Motorways in Italy

The length of the Italian public road network is 487,700 km. The length of the motorways is 6.758 km. All roads in Italy are paved.

Toll roads

In Italy there is a charge for using roads, which depends on the vehicle category and the distance traveled. Some tunnels are also chargeable.

Tariffs for selected motorways for 2021:

HighwayRoute (distance)valuation
A1Milan – Napoli (776 km)€ 57.10
A3Napoli – Salerno (55 km)€ 2.10
A4Turin – Trieste (542 km)€ 47.50
A5Turin – Courmayeur (163 km)€ 27.50
A6Turin – Savona (137 km)€ 11.40
A7Milan – Genoa (145 km)€ 10.60
A8Milan – Varese (57 km)€ 3.30
A9Lainate – Como (27 km)0.80 €
A10Genoa – Ventimiglia (157 km)€ 18.50
A11Florence – Pisa (85 km)€ 6.10
A12Genoa – Cecina (202 km)€ 23.80
A13Padua – Bologna (112 km)€ 8.10
A14Bologna – Taranto (749 km)€ 53.90
A15Parma – La Spezia (108 km)€ 13.90
A16Napoli – Canosa (194 km)15.00 €
A18Messina – Catania (78 km)€ 3.70
A20Messina – Buonfornello (175 km)€ 10.10
A21Turin – Brescia (265 km)€ 22.20
A22Brennero – Modena (316 km)€ 21.60
A23Bicinicco-Tarvisio (112 km)€ 9.00
A24Roma – Teramo (167 km)€ 17.50
A25Torano – Pescara (103 km)€ 11.40
A26Masone – Ornavasso (184 km)€ 14.50
A27Venice – Belluno (89 km)€ 8.10
A30Caserta – Salerno (58 km)€ 4.50
A32Turin – Bardonecchia (92 km)€ 14.10
A33Asti – Cuneo (50 km)€ 6.00

The table shows the guide prices, which are calculated once on the Italian motorway website at the beginning of the year, provided that the traffic is between points on the selected motorway.

For example:  Milan – Napoli (€ 57.10) while driving on the  A1  motorway  only  . If you are traveling on a different route, the fare may differ in one direction or the other.

How is the payment calculated?

To calculate the amount to be paid for tolls on the motorway, multiply the  tariff unit  by the number of kilometers traveled. Then VAT (22%) is added and the resulting amount is rounded to € 0.10.

Tariff unit

The unit of the tariff depends on several factors:

  • Vehicle class  – classified according to the height of the vehicle in the area of ​​the front axle and the number of axles

    Vehicle class in Italy
  • Type of motorway section  – flat or mountainous

    Motorway prices in ItalyClass of vehicleEINB.3four fiveFlatrate (€ / km) 0.072310.074010.098620.148640.17530 Mountain tariff (€ / km) 0.085470.087490.114140.174260.20629
  • Management company  – In the event that a section of the motorway is  split between different management companies,   the cost of each section must be calculated separately

In 2021, highway prices fell by an average of 2-3% compared to 2020.

Highway payment system

Motorway entrance:

  • If necessary, take an entrance ticket with you
  • Do not enter  the yellow TELEPASS lane

Departure from the motorway:

  • Use  only  white or blue stripes
  • Return the entry ticket and pay using one of the following methods

Payment Methods

Motorway payment station in Italy

Yellow stripes  – exclusively for Telepass customers.

Blue stripes  – self-service only with credit card and Viacard.

White stripes  are self-service money, credit cards and Viacard.

Operator White Stripes  –  operator service  for cash, credit cards and Viacard.

In Italy there are fully automatic payment points. You insert the ticket that you received earlier and the amount to be paid is displayed on the monitor. You can pay in cash (banknotes and coins) as well as by credit card.

When paying for trips at automatic points, there is no need to enter the exact amount into the machine. The machine gives change, but only in coins. The amount of change can be limited.

Barrier-free payment in northern Italy on the A36, A59 and A60 motorways.

For more information on vehicle classes and route calculation methods, see  Autostrade per l’Italia 

Land with special payment

Mont Blanc tunnel

The Mont Blanc tunnel is located under the Mont Blanc mountain between Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy). The Mont Blanc tunnel has a length of 11,611 m, of which it is located in France – 7,644 m, in Italy – 3,967 m.

