Highway Tolls For Caravans in Europe

0
5089
Highway Tolls

The truth is that paying for toll roads when traveling on a camping trailer isn’t worth it. You typically drive at about 80km an hour – the same speed you’d travel at on non-toll roads – and you pay way higher fees than you would on car, about 150 to 200% more than the typical car fees. If you a have new trailer, certified for traveling at 130 km/h, you’re better off, but your fuel consumption goes up.

Toll Gate in Europe

Toll roads are nothing special. But they can help cut your travel time, if you’re in a rush. Also, if you need to sleep in a parking lot, toll roads are usually safer than public roads.

List of countries with toll roads

Bulgaria – vignette

  • You pay not only on highways, but also on the vast majority of other roads
  • A seven-day vignette is €5, a monthly one is €13 and yearly one is €34
  • You can find detailed information, in English, on aebtri.com

Czech republic – vignette

  • You need to pay a vignette for the towing vehicle only
  • 10 days cost Kč310 (€12), one month costs Kč440 (€17) and a year is Kč1500 (€60)
  • RVs over 3.5 tons pay the same amount as a truck (the trailer/caravan is not taken into account towards the weight)
  • Look up prices and information on mytocz.cz

France – tolls

  • A car with a caravan in tow is deemed a Category 2 vehicle
  • As a rule of thumb, highway tolls are as expensive as gas/fuel
  • You have to pay for most highways in France
  • Budget about €14 every 100km
  • The popular route from Mulhouse to Spain costs around €110 in summer
  • The route from Belgium to Bordeaux via Paris costs about €105 in summer
  • In march 2020 we crossed France with our Ducato H3 van and it was for €60 from Spanish border (Perpignan) to Lyon (border with Germany)
  • Find out more details on tolls.eu/france

Road in France

Croatia – tolls

  • Estimate 40Kuna (€6) every 100km
  • A car with a caravan in tow is considered a Category 2 vehicle
  • The route Zagreb > Split > Dubrovník costs around 295Kuna (€38)
  • The bridge toll to Krk Island costs 40Kuna (€5.20)

Road in Croatia

Italy – tolls

  • Italians distinguish between one-wheel (Category C) and two-wheel caravans (Category D). The latter are 60% more expensive
  • Estimate a toll of about €8 every 100km on highways
  • A trip from Switzerland to the Italian sea for a one-wheel caravan costs €19.20
  • From Tarvisio (near the Austrian border) to Veneto you’ll pay €22.60
  • More details available on tolls.eu/italy

FastFood Truck in Italy

Hungary – vignette

  • A car with a camping trailer in tow pays as much as vehicles up to 3.5 tons
  • A nine-day vignette costs 2,975HUF (€10), a monthly one costs 4,780HUF (€17) and a yearly one costs 42,980 HUF (€145)
  • Mišo comments (9-2016): In Hungary, if you use an SUV (like a Mercedes ML or a Hilux), for towing a caravan, you pay for the SUV as if it was a N1 and for the caravan as if it was a car.
  • Non-toll roads are not well-maintanned

Morocco – tolls

  • A trip from Tangier to Casablanca costs around €16, including the caravan fee
  • With a good chassis, you can drive on older non-toll roads, but take into account that you can only travel at a speed of about 10-20km/h, because the asphalt often disappears completely

Germany – free

  • In 2014 they were free
  • In 2018 they’re still free

Poland – tolls

  • The price for a caravan is 200% that of a car
  • A trip from Rzepin to Konin costs 121Zloty (€30), including the caravan fee
  • From Konin to Lodž you pay 0,10Zloty (€0.3) per km, cash only
  • More details available on tolls.eu/poland

Austria – vignette

  • You need to pay for a vignette only for the towing vehicle
  • 10 days are €8.5, a month is €24.8 and a year is €82.7

