Welcome traveller, enjoy the road trip… Oh, and the magical toll charges we’ll sprinkle along the way.
Whether you’re coming from overseas or interstate, it is most likely you do not have an account with one of the many toll operators in Australia. But that’s ok, you’re here, which means you at least know about them, and are researching to gain knowledge on how to avoid any unexpected toll charges when you return home from your well deserved holiday. Last thing you want after a holiday is a bill, am I right?
In Australia, only 3 states have toll roads, New South Wales (NSW), Queensland (QLD), and Victoria (VIC). All other states and territories are toll free.
Of course the best first step to take is to discuss the topic with your car rental company. They will be the best point of contact for your specific situation. Note, not all rental companies work the same, so don’t assume what one rental company says will stand true with another company. So make sure you get advice from the rental company you finally end up renting from.
If you are renting a vehicle from one of the major players, they will most likely be fitted with an electronic tag, or at least have their vehicles registered with the toll operators. This makes it super efficient for the toll charges to be associated to your rental period and subsequently charged to you. Some toll charges will automatically be deducted from your credit card, while others will be added to your final bill when you return the vehicle.
Keep in mind, when using toll roads through a registered rental company, you will be charged an extra fee for each day that you use a toll road. This is known as a Daily Service Fee, which at the time of writing this ranged from $3.00 to $5.00 including gst.
So now that you know about toll roads in Australia, enjoy your trip!