Tolls in Europe

Hardly anyone gets around road tolls anymore

Tolls are a much discussed and complex topic in Europe. But what does "toll" actually mean and where does the term come from?

The word is derived from the Greek word "telos" (tax ) and the underlying meaning of the term has not changed through the centuries: a toll means a fee collected for use of transportation routes (motorways, bridges, tunnels, roads). Whereas in the past these were simple road tolls, paid directly on site, nowadays there is a growing market behind them with numerous processes and a real industry around fee collection. Thus, it is not surprising that many would like a partner to help them find their way through the jungle of the requirements and specifications and/or provide support with fee processing.

Toll overview by country

Today, tolls are collected in almost every country in Europe for vehicles weighing more than the allowed total of 3.5 t. Light commercial vehicles (passenger cars, motorcycles, smaller transport cars, etc.) are also subject to a usage fee in most European countries - even if only in special toll-settling sections such as bridges, tunnels or occasional city congestion charges. In short, tolls are now collected for the use of motorways or other traffic structures nearly everywhere in Europe.

If you click on a country on the map below, you will get a short overview of it in the table or you can get further information on the detail page.

Quick overview: Toll service Germany
Vehicles subject to toll
all vehicles/vehicle combinations in freight transport from 7.5 t
Toll-bound roads
all motorways and federal roads
Basis of toll calculation
kilometres covered + number of axles + emission class
Special toll-settling sections via UTA
Herren Tunnel, Warnow Crossing
Settlement of the road toll via UTA
registered system: UTA One® ; Toll Collect OBU
Direct acceptance: UTA Full Service Card (route booking)
Settlement of the special toll-settling sections via UTA
UTA MultiBox® ; UTA MultiBox®Light
Advantages with UTA
Postpay settlement with UTA with convenient payment goal; detailed billing possible down to plate number level

Toll country Germany
Quick overview: Toll service Belgium
Vehicles subject to toll
HGV > 3.5 t permitted total weight and tractor units of the type N1 BC
Toll-bound roads
Predominantly motorways, some clearways and local roads
Basis of toll calculation
related to kilometres and dependent on emission class + road type or region + tonnage
Special toll-settling sections via UTA
HGV / passenger car; Liefkenshoek Tunnel
Settlement of the road toll
UTA One®
UTA MultiBox®
Satellic On-Board Unit
Settlement on special toll-settling sections
UTA One®
Telepass EU
UTA MultiBox®
UTA Full Service Card
Advantages with UTA
Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal
On special toll-settling sections: Collective invoice with proof of VAT or net invoice without VAT

Toll country Belgium
Quick overview: Toll service Denmark
Vehicles subject to toll
vehicles ≥ 12 t (with the exception of buses)
Toll-bound roads
Motorways and selected clearways
Basis of toll calculation
Number of axles, emission class and length of validity
Special toll-settling sections via UTA
Øeresund Bridge: BroBizz Box, UTA Full Service Card
Storebælt Bridge: BroBizz Box UTA, Full Service Card
Settlement of the road toll via UTA
Eurovignette
Advantages with UTA
Collective invoice with proof of VAT or net invoice without VAT
Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal

Toll country Denmark
Quick overview: Toll service France
Vehicles subject to toll
all vehicles
Toll-bound roads
almost all motorways
Basis of toll calculation
route + vehicle class
Special toll-settling sections via UTA
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc Tunnel du Fréjus
Settlement of the road toll via UTA
HGV: UTA One®, Telepass EU, UTA MultiBox®, UTA MultiBox®Light
Passenger car UTA MultiBox®Liber-t
Advantages with UTA
  • no time-consuming waiting at toll booths
  • Collective invoice with proof of VAT or net invoice without VAT
  • Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal
  • Attractive discounts for vehicles over 3.5 t using a

