Status: 22/09/2023, 05:52 a.m.
By: Richard Strobl
Austria is adapting its toll system on the motorways. In addition to new prices, a new daily vignette will also go on sale.
Vienna – Austria is a popular travel destination for many holidaymakers, whether from Germany, Italy or elsewhere. But even those who only want to go through the Alpine republic often have to drive on the Austrian motorways. Here, unlike in Germany, a toll applies to all vehicles. Austria's federal government has now adjusted the rules and prices for this – and introduced a long-awaited new variant: the day vignette.
Until now, even if travellers only wanted to drive on the motorways in Austria for one day, they had to buy at least one vignette for ten days. This is set to change from 2024. Next year, a one-day vignette for cars will be available for the first time. This should then cost 8.60 euros.
In Austria, new prices for motorway tolls will apply in 2024. In addition, there will be a one-day vignette for the first time. (Symbolic photo) © IMAGO/Michael Bihlmayer
Austria changes toll rules: one-day vignette is coming
This was decided by Austria's government on Wednesday in the Council of Ministers. Specifically, an amendment to the Federal Road Toll Act has been passed in Austria, as reported by ORF. To a large extent, this implements an amendment to the EU infrastructure costs directive. Part of this is also a general rule on how the different toll variants should be priced.
In Austria, a relatively strict price scale will apply from 2024, which will entail changes compared to the toll prices from 2023: The two-month vignette will then cost 30 percent of an annual vignette, the ten-day vignette twelve percent of the annual price and the daily vignette nine. For single-track motor vehicles, the annual vignette will cost 38.50 euros. That's 40 percent of the price of an annual car vignette.
New vignette in Austria – government sets new price scale
This results in the following prices for the vignette in Austria for 2024:
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- Day vignette: 8.60 euros
- Ten-day vignette: 11.50 euros
- Two-month vignette: 28.90 euros
- Annual vignette: 96.40 euros
The ten-day vignette will thus be more expensive, it had last cost 9.90 euros. The price of the annual vignette remains unchanged. There is at least a small price reduction for the two-month vignette: This would have cost 29 euros.
If you want to drive several days on Austria's motorways for your holiday – be it for a round trip – the day vignette is probably not really worth it.
Austria is not the only country in Europe with a toll obligation: these toll rules apply abroad. (rjs)