The first motorways in Spain where built in the 1960’s by the private sector based on a toll concession system. These companies were in charge of financing, building, operating and maintaining their motorways under the supervision of the State.

Then, the Central State and other regional administrations granted more toll motorways and nowadays the toll motorway network reaches more than 3,300 km.

The Spanish toll motorway sector was represented since 1973 by ASETA (Asociación de Sociedades Españolas Concesionarias de Autopistas, Túneles, Puentes y Vías de Peaje). In 2014, ASETA was integrated in SEOPAN (Asociación de Empresas Constructoras y Concesionarias de Infraestructuras).


  • Law 8/1972 regulating the construction, operation and maintenance of Toll roads.
  • Decree 215/1973, approving general terms and conditions for Toll Roads.
  • Law 13/2003, regulating public works concession contract.
  • Law 30/2007, regulating contracts with public sector. 

Duration of concessions:

  • 40 years for construction concessions: could be extended until 46 years.
  • 20 years for operation concessions.


Toll motorways have been crucial for the economic development of the country and many cities and regions have profited of a safe and fast transport of passengers and goods through our roads

In Spain toll motorways coexist with a much bigger network of expressways that have been financed through public funds, free of toll for the user (the share is 20% toll vs 80% non-tolled). This reality has a lot of implications and produces an important disequilibrium that need to be rebalanced.

Moreover, the crisis had an important impact on the road network: On one hand, toll motorways have suffered important decreases of traffic and some recently awarded motorways that are in their ramp-up phase are in a critical economic situation. In the other and, regarding the toll-free network, the lack of public funds for building new roads and maintaining the existing ones requires exploring other alternatives to finance and keep the road network in perfect conditions.

Thus, regarding to the future, it is necessary to review our road financing system in order to rebalance the existing situation, to make an efficient use of our road network and to promote new infrastructure projects in Spain.


Network as for 01.01.2013


Blue01 = existing toll motorway network

Purple01 = toll motorway network in construction

Green = toll bridges, tunnels and roads


Data as for 31/12/2019 (Source: 2020 Statistical Bulletin)

Companies Km   Toll revenues (VAT & other taxes excluded)
23 2347   Euros (million) 1854,49
Traffic (Average daily)   Payment means
Light vehicles 21002   Toll stations 186
Heavy vehicles 3773   Toll lanes 2075
Total 24775   ETC lanes or mixed lanes 1750
      ETC subscribers 6526956
Rest areas 115      
Services areas (with petrol stations) 70      
Restaurants 77      
Hotels 4      


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