Google maps allow you to “avoid” toll roads. Google maps indicates that your route includes a toll road or partial toll road. Google maps do not show toll roads as a layer or toll locations or toll amounts as markers.
Google maps does not show tolls. However, it indicates presence of toll roads in turn-by-turn direction. You can use Tollguru™ Toll Calculator to see tolls on Google maps for all the logical routes between your origin and destination.
The toll calculator estimates costs (tolls + gas) for all logical routes between your origin (start location) and destination. It shows you the cheapest, the fastest, and other relevant routes on a Google map. To help you choose between routes, it displays cost, time, distance and other information for each route.
The travel times and gas costs vary based on traffic congestion, accidents, road closures, etc. For example, your vehicle consumes more fuel in stop and go traffic. Every time you search, the travel times and gas estimates may be different. The toll calculator shows tolls at the time of your travel for variable priced toll roads. As you can see the estimates of fuel consumed and gas expenses, travel times, and tolls are dynamic. Therefore, the cheapest route and the fastest routes may change for the same origin and destination.
Tollguru™ considers the following factors to calculate tolls for your vehicle
For roads where truck tolls are based on weight and height, Tollguru™ uses a relationship between weight, height
and number of axles to calculate tolls. Please refer to individual state pages to see
truck toll payment information for your state.
If a method of payment cannot be used throughout a route, it is shown as
As you are aware, some toll road agencies charge tolls based on weight and vehicle height. Tollguru™ toll calculator uses a relationship table between truck weight and number of axles. For example, you can see the table showing relationship between weight and axle for Pennsylvania turnpike here. Please refer to individual state pages for information for all facilities where tolls for trucks are not charged based on axles.
If we do not use a relationship between weight and axles, we will not be able to show total tolls for routes where one toll agency in the route charges tolls based on axles and another agency charges tolls based on truck weight.
On many toll roads you have to pay different tolls if you drive a 2-axle pick-up with 4 tires, 2-axle pick with 6-tires, or if you drive a 2-axle commercial truck. Often the tolls are same but on some roads they are not. You can pick appropriate vehicle class (personal pick-up truck or 2-axle truck) to get the correct toll.
Tollguru considers following factors to calculate gas costs for your route
Tollguru™ uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate gas costs based on traffic speeds. For example, fuel efficiency for most cars is 20 percent lower at 75 miles per hour compared to 55 miles per hour. Tollguru uses speeds for each travel leg in a route to calculate gas costs.
The gas costs are estimated using data from users around your location. If no gas cost estimates are known, the toll calculator shows a default gas price that you need to update based on what you paid at the pump.
The cheapest route has the least combined cost (tolls + gas). It may be the fastest route. If it is not, you will see information about how much longer it will take you on the cheapest route compared to the fastest route.
Tollguru™ uses tolls that you will pay if you have a valid Tag transponder (E-ZPass, SunPass, TollTag, TxTag, FasTrak, I-PASS, PikePass, AutoExpreso, etc.) to calculate the cheapest cost. If tolls are not collected electronically, the toll calculator will use cash tolls to check the least combined cost (tolls + gas)
The fastest route takes the least amount of time. Sometimes, but not very often, it can be the cheapest route.
The “Compare” screen shows all the routes between your origin and destination. You can see distance, time, and cost for all the available routes. Click on the route to pick your route. You can see tolls by clicking on information. To get turn-by-turn direction, click on the “Direction” screen. It will send you to Google maps app, Apple map app, or your other favorite app service for voice-guided turn-by-turn directions.
You will find that depending on distance on the alternate route, gas price, and fuel economy of your vehicle, using a toll road can be cheaper or only marginally expensive than toll-free route. Alternately, depending on traffic conditions, fuel economy, and gas prices toll-free route might be the fastest route.
On most USA toll roads, bridges, and tunnels you will have three payment options to pay your tolls.
Unfortunately, there is no standard way to pay your tolls. Tag transponders are not interoperable. Depending on the toll road, you will be able to install a Tag in your vehicle (E-ZPass, SunPass, TollTag, TxTag, FasTrak, I-PASS, PikePass, AutoExpreso, etc.) to pay toll electronically. On some toll roads you can still pay by cash or credit/debit card. Many tolling agencies take photo of your license plate and send you a bill. Please refer to toll information for your state to learn more about toll payment options.