Highway in Austria

Greece – tolls

  • Account for €8-12 and more per 100 km of highway, mostly payable by cash only
  • A car taller than 2.2m with a trailer in tow pays about three times more than a passenger car
  • Toll barriers are often located in odd spots, sometimes just a couple of kilometers before a popular exit, which means you may have to pay the full fee for using only a small section of the highway
  • The bridge Rio-Antirio fee in 2017 was €20 including a caravan. A car paid €13.3. Cards accepted
  • You can look up more details on tolls.eu/greece

Romania – vignette

  • You pay for the car only, there is no fee for camping trailers
  • A seven-day vignette is €3, a monthly one is €7, a three-month vignette is €13 and yearly one is €28
  • You can find more details on tolls.eu/romania

Slovakia – vignette

  • The towing vehicle has to pay for a vignette
  • The caravan has to pay for a vignette only if it weighs over 3.5tons
  • RVs over 3.5tons pay a toll
  • 10 days are €10, a month is €14 and a year is €50
  • Prices and information can be looked at on ndsas.sk

Slovenia – vignette

  • Vehicles up to 3.5tons and up to 1.3m above the first axle pay: €15 for seven days, €30 for a month and €110 for a year
  • Vehicles up to 3.5tons and over 1.3m above the first axle pay: €40 for seven days, €80 for a month and €220 for a year
  • If you just want to travel across to Slovenia to reach Croatia, using the highways isn’t worth it

Spain – tolls

  • A one-wheel caravan is deemed a Category 2 vehicle (it pays 170% more than a Category 1 vehicle), a two-wheel caravan is considered a Category 3 vehicle (it pays 200% more than a Category 1 vehicle)
  • Account for about €16 every 100km
  • Only a small percentage of highways are subject to tolls. The areas where tolls are applied are near the French border, in southern Spain and in greater Madrid – all touristy areas
  • Car & Caravan, year 2015
    • A trip from the French border to Barcelona costs €14
    • The section of highway between Barcelona and Valencia costs €32
    • From Valencia to Alicante, you pay €15
  • Van H3 Ducato, year 2020
    • From Tarragona to border of France (Figueres) €26
    • West from Tarragona is for free
  • More details available on tolls.eu/spain

Highway in Spain

Serbia – tolls

  • Budget for about €6-8 every 100km
  • Credit cards are accepted occasionally
  • Cars up to 3.5tons are deemed category 2 vehicles
  • A trip through Serbia to Bulgaria costs around €20
  • If traveling from Serbia to Hungary, it’s best to use the Tompa Crossing on the old roads – the trip takes longer on the highways

Switzerland – vignette

  • Two vignettes valid for a year cost 40CHF (€33)
  • You need to purchase a vignette for both your car and caravan
  • The tunnels at Großer St. Bernhard and Munt la Schera are subject to a fee

Turkey – tolls

  • The HGS electronic chip sticker, which is compulsory, costs 6TRY and you need to top up a minimum credit of 30TRY on it. I recommend buying the sticker at the many PTT branches located at toll barriers and in cities, or at a Shell petrol station. It’s hard to check your balance and the balance is not 1:1 in TRY.
  • The Bosporus bridge in Istanbul has to be paid for through the HGS system, too
  • €20 will allow you to travel some 1,200km.
  • The ferry fee for car+caravan across the Dardanelles costs 45TRY (€11) each way, and the boats depart every 45 minutes
  • The Ferry to Gokceadu costs €35, while the one to Bozcaada costs €50 (including any passengers)

Toll Gate in USA

Important notes

We typically drive our car, without our caravan in tow, in the morning, and then in the afternoon we make our way to the highway. If we drive with the trailer in tow, our navigation app often picks routes on non-toll roads, as they are often the fastest and shortest. But the gearbox likes the highways more.

Call: Send your stories!

If you have experienced traveling around the world in your vehicle and you have a couple of pictures, please leave a comment below with a short summary of what you did. It will be of great inspiration to other readers. Let’s explore the world together and learn to see life’s bigger picture.

My Prefered ServiceI always travel with Revolut → a prepaid card with best exchange rate, costing me nothing. The app gives overview to me and my wife. It saved us hundreds already. Travelling too? Get one here and you will get a free world-wide delivery as a gift.