Toll Calculator & Gas Calculator FAQ

Rental Cars & Tolls FAQ

I will be traveling in a rental car. How will I pay for tolls?

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.

  • Most toll agencies such as NTTA, TxDOT in Texas, do not want you to use transponder from one car into another car. You may have an eligible transponder in your car but if the transponder is not read, the tolling agency will bill the “registered owner” of the car, which is the rental agency.
  • Transponders are not inter-operable. For example, you cannot use California FasTag in E-ZPass, TxTag, or SunPass lanes.

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.

TollGuru™ is not affiliated with any tolling agency. All product and company names and logos are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Their use does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement. Toll rates are for planning purposes and maybe inaccurate. While toll calculations are available for a variety of vehicles, including commercial vehicles, routing for vehicles other than 2-axle cars and motorcycles should be verified by independent means. In no way should routing be considered safe or legal on its own.