The easy but perhaps expensive option is to sign up to pay tolls through your rental car company. If you want to avoid paying toll penalties and administrative charges later, you need to know if you can pay tolls by cash on your route. You may want to use Tollguru™ Toll Calculator to check toll locations on your route and whether you can pay by cash. If you do not know the exact location of the cash lanes, you may travel through the transponder lane by mistake.
You may want to bring your own toll transponder, but it may not be the best solution for two reasons.
In both cases, the toll agency will bill the registered owner of the car - the rental car agency. You will need to pay penalties, if you did not sign up to pay tolls through the rental car agency. Depending on your needs, you may want to sign up to pay tolls via the rental car agencies. Refer to the SunPass rental car page for details. The following table summarizes toll charges from car rental agencies.
|Rental car agency||Daily fee||Monthly/ Rental maximum||Flat fee per day||Comments|
|Advantage||$4.95||$24.75||Plus higher toll-by-plate rate|
|Hertz||$4.95||$24.75||Plus higher toll-by-plate rate|
|Firefly||$4.95||$24.75||Plus higher toll-by-plate rate|
|Avis||$3.95||$19.75||Tolls at cash rate|
|Budget||$3.95||$19.75||Tolls at cash rate|
|Payless||$2.95||$14.75||Tolls at cash rate|
|Dollar||$10.49||Per-toll charge of $9.99 plus toll, if not enrolled in flat fee program|
|Thrifty||$10.49||Per-toll charge of $9.99 plus toll, if not enrolled in flat fee program|
|Fox||$90.00||$8.99||$15 per toll plus the cost of each toll|
|National||$3.95||$19.75||Tolls at cash rate|
|Alamo||$3.95||$19.75||Tolls at cash rate|
|Enterprise||$3.95||$19.75||Tolls at cash rate|
|Silvercar||You pay just the tolls|
|Sixt||$7.99||$5.00 administrative fee + tolls|
As you can see from above table, if you do not rent from Silvercar, you will need to pay fees in addition to the toll charges.
Depending on your destination, you can also prepay tolls.
For the app to work best, Tollguru™ recommends you share your location. Tollguru will pick your start location. You will be able to search your destination such as a restaurant, gas station, etc. without having to type the exact address.
The turn-by-turn navigation that Google maps app or other apps are for a default, fastest route. However, you will be shown the route of your interest. Please click on your preferred route for navigation. If you use a browser, you will the actual route from Tollguru™ Toll Calculator when you click on "Get Direction."
Express lanes and managed lanes are typically built within an existing highway. They often add capacity to the highway to accommodate more traffic to relieve congestion. However, unlike other toll roads, the price changes based on the level of traffic on the parallel free road. The tolls vary based on congestion and are not known before you travel. Since the toll rates are not published ahead of time, the Toll calculator cannot calculate tolls for these facilities.
Some Express lanes such as SR-91 Express lanes publish their toll schedules ahead of the time. Tollguru™ Toll Calculator calculates tolls for such Express lanes.
We will not recommend taking license plates off. It is illegal and you may face stiff penalties. If you’re driving around town with no license plates on your car, toll booths are the least of your worries. You can be stopped by cops anywhere. Some drivers resort to innovative methods (such as mechanical contraptions) to hide their license plates at the toll plazas. It does not work every time. When caught they pay a great deal more money to get out of the trouble than you would have paid in tolls. We will recommend using Tollguru™ Toll Calculator to calculate your tolls before you travel. You will not be surprised at the toll gates or when you get a bill in mail for all-electronic toll facilities.
Most roads are built with local, state or federal dollars raised from taxes. Tolls roads only charge (tax) users of the facility. For example, E-470 toll road did not use any tax dollars to fund its construction. Some of the toll roads such as Pennsylvania turnpike were build prior to the construction of tax-dollar based interstate highway system and remain in places. States and cities now construct managed lanes and express lanes using bond financing to provide travel options during peak hours. Therefore, whether the state has a toll road depends on history, current demand for roads, whether the state has tax revenues to build new roads, and whether building toll roads are an option.