  • Toll country France
    Quick overview: Toll service Great Britain
    Vehicles subject to toll
    vehicles ≥ 12 t (with the exception of buses)
    Toll-bound roads
    entire road network
    Basis for calculation
    Number of axles, weight, emission class and valid period
    Billing and settlement of the toll via UTA
    HGV Levy via UTA Full Service Card
    Advantages
    Toll fees included in tax-optimised UTA collective invoicing
    More liquidity through attractive payment goal
    Quick overview: Toll service Italy
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles
    Toll-bound roads
    Mainland: almost all motorways
    Islands: selected motorways
    Basis of toll calculation
    route + vehicle class
    Special toll-settling sections via UTA
    Tunnel du Mont-Blanc
    Fréjus Tunnel
    Great St. Bernard Tunnel
    Booking and settlement of the road toll via UTA
    HGV: UTA One®, Telepass EU, Telepass / VIAcard
    Passenger car: Telepass / VIAcard
    Advantages with UTA
    no time-consuming waiting at toll booths
    Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal
    Attractive discounts for HGV via the UTA Consorzio 2000

    Toll country Italy
    Quick overview: Toll service Luxembourg
    Vehicles subject to toll
    vehicles ≥ 12 t (with the exception of buses)
    Toll-bound roads
    Motorways and selected clearways
    Basis of toll calculation
    Number of axles, emission class and length of validity
    Settlement of the road toll via UTA
    Eurovignette
    Advantages with UTA
    Fees included in tax-optimised UTA collective invoices
    More liquidity through attractive payment goal
    Quick overview: Toll service Netherlands
    Vehicles subject to toll
    vehicles ≥ 12 t (with the exception of buses)
    Toll-bound roads
    Motorways and selected clearways
    Basis of toll calculation
    Number of axles, emission class and length of validity
    Special toll-settling sections via UTA
    Western Scheldt Tunnel
    Booking and settlement of special/route tolls via UTA
    HGV & passenger cars: UTA Full Service Card
    Settlement of the road toll via UTA
    Eurovignette
    Advantages with UTA
    Collective invoice with proof of VAT or net invoice without VAT
    Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal
    Quick overview: Toll service Norway
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all motor vehicles
    Toll roads
    No comprehensive toll network present; individual routes (selected roads, tunnels, bridges, and ferry connections)
    Basis of toll calculation
    Dependent on the respective toll operator
    Settlement of all traffic structures subject to tolls
    Motor vehicles > 3.5 t: BroBizz® Box
    Motor vehicles ≤ 3.5 t: BroBizz® Box
    Advantages with UTA
    Collective invoice with proof of VAT or net invoice without VAT
    Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal

    Toll country Norway
    Quick overview: Toll service Austria
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles
    Toll-bound roads
    all motorways and clearways
    Basis of toll calculation
    Passenger cars: Time+vehicle category
    HGV: Euroklasse (emission class) + number of axles + time of day + KM
    Special/route tolls via UTA
    Felbertauern Tunnel
    A9 Gleinalm/Bosruck Tunnels
    A10 Tauern/Katschberg Tunnel
    A11 Karawanks Tunnel
    A13 all
    A16 Arlberg Road Tunnel
    HGV: UTA One®, Telepass EU, GO-Box
    Passenger cars: UTA Full Service Card
    Booking and settlement of the road toll via UTA
    HGV: UTA One®, Telepass EU, GO-Box
    Passenger cars: UTA Full Service Card for vignette* (*available at select partner fuel stations)
    Advantages with UTA
    convenient payment goal using the UTA Service Card
    UTA toll boxes cover the entire higher-ranking road network
    Invoicing from one provider

    Toll country Austria
    Quick overview: Toll service Poland
    Vehicles subject to toll & toll-bound roads
    No uniform toll obligation/no uniform, fixed toll-bound network:
    Partials of the A1, A2, and A4 are subject to toll for all motor vehicles
    all other motorways, clearways, and rural roads are subject to toll for HGV
    Basis of toll calculation
    Private concessionaires: route-related + vehicle categories
    viaToll system: pollutant categories + vehicle categories
    Booking and settlement of the road toll via UTA
    HGV > 3.5 t: viaBOX, obligatory entire network in viaToll system, UTA One®, Telepass EU, A4 (Katowice - Kraków)
    Passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t viaAUTO, A2 (from Konin - Strykow), A4 (from Bielany Wrocławskie - Sośnica)
    UTA Service Card A1,
    Advantages with UTA
    convenient payment goal using the UTA Service Card
    Invoicing from one provider with itemisation of single-line items

