Frequently asked questions
Price change as of 1 October 2018
Which e-vignette types are affected by the price increase?
Pursuant to the Decree of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM), as of 1 October 2018 the price of weekly authorizations valid for 10 days is to be modified in all vehicles categories except D1M (motorcycles).
See the table below for the new prices:
What else has changed?
The price increase affects the weekly e-vignette only; the price of all the other types will remain unchanged. No other substantial change came into force on 1 October 2018.
Are there any changes in the prices and vehicle categories?
There will be no significant changes in the e-vignette system from 1 January 2018. There is no price increase; the only new element is the availability of a discounted monthly e-vignette for motorcycles at HUF 2,500. This product will become available on 1 May 2018. Click here for more information on rates and vehicle categories.
How long are the e-vignettes purchased in 2017 valid?
Annual national or regional e-vignettes for 2017 are valid until 31 January 2018. Of course, weekly (10-day) and monthly authorizations purchased in 2017 may extend to the next year: for example, a weekly (10-day) e-vignette purchased on 28 December 2017 is valid until midnight on 6 January 2018, and a monthly authorization purchased on the same day is valid until 28 January 2018.
What are the most important changes in the Toll Decree effective as of 1 January 2018?
An overview of the changes introduced by the amended Toll Decree is available here>>
Things to remember when making a purchase
To avoid typical user mistakes, be careful to purchase your e-vignette for the appropriate vehicle category. Vehicle categories can be determined on the basis of the official entries in the vehicle registration certificate (fields J, F.1 and S.1).
During your purchase, before you pay for your e-vignette, be sure to check that you have entered the correct vehicle category, registration number, country code and validity period. The accuracy of the data is confirmed by means of the customer’s signature when making a purchase in person, and by means of an electronic reply message in the case of internet or mobile transactions.
When do I have to buy an e-vignette?
Toll sections may only be used with a valid road use authorization, i.e. you need to purchase the e-vignette before you enter the toll section. If you purchase the e-vignette within the validity period, its validity always starts at the time of purchase (day/hour/minute). Bona fide road users mistakenly entering the toll road network have 60 minutes from the entry to purchase road use authorization.
How long should I keep the counterfoil/confirmation message?
You are advised to keep the counterfoil or the confirmation message received after your purchase for a period of 2 years from the last day of the validity of the e-vignette.
How can I find out whether I have a valid vignette if I cannot find the counterfoil?
You can receive information about the validity of the e-vignette at a given moment via phone, in person in our customer service offices, and by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kinds of discounts are available to large families and people with reduced mobility?
Following prior notification, large families and people with reduced mobility can purchase an e-vignette of category D1 for motor vehicles classified into category D2 with a discount. Click here for more detailed information.
What is the condition of purchasing an e-vignette for large families and people with reduced mobility at a discount?
The passenger car classified into vehicle category D2 should be owned or operated by a person receiving family allowance for at least 3 children, or by a person holding a parking certificate for persons with reduced mobility or their relative living in the same household.
Partial toll exemption applies exclusively to the motor vehicle that, based on the notification by the operator, is registered by the transport administration authority, and is valid only for the period during which it is registered as eligible for partial exemption.
Can I purchase an e-vignette at a discount if I have not notified my eligibility in advance?
No. If large families and people with reduced mobility want to purchase an e-vignette at a discount, it is especially important that the operator should notify the data serving as a basis for eligibility in advance to the transport administration authority. This is necessary for including the operator in the exemption register, which entitles the operator to purchase an e-vignette at a discount (category D1 instead of D2). Thus, eligible people become entitled to the discount before purchasing the vignette based on the notification to the transport administration authority, after having been included in the register.
If the drivers concerned do not notify their claim in advance but use a toll road network with a D1 vignette purchased for their vehicles classified into category D2 and request their registration later, their previous journeys using vehicle category D1 qualify as unauthorized road use, and may result in a fine. Click here for more detailed information.
How long is the eligibility for the discount valid once the operator has been registered in the exemption register of the transport administration authority?
Large families’ eligibility for a discount is valid until 31 January of the year following the year of registration, and the e-vignettes can be used according to the validity periods (weekly/10-day, monthly, annual) determined in the Toll Decree. In other words, the notification required for purchasing e-vignettes at a discount should be renewed each year.
Those holding an ID for people with reduced mobility do not have to renew the notification. The eligibility ceases when the parking certificate is revoked or the eligibility is removed from the registry. Click here for more detailed information.
If a driver has purchased an e-vignette at a discount for large families and people with reduced mobility, should they pay for the trailer towed by the vehicle?
If a motor vehicle classified into category D2, which is eligible for a discount, has a trailer, the authorization for the trailer classified into category U should be purchased separately. Click here for more detailed information.
What types of vehicles are covered by regional vignettes?
Regional vignettes are available in vehicle categories D1, D2, B2 and U. The e-vignette for passenger cars classified into category D1 as well as trailers classified into category U attached to category D2 and B2 vehicles costs HUF 5,000. For motor vehicles with a seating capacity of more than seven persons classified into category D2 (e.g. passenger vans, RVs and commercial vehicles), e-vignettes granting the same road use authorization are available for an annual HUF 10,000. Regional vignettes for buses classified into category B2 cost HUF 20,000.
