From 1 January 2023, the annual national motorway pass for passenger cars costs 49,190 forints (EUR 122), up by around five percent from 46,850 forints (EUR 116) last year, while the price of an annual county sticker changed to 5,720 forints (EUR 14), up from 5,450 forints (EUR 13) in 2022.
According to a price table published on the website of the National Toll Payment Service Plc, the price of entitlements for shorter periods has increased more significantly. For passenger cars (D1 category), the price of a monthly vignette sticker, or toll pass, rose to HUF 8,900 (EUR 22) from HUF 5,210 (EUR 13), while a sticker valid for ten days now costs HUF 5,500 (EUR 13.7), up from HUF 3,820 (EUR 9.5) last year. Some expected the price of the annual pass to rise sharply alongside the short duration ones; however, their fears have not been confirmed.
This year, not only toll passes but also fines will become more expensive. For example, the penalty for using toll roads without a proper sticker has increased to 18,750 HUF (EUR 46) for payment within 60 days and to 74,970 HUF (EUR 187) for payment over 60 days for category D1, i.e. passenger cars. In 2022, this was HUF 16,220 (EUR 40) and HUF 64,850 (EUR 161) respectively.
Those who usually buy stickers for shorter periods should also consider buying an annual entitlement: in 2023, nine weekly vignettes cost the same as an annual entitlement.
The good news for motorists is that they no longer have to carry their driver’s license with them, so they will not get into trouble if they can not show it to the police when they are stopped – something that has caused problems and led to fines in the past. However, the change only applies to drivers who have been issued a driving license in Hungary and whose vehicle is registered in Hungary. Foreigners, Hungarians driving a car with a foreign registration number or foreigners driving a Hungarian car must continue to keep their documents with them.
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