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Driving in Italy

I have a car (my car) - it's a swiss registered / licensed car
I plan on driving in Italy, I want to see as much of the country as possible
I hear there are many tolls
Is there an auto toll device?
Or is there a highway sticker I need?

I'm new to living in Switzerland, so I don't know the responsibilities I need when traveling to other countries.
* I know Austria I need a highway sticker
* I heard I don't need one for Germany
* I don't need anything for Lichtenstein
* I don't know if France has any "electronic toll pass" or "highway sticker"

Thanks for the help.
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Old 12.05.2017, 21:50
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I have a car (my car) - it's a swiss registered / licensed car
I plan on driving in Italy, I want to see as much of the country as possible
I hear there are many tolls
Is there an auto toll device?
Or is there a highway sticker I need?
No sticker needed. Just pay at the toll booth when exiting the motorway.

If it's busy, don't expect orderly queues of cars when you pay.
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Old 12.05.2017, 23:44
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Re: Driving in Italy

And do have cash...just in case.
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* I don't need anything for Lichtenstein
Obviously, as there are no highways in Lichtenstein.

As for Austria, there are toll roads that are in addition to the highway sticker.

In Italy, credit card, no need for cash.

Tom
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In Italy, credit card, no need for cash.

Tom
In general, yes, I was talking about the situations (and it did happen to us) when, for some reason, you cannot use it.
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In general, yes, I was talking about the situations (and it did happen to us) when, for some reason, you cannot use it.
Italian network is not the best and from time to time credit card transactions can not be placed. Once I was stuck at a gas station because of this. Luckily one of the guys took me to a near by ATM on his Vespa.
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Re: Driving in Italy

Also make sure you have a CH sticker on the back. The Italian police love Friday fining Swiss people for not having one and it's not cheap.
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Italian network is not the best and from time to time credit card transactions can not be placed. Once I was stuck at a gas station because of this. Luckily one of the guys took me to a near by ATM on his Vespa.
I know, and it can happen at the tollroad too...quite unpleasant if it's a long and impatient queue.

In this situation be prepared to speak in Italian with the operator from the centre who'll assist you...lol
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Italian network is not the best and from time to time credit card transactions can not be placed. Once I was stuck at a gas station because of this. Luckily one of the guys took me to a near by ATM on his Vespa.
This happened to us at at toll in Tuscany- we got a bill for the unpaid part of the journey ... 4 years later. We got Italian friends to check out it was genuine and not a scam- and it was correct so we paid it. Stupid thing was for just a few Euros, has we had missed a turn off and had to come back
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Re: Driving in Italy

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This happened to us at at toll in Tuscany- we got a bill for the unpaid part of the journey ... 4 years later.
I am not surprised. Bureaucracy at its best.
Also, Italian post (and probably the Greek one too) is the slowest post I ever had to deal with.
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No sticker needed. Just pay at the toll booth when exiting the motorway.
One exception: In Lombardy on the A59 (Tangenziale Como), A60 (Tangenziale Varese) and the A36 they don't use toll booths but license plate recognition.
You need to pay within 15 days online or at one of their service points ("Punto Verde") or you will be fined.

https://apl.pedemontana.com/le-modalita-di-pagamento (it seems they use the same URL for all languages, just click on the British flag on the top of the screen for the english version)
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Also make sure you have a CH sticker on the back. The Italian police love Friday fining Swiss people for not having one and it's not cheap.
It's no longer required!
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It's no longer required!
Got a source for that? Thanks.
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It's no longer required!
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https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...oad-taxes.html

"CH" sticker, number plates and official signs

A "CH" sticker must be displayed on the rear of Swiss vehicles and trailers that you use when travelling abroad. Further information on this as well as on number plates and official signs can be found in Article 45 of Appendix 4 to the Ordinance onthe Technical Requirements for Road Vehicles, SR 741 (in French)
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Re: Driving in Italy

My suggestion (photo posted in other threads on the topic) is to purchase from Migros Do-it, Jumbo etc. the MAGNETIC CH sticker. You pop it on for the trip (make sure you clean off that area of the car so it sticks properly) and take it off after. It is a bit of the same concept as the blue L learner stickers.
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Re: Driving in Italy

Thanks everyone - I didn't realize I needed to have a CH sticker on my car.
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Re: Driving in Italy

You know what would be awesome -- is if there was a transponder I could purchase that works in multiple countries... does this exist - I'm assuming not but I really hope it is.
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Re: Driving in Italy

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This happened to us at at toll in Tuscany- we got a bill for the unpaid part of the journey ... 4 years later. We got Italian friends to check out it was genuine and not a scam- and it was correct so we paid it. Stupid thing was for just a few Euros, has we had missed a turn off and had to come back
A problem with electronic payments can always happen, just don't panic: you should receive a receipt from the machine, a statement of unpaid toll (ricevuta di mancato pagamento). Be proactive and follow the instructions on the receipt. You should be able to pay online from the day after.

Just a couple of links as example (enough for Tuscany, btw):

http://www.autostrade.it/en/rmpp (english)
http://www.salt.it/autostrade-salt/paga-online/ (in italian)
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Re: Driving in Italy

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This happened to us at at toll in Tuscany- we got a bill for the unpaid part of the journey ... 4 years later. We got Italian friends to check out it was genuine and not a scam- and it was correct so we paid it. Stupid thing was for just a few Euros, has we had missed a turn off and had to come back
Hi, being Italian I've been driving frequently on Italian highways for decades. I recall only a couple of times when my credit card wouldn't work at a toll gate. The solution was to swipe another card, which would work.
I strongly suggest to choose the pay-by-card toll gates (blue signs), as the gates where you pay by cash are usually busier.
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Re: Driving in Italy

Nobody uses telepass and the lanes are always empty. Lanes for cash can get huge queues. Especially in summer. Tolltickets.de will sell or rent you an Italian telepass device.
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