Next weekend I am driving to the South of France with my first stop being at Nice Airport. Last year I drove down through France all the way and ended up paying a small fortune in tolls and petrol. This year the plan so far is to drive down to the Freiburg area and stay overnight and then travel on in the morning having filled up using petrol coupons. The question is: Am I better off crossing into France in the South of Germany and driving down paying the tolls or would it be cheaper to drive down through Switzerland/Italy. I have heard that you pay a one off charge for driving through Switzerland of about 30 Euro and that this charge allows you to use their roads for a year, I have also heard that the rest of the journey through Italy would involve no tolls and I would only then have to pay one small toll in France. If this is the case then I believe that this would be the most economical way of doing the journey. I have as I said however only "heard" this information and would much rather seek the advice of fellow arrsers than believe workplace rumour. Can anybody please advise me or point me in the right direction?