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- Toll for motorcyclists 2019 Overview of fees in Europe
- Route-related toll and vignette
- Overview of tolls in Europe
Tolls for motorcyclists 2019 – overview of the charges in Europe
Toll for motorcyclists 2019
Overview of fees in Europe
Anyone planning a motorcycle holiday in Europe must also take tolls into account. They are not insignificant in our neighboring countries. However, it gets really expensive in the case of violations. Motorcyclists should therefore inform themselves well beforehand.
If the summer tour goes abroad, motorcyclists also have to be prepared for toll costs. Many European countries not only charge usage fees for the highways that we normally avoid, but also for selected bridges or tunnels, for example. In addition, bikers are exempt from the vignette requirement in some, but by no means in all countries. We give an overview of the current costs in Europe.
Route-related toll and vignette
In the EU, a total of nine countries levy a so-called route-based toll: France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Croatia, Poland and Portugal. The respective fee is due at mostly restricted toll stations. In Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, vignettes are mandatory for driving on expressways and motorways, which must be purchased beforehand and placed in the vehicle.
The vignette must always be attached to the bike in accordance with the regulations. The easiest way: on the windshield or, as here, clearly visible on the fork.
The good news for motorcyclists: we bikers are normally exempt from city tolls, which are incurred for cars in Italy and Great Britain, for example.
In addition to the information about the toll fees in our neighboring countries, it is of course also necessary to clarify what happens in the event of violations. At first glance, the answer within the EU is quite simple; cross-border enforcement of fines is basically possible here. Enforcement is the responsibility of the Federal Office of Justice. Debt collection agencies can ask for payment, but not enforce it. Fines from non-EU countries such as Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland cannot be enforced. However, anyone who enters the country within the statute of limitations, which can be four, five or more years depending on the country, will be asked to pay directly on site.
Since an amount worthwhile for the respective country must be reached for enforcement, fines are usually only enforced from 70 euros (including processing fee). Sins committed abroad generally have no influence on the Flensburg traffic register.
Overview of tolls in Europe
If a vignette is required, toll roads may only be used with a valid vignette. This does not apply to all roads in the respective country and the toll routes are marked as such. Most of the time, it is mainly the motorways that are chargeable. The distance-dependent toll, which – as described above – normally has to be paid directly at toll stations, is primarily levied on motorway routes. In individual cases, there is also a fee to drive on expressways, which are then as well developed as motorways. For the sake of simplicity, we use the superordinate term in the following list “Toll road”. Distance-dependent or distance-related toll means that the amount of the fee is calculated based on the distance covered on the toll road. Special fees such as city tolls are listed separately.
- Albania: No toll for cars. According to the Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club (OAMTC), however, the introduction of a toll in Albania is planned.
- Belgium: No tolls for cars. The 1.4 km long Liefkenshoek Tunnel in the north-west of Antwerp (part of the R 2 motorway ring) is chargeable and costs six euros for motorcyclists.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Yes, fees are due here on the A1 toll road between Lucani and Josanica. Cost: 5.40 euros for bikers. Anyone caught without a ticket can expect a fine of several hundred euros.
- Bulgaria: no vignette requirement for motorcycles. There are toll ferries, costing a maximum of three euros.
- Denmark: No toll – with the exception of two bridges. Costs for motorbikes: Storebaelt Bridge: 18 euros, Oresund Bridge: 30 euros.
- Estonia: No toll.
- Finland: No toll.
- France: Yes, distance-dependent tolls as well as bridge, tunnel and city tolls must also be paid for motorcycles at the toll stations.
- Greece: Yes, distance-dependent tolls between the cities of Thessaloniki, Patras, Athens, Tripoli, Corinth and Kalamata. There are also special tolls for bridges, tunnels and national road sections.
- Great Britain: No, with the exception of a toll section of the M6 north of Birmingham. Cost: three pounds during the day, two pounds at night. Bridges and tunnels are toll-free, and roads in Durham and the Ultra Low Emission Zone of London must be paid for.
- Ireland: Yes, there are many toll roads here and some bridges and tunnels are subject to charges.
- Iceland: No toll. Only the underwater tunnel Hvalfjaroargong is toll. Costs for motorcycles: approx. 1.40 euros.
- Italy: Yes, distance-dependent tolls are required here – on almost all motorways, except for a few sections, such as the A3 from Salerno to Reggio di Calabria. In the cities of Bologna, Milan and Palermo, unlike car drivers, bikers do not have to pay a city toll. However, some passes and tunnels are subject to tolls.
- Croatia: Yes, distance-dependent tolls are required for all vehicles.
- Latvia: No toll for motorcycles.
- Lithuania: No toll for motorcycles. Only the entrance to the Curonian Spit, Neringa, has to be paid for. Cost: five euros.
- Luxembourg: No toll for motorcycles.
- Malta: No toll for motorcycles
- Macedonia: Here tolls must be paid on the toll roads M1, M3 and M4 depending on the length of the route. Cost of the sections for motorcycles between 50 cents and 1.40 euros.
- Moldova: no toll for motorcycles.
- Monaco: No toll.
- Montenegro: Here the use of the 4.1 km long Sozina tunnel on the E 80 between Podgorica and Bar has to be paid for. Cost: one euro for bikers.
- Netherlands: No toll. Only the 6.6 km long Westerschelden Tunnel (2.50 euros) and the Kilitunnel (two euros) are chargeable.
- Norway: Motorcyclists only have to pay a fee at the Atlanterhavstunnelen, otherwise travel is free.
- Austria: Yes, a vignette is required here. Costs: ten days: 5.30 euros, two months: 13.40 euros, one year: 35.50 euros. Anyone caught without or with an incorrectly attached vignette must pay a replacement toll of 120 euros or a fine of 300 euros or more. The digital vignette has been available since November 10, 2017, and is only available online from the Austrian road operator Asfinag and via the Asfinag app Unterwegs. Important: It is license-bound and only valid 18 days after the order has been placed. An additional toll is due for certain tunnels and passes.
- Poland: Yes, there is a fee on the toll roads. It is to be paid at the toll station or electronically.
- Portugal: Yes, here you have to pay route-dependent fees on toll roads.
- Romania: No toll, but free travel for motorcycles.
- Sweden: No, motorcyclists are also exempt from city tolls. But: as in Denmark, a fee has to be paid for the Øresund Bridge.
- Switzerland: Yes, there is a vignette requirement here, which must only be paid per year. Cost: 36.50 euros. Validity: 14 months. There are also costs for two connecting tunnels to Italy.
- Serbia: Yes, route-related fees are charged here. Example: Belgrade to Sid: approx. 1.60 euros.
- Slovakia: No toll for motorcycles.
- Slovenia: The use of toll roads is chargeable and can be paid for with a vignette. Costs: seven days: 7.50 euros, six months: 30 euros, one year: 55 euros.
- Spain: Yes, on certain toll roads, route-dependent fees have to be paid here. However, many hundreds of kilometers have been toll-free since 2020 and more highways will be added in 2021, which Spain will nationalize and make largely toll-free.
- Czech Republic: No vignette requirement for motorcycles.
- Turkey: Yes, there are fees on many toll roads that can only be paid electronically. There are also costs for crossing bridges.
- Hungary: Yes, an e-vignette is required here. Costs: ten days: approx. 10.80 euros, one month: approx. 14.80 euros, one year: approx. 133 euros.
- Vatican City: No toll.
- Belarus: No toll for motorcycles.
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