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Rental Vehicles Paying Tolls at the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge toll is assessed only in the southbound direction, going into San Francisco. When driving into San Francisco, BEFORE crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in a rental vehicle, customers are strongly advised to ask the rental car company how tolls are processed. To avoid confusion:

  1. Speak to a rental agent to clarify how tolls are charged to you for using the Golden Gate Bridge (or any other Bay Area toll bridge that you plan to cross).
  2. Ask if you have to Opt-In or Opt-Out of the rental company tolling program, if one is offered by the rental company.
  3. Ask about any associated convenience or service fees that may be assessed after your
    trip by the rental company or its affiliates.
  4. Click here to review a list of rental companies with a tolling program in place, and those
    without a tolling program in place.

If Your Rental Company Does Offer a Tolling Program

Option 1: Agree to Use Rental Car Tolling Program Offered

Likely the most seamless and convenient option to agree to use a specific tolling program offered by the major rental companies.

Option 2: Do Not Agree to Use Rental Car Tolling Program Offered

If you prefer to not use the tolling program offered by your rental company, you must (1) Ask your rental car company if you have to Opt-Out and follow the instructions, and (2) Take action BEFORE YOU CROSS the Golden Gate Bridge (heading south into San Francisco) by making a One-Time Payment. Once you have your rental vehicle, take note of the license plate number and the end date of your rental period.

BEFORE you cross the Bridge, you can make a One-Time Payment using any of the following methods:       Less ▲

    1. Online using a credit card at www.bayareafastrak.org.
    2. By phone using a credit card: Toll free (877) BAY-TOLL (877-229-8655), outside California 415-486-8655. Click here for hours of operation.
    3. In person using cash at a Cash Payment Location.
    4. In person using credit card or cash, check, money order: Bay Area FasTrak Customer Service Center, 475 The Embarcadero (at Broadway), San Francisco, CA. Click here for hours of operation.

 

You may also open a limited duration License Plate Account before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. To ensure the License Plate Account is only activated  for the length of the rental period, you must be sure to include the end date of your rental contract as the ‘Closure Date’ when completing the application. To learn more about a License Plate Account, click here.

If Your Rental Company Does Not Offer a Tolling Program

Ask the rental agent for specifics about how they assess tolls for the Golden Gate Bridge. You must take action before your first crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge (headed southbound into San Francisco) by making a One-Time Payment. Make note of the license plate number and the end date of your rental period. Before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, make a One-Time Payment using any of the following methods:        Less ▲

  1. Online using a credit card at www.bayareafastrak.org.
  2. By phone using a credit card: Toll free (877) BAY-TOLL (877-229-8655), outside California 415-486-8655. Click here for hours of operation.
  3. In person using cash at a Cash Payment Location
  4. In person using cash, check, or credit card: Bay Area FasTrak Customer Service Center, 475 The Embarcadero (at Broadway), San Francisco, CA. Click here for hours of operation.

You may also open a limited duration License Plate Account before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. To ensure the License Plate Account is only activated  for the length of the rental period, you must be sure to include the end date of your rental contract as the ‘Closure Date’ when completing the application. To learn more about a License Plate Account, click here.