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 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|
|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 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)