Motorway tolls and vignettes

Before you set off touring overseas, it’s best to know when you’ll be expected to pay to use the local roads.

We’ve put together a handy guide to countries that you might expect to pay motorway tolls and vignettes. Motorways that are pay as you go can normally be paid for by cash or debit/credit cards, with the exception of the electronic tolls in Portugal.

Austria

System in use: Vignette for vehicles under 3.5t (caravan/trailer weight is not taken into account and a second vignette is not required) and Go-Box for vehicles over 3.5t to use motorways and expressways.

Both options can be organised at the border  and vignettes can be purchased on the approach to the border.

Further information: asfinag.at

Croatia

System in use: Pay as you go tolls to use the motorways.

Further information: hac.hr

Czech Republic

System in use: Vignette for vehicles under 3.5t (caravan/trailer weight is not taken into account and a second vignette is not required) and Premid box for vehicles over 3.5t to use the motorways.

Vignettes can be purchased at the border, tolls must be paid by an electronic device placed in the vehicle.

Further information: premid.cz

France

System in use: Pay as you go tolls to use the motorways.

Further information: autoroutes.fr or saneftolling.co.uk

As of 1 January, the French Government have introduced a new Low Emissions Zone in the centre of Paris. This will be compulsory for vehicles registered abroad from 1 April.

What is an air quality certificate? 

An air quality certificate or Crit'Air vignette is a round sticker, which must be displayed on your vehicle at all times. There are 6 different types of certificates depending on the vehicle's emissions. 

What is it for? 

Air quality certificates allow local and regional authorities to modify their parking and traffic policies in order to encourage the use of the least polluting vehicles and to improve air quality. In Grenoble and Lyon, the use of the Crit'Air vignette is now compulsory.

It could also be compulsory in other French cities and towns in the event of a pollution peak.

How much does the Crit'Air vignette cost?

The price is fixed at 3.70 EUR, plus postal charges. In France, this amounts to 4.18 EUR.

Where to obtain it?

Vehicle owners can request a vignette from the official website certificate-air.gouv.fr by clicking on the "demander son certificat" tab.

Please note: You'll need a compatible browser with a translator feature as the website is in French.

For vehicles not registered in France, the service for ordering the Crit’Air vignette will open on 1 February 2017. 

Some websites (completely unrelated to the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development) are offering the Crit’Air vignette at a price well above the real one. Please buy your vignette from the recommended body suggested above. 

Hungary

System in use: For vehicles up to 7.5t you will need to purchase a vignette.

Vignettes can be bought from large petrol stations on the motorways, online from virpay.hu (available in English) and further points of sale can be found at motorway.hu

Italy

System in use: Pay as you go tolls to use the motorways.

Further information: autostrade.it

Portugal

System in use: Pay as you go tolls to use the motorways.

Some toll roads are electronic payment only. Please see ctt.pt for details on how to pay.

Further information: visitportugal.com or tollcard.pt or ctt.pt

Republic of Ireland

System in use: Pay as you go tolls to use the motorways.

The M50 toll is automatic payment only.

Further information: eflow.ie

Slovenia

System in use: Vignette for vehicles under 3.5t (caravan/trailer weight is not taken into account and a second vignette is not require) and pay as you go tolls for vehicles over 3.5t.

Vignettes can be purchased from petrol stations in Slovenia and neighbouring countries.

Further information and details on point of sale: dars.si

Switzerland

System in use: Vehicles under 3.5t need a vignette (caravans and trailers will need a second vignette) Over 3.5t you will need to pay a daily road tax.

Vignettes can be purchased on the border or from the Swiss Tourist board myswitzerland.com. The daily road tax can only be organised at the border.

Further information: ezv.admin.ch

Spain

System in use: Pay as you go tolls to use the motorways.

Further information: autopistas.com


Plan your route

To find toll booth prices, create a route plan at www.viamichelin.co.uk. Tick the box next to caravan (this will also work out costs for a motorhome). The route planner will work out your tolls costs based on category 2 prices.

Generally, most vignettes and any pre-paid devices can be purchased or hired at border entry points or from petrol stations on the approach to the border. More comprehensive information can be found in our Overseas Touring Guides.

Save money with Sanef

Sanef, the French motorway operator is offering its Liber-t automatic French toll payment service to UK motorists. Members can benefit from a free Liber-t tag application (normally 10€).

Offer valid all year

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Top questions

How do I book an overseas site?

Overseas site bookings can be made online or by phoning 01342 316 101. Discounts are common when you combine a site booking with your ferry.

This is my first visit abroad with my caravan/motorhome. How can the Club help?

The Club's first time abroad section explains everything you need to know about going on your first overseas touring holiday.

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