Driving In Ireland
From everyone at eFlow, fáilte go hEireann – welcome to Ireland!
If your travel itinerary takes you through one of the Republic of Ireland’s eleven toll points, we’ve prepared a small guide on how to pay your tolls if you’re driving a vehicle registered abroad or an Irish rental vehicle, where to find Irish toll roads, and how to contact us.
Whatever questions you have, eFlow is here to help. If you’d like to know more, visit our FAQ section. For government information on Ireland’s toll roads, please visit the website of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
I’m not from Ireland. Do I still have to pay tolls?
Yes. Even if you’re not resident in Ireland, you still have to pay each time you use a toll road. If you do not pay, you will be subject to fines applicable overseas.
Which roads are toll roads?
There are eleven toll roads in the Republic of Ireland:
- M50 Barrier-Free Toll
- M1 (Gormanston – Monasterboice)
- M3 (Clonee – Kells)
- M4 (Kilcock – Enfield – Kinnegad)
- M7/M8 (Portlaoise – Castletown/Portlaoise – Cullahill)
- N6 (Galway – Ballinasloe)
- N8 (Rathcormac – Fermoy Bypass)
- N25 (Waterford City Bypass)
- Limerick Tunnel
- East-Link Bridge
- Dublin Port Tunnel
How do I pay for tolls in Ireland?
Ten of Ireland’s eleven toll roads have conventional barrier toll plazas. Unless your car has an electronic tag, you will need to stop at the cashier’s booth and pay your toll in cash.
Dublin’s M50 is a barrier-free toll road operated by eFlow.
How does the M50 Toll work?
- You drive under the M50 Tolling point
- Cameras automatically read your Vehicle registration number (when travelling in both directions)
- The toll charge is then assigned to your vehicle depending on its size
- You have until 8pm the day after your journey to pay the toll
- If you miss the payment deadline of 8pm, fines will be issued to the vehicle owner’s address.
You can prepay or pay your M50 toll online right here on this very website.
To find out which rates apply per vehicle class, refer to our helpful FAQ.
How do I pay for an M50 journey if I’m driving a rental car?
If you intend to travel on the M50 in a rental car, you should contact your 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.
If you are required to pay toll charges, you can pay for your M50 journey in three simple ways:
- Online at eFlow.ie – select I Want to Pay a Toll on the home page and follow the page guidelines.
- In person with cash or card at any conveniently located retail outlet nationwide that has the Payzone sign.
- Phone one of our friendly customer service agents by clicking here
What happens if I don’t pay for my M50 journey by 8pm the following day?
If you don’t pay for your M50 journey before the next-day payment deadline, you will incur an additional charge of €3.00. Please read our FAQs to learn more about late payment and penalties.
Euro Parking Collection is licensed to collect unpaid M50 tolls on behalf of eFlow throughout Europe.
How can I get in contact with eFlow?
Toll Roads in the Republic of Ireland
There are eleven toll roads in the Republic of Ireland, ten of which operate conventional barrier plazas where toll charges are paid in cash or electronically via tag. The M50 motorway on the outskirts of Dublin City – operated by eFlow – utilises a barrier-free tolling system.
eFlow Tag and Video customers avail of a discounted toll on the M50 motorway and are free from the 8pm next-day payment deadline. Tag account holders also gain access to the cash-free express lanes at conventional barrier plazas for more rapid journeys.
Using the guide below, you can find out more about each toll road, including its location and a detailed breakdown of charges according to vehicle type.
For further information about road tolling in Ireland, please visit the website of Transport Infrastrucutre Ireland (TII).
M50 Barrier-Free Toll
The M50 motorway forms the backbone of the Dublin commuter’s journey, semi-circling the city between Shankill in south County Dublin and the capital’s international airport near Santry.
Instead of a conventional barrier plaza, the toll is operated using eFlow’s exclusive registration plate recognition technology which uses gantry-mounted video cameras to record details of passing vehicles or identify their tags. Toll charges must be paid before 8pm the following day.
The M50 barrier-free toll is located between Junction 6 (N3 Blanchardstown) and Junction 7 (N4 Lucan).
M50 Toll Charges valid as of the 1st of January 2018
|VEHICLE TYPE||TAG ACCOUNT||VIDEO ACCOUNT||UNREGISTERED|
|A motor car or public service vehicle with seating for up to 8 passengers||€2.10||€2.60||€3.10|
|A bus or coach with seating for more than eight passengers||€2.90||€3.40||€3.90|
|A goods vehicle with an unladen vehicle weight not exceeding 2,000kg||€2.90||€3.40||€3.90|
|A goods vehicle with an unladen weight exceeding 2,000 kg but not exceeding 10,000kg||€4.20||€4.80||€5.30|
|A goods vehicle with an unladen weight exceeding 10,000kg||€5.30||€5.80||€6.30|
|A tractor unit or an articulated vehicle||€5.30||€5.80||€6.30|
M1 (Gormanston – Monasterboice)
Built between 1985 and 2007, the M1 motorway constitutes the major part of the N1. Providing a direct link between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, the road allows rapid passage between Dublin and the Northern Irish border while bypassing congestion hotspots like Drogheda and Dundalk.
