A Guide to Tolls and Tolling in Ireland

An Irish motorway

Where are the toll locations in Ireland?

There are eleven toll roads in the Republic of Ireland, with twelve toll locations (the M3 route has two). They are located as follows:

Tolls Ireland

  • On the M1 in Meath between J7 Julianstown and J8 Duleek
  • On the M3 in Meath between J5 Dunboyne and J6 Dunshaughlin
  • On the M3 in Meath between J9 Navan North and J10 Kells
  • On the M4 on the Kildare/Meath bounds, between J8 Kilcock and J9 Enfield
  • On the M6 in Galway between J15 Ballinasloe West and J16 Loughrea
  • On the M7 in Laois between J18 Portlaoise West and the M8 jct
  • On the M8 in Cork between J16 Rathcormac and J17 Watergrasshill
  • On the N25 Waterford City Bypass, near where it meets the M9 at Grannagh
  • On the M50 in Dublin between J6 Blanchardstown and J7 Lucan – this one is barrier-free
  • At the Port Tunnel in Dublin
  • At Tom Clarke Bridge in Dublin city centre (East-Link)
  • At the Limerick Tunnel (on the N18 between J2 Dock Rd and J3 Cratloe)

How to use the M50 toll road

On the M50, you do not need to stop, as this toll uses a video and sensor capture system to take note of your registration number. The approach to the toll is indicated with roadside signposts and road markings. The actual tolling point is identified with a gantry which spans 4 lanes each side. The gantry shows a purple “TOLL HERE” sign, and contains a set of overhead cameras as seen below.

Tolls Ireland

All other toll roads have a plaza with a variety of toll booths.

How much are tolls in Ireland?

The tolls all vary in cost depending on your vehicle type, but here’s a handy guide for pricing on all toll roads for a car or van (last updated October 2021)

M1 M3
(both toll locations)
M4 M6, M7, M8, N25 & Limerick Tunnel East Link Toll M50 Toll
Car €1.90 €1.50 €2.90 €1.90 €1.40 €3.10*
Van €3.40 €2.20 €4.40 €3.40 €2.10 / €2.85 €4* / €5.30*

How much is the toll for The Dublin Tunnel?

Southbound Between 6 am to 10 am Monday to Friday – €10.00 Any other time – €3.00 Northbound: Between 4 pm to 7 pm Monday to Friday – €10.00 All other times – €3.00 For further information on pricing please visit etoll.ie

The Dublin Tunnel is €3 per journey except at peak times, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). The peak time charge is €10, and it applies southbound between 6am and 10am, and northbound between 4pm and 7pm. Goods vehicles weighing more than 3,500km do not pay tolls in the Dublin Tunnel.

For further information on pricing on all tolls, see TII’s website.

*The M50 has lower toll rates if you use a toll tag, or sign up for an eFlow video account.

How do you pay for them?

Eleven of Ireland’s toll locations have a regular barrier toll plaza and you can pay there and then. All of these accept cash but vary when it comes to card payments.

  • No card payments: M8, Limerick Tunnel (N18), Tom Clarke Bridge (East Link)
  • Contactless card payment, but not PIN/Swipe: both M3 tolls, M4
  • Mastercard and Visa cards generally accepted: M1, M6, M7, Port Tunnel, N25

The M50’s toll is barrier free. You can pay online HERE or by going to a Payzone outlet, which are located across Ireland. You must pay your toll by 8pm the day after your travel, otherwise a late payment penalty will be incurred.

You can also pay using their M50 Quick Pay app, which is available for download form Apple and Android HERE

I’m travelling a lot. Is it possible to save some money on these, and/or avoid having to carry a lot of coins?

There are a number of companies providing toll tags for frequent users – this is a small tag you install in the front of your vehicle (usually at the top of the windscreen). Most of these now work for all toll plazas in Ireland, and allow you to go through the express lanes at a toll plazas. The fee is either taken from your account or added to a bill, depending on your set-up. At the M50 toll, drivers pay €1 less per toll when using a tag. For more information on tag providers please click HERE

With the M50, you also have the option of a video account. This gives you a saving of 50c per journey, no next day deadline and the option to prepay. This account only works on the M50 eToll. To sign up for the account visit eflow.ie

If you have other questions about motorway usage, check out our Motorway FAQs here: they include everything you need to know about speed limits, cameras, and diversion symbols. We also have info on what you should do if you break down on a motorway here.

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