local authorities who can set toll charges in consultation with the national government. Toll charges vary depending on the length of the road. There are advantages and disadvantages with each: Using Toll Roads Advantages: Disadvantages:

  • You’ll get there quicker because traffic is lighter and the autopistas are usually less busy and have a higher speed limit- 75 mph in general with a call being made to increase this to 85 mph in places.
  • Maintaining an average speed saves on fuel consumption
  • The roads are better maintained although new, purpose-built autovias are excellent
  • The cost of around a euro per 8 kilometres
  • The routes avoid towns and cities so mostly you’ll just see concrete or tarmac and countryside for hundreds of miles
  • Fuel prices are much higher on the toll roads and service stations sell typically bland food and drink if you stop there for a break

Using Other Routes   Advantages: Disadvantages:

  • No charges for travelling on them
  • Many will pass through villages, towns and cities meaning you can stop off and see some of Spain’s sights, others parallel the toll roads so are only slightly slower
  • Fuel is cheaper in the towns and villages and you’ll find beautiful cafes and restaurants for a taste of regional Spanish cuisine
  • Driving will be much more interesting with less chance of becoming drowsy from the monotony of the route
  • The journey time can be longer as the free roads are typically 10% longer in time and sometimes distance for journeys between A and B
  • Fuel costs will be higher because of the extra distance and irregular travelling speeds
  • Roads are often less well maintained and there’s a greater chance of getting lost; even with a sat-nav

Sample routes and their costs:

  • The AP-7 from Ferrol to Vigo: 180 kms; €19. 50 / Journey time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
  • The AP-9 from La Jonquera to Vera: 696 kms; €79. 40 / Journey time approximately six and a half hours
  • On the AP-68 from Bilbao to Zaragoza: 302 kms; €29. 00 / Journey time approximately two and three quarter hours

You can avoid the toll charges if you plan carefully. Many of the national routes are free and of a similar standard to the toll roads. For example, the journey from Bilbao to Zaragoza can be undertaken partly on the NA-129 saving €21 but adding 34kms and half an hour to your journey albeit on a much prettier route. Route planners will give you the toll free next quickest route but if distance saving is more important than time, you can plan direct routes on secondary roads which will save fuel.

Is the AP-7 in Spain free?

The Spanish authorities have removed charges for drivers using the AP-7, or ‘Mediterranean Motorway’, while it considers new ways of financing its motorways – Drivers using the AP-7 motorway linking France and Spain will be able to do so for free from September 1.

  • Users arriving from Occitanie will no longer have to pay to use the road, with the tolls between Le Boulou in the Pyrénées-Orientales and Barcelona being lifted;
  • The AP-7, also known as the ‘Mediterranean Motorway’, transports drivers from the Occitanie region of France to Spain’s Costa Brava;

The stretch between Tarragona and Alicante was made free on January 1, 2020 and now the 150km stretch between La Jonquera and Montmeló is to be made free too. Drivers will be able to save €14. 80 when travelling from Occitanie to Barcelona, and the same on their return journey.

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Where are the toll roads in Spain?

Tunnels with toll collection – In the south-eastern part of Spain, there are two toll tunnels, the Túnel de Vallvidrera near Barcelona and the Túnel del Cadí near Andorra. The tunnels are part of toll motorways, so tolls can be paid manually at toll gates or via the Via-T system.

How much are the tolls on Spanish motorways?

A guide to toll roads in Spain – For any nervous drivers who are unsure about Spanish toll roads – we can ease your tensions as the country’s toll roads are clearly signposted, efficient, and easy to use. They are also known for being extremely well maintained and clean.

Most will have a blue motorway sign with ‘AP’ on them or ‘PEAJE’ with the distance. Nearer to the toll itself there will be a sign with the costs associated with the type of vehicle you are driving. There are three types of vehicle classification.

Ligeros (Light Vehicles). Motorbikes, cars, cars with trailers, vans, and microbuses. Pesados 1 (Heavy vehicles 1). Two-axle busses, with a maximum of four wheels. Pesados 2 (Heavy vehicles 2). This includes large trucks, both with or without trailers. If you are travelling in a family car, you can expect to pay between €5 and €30 for each toll.

This can vary on the region and where you are travelling after you pass through the toll. All toll roads can only be paid for in Euros. In Spain, most of these tolls have manned booths that you can speak to an employee and get some information and pay for the toll.

Some have machines where you can make the payment. These come with a touchscreen where you can have the options presented in English (and several other languages). These will be signposted by a credit/debit card on a blue sign above the individual toll. However, most motorways now also have an electronic system of payment known as Telepeaje or Via T, which allows you to travel without stopping at toll booths.

