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Driving from Vienna to Budapest

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Driving from Vienna to Budapest

When taking the main highway from Vienna to Budapest, one needs a toll sticker for the Austrain highways and another toll sticker for the Hungarian highways. Can the Hungarian sticker be purchased at some stop along the highway at the border crossing?

And, should the sticker be purchased before entering Hungary (on the Austrian side) or after entering Hungary?

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1. Re: Driving from Vienna to Budapest

Hi Ed,

There is a Shell station at the border in Austria that you can grab a sticker. There is also a gas station immediately on the Hungarian side of the border you can also grab one from.


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2. Re: Driving from Vienna to Budapest

There isn't a sticker for Hungary - rather an e-vignette called a matrica whereby you register your vehicle registration number at the border and the radars which are set out at various points along the highway pick up your details. If you haven't paid you will be stopped a bit later down the line. It looks like this www.flickr.com/photos/zannne/5933502183/ http://www.motorway.hu/02Ematrica

However, before you think about taking a car, consider the fact that a car would be an expensive and inconvenient millstone around your neck in both cities. The train only costs €19.

If you are hiring a car in Austria it should already have an Austrian sticker (vignette) attached, but check the date on it. If not you MUST have one or you will receive a fine very quickly. Also you should inform the agency at the time of booking that you intend taking it to Hungary - some agencies place restrictions. If you are hiring in Germany the restrictions are more stringent - from your other posts it appears that you might be going to Croatia, check with the agency about that as well.

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