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Italy - one of the most popular tourist destinations - is a peninsula in south-central Europe. With France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia as neighbouring countries, Italy is a perfect road trip destination with rental cars. Autostrada[1] is a toll road in Italy. Vehicles need to pay tolls to use the broad autostrade network.
You don’t need vignettes[2] in Italy. All vehicles including motorcycles must pay tolls at the toll gates of the autostrada. You can pay tolls in cash, credit cards, using Telepass - an OBU[3] unit through which tolls are deducted automatically. You also need to pay tolls at the cross-border tunnels connecting Italy with France and Switzerland.

  • Mont-Blanc Tunnel[4]
  • Tunnel du Frejus[5]
  • Tunnel Munt La Schera[6]
  • Great St. Bernard Tunnel[7]

Autostrade Map

[Map of Autostrade]

How does toll system work in Italy

Italy follows a mix of close and open systems of tolling.
In a closed system, toll rates are calculated based on the distance travelled on the motorway. To facilitate this, every autostrade is equipped with toll stations at the entry and exit points. You must take a ticket at the entrance of the motorway and hand it over at the exit toll station to get the toll price.
In the open system, a flat fee is paid at the toll station, independent of the distance travelled. Following motorways have an open toll system

  • A8 Milan - Laghi
  • A12 Rome - Civitavecchia.

How much do tolls cost in Italy

Autostrade toll costs depend on the total number of kilometers travelled. On an average, it costs around 7.5 euros for a 100 km car trip on Autostrade. Here is the toll cost for the popular road journeys in a car.

Toll costs for popular road journeys
Autostrade Toll cost for cars (in EUR)
A1 Milano - Rome € 44.10
A14, A16 Napoli - Bari € 18.30
A4 Milano - Venice € 20.90

Vehicle toll classes in Italy

Vehicle toll classification based on the height and number of axles
Class Description
2 Axes - A Vehicles with 2 axles and a height of less than 1.3 m. This includes motorcycles
2 Axes - B Vehicles with 2 axles and a height greater than 1.3 m
3 Axes Vehicles with 3 Axes
4 Axes Vehicles with 4 Axes
5 or more Axes Vehicles with 5 or more Axes

To calculate both open system and closed system tolls for Rome and other regions of Italy, use TollGuru Italy toll calculator. You can also calculate toll rates for tunnels in Italy for other vehicles like trucks, HGVs and caravans.

How do you pay tolls in Italy

All vehicles - cars, Trucks, caravans and HGVs - can pay tolls at the toll gates of the motorway. There are separate dedicated lanes for different modes of payment. Tolls can be paid in

  • Cash
  • Credit cards, Bancomat, Viacard - A prepaid card available in denominations of 25, 50, 70 euros. Tolls are deducted automatically from Viacard.
  • Telepass - Telepass is an on board unit mounted on the windscreen of the vehicle. Telepass allows you to pay the toll without stopping at the toll booth.

What is Telepass in Italy and where to buy Telepass in Italy

Telepass is an electronic toll collection system in Italy. Vehicles equipped with Telepass OBU can pass through the telepass lanes at the toll stations without stopping. Tolls are deducted automatically from the account. You can purchase Telepass from the Punto Blu[8] store network across the country. You can do recharges

  • Online
  • at Punto Blu
  • Bars
  • tobacconists
  • Other point of sales.

How to pay unpaid tolls in Italy

When the toll is unpaid at the toll station because of any reason, a printout confirming non-payment is issued. Printout contains the amount of toll, vehicle and trip details. You can pay tolls through

  • Online at Autostrade
  • Punto Blu Telepass locations
  • Bank Transfer
  • Sisalpay points (bars, newsagents, tobacconists)

How to pay A36 Pedemontana toll

Autostrade A36 Pedemontana Lombarda has an electronic toll system and doesn’t have any toll booths. Tolls are paid just by passing under a gantry. Telepass users can pay tolls directly.
For vehicles without Telepass, cameras on the gantry identify the license plate number and send the invoice. The invoice must be paid within 15 days of the transit. You can pay tolls in the following ways

  • Conta Targa - Payment system based on the vehicle license plate. You can activate this account online or at Punto Verde customer offices.
  • Rechargeable Pedemontana - An electronic wallet with which you can pay tolls.
  • Pay online at Pedemontana
  • At ATMs
  • Pedemontana Lombarda mobile App
  • At Punto Verde on A36 motorways

How to avoid tolls in Italy

It is possible to avoid tolls in Italy by taking toll-free roads. In Italy, this road signs indicate that toll road Autostrada is ahead. The toll free roads take you through the countryside with longer travel distance and higher fuel costs. On Autostrade, destinations are at the motorway exits.
To identify cheaper alternate routes, use TollGuru Italy trip calculator. You can see a detailed fuel and toll cost breakdown including the travel times. This will help you make smart travel decisions.

How to calculate tolls in Europe

You can calculate tolls - distance based toll, close and open system, vignette - and fuel cost by car, truck (with or without a trailer), taxi, bus, caravans using Europe Toll Calculator. You can see the cheapest, the fastest, and other optimal routes to your destination. You will see toll plaza(s) on your route, payment methods for each toll gate, discounts, etc. You can specify vehicle attributes - axles, weight, height, emission standards, etc. - to get toll information customized to your vehicle.


Ride share, OEM, and other businesses can leverage toll intelligence by integrating with the Toll API for pre-trip cost estimation and post-trip toll reconciliation in Europe, Asia, South America, North America and Australia.

Which European countries have motorway tolls

Use Europe Toll Guide to know more about European Tolling Systems

You can click on a country name to know toll information - toll payments, toll gates, toll prices - for the country.

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