The e-vignette rates published on our website are available here.
Are regional vignettes available for motorcycles?
For motorcycles, regional authorizations may be purchased in vehicle category D1. In addition, motorcyclists may also pay for road use by purchasing a weekly (10-day) vignette, which is available to them at a preferential price of HUF 1,470.
Is a separate authorization required for trailers towed by passenger vehicles?
If the motor vehicle is classified into category D1, no separate e-vignette needs to be purchased for the trailer. For trailers towed by vehicles classified into category D2 or B2, a separate authorization of category U needs to be purchased for the registration number of the trailer.
Will a D2 authorization be required even if a 9-seater motor vehicle transports only 7 persons?
Yes. Classification into category D2 is based on the data contained in the vehicle registration certificate rather than on the number of persons actually transported or the purpose of their journey. The table available here compares the official entries in the vehicle registration certificate and the vehicle categories.
My 9-seater motor vehicle has a trailer. What kind of e-vignette should I buy?
This motor vehicle should be classified into category D2, in addition to which a separate authorization of category U needs to be purchased for the trailer, indicating the registration number of the trailer.
Based on the vehicle registration certificate, how do I know which vehicle category is applicable to a vehicle?
All the vehicle-specific data related to the road use authorization (registration number, maximum authorized mass of the motor vehicle and its trailer) must be indicated in accordance with the official entries appearing in the vehicle registration certificate (fields J, F.1 and S.1).
The seating capacity of a vehicle must be determined on the basis of the official entry appearing in the vehicle registration certificate (S.1. – Number of seats, including the driver’s seat) rather than on the basis of the number of seats actually seen in the vehicle. For vehicles classified into categories D2 and B2 used for towing, a separate e-vignette of category U needs to be purchased for the registration number of the trailer.
Toll road network
What roads are covered by regional vignettes?
Country and county maps are provided for helping drivers understand the toll road network and find out which road sections are covered by a given regional vignette.
The county maps show the highway network within the administrative borders of each county. In each case, toll highways are marked in red, and toll-free highways are marked in green. The maps indicate the junctions up to which the toll road network can be used with a regional vignette. The highway network of each county can be legally used with the relevant e-vignette up to the first junction in the next county. Past that junction, the highway network can only be used with an e-vignette covering the neighbouring county or with a traditional time-based product (e.g. a weekly authorization, which is valid for 10 days) authorizing the use of the entire road network.
What happens if I mistakenly enter a county for which I have no annual regional vignette?
The highway network of each county can be legally used with the relevant e-vignette up to the first junction in the next county. Past that junction, the highway network can only be used with an e-vignette covering the relevant neighbouring county or with a traditional time-based product (e.g. a weekly authorization, which is valid for 10 days) authorizing the use of the entire road network. Failing this, unauthorized road use may take place, which may result in a fine.
Exactly which sections are toll-free?
With a few exceptions, the entire highway network (roads marked with M and a number) is tolled.
The following sections are toll-free:
~ the following sections of Expressway M0:
o the section between Main Road 1 and Motorway M5,
o the section between Expressway M4 (Expressway 4 sign) and Motorway M3,
o Megyeri Bridge (the section between Main Roads 2 and 11),
~ Motorway M31,
~ the Pécs Southwest bypass section of Motorway M60 between roads 58 and 5826,
~ Motorway M8,
~ the section of Expressway M9 between Main Roads 6 and 51,
~ the Kaposvár bypass section of Expressway M9 (Main Road 61 sign),
~ the section of Expressway M4 (Expressway 4 sign) between Vecsés and the road leading to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
Click here for a map of the toll sections.
What kind of regional vignette is needed to use motorway junctions located at county borders?
The scope of validity of the regional vignette extends outside the relevant county, up to the first junction past the county border. County maps and a summary table contained in Annex 2 to the Toll Decree are provided for helping road users understand the system.
Do I need to purchase a separate vignette to use a motorway within the administrative borders of Budapest?
No, there are no vignettes specifically for Budapest or other metropolitan counties. Motorways and expressways outside the built-up area of Budapest but within its administrative borders (e.g. certain sections of M0, M3, M5 and M6) can be used with authorization for Pest County.
Are the shopping centers along the access section of M1/M7 only accessible with vignettes?
They are if you access them on the motorway. However, regional vignettes for Pest county cover not only these sections but all elements of the county network.
Between which points is the section of Expressway M0 on Megyeri Bridge toll-free?
The section of Expressway M0 on Megyeri Bridge is toll-free from Main Road 11 to Main Road 2 (exit 75 at Dunakeszi-Újpest as indicated by road signage).
Using Expressway M0, which junction can be used to exit Megyeri Bridge toll-free?
On the Pest side, the section of Expressway M0 on Megyeri Bridge is toll-free from Main Road 11 to the first possible exit, i.e. Main Road 2 (exit 75 at Dunakeszi-Újpest as indicated by road signage).
Which sections of M4 are tolled?
