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Melbourne Toll Roads, Charges and Passes

Melbourne has two major toll roads – CityLink and Eastlink. Both are fully electronic and do not accept cash. Instead, you’ll need to purchase their respective electronic passes (whether in advance or within 2-3 days after using the toll road). Toll roads in Melbourne are indicated by blue signboards with gold lettering (as opposed to the regular green signboards with white lettering).

CityLink

CityLink in its entirety, connects Malvern (Monash Fwy) in the south-east to Essendon (Tullamarine Fwy) in the north-west via the City. This is made up of two parts: the Southern Link (connects Monash Fwy to CBD) and the Western Link (connects West Gate Fwy and Tullamarine Fwy). There are several toll passes available for you to buy depending on your needs.

CityLink Map and Toll Details PDF (0.7 Mb)

CityLink Electronic Passes
Pass Type Price Details
Tulla Pass $4.80 24-hr pass. Valid between Flemington Road and Bulla Road section of CityLink. Able to buy within 3 days after your first trip
24 Hour Pass $13.50 Valid for 24-hrs from when you first use CityLink on your nominated day. Able to buy within 3 days after your first trip
Weekend Pass $13.50 Must start between midday Friday and conclude at midnight Sunday. Able to buy up to midnight Tuesday after travel. CityLink only
Melbourne Pass $5.50 setup + Toll + $0.75/trip Valid for CityLink AND EastLink for 30 days, can be extended. Any number of vehicles can be added. Able to buy within 2 days after your first trip
Prices are accurate as at 5 July 2011

Eastlink

Eastlink is a north-south tollway that connects the Eastern, Monash and Frankston Freeways. It is a fair bit more expensive for those without an electronic tag because each Eastlink pass costs the maximum trip fee instead of being aggregated to the distance travelled.

A single Trip Pass in one direction costs $5.40. Buying passes over-the-counter will unnecessarily incur you an extra $2.57 purchase fee. Avoid this by getting them either over the phone (call 13 54 65 or 13 LINK) or over the internet via Breeze.

Passes remain valid for 6 months and you don’t have to specify your travel dates. You can exit and re-enter Eastlink in the same trip, provided you keep going in the same direction, don’t repeat any section, and complete your trip within 60 minutes. Any unused passes are non-refundable.

Alternatively, you may find better value with the Melbourne Pass which covers travel on both the Eastlink and CityLink toll roads (refer to CityLink section).

You can pay for your pass either before or up to 3 days after travelling on the Eastlink.

Eastlink Map and Toll Details PDF (0.5 Mb)

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21 Responses to “Melbourne Toll Roads, Charges and Passes”

  1. Dave on May 22nd, 2010 11:39 am

    Melbourne toll roads, what a bunch of thieves, I got lost in that rat hole called Melbourne, in trying to find my way back to sanity I accidently went over Bolte bridge, this cost me $12.70 for about 5 minutes use, I’m told there was warning of a toll, I didn’t see it, was it buried amongst the rest of the crap advertising somewhere, when I did see a yellow sign on the bridge it was too late to turn back as you are trying to keep up with the traffic flow and not hold other motorists up like a tourist, first time in Melbourne for a few years, and certainly the last, I’ll spend my money elsewhere, where sanity still prevails.

  2. It's Me on March 7th, 2011 3:08 pm

    Why the heck do visitors have to go through all this rigmaroll. We should be able to go to a newsagent’s and purchase a general pass for say 1 week, 2 weeks or for however long we intend to visit. Hire car companies should have these general passes as well for those hiring a vehicle in your wonderful city. Come on Melbourne, I know you can do this. Cut the confusion. Be fair to visitors and make things easier.

  3. Car Hire Insider on March 8th, 2011 2:01 am

    Hear, hear!

  4. Giles on June 12th, 2011 12:56 pm

    Visitors think they have problems. I have recently moved to western Melbourne and have no bloody idea what I am supposed to do as a permanent resident. The only advice I found on line was for temporary passes. The Victorian Government (with private partners) spend millions to create these stupid tollways and then spend millions on ring roads and by passes for those who don’t want to pay tolls. Very odd indeed.

  5. Dork Face on August 14th, 2011 4:30 pm

    Yes, Melbourne’s toll roads suck for visitors. We had an American friend stay with us once. She hired a car and found herself on a toll road. It’s stupid. You drive along the Monash Fwy then suddenly find yourself on a toll road. All roads should be free. Isn’t that why we pay excise and GST on petrol?

  6. Marg on September 26th, 2011 10:16 pm

    What do i do to get from Tullamarine to St Kilda – toll free, this Sunday? If I don’t pay what happens to me in the hire car? You’ve all spooked me.

  7. Car Hire Insider on September 29th, 2011 10:30 pm

    Marg: Haha not to worry – I drew the routes on Google Maps (see here) so you know where the toll roads are and the next best toll-free route (as suggested by Google Maps).

