Austrian Toll Roads – A guide to Toll Stickers and Digital Vignette in Austria
Since 8 November you can buy the Digital Vignette in the webshop via Asfinag.at or the app Unterwegs. Since 23 November, the new cherry toll sticker is available in over 6,000 sales outlets at home and abroad. The validity period of both begins on 1 December 2017. However, the "old" vignette in Turquoise remains valid until 31 January 2018.
The toll sticker has been compulsory on Austria's motorways and expressways since 1997. All cars, motorbikes and camper vans up to 3.5 mpw (maximum permissible weight) must properly display a toll sticker when they drive onto a motorway or expressway. This avoids a possible toll fine of at least 120 euros. Toll stickers with periods of validity of 10 days, 2 months or 1 year are available from more than 6,000 outlets in Austria and abroad.
Stick or click - the choice is yours
With the Vignette 2018 we offer for the first time an alternative to the traditional toll sticker. The digital vignette, unlike to its analogue sister, is bound to the license plate and offers greater convenience for holders of transferable number plates. For those who want to continue to stick, of course, the toll sticker is available.
More Info / shop for Digital vignette in Austria: https://www.asfinag.at/toll/vignette/digital-vignette/
More Info / shop for Sticker vignette in Austria: https://www.asfinag.at/toll/vignette/toll-sticker/
Bulgarian Toll Roads – A guide to Toll Stickers and Vignette in BulgariaA vignette is required for driving on Bulgarian state roads. These are practically all main roads in Bulgaria and there is no option to avoid buying a vignette for driving in Bulgaria. Unlike other countries that have the vignette system like Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland and others the Bulgarian vignette cannot be obtained outside Bulgaria. If you are arriving in Bulgaria with car you should buy a vignette for your car at (after) the border checkpoint. If you drive in Bulgaria without a vignette you risk a fine 300 BGN (about (EUR 154)
Points of sale:You can buy a vignette from more than 3000 points of sale: gas-stations, post offices and points of sale.
|Weekly vignette – 2018||Monthly vignette – 2018|
|EUR 8,00||EUR 15,00|
New since 2018 – validation date on vignette stickerFor the first time the annual vignette in Bulgaria will be valid for a period of one year from the date of it’s validation (this date is indicated on the vignette), i.e. if 2 March 2018 is indicated on the vignette, it will be valid until 1 March 2019. When buying a vignette you will be asked for the validation date of the sticker – you can buy the vignette in January and set the start date of the validation in February for example.
More Info vignette in Bulgaria : http://www.api.bg/index.php/en/vinetni-stikeri
Croatian Toll Roads – A guide to Toll Roads in Croatia
During the last decade, Croatia has been in process of building new motorways thoughout the country, except for the last 135 km from Vrgorac (Ploće) to Dubrovnik, the main parts of the motorways is now finished.
A1 Zagreb – Dubrovnik
The Motorway A1 is also called Europe’s most beautiful highway, once you have driven it I am sure you will agree to this.
Currently a total of 456 km between Zagreb and Ploče (Vrgorac), has been finished, from the last exit there Is about 30 km to Ploče and about 110 km to Dubrovnik.
Toll fees apply on the Croatian motorway e.g. is the price from Zagreb to Zadar 105 kn, Zagreb – Split 157 kn and Zagreb to the current end point Ravča – 187 kn.
A1/A6 Zagreb – Rijeka
The 140 km long motorway between Zagreb and Rijeka was finalized at the end of 2008, tool fee for the 140 km motorway is 60 kn.
Toll payment Options:
On the Croatian Highway all major credit cards as well as Kuna are accepted.
More Info in Croatia : http://www.dalnicni-znamky.com/en/highway-toll-croatia.html
Czech Republic Toll Roads – A guide to Toll Roads in Czech Republic
Validity and prices of stickers
|Annual (R)||Starts on December 1, 2017 and expires on January 31, 2019 (1 month before and after the nominal period).||CZK 1,500|
|Month (M)||Starts on the day marked on the sticker and expires at the end of the same day as marked on the sticker in the immediately following month.||CZK 440|
|10-day (D)||Starts on the day marked on the sticker and expires at the end of the tenth calendar day.||CZK 310|
Vehicles with total weight under 3.5 tonnes – regardless of trailer weight – use stickers (motorbikes are free of charge). The details shown in the vehicle registration document are decisive in determining the total weight (m) of the motor vehicle.
