If you are in the country and you need to pay tolls in Spain, you should know that the roads are divided into AUTOPISTA and AUTOVÍA. AUTOPISTAS are the toll roads and AUTOVÍAS are free. 

All vehicles traveling on the AUTOPISTA are subject to toll charges. Toll sections include motorways, expressways, bridges, tunnels, and car parks. The toll road network in Spain is managed by different toll operators. In general, tolls depend on the category of vehicle, the distance traveled, the specific road section, the time range, and the season. But there are also road sections with a fixed price for passing, regardless of the vehicle category. Prices are higher in summer.

Vehicle classification in Spain

In Spain, vehicles are mainly classified into 3 categories according to which tolls are paid:

  • Category Light (Ligeros)

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Motorcycles with or without sidecar; 

Cars without trailers and touring vehicles with 2 axles and 4 tires;

Buses, minibusses, vans, trucks with 2 axles and without dual tires;

Buses, vans, vans, trucks with 2 axles and without double tires with trailers without double tires;

Single axle cars, trailers without dual tires; 

Vehicles with trailers with 2 or more axles without dual tires.

  • Category Heavy 1 (Pesados 1)

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Trucks and buses with 2 axles and dual tires;

Cars, trucks, vans, and minibuses with 2 axles and 4 wheels in composition with a trailer with 1 axle and double tire.

Trucks and buses with 3 axles and double tires. 




  • Category Heavy 2 (Pesados 2)

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Cars, trucks, vans, and minibusses in trailer composition with 2 or more axles on the trailer and at least one axle with dual tires.

Trucks and buses (with twin tires), with or without a trailer, with a total of 4 or more axles. 



For some toll operators and toll roads there are 4 categories, e.g. for Tunel del CadiTuneles de Vallvidrera, Castelldefels – El Vendrell, C-16 Sant Cugat-Manresa.

For some toll sections, the “Light” category is also divided into subcategories with a different price for each subgroup, e.g. – AUTOPISTA AP-51, AP-6, CONEXIÓN CON ÁVILA, AUTOPISTA AP-61, AP-6, CONEXIÓN CON SEGOVIA, AUTOPISTA AP-7, MALAGA-ESTEPONA.


What are the rates for tolls in Spain? 

Spanish toll roads are managed by different toll operators. 

Current toll rates in Spain can be found at: Portal for access to public administration in Spain – Spanish General Access Point (SGAP).  


Is VAT charged on tolls in Spain? 

In Spain, there are sections where 21% VAT is charged and those where there is no VAT on the toll. 


Which roads in Spain are paid for and which are free?  

Information on which road sections in Spain are toll and free can be found at the official website for access to public administration in Spain

On the same link,  you can also find up-to-date information on the toll rates on the various toll roads in Spain – AUTOPISTAS.

How to pay tolls in Spain? 

In Spain, tolls can be paid in two ways:

  • The first way is in cash or by bank card.

Drivers who have chosen this method of toll payment must use manual toll lanes. There is no discount for cash payment.  Payment may be at the entrance or exit of the relevant section.

  • The second way is via an on-board unit (OBU)

On-board users can cross the fast lanes marked “Télépeaje”, “T” or “Via T”, thus avoiding unnecessary stops.

The tolls in Spain are one of the highest, but there are alternative roads that you don’t have to pay for. Of course, they are busier and can take longer to get around.

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