Driving through France at night
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Dec 11, 2012 2:15 AM Last Post By: Liberat
Dec 10, 2012 7:41 AM
Dec 10, 2012 8:18 AM
16Regards re #10 and 13, we have a Belgian Visa card (with chip) and whereas it works all over France, including at the automatic pumps of the typical major brands, they never worked at the pumps of the supermarkets. We have been told by the staff behind the window that it is the case with all non-French Visa cards. I think it might have something to do with French Visa cards being a Carte Bleue.
Dec 10, 2012 8:26 AM
17Artemis, first time I read this and I am sorry but I can say nothing about. We have CB, Visa and master and it works all over France, also at supermarkets, tollstation and so on. Ours are all French ones from 2 banks and the post.
Dec 10, 2012 11:20 AM
18But Visa = CB in France, and you use French issued cards so you are in another position here, same as bjd and friends of ours living in France.
I know that other travellers in France have faced the same problem when trying to use their Visa card at the supermarket pumps. I only wondered if it might have changed recently...
Dec 10, 2012 2:57 PM
19I have used dutch credit- and debitcards in France for fuel as well as peages. Some peages do not accept American Express and others do. I also had problems once with my Mastercard. Lately though, I have had no problems.
I suggest to the OP to use the N10 between Poitiers-Sud and Bordeaux and not the A10. The N10 as almost completely 4 lanes and toll-free as well as a tiny bit shorter. Over quite a long length trucks are not allowed to overtake and driving a passenger-car is nor problem on this road.
Dec 11, 2012 1:30 AM
20I have used dutch credit- and debitcards in France for fuel as well as peages.
Liberat, what i described above was only an issue when buying fuel in the (cheaper) supermarket gas stations (Leclerc, Auchan, etc) at their automatic pumps. It never has been a problem at the brand gas stations or on the autoroutes, neither for the péages.
Dec 11, 2012 1:50 AM
Dec 11, 2012 2:15 AM
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