In the old days, getting into and around the city, or from the city to the airport would involve travelling on narrow roads through suburban streets.
It’s comes of no surprise that the population of Sydney and its surrounding suburbs has expanded quite significantly over the past decade. This has meant our roads infrastructure has had to change to keep pace.
Modern motorways have transformed travel around and into Sydney, reducing travel times, increasing convenience and taking traffic off the streets where people live and work.
To pay for these new roads – which cost many millions of dollars if not more to build – a toll is often applied. This is a charge that motorists have to pay at fixed points along the motorway, tunnel or bridge.
Where are Sydney’s toll roads?
Here’s a full list of Sydney’s toll roads, or as it is often referred to as the Sydney Orbital Motorway Network:
- Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel (charged southbound only)
- Cross City Tunnel
- Eastern Distributor (charged northbound only)
- M2 Motorway
- M5 Motorway
- M7 Motorway
- Lane Cove Tunnel and Falcon Street Gateway.
Paying the toll
Paying a toll used to involve digging around for the right change, usually after waiting in a long queue of cars. Then you’d throw the change into a basket and be allowed to pass through.
All of the toll roads in Sydney are now set up for electronic tolling. Instead of using cash, you pay with an electronic tag or a pass.
This allows motorists to avoid the hold-up at toll booths which reduces congestion, fuel consumption and wear and tear on your car.
What is a tag or pass?
Roads and Maritime Services and three private companies sell electronic tags. You pay a set-up cost and then you receive a tag which is attached to the inside of the windscreen.
Each time you pass a toll collection point or through an electronic toll booth, the tag will automatically register your car and the toll will be deducted from your account.
A pass can be a better option for people who don’t use toll roads very often.
If you know you’re going to be using one of these roads, contact the toll road operator who will issue a pass. On the Lane Cove Tunnel, for example, cameras photograph your number plate as you pass through and the toll is deducted from your pass account.
What happens if you don’t have a tag or pass?
If you do happen to travel on a road that requires a toll payment, and you don’t have either a tag or pass you can arrange for payment by contacting a toll provider within 3 days of your first trip. Otherwise you will receive a toll notice requesting payment and an administration fee.
Getting a tag or pass
There are a range of tag and pass products available through different motorway operators, as well as Roads and Maritime Services. Each operator may apply different charges, deposits and amounts you need to pay to top-up your account.
All of these tags work on all toll roads in Australia (there are toll roads in other States).
To find out more about the different products available, contact your preferred operator from the list below: