Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel

The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel are used by over 43 million vehicles each year, making them two of the busiest roads in NSW.

Roads and Maritime Services use a number of traffic management techniques to manage the traffic flow, including time-of-day tolling, fully electronic tolling and the Electronic Lane Changing System (ELCS).

Important changes from 1 June 2013

Avoid additional tolling fees - fit your tag correctly

From 1 June 2013 drivers who travel the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Tunnel without a correctly installed and functioning tag may incur fees.

These are:

  • No tag fee: 55 cents to match a vehicle’s number plate to an existing toll account if a tag is not detected when travelling on the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Tunnel.
  • Toll notice transfer fee: $1.10 for people using the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Tunnel and pay a toll notice using a tag account.
  • Toll notice administration fee: An increase to $10 charged to drivers who receive a toll notice for crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Tunnel with no tolling account.

The changes bring RMS in line with all other NSW toll road operators.

Remember, avoid the fees by ensuring a tag is correctly installed and functioning. 
Find out how to make sure your tag is fitted correctly.

If you have an RMS E-Toll account we may waive the deposit fee on a second or third tag.

Time of day tolling

Time of day tolling was introduced on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel to help ease traffic congestion and to encourage motorists to travel outside peak hours where possible.


Cost of travelling southbound on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel

Weekdays Cost 
From 6:30am - 9:30am$4
From 9:30am - 4pm$3
From 4pm - 7pm$4
From 7pm - 6:30am$2.50
Weekends and Public Holidays Cost 
From 8am - 8pm$3
From 8pm - 8am$2.50

There is no toll charged to travel northbound on the Sydney Harbour Bridge or in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.


Fully electronic ‘cashless’ tolling - get a tag or pass

Fully electronic, or ‘cashless’ tolling allows motorists to experience quicker travel times by easing congestion at toll collection points. There are no points along these roads where you can stop to pay cash. Motorists are required to pay the toll charge electronically by establishing either an electronic tag or pass account.

Electronic Lane Changing System

The ELCS controls eight lanes of traffic and is managed remotely via the Transport Management Centre and by dedicated Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic controllers. The ELCS integrates electronic overhead signage, automatic movable medians and in-pavement lighting to adjust traffic direction, on average, five times a day in four different configurations.