The Austria Vignette for Motorways

During my visit to Austria I drove from Germany to Salzburg and then to Innsbruck. In order to do such a trip by the motorways of Austria you have to buy a vignette, or else you can be fined.

If you are thinking about visiting Austria and driving a car, you should inform yourself before you go. If you rent a car in Austria, you will probably find a sticker already in your windshield but as many tourists do, and as I did, we rented a car in Munich and after that we drove to Austria, in that case you probably will need to buy the vignette.

You do not need to worry much about that, buying the vignette is quite easy and there are plenty of places to buy it. You can buy it online, or in a service station in Germany, the last chance will be on the border, where a service station is located and warning you to buy the vignette.

My vignette during my stay in Austria
My vignette during my stay in Austria | Source

My experience buying the vignette

I was going to stay in Austria for three days, so I decided to buy the ten day vignette.

I read online that I could buy it in several places, so I decided to buy it on a service station before the border. I stopped at the Hochfelln service station in the A8, near Bergen. I entered the shop, and asked for the ten day vignette, the shop assistant was nice and German efficient, she promptly gave me the vignette and told me how much it was.

After five minutes I was ready to drive to Salzburg on the Austrian Highway.

How to correctly use the Austrian Vignette

In order to be correctly used you have to stick it in your windshield, or else it will not be a valid vignette, since it cannot be seen by the cameras in the motorways, nor by the police.

If your vignette is not correctly shown, you can be fined as if you had not a valid vignette in your possession.

It is easy to correctly use the vignette and when you buy it, there will be plenty of information of how and when you should use it.

Prices for the Austria Vignette in 2013

Days
Cars and Caravans
Motorcycles
Cars per Day
10
€8.30
€4.80
83 Cents
60 (2 Month)
€24.20
€12.10
40 Cents
365 (1 Year)
€80.60
€32.10
22 Cents
Prices for the Austria Vignette at 26/November/2012

As you can see the prices are updated every year, so if you want to know the exact price of the vignette, check the website http://www.tolltickets.com/country/austria/vignette.aspx?lang=en-GB

The advantage is that you can count on that value and you will not pay more or less as you drive.

Prices for the Austria Vignette in 2012

Days
Cars and Caravan
Motorcycle
Cars (USD)
Cars (GBP)
10
€8
€4.60
10.35$
£6.5
60 (2 Month)
€23.40
€11.70
30.35$
£19
365 (1 Year)
€77.80
€31
100.90$
£63
Prices for the Austria Vignette at 26/November/2012
Countries using the Vignette system in Europe - Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria.
Countries using the Vignette system in Europe - Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria.

Other countries that use Vignettes

The other countries that use the vignette system in Europe are the ones shown in the picture. Normally the vignette is only compulsory for driving in motorways, but in some countries it is also for freeways and even in the main roads.

For example in Bulgaria you are obliged to buy a vignette, since you need it to drive in all state roads.

In Switzerland you have only the option to buy a vignette for the year. If you do not want to buy it, you should drive only on the secondary roads.

There are no references of this system being used in the rest of the world.

Examples of Austria vignettes

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Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2007Example of a Austria Vignette for 2 months in 2001Example of a Austria Vignette in 1997Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2011Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2008Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2009
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2007
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2007 | Source
Example of a Austria Vignette for 2 months in 2001
Example of a Austria Vignette for 2 months in 2001 | Source
Example of a Austria Vignette in 1997
Example of a Austria Vignette in 1997 | Source
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2011
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2011 | Source
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2008
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2008 | Source
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2009
Example of a Austria Vignette for 10 days in 2009 | Source

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