At Alpha Car Hire we want to make your total rental experience as happy and comfortable as possible, from start to finish. This post will go into the Pros & Cons of using toll roads throughout your rental. As we know, toll roads can be expensive when used daily, but if it’s for a holiday or business trip tolls can be more cost effective. If you are looking to avoid tolls the cost can really add up do to you driving longer distances, longer travel time, more traffic and more fuel.

There are numerous tolls roads in Australia, and most are cashless, meaning they will only accept payments via an electronic tag or online. What we don’t want is any of our customers to be caught out with unnecessary tolls but unfortunately it’s not uncommon for rental customers to get caught out on unfamiliar roads or new states.

To help you out with your next rental journey with Alpha Car Hire in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast, here is an outline on how to use toll roads in Australia.

Victoria

The main toll roads through Victoria’s capital Melbourne are along the Tullamarine Freeway and the Bolte Bridge. The Burnley and Domain Tunnels link the South-East suburbs to the West Gate Bridge and Tullamarine Freeway. This means that most of the major roads around the airport are paid toll roads. So if you are picking up a rental car from Tullamarine you need to be mindful that you are likely to use a toll road on your first day.

As a tourist or visitor, getting a toll pass is a relatively easy process. You can register your vehicle with Citylink for a 24hour, weekend pass or pay for a toll here. To make it easier for travellers to pay their fees, you can now pay your Citylink invoice at 7-Eleven, United Petroleum outlets and select newsagents in the state.

Queensland

The major toll roads in Brisbane are servicing the city and south, with the Gateway Bridge the most direct road heading onto the Pacific Highway to visit the southern suburbs There is also the Airport Link tunnel that can significantly reduce travel time to and from the airport in the northern suburbs.

The Go Between Bridge, which links South Bank to Milton, the Logan Motorway and the Gateway Extension Motorway are toll roads as well. You can pay your tolls online or register for an account on GoVia’s website.

For those customers crossing multiple states most tags are transferable, but it is worth asking at your check-in desk if you’re unsure, you may even pick up some local tips or trip highlights from your friendly Alpha Car Hire member of staff! If you can link your passes it will save you time and money. Unfortunately toll fees are sometimes forgotten about when renting a car, so make sure you are aware of the costs and save yourself the stress of getting a surprise bill later down the track!

Fortunately the toll roads are only in and around Brisbane, apart from the Toowoomba bypass, meaning that you can easily access the beautiful Gold Coast beaches or stunning Sunshine Coast beaches without any toll fees.

In any case speak our staff at check-in when you pick up your vehicle to enquire about any toll queries, routes to take or places to visit! While you’re at it why not ask about some of the optional extras to make your trip that much more comfortable, for example upgrade options or peace of mind lower excess options.