When going to Italy by car and choosing to go through Germany or the Czech Republic, we will also be going through Austria. It should be borne in mind that highways Austria are tolled. Freeway tolls in Austria are collected in the form of vignettes and GO-Box recording devices for cars over 3.5 tons . Fortunately, highway tolls are not particularly high. In this article, we'll take a look at Austria's tolls, how to pay them, and prices.
Map of toll freeways and roads in Austria
Below you will find a map of toll roads and highways in Austria. Orange color indicates the roads, which we pay by vignette. The green color indicates sections of roads additionally tolled.
Vignettes in Austria
When traveling on Austria's highways by car or motorcycle, we must purchase a vignette for the trip. Vignettes come in two forms - a traditional one, affixed to the windshield of the car, and an e-vignette, purchased online or at the point of sale, linked to the registration number of the car. The fees for electronic and traditional vignettes are the same.
Traditional vignettes are best purchased at a gas station before entering Austria or at the first gas station in Austria, immediately after entering the country. These vignettes have different colors, depending on the calendar year. In 2023, they are orange in color. Once purchased, the vignette should be affixed to the windshield in the upper left corner, or in the center (next to the rearview mirror).
We will purchase electronic vignettes on the official website of ASFINAG here: https://shop.asfinag.at/pl/. Payment for the vignette can be made by credit card, Paypal, Klarna, or Amazon Pay. When deciding to purchase an e-vignette, there is one important thing to keep in mind. E-vignette is not valid until the 18th day after purchase. This is due to the Austrian consumer right of return. If you plan to drive through Austria in advance, it is best to buy a vignette in advance, or purchase a traditional vignette pasted on the windshield. However, it is possible to activate the vignette immediately after purchase - make the purchase on the company. The vignette is then activated immediately, but you give up your right to a refund in such a case.
Freeway tolls for cars over 3.5 tons
Payment of highway tolls in Austria for vehicles over 3.5 tons is made through the GO-Box recording device. A map and a list of points where this device can be purchased can be found here.
The highway fare for such vehicles depends on the type of vehicle and the length of the route.
Prices of vignettes in Austria in 2023
Vignettes depend on the length of time you want to pay for highway travel and the type of vehicle. Prices for highway travel in Austria in 2023 are as follows:
Passenger car up to 3.5 tons
Vignette for 10 days: 9,60€
Vignette for 2 months: 28,20€
Vignette for one year: 93,80€
Vignette for 10 days: 5,60€
Vignette for 2 months: 14,10€
Vignette for one year: 37,20€
Additional road tolls in Austria
In addition to standard highways in Austria, there are sections with additional tolls, such as the Brennero Pass. Payment can be made at the toll gates or electronically, also on the ASFINAG website. Below you will find a list of the extra-paid sections, along with the prices for travel:
|Dear||Price per 1 ride||Price for 2 tripsy||Annual pass|
|A13 Brenner Motorway||10,50€||21€||111€|
|A10 Tauern Motorway (Tauern and Katschberg Tunnel)||13€||26€||116,50€|
|Arlberg Expressway (Arlberg Tunnel)||11€||22€||111€|
|A11 Karawanken Highway (junction between St. Jakob in Rosental and the state border at Karawanken Tunnel||7,60€|
|A9 Pyhrn highway (Gleinalm tunnel)||16€||32€||111€|
Fine for no vignette in Austria
The fine for not having a vignette in Austria is €120 for cars and €65 for motorcycles, respectively. Remember to stick the vignette in the appropriate place after purchase. A fine can also be issued if you have a vignette, but have not pasted it.
Speed limits on highways in Austria
The following speed limits apply on highways in Austria: 130 km/h for cars, 100 or 80 km/h for cars with trailers (depending on the weight of the trailer) and 80 km/h for trucks.