Mont-Blanc tunnel in Italy

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2021:

vehicleDisposableRound tripFor 10 trips
Motorcycles with or without a sidecar€ 31.40€ 39.40€ 98.40
Passenger cars with 2 or more axles, a height in the area of ​​the front axle of less than 1.3 m and a total height of not more than 2 m€ 47.40€ 59.10€ 147.80
Cars, minibuses and vans with 2 or more axles with a total height of more than 2 m and not more than 3 m€ 62.70€ 78.80€ 197.00

The tunnel tariffs on the Italian side differ from those on the French side.

Additional information   on driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel.

Great St. Bernard Tunnel

Great St. Bernard Tunnel connects the Aosta Valley in Italy with the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. Great St. Bernard Tunnel is 5,798 m long, of which 1,602 m in Italy and 4,196 m in Switzerland.

Great St. Bernard Tunnel in Italy

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2021:

vehicleDisposableRound trip within 30 daysFor 10 trips
Motorcycles with or without a sidecarEUR 16.50
CHF 17.50
EUR 22.10
CHF 23.50
EUR 112.00
CHF 118.50
Passenger cars with 2 or more axles, a height in the area of ​​the front axle of less than 1.3 m and a total height of not more than 2 mEUR 27.80
CHF 29.50
EUR 44.60
CHF 47.30
EUR 112.00
CHF 118.50
Cars, minibuses and vans with 2 or more axles with a total height of more than 2 m and not more than 3 mEUR 43.40
CHF 46.00
EUR 69.30
CHF 73.50
EUR 260.50
CHF 276.00

Additional information   on driving the Great St. Bernard Tunnel.

Frejus tunnel

The Frejus Tunnel connects Bardonecchia in Italy and Modane in France. The Frejus Tunnel has a length of 12,895 m, of which 6,360 m in Italy and 6,535 m in France.

Frejus tunnel in Italy

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2021:

vehicleDisposableRound trip8 trips
Motorcycles with or without a sidecar€ 31.40€ 39.40€ 97.20
Passenger cars with 2 or more axles, a height in the area of ​​the front axle of less than 1.3 m and a total height of not more than 2 m€ 47.40€ 59.10€ 148.50
Cars, minibuses and vans with 2 or more axles with a total height of more than 2 m and not more than 3 m€ 62.70€ 78.80€ 194.70

Tariffs for the Frejus tunnel  in Italian (474 ​​Kb).

Munt la Schera tunnel

The Munt la Schera tunnel connects the Livigno valley in Italy with the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The Munt la Schera tunnel has a length of 3.385 m.

The tunnel has been in operation around the clock since January 1, 2010.

The tunnel has only one lane (maximum width 2.5 m). Therefore, a backward movement is organized in the tunnel, which is controlled by traffic lights. There is a change of direction every 20 minutes.

Munt la Schera tunnel in Italy

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2021 (from December 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021):

vehiclePayment methodDisposableRound trip
motorcycleson siteCHF 13.00
(EUR 12)
CHF 20.00
(EUR 18)
E-ticketCHF 25.00
(EUR 23)
CHF 42.00
(EUR 38)
Cars and minibuses with up to 9 seats up to 3.5 t, including trailers

(Sunday – Friday)
on siteCHF 25.00
(EUR 23)
CHF 42.00
(EUR 38)
E-ticketCHF 20.00
(EUR 18)
CHF 35.00
(EUR 32)
Cars and minibuses with up to 9 seats up to 3.5 t, including trailers

(Saturday)
on siteCHF 35.00
(EUR 32)
CHF 50.00
(EUR 45)
E-ticketCHF 29.00
(EUR 26)
CHF 42.00
(EUR 38)
RVson siteCHF 25.00
(EUR 23)
CHF 44.00
(EUR 40)
E-ticketCHF 23.00
(EUR 21)
CHF 41.00
(EUR 37)
Minibuses from 10 to 19 seatson siteCHF 34.00
(EUR 31)
– –

Payment for the trip is made in cash (EUR and CHF) or by credit card.

Special traffic rules apply to driving through the tunnel in the period 2020-2021:

More information   about the passage through the Munt la Schera tunnel.

Panorama high alpine road Timmelsjoch

This is a high road from Austria to Italy. It connects the Ötztal in the Austrian Tyrol with the Passeier in the Italian province of Bolzano.

