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Paying for Rental Car Tolls

cars at toll booth

The process of paying for toll roads can be a bit of a thorny issue, as it’s easy to be unclear about exactly how fees are calculated, and what the most cost-effective approach might be. Different car rental companies will have different policies, so it’s crucial to check the fine print and see what your best options are when paying for a rental car toll.

Do You Have to Pay Tolls in a Rental Car?

Drivers are responsible for the toll roads they drive during the duration of their car rental. Some companies offer opt-in toll programs, which means paying a small daily administration or “convenience” surcharge to cover any trips you make on toll roads during the rental period. Others will have a program which activates the surcharge only after you enter a toll road, after which point you may have to pay a daily fee even if you don’t travel on any toll roads after that. Regardless of the daily administration fee, you’ll also have to pay the cost of the toll itself. The total cost may be capped, though, so check to see if your car rental company has specified a maximum fee during your rental period.

man paying for toll road

You might be able to choose to opt-out of the rental company’s toll program. This is recommended if you’re certain you won’t be using any toll roads at all, which might be perfectly possible – especially if you do your homework ahead of time and plot the perfect, toll-free route online. You might also be able to use toll roads that have cash lanes, which allow you to simply pay in person as you go.

You might also be able to handle things personally, using your own pre-existing arrangement for paying tolls. For example, you might be able to use your own transponder device from home. Check if this is possible, and register your rental car with your account if so. Make sure your rental car company is officially aware if you’re doing things yourself, to avoid being hit by the same toll twice.

The information provided in this guide was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change at any time. Please check your car rental company’s terms for the latest information.