    If you don’t pay and the car hire company receives the fine, they’ll charge you both for the fine as well as an “administration fee” which can amount to the $100s. Basically, don’t not pay! :P Just take the alternative route and you’ll be fine. If you still accidentally end up on a toll road, call Citylink and pay for a pass within the next 2-3 days.

  8. Kenny on October 9th, 2011 10:15 am

    I have just started courier driving and find the information here very handy. Good on Car Hire Insider in helping another reader. This toll business just seems like a huge evolving bueaucracy. You feel like running for parliament to get rid of these types of annoyance to everyday life. I could probably understand Sydney Harbour Bridge requiring a toll because it was a huge and essential unique part of progress. Roads around Melbourne should just come out of taxes. The annoyance factor for visitors and professional drivers is considerable particularly when you can see the smiling faces of those that designed it all thinking their mummy’s will be proud of them.

  9. toll crap on October 12th, 2011 12:08 pm

    i dont why melbourne cant do like brisbane where you have a actual toll there on site and only on 1 or 2 lanes so that the traffic keeps flowing and you can slow down and pay there and then, especially if you only go through once or twice, saw this and it worked really well

  10. Phil Dickie on October 18th, 2011 2:05 pm

    I hate Melbourne toll roads, Why don’t Melbourne have ONE toll road provider as I paid $ 13.50 for a weekend pass in my hire car, only which I now find out was for the city link and not the east link toll, I am not happy as i just got a bill from the hire car company and also am waiting for the bill from east link. It will cost me over $60.00 for one use of the east link road. buggar buggar

  11. Dean Hendricks on October 21st, 2011 4:50 pm

    Why doesnt the Rental car companies advertise Melbourne Toll roads fees, when hiring a car, on their websites.

  12. Carolyn Dick on November 14th, 2011 2:04 pm

    I agree with the other people about all the Toll road but I can tell you that Sydney is even worse. If you have an e-tag you can drive around Australia on that. So can I suggest to everyone if they are driving their own cars then get one of these. The problem still is with the hire cars and getting the right toll passes

  13. Carolyn Dick on November 14th, 2011 2:06 pm

    The trouble with Melbourne people is that we have two separate companies who own the toll roads.

    Get a ‘Citylink Pass’ and that gets you on both the Citylink and Eastlink roads

  14. Carolyn Dick on November 14th, 2011 2:07 pm

    By the way people – Melbourne is a beautiful City.

  15. Carolyn Dick on November 14th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Sorry I called it the Citylink Pass. It is called the Melbourne Pass for both freeways and is valid for 30 days

    https://www.citylink.com.au/1526.jsp

  16. Matt Derbyshire on November 16th, 2011 3:10 pm

    What a whinging set of tarts! I am from the UK and have lived and been all over the world and trust me, Melbourne has THE simplest of toll setups. If you are temporary go online and buy a pass before or even after you travel……………where else do you get the flexibility?!?! Do you get to choose when you pay at a cash toll booth?!? If you are permanent, buy an e-tag that sits in your windscreen and charges you when you use the roads. Even tops your account up automatically if you please. Could it be simpler?!?!

    Oh and Dave – ‘rat hole of a place’…………………number 1 city in the world mate, remember that when you are back in your small ghost town! Am sure Melbourne will do just ok from the millions who live here and who want to live here without your narrow minded views.

  17. Car Hire Insider on November 18th, 2011 12:25 pm

    People sure get passionate about toll roads. Keep it light, constructive and informative folks – we’re all here to help! :)

  18. Fiona on December 17th, 2011 4:30 pm

    I have to say, I love Melbourne. But the last time I drove down I got caught in the flow of the traffic and while looking for an exit I must have gone through a toll. I didn’t know this until I got a fine in the mail for $100, I can’t even recall going near where they said the toll was. After that happened I always flew but once again I have to drive and I am quite worried as I don’t know where I have to go until I get there. So I don’t know which roads I will be travelling on. For a non Victorian I find this frustrating.

  19. Brett on January 1st, 2012 12:02 pm

    Great, planned the trip bought the pass online can’t get much better than that. Was a good end to a long trip, thanks Melbourne

    Cheers

  20. Peter on January 2nd, 2012 4:14 pm

    Myself and my wife traveled the City link road on the 29th Dec 2011, to my amazement it cost $13.50 on that toll road, we were only on it for app 15 mins. This is a disgrace not only to people visiting Melbourne but also the residents.

    Melbourne Toll Roads, you need to have a look at what you charge, not even Sydney charges this much. It is totally un-Australian, where has common sense gone.
    Traveler’s be ware, check your route before entering, and beware of the charges.

  21. Marian on February 25th, 2012 5:16 am

    Travelled round Melbourne on 24th January and called Citylink to pay with credit card and got reference number. Same day did eastlink and did the same. Now got letter from Apollo saying received a fine – can’t find number to query this as now back in UK. This is a very difficult system for oversea visitors and will fight this all the way. There must be an easier option for visitors from overseas who hire cars.

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