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Driving abroad.

Get ready for your trip.

Which European countries have toll roads? Where are drivers required to use their headlights in the daytime? Which documents are essential abroad? We give you the inside track on the different rules that apply across Europe. So that you can relax and simply enjoy the drive.

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Toll charges. The essentials.

Tolls are levied on motorways, pass roads and tunnels in many European countries. These can be paid by purchasing a vignette, using a swipe card, registering for an electronic tag or handing over cash or cards directly at a tollbooth. Automobile associations such as the ADAC, AVD and ACE can provide you with an overview of current charges.

Country
Regulation
 
Austria
Vignette required
 
Switzerland
Vignette required
 
UK

Toll on the M6 motorway and congestion charge within London

For more on the congestion charge, check www.cclondon.com. Please note: most of Greater London is designated a low emission zone (LEZ). You must register in advance if you wish to drive there with a foreign registered vehicle that is subject to a charge in this respect. Failure to do so could result in a major fine. For example, campers of between 2.5 t and 3.5 t GVW and Transporters with an unladen weight of between 1.205 t and 3.5 t must pay the charge if they do not meet the EURO III emission standard. For further information, check www.epcplc.com

 
France
Tolls on motorways (apart from some bypass roads)
 
Italy
Tolls on motorways and congestion charges in Milan and Bologna
 
Spain
Tolls on motorways
 
Czech Republic
Vignette required
 
Poland
Tolls on the A1, A2 and A4 motorways
 
Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Portugal and Greece
Tolls on motorways
 
Denmark, Sweden and Norway
Some bridge tolls and congestion charging
 
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Lights are a must. For a safe drive.

Dipped beam headlights must now be used at all times, even during the day, when driving in many European countries. The aim of this is to help road users see each other and improve safety on the road. The daytime running lights standard in all current Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles models are a particularly elegant means of ensuring compliance with this requirement. By helping other road users spot the vehicle early on, they represent a real safety bonus.

Light up. Avoid the fine.

A fine may be levied for driving without your headlights switched on in some European countries. That is why we recommend always leaving your lights on, even during the day, where this is required. The latest information on the amount of the fine charged for breaching this requirement to drive with your headlights on is available from automobile associations such as the ADAC, AVD and ACE.

Country
Applicability
Period of enforcement
Bosnia and Herzegovina
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Bulgaria
in populated areas and outside of towns
winter period (1 November to 31 March)
Denmark
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Germany
recommended for all roads
all year round
Estonia
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Finland
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
France
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Iceland
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Italy
outside of towns
all year round
Croatia
in populated areas and outside of towns
winter period (last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March)
Latvia
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Lithuania
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Luxembourg
recommended for all roads
all year round
Macedonia
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Moldova
in populated areas and outside of towns
winter period (November to March)
Montenegro
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Norway
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Poland
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Portugal
on certain roads
all year round
Romania
outside of towns
all year round
Russia
outside of towns
all year round
Sweden
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Switzerland
recommended for all roads
all year round
Serbia
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Slovakia
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Slovenia
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Czech Republic
in populated areas and outside of towns
all year round
Hungary
outside of towns
all year round
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Well kitted out for driving abroad. The right spare bulbs on board.

Some countries require drivers to carry spare bulbs. We recommend Volkswagen Genuine Parts®: spare bulb boxes with high grade H4 or H7 LongLife dipped headlights and the key bulbs and fuses for your particular vehicle. Your Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Service Partner will be happy to advise you on the right set for your vehicle. It can also supply high-visibility vests, which must also be carried in the vehicle nowadays in many countries.

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Accident abroad?

We tell you what you now need to be aware of.

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Your travel document checklist:

Passport and health insurance card

Sometimes, you’re already on the road before you think about which travel documents you need – and have left at home. To prevent that happening to you, remember to bring with you the following:

  • passport or ID (please note: as of June 2012, children also require their own child passport).
  • Visa
  • Driving licence/international driving licence
  • Vehicle registration (officially: part 1 of the motor vehicle registration certificate)
  • Green Card if applicable (please ask your motor insurer)
  • EU accident form from your motor insurer
  • Vaccination record and health insurance card
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Fast help: roadside assistance

Need help following a breakdown or getting back home after falling ill on holiday? You need just one number for all eventualities: 0800 897378423.

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