Status: 21.09.2023, 16:30 p.m.
By: Sebastian Oppenheimer
Until now, anyone who wanted to use the motorway in Austria had to buy at least one vignette valid for ten days. This is set to change next year.
If you go on holiday by car, you should not only check the vehicle thoroughly beforehand, but also calculate the costs. In addition to fuel, this also includes the food that you should take with you from home if you want to avoid the sometimes extreme prices for snacks at motorway service stations. Tolls cannot be avoided when travelling abroad. A country that is not only a holiday destination, but is also mostly crossed on the way south, is Austria. There is now a decisive innovation in the vignette - usually called "Pickerl".
Austria introduces a one-day vignette – this is what it should cost
As merkur.de reported, the Alpine country is now introducing a daily vignette. Until now, travellers had to buy at least one ten-day vignette – even if they only wanted to drive on the motorways in one day. With the announcement of the introduction of the daily vignette from 2024, the prices for the coming year were also announced. And at this point, most motorists are likely to be disillusioned – because with a price of 8.60 euros, the "day sticker" is not far from the ten-day vignette for 11.50 euros (previously 9.90 euros).
Innovation in Austria: From 2024, there will also be a day vignette in the Alpine republic. (Symbolic image) © Fotostand/Imago
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According to weekend.at, the price for the annual vignette of 96.40 euros will remain the same in 2024. The vignette, which is valid for two months, will even be slightly cheaper at 28.90 euros (previously 29 euros).
Day vignette in Austria: Holidaymakers must continue to calculate
Holidaymakers must therefore continue to calculate: If you drive through Austria twice within ten days on your journey, you can continue to use the ten-day vignette – with two individual day tickets you would pay significantly more at 17.20 euros. But if you are on holiday in Croatia for 14 days, for example, you can save money with the day tickets: Until now, you would have had to buy two ten-day vignettes – and these would cost 23 euros according to the new price scale.
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For travellers in general, it is good to know: In Austria, not all road tolls are covered by the "Pickerl" – there are numerous passes and tunnels that cost extra.