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Old 07.11.2011, 16:10
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road tax when travelling abroad

A friend told me that if I drive to Austria I would need to buy a sticker like the one one you buy for switzerland and you put it on your windscreen.

I have never heard of buying road tax stickers when driving to other countries. I know that in Italy you have to pay the Toll roads and I suppose thats how they get their money but in Austria I drove to Vienna not knowing about this and my friend said the police could have fined me is this true? anyone heard about this?
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

Yes, it's quite correct; you buy autobahn vignettes for Austria too. SlLightly different to Switzerland in that you have various options- weekly, monthly, yearly... you get the drift. There's also the corridor vignette (2 euros IIRC) for the corner between Switzerland and Germany.

I think this is a better system than the likes of toll booths, finding the correct change etc. A lot cheaper too.
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Old 07.11.2011, 16:22
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

What I dont understand is is this done in all european countries for example if you on a road trip around europe does every country have a similar system to austria or italy?

If it is true why isnt there a big sign saying in all languages by your road sticker here before entering the country how are people supposed to know?
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Old 07.11.2011, 16:25
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

Its pretty well signed at the border and petrol stations up to the border all have signs and sell the vignettes.

Be careful where you stick them though as they are a devil to remove and I get mine removed when I get my car cleaned

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Old 07.11.2011, 16:30
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

next time i go i will keep my eyes open at the border for that sign you mentioned thanks for the confirmation.
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

Yup- As Fabrizio says, the signs are pretty difficult to miss. Doesn't always help you knowing where to buy the damn things though.
To summarize, Switzerland and Austria have vignettes you need to buy and stick on the windscreen. France and Italy have toll booths on the autobahn. I think most of the rest of Europe is free (Maybe Spain has toll booths too, it's been I whil since I was there).
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Old 07.11.2011, 16:40
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

There also a more interesting aspect to this discussion, particularly in the Austrian and a number of other countries. Failing to purchase and display such a sticker will normally result in additional money being requested in the way of a fine.

As others have indicated they signs are usually clear near the borders however it can be possible to miss these as they are not always in all languages since this would require a huge sign to work out which langauges to include. Therefore they are normally in the dominant languages of the area.

How are you suppossed to know? Easy you are meant to be prepared and read the signs which usually show a big sticker however these countries do not operate as nanny states and provide details in every possible combination.
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

Road Tax lists some countries, which require such a road tax sticker for using the highways. So, yes, as others said Austria, Switzerland, Czech, etc. require this for using the highways. You can get short term stickers, too. And, I know that my office mate had to pay a fine in the 'corridor' road near Konstanz while going to a German shop. He missed the sign where he could buy the sticker (well, actually he realized it was Austrian highway later), and was hoping to see a petrol station on the road or leaving the highway, when they were welcome by a police road block who were hunting non-sticker people
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

I didn't know about the corridor ticket - what's the german name for it? Edit: google is my friend: Korridorvignette...
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

And make sure you get one for that corner.

They have a layby that seemed to be specially designed for pulling over people sans vignette. And they were raking it in.

There must have been about 5 individual queues with constant arrivals while I was having my credit card made €250 lighter. It appeared nobody had a vignette.

Oh. And don't bother with the dumb foreigner act. Chap who "served" me spoke perfect English. Nice bloke, though. Even explained that the fine would work as a vignette for two days (and had a chuckle when I told him I was returning in three ). It helps to have an "it's a fair cop" attitude, though, I guess.
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Re: road tax when travelling abroad

at the bottom: http://www.asfinag.at/toll-stickers-and-rates

i think one can use the non-highway roads in the region possibly without much traffic anyway without having to pay a toll.
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And make sure you get one for that corner.
For the record - just like in Switzerland do you only need a sticker for the Autobahn, not main roads. There is a perfectly fine main road next to the highway at this corner which takes you not more than 5-10 minutes more along the pretty coast of lake constance. (And it is full of cheap eating and shopping opportunities...)
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