The M1 tolling zone is found between Junction 7 (Julianstown) and Junction 10 (Drogheda North). The main toll plaza is located between Junctions 7 and 8 (Duleek), with smaller plazas on the on-off-ramps at Junction 9 (Drogheda South).
M3 (Clonee – Kells)
Completed in 2010, the 51 km M3 carves a passage through Co. Meath, linking Dunboyne on the border of Dublin to the historic town of Kells. The M3 project remains Ireland’s most expensive single road ever built (approximately €650 million) and the longest, totalling 100km of motorway and upgraded national roads.
The M3 is tolled twice, between Junction 5 (Dunboyne) and Junction 6 (Dunshaughlin), and again between Junction 9 (Navan North) and Junction 10 (Kells).
M4 (Kilcock – Enfield – Kinnegad)
Fully completed in 2005, the M4 comprises the motorway section of the N4, the national primary road running between Dublin and Sligo; the motorway links Leixlip in Co. Kildare with Kinnegad in Co. Westmeath, thus bypassing congestion in local towns.
The M4 is tolled between Junction 8 (Kilcock) and Junction 10 (Kinnegad), with the main toll plaza located between Junctions 8 and 9 (Enfield), and smaller plazas located on the on-off-ramps at Junction 9.
M7/M8 (Portlaoise – Castletown/Portlaoise Cullahill)
The M7 road is the main motorway route linking Dublin to Limerick. Journey times from Dublin to Limerick and vice versa have been reduced substantially as a result of the motorway completion with several large towns along the route now bypassed.
The M7 is tolled between Junction 18 (Portlaoise West) and Junction 21 (Borris-in-Ossory).
The M8 toll applies to the section of the M8 where it joins the M7, between Junction 3 (Rathdowney) on the M8 and Junction 18 (Portlaoise West) on the M7.
N6 (Galway – Ballinasloe)
The N6 forms part of the M6 motorway, linking the city of Galway and the town of Athlone to the westerly end of the M4, thus providing a cross-country gateway to the capital.
The N6 toll is located between Junction 15 (Ballinasloe West) and Junction 16 (Loughrea).
N8 (Rathcormac – Fermoy Bypass)
The N8 Rathcormac-Fermoy Bypass provides a convenient detour around the congested town centres of Fermoy and Rathcormac allowing faster transit to and from the city of Cork. Completed in 2006, the bypass also became the first section of the M8 motorway to open.
The N8 Bypass toll is located between Junction 15 (Fermoy South) and Junction 17 (Watergrasshill).
N25 (Waterford City Bypass)
The N25 Waterford City Bypass represents the southernmost effort in the NRA’s “Atlantic Corridor” project, and has provided residents of the city with a new landmark: the Suir Bridge. The bypass, opened in 2009, allows a direct link to the M9 and avoids traffic congestion in the city.
The N25 Waterford Bypass is accessible northeast of the city in the parish of Slieverue and southwest in the parish of Kilmeadan. The toll plaza is located between the Suir Bridge and the N25 R710 junction, near to the Waterford Institute of Technology West Campus.
Part of Ireland’s “Atlantic Corridor” project, the Limerick Tunnel passes underneath the River Shannon on the outskirts of Limerick City. Opened in 2010, the tunnel forms a 675m segment of the N18 ring road and provides an alternative to potential delays in the city.
The Limerick Tunnel is accessed northbound and southbound along the N18 Limerick City ring road. The toll is payable at two plazas: the Clonamacken plaza at Junction 4, and the Coonagh plaza at Junction 3 (which joins both the R455 and the R527).
Commercial vehicle drivers are advised to pay at Junction 4, which is equipped with double-height coin machines that provide change.
The East-Link Bridge is the River Liffey’s last bridging point before opening into Dublin Bay; it links the North Wall to Ringsend. Opened in 1984, the bridge serves over 22,000 vehicles a day.
The East-Link Bridge is accessed southbound from the North Wall either along the North Wall Quay (R801) or the East Wall Road (R131) and northbound from the Ringsend side on the R131.
Dublin Port Tunnel
The Dublin Port Tunnel links the M50/M1 motorways (and thus Dublin Airport) with Dublin Port. At a total length of 5.6km, the Tunnel, completed in 2006, remains the single biggest civil-engineering project in Irish history.
The Dublin Port Tunnel is accessed Southbound from the M50/M1 Coolock Lane Interchange and Northbound from the Dublin Port M50 link.
The toll applies to the entire length of the tunnel and is payable at the Southbound entry/exit at Dublin Port.