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.

Those of us travelling from France into Spain on the section of the AP-7 between the French and Spanish border and Barcelona will have to wait until summer 2021 for the tolls to be abolished. Still, better late than never!

We have Pedro Sanchez’s socialist government to thank for this decision. In June 2018 he announced that motorway concessions conceded to private companies for the last 50 years would be removed. This has been a controversial decision affecting both the AP-7 and the AP-4 between Seville and Cadiz. Critics, including several Spanish city councils, warn of a loss of revenue of 10 million euros for the AP-7 alone.

If you are driving down to Barcelona, don’t forget that you might need an anti-pollution sticker.

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