Help Me Choose a Toll Payment Option

The Golden Gate Bridge is the only toll bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area that assesses tolls electronically, with no stopping at the Toll Plaza.  The Golden Gate Bridge offers FasTrak and Pay-By-Plate toll payment options. At the Golden Gate Bridge, tolls are assessed only in the southbound direction into San Francisco.

FasTrak offers a discounted toll rate on the Golden Gate Bridge. With FasTrak, tolls are assessed using a windshield-mounted toll tag and an overhead antenna, which reads the toll tag and collects the toll. FasTrak toll tags are provided with a $20 refundable deposit. FasTrak is required to use the dedicated Carpool Lane, when eligible, to pay the carpool toll. Pay-By-Plate options use your License Plate number to assess tolls.

There are payment options for everyone, offering payment using a credit card, cash, check,
or money order. The information below will assist you in finding the best option for you.

I’m travelling in my own vehicle with license plates from out-of-state or out-of-the country.

Suggested options: Pay-By-Plate License Plate Account or One-Time Payment.
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If you are here for a lengthy visit, consider opening a License Plate Account. If you are here for a short time, a One-Time Payment makes it easy to pay your toll in advance, especially online, using a credit card.

Open a License Plate Account online using a credit card
Make a One-Time Payment online using a credit card
Learn More about Pay-By-Plate payment options

I want to pay cash.

Suggested options: FasTrak or Pay-By-Plate.
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You can use any of our toll payment options with cash. To use FasTrak or License Plate Account you may open the account online but you will have to replenish the account in person at a Cash Payment Location or at the Customer Service Center in San Francisco (at 375 Beale Street). To make a One-Time Payment, you may pay up to 30 days before or with 48 hours after your crossing.

I am using a rented vehicle, how do I pay my toll?

When renting a vehicle, you must inquire with your rental company directly and ask the company how they assess tolls. Some rental companies offer tolling program for your convenience and assess convenience fees, and some companies do not offer convenience-based program. It is up to you to ask how tolls will be assessed as part of your reservation.

Learn more about Rental Vehicle Toll Payment Programs.