Panorama Timmelsjoch Street in Italy

Street coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  .

Tariffs for 2020:

vehicleOne-way ticketThere and back ticketSeason ticket
motorcycles15.00 €€ 21.00€ 80.00
Passenger cars with up to 9 seats, including mobile homes, up to 3.5 t€ 17.00€ 24.00€ 80.00
Trucks and motor homes over 3.5 t€ 28.00€ 28.00– –

The return ticket is valid throughout the season, but cannot be used on the same day.

Parking (Parcheggio) in Italy

Parking (Parcheggio) in Italy

Many Italian cities have restrictions on the time cars can be parked in the center. These limits depend on the day of the week, the time of day, and whether the date is an even or an odd number. Even unintentional violations of the rules are punishable by severe penalties.

Parking zones

Blue zone – Blue parking lines mean either “Pay and Install” (pay for a ticket in the machine and place it under the windshield) or specify the point in time from which parking on the blue parking disc has been paid for. Blue discs are available from banks, tourist offices, tobacco and post offices.

White Zone – If the parking lot is marked with white lines, it means that parking is free.

Yellow Zone – Indicates this is a disabled or delivery vehicle parking space.

Read more about the parking types and payment methods in different cities in Italy.

Italy road map

Italy road map

Main traffic rules in Italy

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Italy

Standard speed limits in Italy (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and motorcycles  [1]  :

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 110 km / h
  • on the highway – 130 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 70 km / h
  • on the way – 80 km / h
  • on the highway – 80 km / h

1  In wet weather, the speed limits are lower: 90 km / h on the road and 110 km / h on motorways.

The same restrictions apply to vehicles with studded tires.

For vehicles with snow chains, the maximum speed is 50 km / h.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.5 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is more than 0.5 ‰ and less than 0.8 ‰, the fine is € 527 to € 2.108 and the license is suspended for a period of 3 to 6 months.

If the blood alcohol level is more than 0.8 ‰ and less than 1.5 ‰, the fine is € 800 to € 3,200 and the license is suspended for a period of 6 months to 1 year. A prison sentence of up to 6 months is also possible.

If the blood alcohol level is more than 1.5 ‰, the fine is € 1,500 to € 6,000 and the license is suspended for a period of 1 to 2 years. A prison sentence of 6 months to 1 year and the seizure of a vehicle are also possible.

Refusing the exam will result in a fine of € 1,500 to € 6,000 and the suspension of the license for a period of 6 months to 2 years. A prison sentence of 6 months to 1 year is also possible.

For drivers under the age of 21 or with less than 3 years of experience, the permitted blood alcohol level is  0.00 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level of such drivers is more than 0.00 ‰ and less than 0.5 ‰, the fine will be € 163 to € 658.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The use of dipped headlights is mandatory outside built-up areas and in poor visibility (snow and rain). The use of dipped headlights is also mandatory when driving through tunnels.

If the car is equipped with DRL, the low beam is optional.

Rear fog lights can only be used if the visibility is less than 50 meters or in heavy rain or snow.

In the event of a violation, the fine is between € 41 and € 168.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under 3 years of age are only allowed  to  travel if they use child restraint systems that are suitable for their weight.

Children under 3 years and under 150 cm in height must use a child seat or booster that is appropriate for their weight.

Children over 150 cm can use normal seat belts.

The fine for violating the rules for transporting children is between 80 and 323 euros.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

Fine of € 80 to € 323.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

Fine of € 160 to € 646.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

tint

It is forbidden to tint the windshield and the front side windows.

The degree of transparency of the rear windows is not subject to any restrictions as long as the vehicle is equipped with rear-view mirrors on both sides.

Punish

Police officers have the right to impose fines on the spot for traffic violations. If you pay on the spot penalty is  1  /  4  of the maximum amount of the fine. In this case, an official receipt will be issued.

In the case of serious crimes (exceeding the speed limit, driving at a red light, exceeding the permitted blood alcohol content, etc.), which are committed at night between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., the amount of the fine is increased by a third.

Vehicles parked in violation of the regulations can be removed by the police at the owner’s expense.

