Frequently asked questions

Changes at the beginning of the year

  • Which ones are the new toll road sections in 2019?

During 2018 and on 1 January 2019, a number of new expressway and main road sections became part of the toll domain. The length of the toll road network in the e-vignette system increased from 1,356 km to almost 1,380 km. See the table below for the new road sections:

Road name

Road length (km)

Motorway M35 (road section between main road No. 481 and Berettyóújfalu)

18.7

Motorway M4 (road section between Berettyóújfalu and main road No. 47)

3.7

The complete list of toll road sections in the e-vignette system is included in Annex 2 to Decree 37/2007 (III. 26.) GKM>>.

  • What new rules apply to combinations of vehicles?

Several changes affect the trailer regulations in the e-vignette system.

Pursuant to a major change, as of the beginning of 2019 trailer authorisations (vehicle category U) can also be purchased for vehicles in category D2 or B2 (besides the D2 or B2 authorisation). This will benefit motorists, who can now use the e-vignette of vehicle category U purchased for the towing vehicle to tow any trailer.

The other part of the changes concerns the amount of the fine that may be imposed for the unauthorised road use of combinations of vehicles and the group of road users subject to such fine. Under the new regulations, if neither the towing vehicle of vehicle category D2 or B2 nor the trailer (vehicle category U) of the combination of vehicles has road use authorisation, instead of a double fine only a single fine may be imposed on the operator or the owner of the towing vehicle. The operator or the owner is also obliged to pay the fine if the towing vehicle has but the trailer does not have road use authorisation.

In accordance with the foregoing, the part of the Toll Decree that regulates the amount of the fine and the fine difference has also been slightly modified. You can find more information under the Fine menu item>> of the website.

Price change as of 1 October 2018

  • Which e-vignette types have been affected by the price increase?

Pursuant to the Decree of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM), on 1 October 2018 the price of weekly authorisations valid for 10 days was modified in all vehicle categories except D1M (motorcycles).

See the table below for the new prices:

Vehicle category

Previous price

New price

D1

HUF 2,975

HUF 3,500

D2

HUF 5,950

HUF 7,000

B2

HUF 13,385

HUF 15,500

U

HUF 2,975

HUF 3,500

  • What else has changed?

The price increase affected the weekly e-vignette only; the price of all the other types has remained unchanged. No other substantial change came into force on 1 October 2018.

General information

  • 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).

Category D1 includes passenger cars for up to 7 persons with a maximum authorised mass of 3.5 tonnes (and their trailers), where the vehicle registration certificate shows the “M1” or “M1G” code in field “J”.

During your purchase, before you pay for your e-vignette, make sure 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.

  • I would like to purchase my e-vignette online. Is there an online interface where I can purchase without being charged a convenience fee?

If you purchase via ematrica.nemzetiutdij.hu, you will not be charged a convenience fee.

  • I would like to buy an e-vignette online at ematrica.nemzetiutdij.hu, but a code is requested to finalise the transaction. What shall I do?

On 1 April 2019, our company introduced two-factor customer authentication for bank card purchases to increase customer security and to prevent any potential bank card abuse. The bank will send a confirmation code for each e-vignette payment transaction to the mobile phone number registered with the card issuing bank for the respective bank card. You can finalise the purchase by entering the code contained in the text message. Click here to read more about two-factor customer authentication.

  • When do I have to buy an e-vignette?

Toll sections may only be used with a valid road use authorisation, 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 up to 60 minutes from the entry to purchase road use authorisation.

  • 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 ugyfel@nemzetiutdij.hu.

  • Why does the system allow you to purchase more than one e-vignettes for a single registration number?

The e-vignette belongs to a given registration number, so if there is a change related to the vehicle concerned at any time during the year (e.g. replacement of the number plate, the vehicle is sold), the system allows the “new” owner (operator) to purchase an e-vignette regardless whether there is a valid e-vignette for the specific registration number. More information about double purchases is available on our website.