  • These electric payments are easy to use;
  • Simply subscribe to an ‘electric toll payment’ supplier ahead of your journey;
  • Then, when you notice one of these toll booths, approach at moderate speed, giving more than 10m of distance between you and the car in front;

Stop at the barrier. You will hear a beep, a light will go green, and you can pass through. If this is part of a European road trip , then many of these subscriptions can be used in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy – meaning you have peace of mind on your journey and don’t have to queue.

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Is AP-7 now toll-free?

Good news for motorists heading over the border: the AP-7 motorway in Spain is going toll-free. The toll barriers have already been removed between Tarragona and Alicante and the Valencia section of the motorway is free to motorists as of 1st January 2020.

Is the AP1 toll-free?

Free Autopistas – In recent years, some autopistas have been returned to the state, meaning they became free. As of 2020, the following Spanish motorway tolls have become toll-free: 

  1. AP1 between Burgos and Armiñón (as of 2018) 
  2. AP4 between Seville and Cadiz (as of 2019)
  3. AP7 between Tattsgona, Valencia, and Alicante (as of 2019)

There are plans for some autopistas to become toll-free in the near future: 

  1. AP7 between Montemeló and La Jonquera (as of August 31st, 2021)
  2. AP7 between Barcelona and Tarragona (as of August 31st, 2021)
  3. AP7 between Montemeló and Papiol (as of August 31st, 2021)
  4. AP2 between Zaragoza and Mediterráneo (as of August 31st, 2021)
  5. AP-68 (E-804, E-805) between Bilbao and Zaragoza (as of November 11th, 2026) 
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How much is the toll from Malaga to Marbella?

How to reach Marbella from Malaga Airport by car – The fastest option to get to Marbella from Malaga airport is by car, being that a taxi, a car hire, private transfer or any other option. If you are driving you need to know there are two alternatives: the AP7, a toll motorway and the A7, the ‘old’ toll-less motorway. Tolls are expensive during high season (from June to September and in Easter) and you’ll find several sections:  

  • From Málaga to Marbella: 7,5€ in Summer/Easter and 4,6€ the rest of the year.
  • From Málaga to Calahonda: 4,7€ in Summer/Easter and 2,9€ the rest of the year. (From Calahonda to Marbella you can drive by the free A7).
  • From Marbella to Estepona: 5,10€ in Summer/Easter and 3,15€ the rest of the year.
  • From Marbella to San Pedro: 2,95€ in Summer/Easter and 1,8€ the rest of the year.

If you prefer to avoid tolls you need also to drive initially by AP-7 for Benalmadena/Algeciras and after Benalmadena take the diversion to Fuengirola following the A7. You must be very careful in this motorway, in the Mijas Costa-Fuengirola section, as there are many turns with reduced visibility. You must also be especially careful just arriving to Marbella as you will find surely heavy traffic and there is also a lot of incorporations to the road from nearby apartments, villas and resorts without proper acceleration lanes. If you don’t feel like driving there are other options to get to Marbella from Malaga Airport:

  • By taxi. Prices may vary depending on the number of people and the luggage: around 65€ for a 4seats car and 90-100€ for a 7-seats car. A mini-bus for 16-19 seats will cost you more than 120€. Just in front of the arrivals building there is a big taxi area but you can also book in advance through several webpages.
  • In a private transfer price will also vary depending on number of seats but minimum price will be around 8090€
  • You can also use Uber or Cabify with prices similar to private transfers. Please note you have to advise in advance if you need extra services, like baby seats, otherwise the car dispatched may not have them available.

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Can you pay by card on toll roads?

M6 toll road charges – How much do users pay for the convenience of the M6 toll? It varies depending on the size of your vehicle, which toll plaza you use along with the time of day and day of the week. Also, since the pandemic you can no longer use cash to pay.

You can use either a credit, debit or fuel card, a contactless car or the M6 toll TAG. For example, let’s say you’re car travelling southbound through the Weeford Plaza mainline toll plaza between junctions T4 & T3.

Between 7am and 7pm, the M6 toll cost would be £7. 10. If you car were travelling Northbound through the Great Wyrley toll plaza between junctions T6 & T7 it would cost £5. 10. Night-time and weekend travel costs less for both toll plazas. Of course, it’s even less for those willing to sign up for various discount schemes and flexible options available for same day travellers and commuters.

  1. If you have a disability, you may also qualify for an exemption pass;
  2. Or, if you open a TAG account , which is pre-paid, you get a 5% discount and you move speedily through;
  3. In 2021, the toll road ran a number plate recognition trial in exchange for discounted toll road charges;

This was limited to the first 200 applicants, and ran between Junctions T4 and T6 in Staffordshire.

Can I buy a toll tag in Spain?

Swifter journeys – If you are driving through Spain to get to your end destination, you may appreciate a direct route which relies on motorways. A Spanish toll tag gives you access to direct routes and fast-moving traffic so you can get from A to B on toll roads in Spain without having to pay with change at each toll plaza.