Toll Roads in Ireland
Most motorways in Ireland are toll roads. Note that the amount of toll usually varies by vehicle type that's why VroomVroomVroom has compiled a quick guide on which roads have tolls and what are the penalties for not paying them. Learn more about each toll road, including its location and toll charge for cars below.
Which roads have tolls?
There are a number of different toll roads located across the Republic of Ireland with different rates. As of January 2019, the following roads will cost you:
- M1 Motorway (Gormanston to Monasterboice Toll Road), toll charge for cars is €1.90.
- M3 Clonee-Kells (Clonee-Dunshaughlin), toll charge for cars is €1.40.
- M3 Clonee-Kells (Navan-Kells), toll charge for cars is €1.40.
- M4 Kilcock - Enfield - Kinnegad Motorway, toll charge for cars is €2.90.
- M6 Galway - Ballinasloe, toll charge for cars is €1.90.
- M7/M8 Portlaoise - Castletown/ Portlaoise - Cullahill toll charge for cars is €1.90.
- M8 Rathcormac - Fermoy Bypass, toll charge for cars is €1.90.
- M50 Barrier Free Tolling between Blanchardstown and Lucan, €3.10 for unregistered cars.
Several non-motorway routes also have toll charges:
- Dublin Tunnel (between M1, Dublin Airport and Dublin Port), toll charge for cars is up to €10.
- East Link Toll Bridge (crossing the Liffey near Dublin Port), toll charge for cars is €1.40.
- Limerick Tunnel, toll charge for cars is €1.90.
- N25 Waterford City Bypass, toll charge for cars is €1.90.
How to pay for toll charges?
Toll charges are usually paid at the barrier to the toll road. You can pay in cash, or by using an eToll tag. For the M50, if you do not have an account, you can pay online, use the M50 Quick Pay App, or pay through Payzone outlets.
What happens if I don't pay a toll?
If you don't pay your tolls in Ireland, penalties can be recovered through a criminal or civil procedure. According to Citizens Information, you can be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or both.
On the M50, the bye-laws set out penalties for those who fail, refuse or neglect to pay toll fees are as follows:
- Initial default – penalty charge of €3
- After 14 days – additional penalty charge of €41.50
- After further 56 days – additional penalty charge of €103.50
- Total fines per passage – €148
For other driving tips in Ireland, click here.
Follow the rulesIt is considered an offence if you fail, neglect or you refuse to pay a toll on a national road in the Republic of Ireland. Failure to pay your toll will mean that you cannot pass along the road.