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One of the most popular regions in the world for those planning a self drive holiday is the UK and Ireland. With road signs in English and traffic driving on the same side of the road as back home, it’s no wonder they are popular destinations to explore by road.
Like most countries around the world these locations have roads with tolls, so it's best to plan ahead and be aware of any possible charges along the way.
If you intend to travel on any toll roads in your rental car, you must speak to the car rental company in advance to find out if your rental agreement covers the payment of toll charges. Some companies will include toll charges in your bill; others will require that you pay all toll charges yourself.
In the UK, tolls are charged on the M6 motorway, some tunnels, bridges and the entrance into central London and Durham. Each UK toll and bridge has its own pricing structure which varies depending on the type of vehicle you're driving and the time of day that you pass.
Before traveling, it's best to research each individual toll pricing chart so you're prepared, below are some helpful resources to help you prepare:
The fees are collected at toll gates and can be paid in cash or by credit card. Ensure you speak to your car rental provider for more information about paying tolls in the UK when you collect your vehicle. For more information about driving in the UK, click here to view our UK driving tips page - its full of important information!
The most significant toll many travellers will experience while driving in the UK is the Congestion Charge of £11.50-£14.00 per day for driving in Central London, Mondays to Fridays between 7am - 6pm (excluding weekends and Public Holidays). You will only need to pay the Congestion Charge once per day, regardless of how many times you drive in and out of the Congestion Charge zone on the same day.
Congestion Charge Fee
|Monday - Friday||07:00 - 18:00||£11.50 - £14.00|
|Monday - Friday||After 18:00 and before 07:00||Free|
|Saturday & Sunday||All Day||Free|
|Bank Holidays||All day||Free|
|Christmas Day to New Years Day||All day||Free|
Rental cars are not exempt from the Congestion Charge and it is your responsibility to pay. You can pay in advance, on the day of travel or by midnight the following charging day. If you pay in advance or by midnight of the day you travel, the Congestion Charge is £11.50. If you pay after midnight of the day you travel and before midnight the following day the cost will be £14.00. Cameras record what time you enter the congestion charge zone, and if payment is not made by midnight the following day a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is issued. Any unpaid charges and penalties will be recovered from you by your rental car provider.
You must speak to your rental car provider when collecting your vehicle in regards to paying the London Congestion Charge. Click here for more information.
In Ireland most of the roads are toll-free, including major highways, although there are a few which have introduced tolls for their use. These include a number of motorways, bypasses and bridges, with toll costs ranging from €1.40 to €2.90.
There are currently eleven toll roads in the Republic of Ireland:
Ten of Ireland’s eleven toll roads have regular barrier toll stops and you can pay at the toll point with cash or card. The M50 is currently the only toll road where it isn’t required to stop. This toll uses a video and sensor capture system to take note of the vehicle's registration number.
Dublin Port Tunnel has varying fees depending on the time of travel. For those driving northbound the peak times are between 4-7pm, and for southbound they are 6-10am. The toll for travelling during peak time is €10, while the off-peak toll is €3.
For more information about tolls and toll rates in Ireland, visit the Ireland eToll website or contact our reservations team who are happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information about driving in Ireland, click here to view our Ireland driving tips page - its packed with important information!
The close proximity of Paris to London makes it an ideal road trip destination. In just over 5 hours you could comfortably drive straight from your door to the foot of the Eiffel Tower. While a ferry crossing is the cheapest option, taking your car hire onto the EuroTunnel is the quickest. With the comfort of your own car, you can take as much luggage as you need without having to worry about carrying it on public transport. The Eurotunnel is a 50km long tunnel that runs between Calais, France and Folkestone, England.
Please note: Each supplier has different requirements / rules for travelling via the Eurotunnel, and from one country to another. We suggest speaking to one of our staff when making your car hire booking to ensure your chosen supplier allows you to take the vehicle out of the UK.
The information on this page is to be used as a general guide only, as terms and conditions vary between each supplier. The prices above are correct as of 01 Nov 17 and subject to change. Contact DriveAway for more information.