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Driving rules, toll roads (vignette) and required documents in Austria: everything you need to know

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Driving rules, toll roads (vignette) and required documents in Austria: everything you need to know

To drive freely on Austrian toll roads, drivers are required to purchase a special vignette. The rules apply to both motorcycles and cars. Find out more about how and where to buy a vignette, as well as what else you need to drive your car legally

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In April 2023, the period of preferential highway travel for owners of cars with Ukrainian license plates expired in Austria. So now Ukrainian motorists are obliged to pay the road toll on an equal basis with other drivers. Find out how to buy a vignette and other details in this article.


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What is a vignette for driving on Austrian toll roads?


On the autobahns and expressways marked in orange on the map below, vehicles are required to have a vignette. This vignette must be affixed to the windshield of the vehicle (in the upper left corner or center). The electronic vignette is "attached" to the license plate of the vehicle.




Currently, you can purchase a vignette for 10 days, 2 months, or a year. The cost will depend on the type of vehicle. This year, it is also planned to introduce a 1-day vignette for driving on toll roads. The estimated cost will be 8.60 euros. As a rule, a motorcycle vignette is 40% cheaper than a car vignette.


Driving on toll roads without a valid vignette is prohibited. It is checked when entering the motorway.


Where to buy Vignette stickers in Austria?


These adhesive coupons for the autobahn are available for sale at most gas stations in Austria and can also be purchased online at - https://www.asfinag.at/en/toll/vignette/.


It is worth noting that in case of online purchase of the Vignette, its validity takes effect only on the 18th day after payment.




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Is an insurance policy also required?


Yes! For cars used in Austria, a Green Card insurance policy is required. 


You can do this online in a few clicks at the link before crossing the border, or while already in the country.


It should be noted that if the insurance policy lapses, it can be easily renewed. Read more about the benefits of the "Green Card" here.


How long can I drive a car with Ukrainian license plates in Austria?


If the vehicle is used by people from Ukraine with the right to reside in the country, it is not yet necessary to register this car. However, vehicles with Ukrainian license plates and registration can be used by refugees in Austria for one year. However, this period is interrupted with each departure from the federal territory (from Austria) and starts anew with each entry into its territory.


If you have your primary residence in Austria, you can voluntarily register your vehicle. However, in this case, you must comply with the requirements of the country's legislation and provide proof of vehicle maintenance, insurance, previous registration, etc.


Do Ukrainians need to change their driving license?


According to EU Regulation 2022/1280, starting from July 27, 2022, it is no longer necessary to exchange Ukrainian driving licenses for those of an EU country. Ukrainians who have been granted temporary protection can continue to use their Ukrainian driving license without exchanging it or taking a new driving test as long as they have temporary protection status.


We remind you! The right to reside in Austria for Ukrainians is confirmed by an identity card for displaced persons (Blue Card). You can find out how to extend your legal stay in the country here.

Austrian tax system: a simple guide for expats.


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