  • 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 owner or operator of the passenger car classified into vehicle category D2 shall be entitled for the discount only if they receive family allowance for at least 3 children, or, as a person with reduced mobility, they hold a parking certificate for persons with reduced mobility or their relative concerned is 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. Click here for more information>>

  • Where can I submit my request for exemption?

In order to qualify for an authorisation at a discount, a request must be submitted to any transport administration authority (district office, government customer service) or to the deputy state secretariat of the Ministry of the Interior responsible for registration:

Belügyminisztérium Nyilvántartások Vezetéséért Felelős Helyettes Államtitkárság
Közlekedési Igazgatási és Nyilvántartási Főosztály 
1094 Budapest, Balázs Béla u. 35.
kozlekedesi.foosztaly@bm.gov.hu

For more information, please click here!

  • Can I purchase an e-vignette at a discount if I have not notified my eligibility in advance?

No. To purchase an e-vignette at a discount, it is especially important that large families and people with reduced mobility should submit 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 e-vignette purchased for their vehicles classified into category D2 and request their registration later, their previous journeys using a vignette for vehicle category D1 shall qualify as unauthorised 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 that is eligible for a discount has a trailer, the authorisation for the trailer classified into category U should be purchased separately. Click here for more detailed information.

 

Vehicle categories

  • What types of vehicles are covered by regional e-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 authorisation 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?

There is no separate regional vignette for motorcycles. For motorcycles, regional authorisations may be purchased in vehicle category D1. In addition, motorcyclists can also pay for road use by purchasing a national weekly (HUF 1,470, 10 days) or a national monthly (HUF 2,500) discounted vignette.

  • Is a separate authorisation 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. Pursuant to a major change, as of the beginning of 2019 trailer authorisations (vehicle category U) can be purchased for vehicles in category D2 or B2 (besides the D2 or B2 authorisation). This will benefit motorists, who can now use the e-vignette of vehicle category U purchased for the towing vehicle to tow any trailer.

  • Will a D2 authorisation 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. Click here for a full table of vehicle categories.

  • My 9-seater motor vehicle has a trailer. What kind of e-vignette should I buy?

As of the beginning of 2019, trailer authorisations (vehicle category U) can also be purchased for vehicles in category D2 or B2 (besides the D2 or B2 authorisation). This will benefit motorists, who can now use the e-vignette of vehicle category U purchased for the towing vehicle to tow any trailer.

  • Based on the vehicle registration certificate issued in Hungary, how do I know which vehicle category is applicable to a vehicle?

All the vehicle-specific data related to the road use authorisation (registration number, maximum authorised 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.

 

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 given 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 authorisation, which is valid for 10 days) authorising 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 authorisation, which is valid for 10 days) authorising the use of the entire road network. Failing this, unauthorised road use may take place, which may result in a fine. Bona fide road users mistakenly entering the toll road network have up to 60 minutes from the entry to purchase road use authorisation. Failure to purchase a valid authorisation for the motor vehicle within 60 minutes from entering the toll road network will 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 No. 58 and 5826;

          •  motorway M8;

          •  the section of expressway M25 between main road No. 252 and collector road No. 2502;

          •  the section of expressway M4 (sign “Expressway 4”) between Vecsés and the road to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport;

          •  the section of expressway M4 (sign “Expressway 4”) between Ceglédbercel and Cegléd;

          •  the section of expressway M9 between main roads No. 6 and 51;

          •  the Kaposvár bypass section of expressway M9 (sign “Main Road No. 61”);

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 authorisation 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 “Main Road No. 4”) is tolled on the section between the road leading to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport and the junction of Üllő–Gyömrő (Road No. 4603) (between km sections 20+518 and 29+160). The same is true with regard to the newly opened road section between Berettyóújfalu and main road No. 47. The other section of main road No. 4 in Pest County remains toll-free.

  • 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 authorises 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.

  • Is Expressway M70 a toll road starting from the state border?