Where to buy a sticker
Stickers are available at almost every petrol station or post office in the Czech Republic. Road and Motorway Directorate (ŘSD) does not have its own selling points. When entering the Czech Republic on motorways D1 (from Poland near Bohumín), D2 (from Slovakia near Břeclav), D5 (from Germany near Rozvadov) and D8 (from Germany near Petrovice), the sticker can be bought on the first rest area after the border.
NOTE: It is highly recommended to buy a sticker with a credit card or in CZK directly at the petrol station cash desk! Other resellers at rest areas may charge you an additional amount of money for exchange rates, please beware of unfair rates.
More Info in Czech Republic : http://www.motorway.cz/stickers
What are Low Emission Zones?Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are areas where the most polluting vehicles are regulated. Usually this means that vehicles with higher emissions cannot enter the area. In some low emission zones the more polluting vehicles have to pay more if they enter the low emission zone.
Overview of Schemes by Country
France Toll Roads – A guide to Toll Roads in France
French motorways, known as autoroutes, are designated with numbers preceded by the letter A (for Autoroute). Thus, when driving to the south of France from Calais, you can either take the A16 autoroute towards Amiens and Paris, or (normally an easier solution) the A26 motorway via Rheims. Most French autoroutes are toll motorways, and entrances to them are marked as such with the word "Péage" (pronounced pay-arje). The normal procedure is to pick up a ticket from a booth as you enter the autoroute (just press the button); tolls are paid either when you leave the autoroute, or else when the toll section comes to an end. In a few places, there are fixed toll points on the autoroute, notably in urban areas or toll bridges.
French motorway tolls normally increase more or less in line with inflation each February. French inflatiàon is low, about 1%. The cost of motorway travel for a car without caravan or trailer is about 1 €uro for 10 miles. For example, in Jan 2018 motorway tolls on the 1060 km trip from Calais to Marseille, via Reims, almost all of it on toll motorways, cost 89.6 €uros, about £80 sterling at Jan 2018 conversion rates.
Many toll-gates are for both card payment (credit card or debit card) and Telepéage... meaning that if you have a télépége transponder, you may still get held up behind people paying by card, if there is a queue.
Cash payment toll-gates
(green arrow or pictogram of coins) will provide change – even the automatic ones.
Frankly, for occasional French motorway users, subscribing to the Liber-T system is a waste of money - unless you think that 20 € a year is worth paying in order to save perhaps a total of 10 minutes at the tolls, or are only travelling at very busy periods. On normal days, you can be through a credit-card payment booth in a minute or less.
The "Liber-T" charging sensor is available in the UK, but Sanef, the French motorway operators' company, charges higher rates for users applying via its English language website than for applications from its French website - which can only be used by people having a bank account in France.
Good Site for calculating French toll charges:
French Breathalyzer law (Updated May 2018)
Carrying a brethalyzer with you in the car is a legal requirement in France... - at least in theory. BUT this is a wonderful law that you are free to observe or not observe, as there is no penalty for drivers caught without a brethalyzer in their car.
Single-use certified breathalyzers are now available in many supermarkets, chemists and garages throughout France, at a cost of about 1 €uro each. So the cost is minimal.
Contrary to information posted on some sites, the new law (Decree no 2012-284) does not oblige drivers to self-test after having a drink. But those who plan to self-test to be on the safe side should have at least two breathalyzers in the car, if not more.
To conclude - breathalyzer or not - don't drink and drive. And remember that the tolerated blood alcohol level in France is 0.5 mg. per ml - just over half the limit tolerated in the UK (0.8 mg per ml).
Air Pollution stickers in France
You can apply for a Crit’Air certificate (sticker) at a cost of about EUR4 only after you have collected your vehicle.
Visit this website: https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/demande/cgu
NOTE FOR CAR LEASING CLIENTS:
CITROEN EUROPASS, PEUGEOT EUROPE & RENAULT EURODRIVE
As the sticker can only be posted to your home address, you should print the receipt you receive via email and refer towards the bottom of the page. There is a section with a QR code and CRIT’Air logo + licence plate number. You should cut and tape this section onto the inside right-hand side of your windscreen, facing out.
