What is the Gleinalm Tunnel?
Last updated: 23.11.2023
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In addition to the Bosruck Tunnel, a journey through the Gleinalm Tunnel on the A 9 Pyhrn Motorway is unavoidable. While the Bosruck Tunnel is passed through in the center of Austria, just before Liezen, Selzthal, and Rottenmann, the Gleinalm Tunnel is reached about 100 km later, between St. Michael in Upper Styria and Kleintal (about 50 km before Graz). Just like the Bosruck Tunnel, the Gleinalm Tunnel is also operated as a special toll route. This means that for the journey through the Gleinalm Tunnel, no vignette is required, but a route-based toll is necessary, which can be purchased in digital form from our online shop. The Gleinalm Tunnel also has a separate toll lane, where the digital toll is recognized by cameras installed on-site at a slightly reduced speed. The previously removed barrier additionally speeds up the passage through the Gleinalm Tunnel, avoiding frequent waiting times/congested traffic that occurred in the past.
The Gleinalm Tunnel stretches over a length of 8,320 meters (8.3 km). For comparison: the Bosruck Tunnel is only 5,425 meters (5.4 km) long. Similar to several other tunnels in Austria (with a few exceptions), the Gleinalm Tunnel also has two tunnel tubes. The daily traffic volume in the Gleinalm Tunnel ranges from 22,000 to 40,000 cars and trucks per day.
The Gleinalm Tunnel was opened in 1978. The second tube of the Gleinalm Tunnel was opened in July 2017, after several fatal accidents at a permitted maximum speed of 80 km/h led to the urgent need for a second tube. The second tube was reopened in December 2019 after extensive renovation works. As both motorway tunnels are located on the A 9 Pyhrn Motorway, using the A 9 does not necessarily mean that both tunnels have to be passed through. In our online shop, you have the option to purchase the toll for both sections together or individually.
During renovation works, the Gleinalm Tunnel was also optimized, so that the separate toll lane is now wider, facilitating maneuvering for wider vehicles.