Fines for some traffic violations in Italy:

violationPunish
Exceeding the maximum speed by no more than 10 km / h41 – 168 €
Exceeding the speed limit from 10 km / h to 40 km / h€ 168 – 674
Exceeding the speed limit from 40 km / h to 60 km / h€ 527 – 2,108
Exceeding the speed limit over 60 km / h€ 821 – € 3.287
Passage at a red light€ 162-646
Failure to comply with the requirements of prohibition signs or
road markings
41 – 168 €
Violation of the rules for crossing a level crossing84 – 335 €
Failure to keep the distance41 – 168 €
Overtaking on the right hand side if not
allowed
€ 80-308
Overtaking where this is prohibited by signs or road markings€ 162-646

In Italy, when determining the speed, there is an error of 5% (but not less than 5 km / h) in favor of the offender. What does that mean?

Speed ​​limit - 130 km / h
130 km / h + error 5% = 136.5 km / h 130 km / h + more than 10 km / h + error 5% = 147 km / h
This means that a speed of up to 10 km / h is achieved in the range of 137 km / h - 147 km / h.

We calculate the remaining areas accordingly:
up to 10 km / h: 137 km / h - 147 km / h from 10 km / h to 40 km / h: 148 km / h - 178 km / h from 40 km / h to 60 km / h: 179 km / h - 199 km / h over 60 km / h: from 200 km / h

Restricted traffic area

Limited traffic area in Italy

Access to the restricted area (  Zona Traffico Limitato  ) – normally these areas are located in historical city centers – is forbidden without special permission. There is a corresponding sign before entering such a zone.

The only exception may be that your hotel is in such a zone. Upon arrival at the hotel, you must inform the staff of the number and model of the vehicle. The staff will forward this data to the police, who will add your car to the list of approved vehicles.

How can you read such a sign? For example, this sign indicates that the travel restriction applies to unauthorized cars and motorcycles. The passage is allowed for vehicles with disabilities, police, ambulances and rescue services. And also allocated hours for loading and unloading trucks.

When in doubt about what is stated on the sign, it is better to play it safe and not drive under it.

Along with these signs are surveillance systems that automatically take photos of all vehicles entering under this sign. The Italian authorities have 360 ​​days to report the violation.

Limited traffic area in Italy

However, this is more likely to be true of those who travel by rental car. So far, I have not heard of fines being imposed on those who entered these zones and drove in a car with Russian numbers. But it’s not worth checking for yourself.

Useful information

petrol

Unleaded petrol (  95 and 98 octane  ) and diesel (  Gasolio  ) are available in Italy. There is no such thing as leaded gasoline. There are a large number of petrol stations (LPG).

On the territory of the country, no more than 10 liters of canned fuel are allowed in one car.

Gas station in Italy

Italy has a large number of gas stations. Be aware, however, that many of those located in small towns (e.g. shops and restaurants) may close for a few hours in the middle of the day. When entering such a gas station, an  Aperto  sign (open) or a  Chiuso sign  (closed) is installed. Gas stations on motorways are open around the clock.

Recently, many gas stations on highways have self-service dispensers (this has only been seen in small towns so far). Those. Before refueling, next to the dispenser, pay the required amount of fuel in the machine and then refuel yourself. The prices for such speakers can be 10 to 20 cents lower.

Changes compared to the previous period are displayed. Update every two weeks.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Police – 113
  • Fire Brigade – 115
  • Technical assistance on the roads – 116
  • Ambulance – 118

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Warning triangle  – except for motorcycles
  • A reflective vest  is required if you leave a car that has been left standing on the road or on your shoulder at night or in poor visibility.
    Fine of € 41 to € 168.

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires is optional but is highly recommended in the northern regions of the country. Each region can have its own requirements and time frames for using winter tires and snow chains.

In the Aosta Valley, vehicles must be equipped with winter tires or summer tires with snow chains from October 15th to April 15th.

In the Bolzano region (South Tyrol), vehicles must be fitted with winter tires from November 15 to April 15, regardless of the weather conditions.

If the car is not ready for winter conditions – a fine of 80-318 euros.

spikes

Studded tires are only permitted from November 15th to March 15th. Studded tires can only be used for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 tons. If used, studded tires must be fitted to all wheels including the trailer.

Anti-slip chains

Snow chains may be used if a corresponding traffic sign is installed.

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

It is recommended that you equip your vehicles with a set of replacement bulbs.

Transportation or use Radar detector forbidden  . Violating this rule will result in a fine of 821 to 3,287 euros and loss of the device.