    Toll country Poland
    Quick overview: Toll service Portugal
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles
    Roads subject to toll
    almost all motorways
    Special toll-settling sections via UTA
    Ponte 25 de Abril (Lisboa - Almada) and Ponte Vasco da Gama (Lisboa - Montijo)
    Basis of toll calculation
    Route + vehicle category
    Billing and settlement of the toll via UTA
    HGV: UTA One®, Telepass EU, UTA MultiBox®, UTA MultiBox®Light
    Advantages
    Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal
    no time-consuming waiting at toll booths
    Drive confidently on all roads with an on-board unit

    Toll country Portugal
    Quick overview: Toll service Romania
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all motor vehicles (with the exception of motorcycles)
    Toll-bound roads
    all motorways and national roads
    Basis of toll calculation
    e-vignette system (valid period + vehicle category)
    Booking and settlement of the road toll via UTA
    UTA Full Service Card* (*if purchased at select outlets)
    Advantages with UTA
    Easy payment goal using the UTA Service Card
    Itemisation in regular, tax-optimised collective invoice
    Consultation within UTA business hours
    Quick overview: Toll service Sweden
    Vehicles subject to toll
    vehicles ≥ 12 t (with the exception of buses)
    Toll-bound roads
    Motorways and selected clearways
    Basis of toll calculation
    Number of axles, emission class and length of validity
    Special toll-settling sections via UTA
    Øeresund Bridge: (for passenger cars of all tonnages), BroBizz Box, UTA Full Service Card
    Svinesund Bridge: (for passenger cars of all tonnages), BroBizz Box
    Settlement of the road toll via UTA
    Eurovignette via UTA Full Service Card
    Advantages with UTA
    Collective invoice with proof of VAT or net invoice without VAT
    Postpay settlement via UTA with convenient payment goal

    Toll country Sweden
    Quick overview: Toll service Switzerland & Liechtenstein
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles
    Toll-bound roads
    Vignette for passenger vehicles ≤ 3.5 t
    Heavy vehicle fee (LSVA or PSVA) for passenger cars > 3.5 t
    Highways and all national roads
    Basis of toll calculation
    time-dependent
    LSVA: Total weight, emission class, kilometres driven
    PSVA: total weight of the towing vehicle or the trailing load, time-dependent
    Special toll-settling sections via UTA
    Great St Bernard Tunnel
    Booking and settlement on special toll-settling sections
    HGV UTA Full Service Card
    Booking and settlement of the road toll via UTA
    HGV
    LSVA UTA Full Service Card
    PSVA - -

    Passenger cars vignette, UTA Full Service Card
    Advantages with UTA
    Fee of 10 CHF waived with cash payment of the LSVA using the UTA Full Service Card
    Quick overview: Toll service Slovakia
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all two-track, motorised vehicles
    Toll-bound roads
    Motorways and clearways or roads of the 1 category, select road sections of category 2 and 3
    Basis of toll calculation
    Passenger cars: time-related
    HGV: kilometres driven, number of axles, tonnage, and pollutant class
    Booking and settlement of the road toll via UTA
    HGV > 3.5 t: HGV toll
    Passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t: e-vignette* (*if purchased at outlets or distribution terminals)
    Advantages with UTA
    convenient payment goal using the UTA Service Card
    Invoicing from one provider

    Toll country Slovakia
    Quick overview: Toll service Slovenia
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles
    Toll-bound roads
    all motorways and clearways
    Basis of toll calculation
    Passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t: vignette system, time + vehicle category
    HGV > 3.5 t: DarsGo, kilometres driven + vehicle category or toll class
    Booking and settlement of the road toll via UTA
    UTA Full Service Card
    DarsGo OBU
    Special toll-settling sections via UTA
    Passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t: Karawanks Tunnel, UTA Full Service Card
    HGV > 3.5 t: Karawanks Tunnel, DarsGo OBU
    Advantages with UTA
    Easy payment goal using the UTA Service Card with prepay procedure as well as with deposit on-site for settlement with postpay procedure
    Consultation within UTA business hours