While we are informed there is a EUR68 fine if you fail to have this sticker, it seems there has been a lot of flexibility and leniency to date.
The cities that require this sticker are listed on the above website (currently Paris, Grenoble, Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Toulouse).
Hungary Toll Roads – A guide to Toll Sticker in Hungary
In accord with effective regulations, the e-sticker must be purchased before actually entering a toll road (i.e. prior to the journey). Always purchase stickers prior to travel: e-sticker purchase has no retroactive validity; stickers purchased after travel means any previous travel is qualified as unauthorized road usage and a driver is subject to a surcharge.
1 € = 265 Ft
|Fee category||Trip (10 days)||Monthly||Regional||Annual|
|D1 car ≤ 3,5 t & pers ≤ 7||HUF 2,975||HUF 4,780||HUF 5,000||HUF 42,980|
Validity period of highway stickers
Trip (10-day) highway sticker:
This sticker is valid from the beginning date specified by the customer and an additional 9 days, for a total of 10 consecutive calendar days until 24:00 hours of the 10th day.
Monthly highway sticker:
This sticker is valid from the beginning date specified by the customer until 24:00 hours on the corresponding date in the next month. If this date is missing in the month in which the sticker expires, the sticker is valid until 24:00 hours of the last day of that month.
More Info: http://www.hungary-vignette.eu/information
Ireland (Republic of) Toll Roads – A guide to Tolls in Ireland
From everyone at eFlow, fáilte go hEireann – welcome to Ireland!
How do I pay for tolls in Ireland?
M50 Barrier-Free TollThe M50 motorway forms the backbone of the Dublin commuter’s journey, semi-circling the city between Shankill in south County Dublin and the capital’s international airport near Santry. Instead of a conventional barrier plaza, the toll is operated using eFlow’s exclusive registration plate recognition technology which uses gantry-mounted video cameras to record details of passing vehicles or identify their tags. Toll charges must be paid before 8pm the following day.
How can I get in contact with eFlow?
- LoCall (from Ireland): 1890 50 10 50
- Local Area: 01 4610011
- UK / NI: 0845 30 15 405
Italy Toll Roads – A guide to Tolls in Italy
In Italy mostly all autostrade require a toll. Since Italian motorways form a network, toll prices are determined on distance travelled. Motorists entering a motorway will need to collect a ticket from a automated machine, the ticket must then be presented at the toll gate upon exit where a toll can be calculated. However on some motorways a fixed price is charge regardless of distance travelled. Tolls can be paid by cash, credit card, prepaid card or by electronic tags.
The most popularly used autostrade is also an icon of the European road trip fraternity, the ‘Autostrada del Sole’ which links Milan with Naples. It’s commonly called the ‘AutoSole’ and covers 754 kilometres for a toll fee of around 55 euros.
Sample routes and their costs:
- The A1 from Florence to Rome: 274 kms; €17.60 / Journey time approximately three hours
- The A16 from Naples to Bari: 266 kms; €19 / Journey time approximately two and a half hours
- On the A1 from Rome to Naples: 229 kms; €15.80 / Journey time approximately two and a 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 autostrada. For example, the journey from Naples to Bari can be undertaken on the E45 to the south of the autostrade but increase your journey length by an hour and a distance of 22kms.
Tolls can be paid through the following methods:
A telematic system that allows you to pay the toll without stopping.
- By Cash:
When the sign background is white, it means that the lane is exclusively for cash payment. The sign shows the icon of cash with in addition the symbol of a hand, indicating the presence of a cashier.
- ViaCard charge card:
a magnetic prepaid charge card, of the amount of 25, 50 or 75 euros, which can be used to pay tolls in all automatic toll lanes and in lanes with cashier of all motorway network in Italy. The Viacard charge card can be used for any type of vehicle travelling on motorways, either private or commercial. The Viacard charge card in euros can be used anywhere on the Italian motorway network disregarding its expiry date.
