Three questions about GO box for Austria (1 Viewer)

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Seems like a terrible faff to negotiate the GO box system. How much do they cost and is there money back when you leave Austria and hand it back? Secondly, where do I find a reliable map that shows what routes are chargeable? Last, we are 3850 kg GVW. Do we need the box regardless of what routes we use? Thanks.
 
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I’m 7.5t and used this website:


Completed the pdf for motorhome and took it along with relevant documents to a go-box outlet just as we entered Austria and all was completed and box given and not been a problem at all. I use my Revolut account to settle the bills.
 
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It’s expensive too and we had to send them a letter from Fiat confirming our Euro emissions class, which cost us about £35. Otherwise they said they would fine us. Maybe the system has changed now, but we’ll never find out. Switzerland is mush easier and cheaper if you’re just transiting through
 
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They are a real pita.
You load the thing with credit and get a refund on leaving for any balance remaining.
In Austria motorways signs are green, A roads are blue so a reverse of what we're used to. I think you need the gobox for the green signed roads.
I think you can go and plan to use just the blue routes but some have been directed onto green routes, motorways, by police and then fined for not having the box.
This may happen more often if snow blocks some routes ? so in summer you should be ok.
If I go Austria again I think I'd take and chance and not get one, just stick to side roads and hope for the best.

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We give Austria a wide berth, we once travelled along the free roads to avoid getting a Go box for the 12 kilometres section from Switzerland to Germany and it was a pain in the BS. This used to be free.
Later we went from Slovakia to Germany which was interesting but we couldn't work out if we needed to prepay the tunnels or if they were paid on entry so we avoided them resulting in some steep mountain roads.
 
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I’m 7.5t and used this website:


Completed the pdf for motorhome and took it along with relevant documents to a go-box outlet just as we entered Austria and all was completed and box given and not been a problem at all. I use my Revolut account to settle the bills.
How much did the box cost?
 
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It’s expensive too and we had to send them a letter from Fiat confirming our Euro emissions class, which cost us about £35. Otherwise they said they would fine us. Maybe the system has changed now, but we’ll never find out. Switzerland is mush easier and cheaper if you’re just transiting through
£35 for a day transit?

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I wouldn't bother personally. We mainly avoided the motorways to enjoy the scenery and only used them for a couple of short links late in the day. We were over 3.5T but not immediately obvious from the look of the vehicle.
 
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I wouldn't bother personally. We mainly avoided the motorways to enjoy the scenery and only used them for a couple of short links late in the day. We were over 3.5T but not immediately obvious from the look of the vehicle.
Happy to avoid motorways but not sure if our route is doable that way. Is it the A numbered roads that are motorways? And what about expressways?
 
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How much did the box cost?
Can’t remember, think it may have been something like €10 for the deposit and nothing else as they bill you monthly if used, was very easy and I prefer to have the box rather than worrying what if’s
 
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Can’t remember, think it may have been something like €10 for the deposit and nothing else as they bill you monthly if used, was very easy and I prefer to have the box rather than worrying what if’s
Was it easy to return the box and get the deposit back?

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its not, it covers any 10 days however you use them up to a year so you can use it both ways and even for a second trip if it works
If you're only there for 1 day, it's still £35......
 
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On leaving Vienna, I took the side roads and couldn't find anywhere to return the gobox :mad:
I ended up bringing it home then posting it back.
Eventually I got a refund, about 3 euro 🤬🤬🤬
 
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If you're only there for 1 day, it's still £35......
How are you getting back then?

I'm pretty sure Gobox will cost more and you DO need to take something with your emissions class on it or theyvwill fine you as well . For whatever reason they're not happyvwith the V5.

There are a few go box related threads on here with the routes taken to avoid motorways. I've been though by Innsbruck onto the brenner pass, from trieste to Munich via plockenpass and Grossglockner ( tolled but easy without gobox)
 
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Been through Austria a number of times but only once using the Go Box toll roads. That was with a tag axle Burstner and it worked out very expensive.
I loaded it with god knows how many euros, as we got nearer to where we were going it started bleeping like mad and kept doing so. Think I probably went over our prepaid credit but it wasn’t getting anymore.
Seem to remember it accidentally ended up in a river never to be seen or heard again.

Always stick to the “A” roads after that and never had a problem.

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£35 for a day transit?
No. The charges are in the photo below. £25 or so for a one day transit or £31 or so for 10 days in a year. I think you’ll find that Austria at around 1 euro per 4km, plus the go box is a tad more expensive and you need to prove your emissions. Also the Austrian traffic police are very keen on checking you’ve got the correct vignette or go box, particularly at service stations.
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I've used the Go Box for the past seven years.
Not too much of a hassle
Take proof of euro status to the office - they are well signed in German autobahn service stations as you approach Austria.
Prepay around 150 euros (Would get you East to West easily in Austria).
The toothless east European lady had trouble with my address being just a house name, no number, no street name.
Follow the instructions.
I keep mine for the next ski trip.
nearly caught out by C19 as they have a two year life span - reentered with a few weeks to spare.
This year they swapped for a new smaller box (no extra charge).


ping ping ping

Might not use for summer trip, but winter ski trip Autobahns suit better.
 
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No. The charges are in the photo below. £25 or so for a one day transit or £31 or so for 10 days in a year. I think you’ll find that Austria at around 1 euro per 4km, plus the go box is a tad more expensive and you need to prove your emissions. Also the Austrian traffic police are very keen on checking you’ve got the correct vignette or go box, particularly at service stations. View attachment 731502
Quite.

I find It ironic that sub 3500kgs costs more on the same basis but hey Ive never worked out Austrian logic :unsure:
 
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What a shambles! If they want our money, why don't they make it simple. (Talking about Austria). Stuff it. I'll just keep off the motorways. I think it should be easy with the route I intend.
 
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We went Salzburg to Slovenia non toll in our 7.5t van and it was a lovely drive up over the mountains😁
There was some big hills that made the van grunt a bit but worth it.
Still snow at the top of the mountain ski resorts🥶🥶
 
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What a shambles! If they want our money, why don't they make it simple. (Talking about Austria). Stuff it. I'll just keep off the motorways. I think it should be easy with the route I intend.
They dont. There are always threads complaining about go box. So I emailed the Austrrian tourist board and suggested that maybe they should treat motorhomes differently to trucks as it was having a detrimental effectvon tourism?

Their response was a link to the toll people. :banghead:
 

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