    Toll country Slovenia
    Quick overview: Spain toll service
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles
    Toll-bound roads
    almost all motorways
    Special toll-settling sections via UTA
    -
    Basis for calculation
    Route + vehicle category
    Billing and settlement of the toll via UTA
    HGV:
  • UTA One®
  • Telepass EU
  • UTA MultiBox®
  • UTA MultiBox®Light
  • Advantages
  • no time-consuming waiting at toll booths
  • Postpay billing with UTA with convenient payment goal
  • Attractive discounts for HGV using on-board unit
  • Quick overview: Czech Republic toll service
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles with at least four wheels
    Toll-bound roads
    motorways, clearways or all roads of 1 category
    Basis of toll calculation
    Passenger cars time-related
    HGV kilometres traveled, type of vehicle, emission class, number of axles, road category and time
    Settlement of the road toll via UTA
    HGV > 3.5 t Toll for heavy vehicles, premid box
    Passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t Vignette, UTA Full Service Card* (*No contractual obligation to accept the UTA Service Card at sales points! Please contact us.)
    Advantages with UTA
  • convenient payment goal using the UTA Service Card
  • Invoicing from one provider
  • Quick overview: Hungary toll service
    Vehicles subject to toll
    all vehicles
    Toll-bound roads
    clearways (motorways) and main roads
    Basis of toll calculation
    Passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t e-vignette, time + vehicle category
    HGV > 3.5 t HU-GO, road type, vehicle category and emission class
    Settlement of the road toll via UTA
    Passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t UTA Full Service Card* (if purchased at defined partner petrol stations)
    HGV > 3.5 t HU-GO OBU, UTA Full Service Card** (** with booking of route tickets in border offices of our toll partners. Contact us
    Advantages with UTA
    • Attractive payment goal using the UTA Service Card for obtaining the e-vignette as well as a route ticket booking or an OBU in a pre-pay procedure
    Quick overview: Bulgaria Toll Service
    Vehicles subject to toll
    All vehicles (except motorcycles)
    Toll-bound roads
    First-class motorways and roads
    Basis of toll calculation
    State toll system - vignette and route-based booking procedure over 3.5t: Route-based + emission class + number of axles up to 3.5t: electronic vignette (time based)
    Settlement of the road toll via UTA
    Route booking and vignette purchases can be made with the UTA Full Service Card at: Online booking at https://web.bgtoll.bg/ App "BGTOLL"
    On-board units (OBU) are currently not possible with UTA Acceptance
    Advantages with UTA
    Invoice from one provider

    UTA toll service in Bulgaria

    Calculation of tolls

    Individual principles depending on the collecting body

    The toll amount depends on several factors such as tonnage, emission class of the vehicle, number of axles or kilometres driven. The time factor or vehicle height may be relevant too. The following applies: The more direct and faster you would like to drive through a route, usually on motorways, the higher the fees you have to expect in the end. In addition, in some countries vehicle categories or classes impact the calculation. But there are also fixed usage fees for toll roads that do not comprise different aspects. In this context, a "flatrate toll" or a "flatrate for motorways" is often mentioned.

    However the toll is calculated in each country, the collection process means some administrative expenses and time, alongside additional costs for users: application forms that must be completed correctly and completely by all means, vehicle documents and additional certificates that must be obtained and presented - not to mention the foreign-language correspondence that often goes with it. This is a real challenge for many!

    Your toll service in Europe

    Master any route conveniently with UTA

    With UTA you have an experienced and strong partner on your side who will support you, from the general gathering of information, registration with the toll operator, vignette booking, or the installation of innovative on-board units in your vehicle to the settlement of the toll, and who will handle a large part of this work effort for you. We mediate between you and the toll operators and/or authorities of the respective countries. We speak their and your languages and provide you with easy to understand information. Benefit from maximum service readiness, comprehensive know-how, special conditions and a powerful product range!

    This way, we can shape your day-to-day activities on Europe's roads as conveniently and efficiently as possible.