Expressway M70 is tolled from the state border checkpoint on the entry side. You can purchase e-vignettes at the resellers’ points of sale on the Slovenian side of the border.

 

E-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 authorisation 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 authorisation is valid until the end of January in the next year.

  • Where and from when can regional vignettes be purchased?

You can purchase e-vignettes for any county (except for Nógrád, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok and Békés Counties, where there is no toll highway network) in our 19 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 authorisation?

No. Given the validity period, no further authorisation 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 authorisation by purchasing weekly (10-day) or monthly e-vignettes.

  • Can I transfer my regional vignette to another vehicle?

Yes, but only to the same region. Click here for more information about the transfer process.

  • I have moved. Can I replace the Baranya County regional vignette with one for Pest County or possibly with an annual national e-vignette?

The law does not permit such a replacement for regional vignettes.

  • Can I redeem the national e-vignette I have purchased?

Yes, but only before the start of its validity period. If you wish to redeem your authorisation within the validity period, you must purchase a separate road use authorisation for the period elapsed. This is not possible for regional 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 authorisation 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 booth, 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 authorisation when entering a toll section. One valid authorisation 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 authorisation, i.e. you need to purchase the e-vignette before you enter the toll section. The start of the validity period for all vignette types is always the time of purchase (day/hour/minute), except for pre-purchased authorisations. Bona fide road users mistakenly entering the toll road network have up to 60 minutes from the entry to purchase road use authorisation. Failure to purchase a valid authorisation for the motor vehicle within 60 minutes from entering the toll road network will result in a fine.

  • What if I realise that I do not have a valid vignette during the roadside inspection by the mobile team?

The 60-minute rule also applies to this case. If the 60-minute grace period has not passed since you entered the toll road network, then you can purchase a valid authorisation on the spot from the mobile team.

  • I have sold my car, I no longer drive the vehicle, yet I have received a fine for the car's registration number. Why?

When you sell a vehicle, the laws and regulations in force require the transferor (seller) to notify the transfer of the vehicle’s ownership to the transport administration authority by submitting a deed certifying the change of ownership (sales contract) within 8 days of the change. The authority shall record the fact and date of the notification in the registry within 3 days. The buyer is required to bear all the burdens associated with the vehicle from the date of taking the vehicle into their possession. In the case of toll road use, after the control of the given vehicle, the NTPS receives information from the Criminal Records Authority’s customer service as to the identity of the owner of the vehicle with the given registration number at the time of the control. If the data received by the NTPS identify the previous owner, i.e. the seller, it means that the change of ownership has not been notified or registered in the system yet, therefore the Company will send a fine notice to the seller. However, the fine so imposed will be withdrawn by the NTPS if the seller presents to the Company the sales contract of the vehicle with receipt confirmed by the authority and the notification sheet identifying the seller and the buyer related to the ownership arrangement.

  • I want to have a broken-down car transported on a trailer. Do I need to purchase an e-vignette for the broken-down vehicle if it is transported by the trailer on a toll section?

No, but in the case of vehicles transported on a trailer, we recommend covering up the number plate, thus the transported vehicle is considered as the trailer’s cargo.

  • The trailer transporting the broken-down car did have an e-vignette, but the transported car did not. Why did I still get a fine as the driver of the broken-down car?

In the case of vehicles transported on a trailer, we recommend covering up the number plate, thus the transported vehicle is considered as the trailer’s cargo.

 

Diversion, roadblocks

  • What shall I do when, driving on a toll-free section, I am suddenly diverted to a toll section due to a roadblock?

In case of diversion due to a roadblock or traffic restriction, no toll shall be paid on the otherwise toll section as long as the diversion lasts if you exit the toll road at the next exit to a road junction.

  •  What shall I do when I have a valid e-vignette for a specific county but the last exit to a road junction in the county is closed?

In case of diversion due to a roadblock or traffic restriction, no toll shall be paid on the otherwise toll section as long as the diversion lasts if you exit the toll road at the next exit to a road junction.