- Payment with credit card and Maestro Cards
A new signage layout has been implemented to achieve major directness and visibility, based on colour identification associated to the different payment options and on a standard use of colours, icons and symbols. Clear and immediate understandable signs allow drivers arriving at the toll to choose quickly the lane corresponding to their payment option, avoiding both confusion, and slowing down of the car flow near the pay tolls and, more importantly, help cut down the number of accidents due to sudden manoeuvring or moving from one gate lane to the other.
The lanes reserved for Telepass owners are provided with new signage settled above the marquee, characterized by a yellow background sign reading “
reserved Telepass owners
”. All the other gate lanes where tickets are issued are characterized by signs settled nearer the ground at the entrance of the lane.
The new signage is meant to quicker the payment, allowing users, along the 2.855 km of the Autostrade per l’Italia network, to see and locate clearly and immediately the various payment options available at each exit gate.
For travel, traffic and road information please visit: https://www.autostrade.it/en/home
For Italy information please visit: https://www.globalcars.com.au/bellissima/
Portugal Road Tolls – A guide to Tolls in Portugal
The widespread implementation of the electronic toll system offers great advantages in terms of efficiency, convenience and safety, not only in the payments but also in the travels.
The electronic identification of the vehicle is made at the moment of crossing the point of collection, dispensing the physical barrier of the toll, which ensures greater speed of circulation, improved road safety and reduction of environmental impacts in terms of CO2 emissions and noise.
Circulation on these roads is subject to a system of toll collection using an exclusively electronic system without the possibility of manual payment on site. All lanes with electronic toll only are properly identified in advance, through a signpost.
You can also use an unlimited journey card for three days. It costs 20 euros plus a 60c +VAT admin charge and a 26c plus VAT per toll charge.
For Portugal information please visit: http://www.portugaltolls.com/en/web/portal-de-portagens/home
Romania Toll Stickers – A guide to Tolls Vignettes in Romania
As in neighboring countries and in transit, highways in Romania valid toll sticker required. In Romania are available in four vignettes of various lengths and this week, 30 days, 90 days and 12 months and 12 months respectively, even yearly vignettes force is calculated from the date of purchase and not from the beginning of the year as is common in some other States. Going to Romania, where more than one way you can with the floating of the mark effectively plan their purchases and thus significantly saving costs and highway fees. Overview of prices, including maps and tips on motorway sections where tickets can be found below on this page.
Price of stamps in Romania in 2018
|Time / Weight||Car up to 3.5 t|
|7 days||3 EUR|
|30 days||7 EUR|
|90 days||13 EUR|
|12 months||28 EUR|
Fees for crossing the bridges over the Danube (indicative only) *
- Giurgiu - Ruse from 6 EUR
- Fetesti - Constanta from 11 EUR
- Giurgeni - Vad ovce from 9 EUR
- * prices for passenger cars
Where to buy in Romania vignette?
- Petrol pumps
- Border crossings
- Labeled points
More Info / shop for vignette in Romania: https://www.roviniete.ro/en
Slovakia Toll Stickers – A guide to Toll Vignettes in SlovakiaSlovak Republic, the vignettes used for both passenger cars and trucks for 12t but TIR which weigh over 12 tons. According to the weight of the vehicle is also split time at which the highway sign markets. For cars you can buy in the duration of ten days, month and year. For TIR's fee in the form of tolls by kilometres. Vignette Slovak Republic can be purchased at the usual places and in the vicinity of border crossings to gas stations, post offices in some archery, places marked with the symbol sticker sales and online as electronic vignette. Annual vignettes are valid from 1. December previous year until 31. January the following year.
A guide to Driving in Slovakia: www.slovakia.com/travel/car/
Slovenia Toll Stickers – A guide to Toll Vignettes in Slovenia
Slovenia is located on a relatively large number of toll motorway sections for the crossing must be a valid vignette. Given the fact that Slovenia vignettes sold as of 7 days, 1 month and the year, tourists are often forced to buy a monthly vignette which is due to periods of leave within 14 days of very inefficient. The problem with unsatisfactory length of highway signs can be solved by replacing sections of county roads paid more on alternative travel options, see the links at the bottom of this page. Annual vignettes are valid from 1.12. previous year to January 31 year following the date marks the annual toll sticker then pays a total of 14 months.
