Click here to go to the home page
Home About Us Shop Newsletter Send News Tip
Custom Search
 
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Google Plus Follow us on Linkedin Follow us on Pinterest Follow us on a RSS Feeder Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube

  Click here to go to the motorcycles in the movies site

     

Europe: Where You Need To Pay Road Taxes As Foreigner

28
April
2014
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
click to see where Europe is on the map

Holidays are being planned. Just because you live in another country, doesn't mean you don't have to pay road taxes in another. In Europe, many countries levy a road taxes even on motorcycles (and cars and trucks) that are just transiting their country. Apart from these taxes (often called Vignettes, which is a French word for Sticker - the proof that you have paid the tax), you often also need to pay toll for the motorways.

In other words, if you don't watch out, you may end up paying a lot of money just for passing through their country. Here is a list of some of the European countries that expect you to pay road taxes just for riding through their country. The list is complete for Vignettes but not for toll roads.

In most countries, you can buy these stickers at gas stations.

Austria flag
Austria

Austria 10 day Vignette
Austria 10 day Vignette
You pay the Austrian Vignettes depending on how long you plan to be riding in their country on their motorways.

Getting caught without one of these stickers will set you back €240.

A 10 day sticker for a motorcycle will cost you €4.90. If you plan to stay 2 months, it'll be €12.40 and for the year, it'll cost you €32.90.

You can also expect to pay tolls for some motorways.

Click here to access their motorway portal Open Click here to access their motorway portal link in a new window (in English)

Bulgaria flag
Bulgaria

You can buy weekly, monthly and annual tax stickers, costing €5, €12 and €34 respectively. You will also need to pay for motorways and some bridges. Cars and motorcycle pay the same price.

The list of roads that require the tax sticker can be found by clicking here. Open Vinetka link in a new window

Croatia flag
Croatia

No annual Vignette is required, but you will be paying tolls for their many motorways. Motorcycles do pay less than cars.

Click here to access the Croatia motorway portal Open Click here to access the Croatia motorway portal link in a new window (in English)

Czech Republic flag
Czech Republic

If you want to drive through the Czech Republic on their motorways, you will need to pay a road tax. This will cost you for 10 days CZK310 (€11.30), for a month CZK440 (€16) and for a year CZK1500 (€55).

UPDATE: Motorcycles go for free!

France flag
France

No road tax is charged (any more - they used to). But most motorways (=autoroutes) are toll roads. Motorcycles pay less than cars, but pay you will. There are only a few places where motorcycles go free (like the Pont de Normandy, the bridge over the Seine river at Le Havre).

Click here for the French motorway portal Open Click here for the French motorway portal link in a new window (in English)

Germany flag
Germany

Germany is looking at charging road taxes for all foreign vehicles, but so far it hasn't happened.

Motorways (=autobahn) are free, and often without speed limit.

Italy flag
Italy

Italy has many motorways (=autostrada) and almost all of them are toll roads. Cars and motorcycle pay the same price.

Click here for more information at their motorway portal Open Click here for more information at their motorway portal link in a new window (in English, but not yet finished at time of writing)

Hungary flag
Hungary

Vignettes are mandatory and can be bought on weekly, monthly and yearly time formats, costing HUF2975 (€9.70), HUF4780 (€15.50) and HUF42980 (€140) respectively. Cars and motorcycle pay the same price.

You can buy an electronic Vignette online, meaning that you register the license plate of your motorcycle, and video cameras alongside the road will ensure compliance. UPDATE: Motorcycles have a special price of HUF1470 (€4.75) for 10 days.

Click here for more information about Hungary Vignettes Open Click here for more information about Hungary Vignettes link in a new window (in English)

Moldova flag
Moldova

As a foreign registered vehicle, you will need to pay the road taxes. If not you will be fined between €125 and €375. It'll cost you €2 for a seven-day vignette; €4 for a 15-day vignette; €7 for a 30-day vignette; €15 for a 90-day vignette and €25 for a 180-day vignette.

Cars and motorcycle pay the same price.

Romania flag
Roumania

Roumania have got an elaborate road tax system, but for once, motorcycle are exempt. Cars pay between €3 and €28, depending on the time period you use it.

You can find out how much it'll cost you by clicking here Open You can find out how much it'll cost you by clicking here link in a new window (in English for cars)

Slovakia flag
Slovakia

Slovak 10 Day Vignette
Slovak 10 Day Vignette
All cars and motorcycles require a Vignette sticker fixed to the window to drive on the Slovak motorways.

Costs are €10 for 10 days, €14 for a month and €50 for a year.

Failing to have a sticker will cost you between €100 and €500.

UPDATE: Motorcycles go for free!

Click here to access the motorway and Vignette portal Open Click here to access the motorway and Vignette portal link in a new window (in English)






Slovenia flag
Slovenia

Slovenia requires all vehicles to pay a Vignette. Motorcycles do pay less than cars, but it's still a lot of money. A 7 day pass will cost a motorcycle €7.50, 6 months will cost you €30 and a year pass €55. Notice that cars have a month pass, motorcycles do not.

Drivers without a valid vignette are charged with cash fines between €300 and €800.

Click here for more info on th Slovenia Vignettes Open Click here for more info on th Slovenia Vignettes link in a new window (in English)

Spain flag
Spain

Spain is Vignette free, but you will be paying tolls.

Count about €8 per 100 kilometers, and since Spain is pretty big, it can become costly.

Switzerland flag
Switzerland

Switzerland 2014 Vignette
Switzerland 2014 Vignette
You can only buy an annual Vignette, even if you plan to only use their roads for 1 hour and the validity is not for 365 days, but from January to December. Cost: CHF40 (€33).

Cars and motorcycles pay the same price.

Note that you can escape paying these taxes if you do not use any of their motorways. Some of the tunnels require you to pay an extra toll.




You can escape many of the taxes if you stay away from the motorways or express ways. But sometimes it just can't be avoided.

Happy holidays.





Article Comments
comments powered by Disqus





 
frame image
 

frame image

Click here for our free
daily/weekly newsletter

Special Articles
Riding in France
Getting your License in France
How to lose your license in France
Finding cheap fuel in France
Fear Not The Dreaded French Signposts
Renting a motorcycle in France
Biker Friendly Accommodation in France
Motorcycle Taxis in France
Social Media of Famous Bikers

Content Copyrighted - click to read notice



frame image
Ads by Motorbiker                           
 Jafrum–Motorcycle Gear Experts


frame image

frame image


frame image

frame image


frame image

frame image
Advertise
on this site!
Click here

  frame image

Check out my book:
Photographic visit ...
By Photographs &...
 
Disclaimer:All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Motorbiker.org makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Privacy Policy










Admin Web Analytics