Highway travel in Italy, as in most European countries, is tolled. Unfortunately, the fees are relatively high. Unlike countries such as the Czech Republic, Switzerland or Austria, where it is enough to buy a vignette, in Italy you have to pay a fee every time you use the highway. The amount of the fee depends on the kilometers we covered. It can be assumed that it is an average of 7.5 euros for each 100 km covered by a passenger car. When entering a highway in Italy, you must stop and take a ticket, which you will then need to pay the toll at the exit.
The price of highway travel in Italy depends on the route taken and the type of vehicle you are driving. When it comes to price list - The easiest way to check fares is on the official government website https://www.autostrade.it. In addition to the fare information, you will also find information about the current traffic volume, estimated travel time and road obstructions - all in real time.
- Go to https://www.autostrade.it/autostrade-gis/gis.do
- Change language to English
- In the field Departure type the place where you enter the highway
- In the field Arrival type the place where you are exiting the highway from
- In the field Vehicle class select the type of vehicle you drive
- Click Calculate
In addition to information about the length of the route and the estimated time to cover it, we will see information about the toll we will have to pay. And so for the example route by highway A22 from Bolzano North to Trento Centro (downtown Trent) it will be 4.60 euros.
Vignettes in Italy
Vignettes are a popular form of highway payment in many countries. In Italy, unlike the Czech Republic, Austria or Switzerland, for example, there are no vignettes. We pay for highways at the toll gates.
How to pay for the highway?
We can pay tolls on Italian highways in 2021 in several ways. It is important to know in advance how we intend to pay and enter the appropriate exit gate. We will then avoid unnecessary stress. Let's also make sure that the gate we choose is open. A red light means a closed gate.
The easiest way is to pay with cash. We then go down to the gates marked with a white sign. We can pay at the cashier, or at a self-service machine.
In the first case, we simply give the ticket to the cashier. After a while, the fare will be displayed, which we pay to the cashier.
In the second case, after inserting the ticket collected at the entrance on the self-service machine, the highway fare will appear. It is a good idea to have cash and some change prepared in advance. Paying with a high-denomination banknote for a trip worth several euros can result in the machine issuing a huge amount of coins! The banknotes should be slipped into the appropriate place, and the coins should be dropped into a "bucket" of sorts. If we have paid more than we should have, change will be issued.
The fastest way to pay the fee is with a Visa/Maestro/Mastercard credit or debit card. It is advisable to use a foreign currency or multi-currency card to avoid being charged commissions.
Caution: it may happen that payment by penalty is rejected for unknown reasons (despite a positive balance)! It's a good idea to have a second card or cash ready then, especially if you're paying a particular card for a ride for the first time.
The yellow sign on the gate indicates the possibility of paying Telepass - the Polish equivalent e-TOLL (the old ViaTOLL). Payment is made using a special device in the vehicle. This avoids waiting in lines, but it is an option good for transportation and business, unsuitable for a tourist trip.
Viacard is a type of magnetic prepaid card with denominations of 25, 50 and 75 euros used to pay for highway travel in Italy. We can purchase it at toll booths on highways, service areas as well as Italian "traffic kiosks."
Types of highway gates in Italy
The entry gates in Italy are of two types - for those using Telepass and others who must take an entry ticket.
Depending on the payment method selected, you must enter the appropriate exit gate.
Freeway gates in Italy Are marked with two lights - green and red. We enter, of course, those marked with a green light.
The following examples are about driving an ordinary passenger car in 2021.
|From where||Where to||Distance||Price|
|Brenner||Venice||343 km||25.10 Euro|
|Brenner||Trento center||129 km||9.20 Euro|
|Trieste||Rome||677 km||50 Euros|
|Trieste||Bari||970 km||68.90 Euro|
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FAQ - frequently asked questions
Are there vignettes in Italy?
No. In Italy, you pay for highways directly at the highway gates.
Where can I find a price list for highway tolls in Italy?
You can check the current price list and prices for each section on the official government website autostrade.it
What is the speed limit on the highway in Italy?
The speed limit on the highway in Italy is 130 km/h.