Prices in Slovenia in 2018
|Time / Weight||up to 3.5 t and 1,3m on first axis|
Travel Info for Slovenia: www.slovenia.info/en/plan-your-trip
Spain Tolls – A guide to Tolls in Spain
In Spain as a whole, tolls must be paid on about 20% of the motorway network; the rest is free. However, there are big variations by region, and in Catalonia over half the state motorway network is composed of toll routes. Spanish toll motorways are relatively expensive: for instance, tolls on the Mediterranean motorway between the French border at Le Perthus and Valencia - a distance of 500 km. mostly on the AP7 - cost almost 45 €uros for a car.
Fee for passage of motorways in Spain is charged when passing the toll gate. The price paid for the passage of road sections is derived according to the length of time and great maneuverability vehicle category, no need to buy a vignette. In addition to the charges for highway and transit of certain road sections is charged for the passage of several tunnels.
Options of toll payment:
When passing through the Spanish motorway sections tolls are levied at toll gates, it can be paid either in cash or credit cards.
Drive Safely in Spain: www.autopistas.com/en/drive-safely
Driving in Spain: about-spain.net/travel/driving
Switzerland Tolls & Vignettes – A guide to Tolls & Vignettes in Switzerland
The price of a vignette is currently CHF40. Roads subject to the compulsory vignette: A vignette is compulsory and must be displayed on all national class I and class 2 roads. These roads are also referred to as the Swiss national motorways.
Additional toll roads:
The vignette does not cover you for driving through tunnels. An additional toll must be paid when driving through the Grand St. Bernhard Tunnel and Munt la Schera.
Swiss registered rental cars will already have a vignette, however if you are hiring a car from outside of Switzerland it is the driver’s responsibility to purchase and display a vignette. This needs to be done immediately after purchase in order to avoid on the spot cash fines of at least 200CHF.
Where/How to purchase:
Vignettes can be bought at most border crossings, gas stations, post offices in Switzerland and neighboring countries.
More Info: https://www.myswissalps.com/motorwayvignette
Sweden Congestion Charge & Bridge Tolls – A guide to Tolls & Vignettes in Sweden
In Sweden both Swedish and foreign-registered vehicles pay congestion taxes in Stockholm and Gothenburg and bridge tolls in Motala and Sundsvall.
The congestion taxes are intended to improve traffic flow in Stockholm and the routes around Gothenburg, and for environmental reasons.
The bridge tolls are what are known as infrastructure charges. This means that they help to finance the bridges. The idea is that the people who use the bridges help to pay for part of the cost of the bridges.
When you drive past a control point, this is registered and the following month a payment slip is sent to the vehicle owner’s home address. This means you don’t have to stop and pay at the time, you just continue driving.
The congestion tax in Stockholm and Gothenburg is charged on weekdays during daytime. The price per crossing varies between 9 and 35 SEK, depending on the time and whether you are in Stockholm or Gothenburg. A maximum charge of congestion tax in Gothenburg is of 60 SEK per day and in Stockholm the maximum charge is 105 SEK.
The tax is not charged on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, the day before a public holiday and in the month of July.
Bridge tolls are charged 24 hours a day on the bridges across Sundsvallsfjärden and Motalaviken. The amount varies between 5 and 20 SEK per crossing, depending on the size of the vehicle and whether you are in Sundsvall or Motala.
United Kingdom Road Tolls & London Congestion Zone – A guide to Tolls in United Kingdom
|Name of toll||Car crossing charge|
|M6 Toll - West Midlands||£5.50|
|M25 - Dartford River Crossing||£2.50|
|M4 - Second Severn Crossing||£6.70|
|M48 - Severn Bridge||£6.70|
|A4 - Batheaston Bridge||0.70p|
|A15 - Humber Bridge||£1.35|
|A19 - Tyne Tunnels||£1.70|
|A38 - Tamar Bridge||£1.50|
|A41 - Mersey Tunnels - Queensway||£1.70|
|A59 - Mersey Tunnels - Kingsway||£1.70|
|A57 - Dunham Bridge||0.40p|
|A477 - Cleddau Bridge||0.75p|
|A3025 - Itchen Bridge||0.60p|
|A533 - Mersey Gateway Bridge||£2|
|A533 - Silver Jubilee Bridge||£2|