Expressway M4 (Main Road 4) is toll-free on the section between Vecsés and the road leading to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (between km sections 19+550 and 20+518) in order to provide access to the airport. However, Expressway M4 (sign of Main Road 4) is tolled on the section between the road leading to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and the junction of Üllő–Gyömrő (Road 4603) (between km sections 20+518 and 29+160).
Can the customer service offices of NTPS be approached on toll-free roads as well?
Although the easiest way to approach our customer service offices is by using toll sections, all the offices of the Company are accessible via toll-free road sections as well.
Is a toll charged also on the collector and distributor roads running parallel to the main course of the motorway?
Collector and distributor roads are part of the motorway junction. Junction branches are toll-free. A toll is charged on the main course.
For this reason, for example, no toll is charged on the collector and distributor road of the section of Motorway M35 around Debrecen meeting the junctions of Kishegyesi út, Main Road 33 and Main Road 354, but it is important for the driver entering the main course to have a valid e-vignette.
The same applies to the section of Motorway M5 exiting Budapest, where the shopping centers can be accessed toll-free using the collector and distributor road from the city center, and in the opposite direction, the city center is also accessible toll-free using the collector and distributor road. However, vehicles entering the main course must have a valid e-vignette.
When driving on motorway M7, do I also need to purchase a vignette for Veszprém County in order to use the motorway’s short section in that county?
The highway network of each county can be legally used with the relevant e-vignette up to the first junction in the next county. County maps and a summary table contained in Annex 2 to the Toll Decree are provided for helping road users understand the system.
Accordingly, the short section of Motorway M7 in Veszprém County can be used with a regional vignette valid for either of the neighbouring Fejér or Somogy Counties. It is still possible to purchase a regional vignette for Veszprém County, which authorizes vehicles to use Motorway M7 between Polgárdi (junction 80) and Siófok East (junction 98).
Is Motorway M5 tolled up to the Röszke border checkpoint?
Motorway M5 is tolled up to the country border (up to the Röszke border checkpoint), and on the entry side it is tolled from the border checkpoint. All e-vignette types can be purchased at the resellers’ points of sale at the country border and immediately nearby.
From the drivers’ perspective, the most important information is that motorway and expressway signs also indicate the start of toll sections.
Vignette types and purchasing
Can regional vignettes be purchased only for the county of the registered residence of the vehicle owner or operator?
No, regional vignettes can be purchased for any county without any restrictions or limitations, or even for several counties according to the driver’s travel needs and habits, for the same registration number. Drivers in the e-vignette system can purchase authorization for any number of counties.
What is the validity period of regional vignettes?
Similarly to national annual vignettes, regional vignettes are valid from the date of purchase until midnight of 31 January of the following year.
Is it worth purchasing regional vignettes during the year?
While most annual national vignettes are sold in January, regional vignettes could also be worth purchasing later in the year due to their extremely low price. In each case, road use authorization is valid until the end of January in the next year.
Where and from when can regional vignettes be purchased?
You can purchase the e-vignettes for any county (except for Nógrád, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Békés Counties, where there is no toll highway network) at our Company’s own points of sale (Rajka, Hegyeshalom), in 18 customer service offices, on our own electronic sales interface, on the website ematrica.nemzetiutdij.hu, and at our reseller partners (e.g. at fuel stations, travel agencies), as well as on the interfaces of the National Mobile Payment Plc. via their application or website, at the resellers of e-vignettes and their interfaces (text message, application, website).
Do I need to purchase the regional vignette(s) in addition to the usual e-vignette providing national authorization?
No. Given the validity period, no further authorization needs to be purchased in addition to the usual time-based vignette. At the same time, depending on drivers’ road use habits, regional vignettes provide access to the toll road network of the given county at a lower price throughout the year. Drivers with regional vignettes for specific counties who wish to use the motorways of other counties, for example during their holidays, can obtain authorization by purchasing weekly (10-day) or monthly e-vignettes.
Toll enforcement and fines
What is the meaning of the term “differential fine”?
If, at the time of the inspection, the vehicle has a valid e-vignette for a lower vehicle category than that of the vehicle, a fine difference must be paid. If the enforcement reveals that the motor vehicle has a valid authorization for a vehicle category not lower than the category corresponding to it, no fine shall be payable. For more information on the amounts of fines and fine differences, click here>>.
What methods of toll enforcement are used on new tolled sections?
On the new toll sections, toll enforcement is performed through permanent toll gantries, on the one hand, and by mobile toll enforcement cars and mobile enforcement groups based on a specific dispatch plan, on the other.
Under the regulation, road users must have a valid road use authorization when entering a toll section. One valid authorization is required per road section. This may be either a time-based (the usual weekly/10-day, monthly or annual) or a territory-based regional vignette.
From when will sanctions against drivers not using vignettes be in place?
Toll sections may only be used with a valid road use authorization, i.e. you need to purchase the e-vignette before you enter the toll section. If you purchase the e-vignette within the validity period, its validity always starts at the time of purchase (day/hour/minute). Bona fide road users mistakenly entering the toll road network have 60 minutes from the entry to purchase road use authorization. Failure to purchase a valid authorization for the motor vehicle within 60 minutes from entering the toll road network will result in a fine.