Motorway tolls Ireland 2023 → Price, payment, toll road sections
- Only selected sections of motorways are tolled.
- Tolls are paid at toll gates, only the M50 Dublin bypass toll is paid online.
- If you frequently drive on toll motorways, it pays to buy an electronic payment device.
Motorway toll pricing in Ireland for 2023
Toll charges depend on the vehicle category. Drivers of buses and trucks weighing up to 3.5 t pay the same amount. The vehicles with a gross weight of over 3.5 t are divided into two categories, depending on the number of axles.
A complete overview of all motorway tolls is available on the eToll.ie website.
Toll charges for selected road sections in Ireland 2023
Toll pasagge Motorcycles Passenger cars Trucks up to 3.5 t M1 Gormanston – Monasterboice €1,00 €2,00 €3,50 M3 Clonee – Dunshaughlin €0,80 €1,50 €2,30 M3 Navan – Kells €0,80 €1,50 €2,30 M4 Kilcock – Enfield – Kinnegad €1,50 €3,00 €4,50 N6 Galway – Ballinasloe €1,00 €2,00 €3,50 M7/M8 Portlaoise – Castletown/Portlaoise – Cullahill €1,00 €2,00 €3,50 N8 Rathcormac – Fermoy Bypass €1,00 €2,00 €3,50 N25 Waterford €1,00 €2,00 €3,50 Dublin circle M50 Free €3,20 €4,10
The different toll rates apply to the M50 motorway.
Toll payment in Ireland 2023
In Ireland, at most toll points, tolls are paid in cash, through a coin-operated machine or an automated payment system. Only the Dublin’s ring road toll must be paid online in advance or no later than the day after driving through.
Payment in cash or by card
At 10 of the 11 toll points, payment is made in cash. Visa or Mastercard debit card payments are accepted at the following toll points: M1, M3, M4, N25, M7/8, Dublin Tunnel and M6.
Toll points that do not accept card payments are M8, Limerick Tunnel and East Link Bridge.
If you are passing through the M50 motorway section, toll must be paid via eFlow.ie website, or via a smartphone using a mobile application. This toll point uses an automatic number plate recognition system.
Toll charges should be paid in advance or immediately the day after the toll passage, no later than 8 pm.
Electronic payment system eToll
The electronic toll payment system in Ireland, collectively known as eToll, is operated by several operators. You can find a full list of the operators at TagCompare.ie. For all providers, the same principle applies, a small electronic device is placed on the windscreen inside the vehicle, which records each passage through the toll gate.
The toll is deducted directly from the bank account or the prepaid credit, depending on the selected operator and the type of account. You can pay all of the Irish tolls via an electronic payment system, including M50 tolls, tunnels and bridges.
Special discounts on toll roads
You can get a special discount on tolls if you set up an electronic payment system. Each crossing of the M50 motorway will cost €1,10 less, drivers of cars with an electronic system are charged €2,10. Another way to save on the Dublin bypass is to register on the eFlow website.
Registered drivers with an activated Video Account will receive a discount €0,50 for each trip on M50.
Toll road section in Ireland 2023
Motorways subject to a toll in Ireland
- 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
- M50 Dublin bypass
Map of motorways and toll roads in Ireland
Find a simple map of all Irish motorways subject to toll at Etoll.ie.
There is also a website called TiiTraffic.ie with an interactive map, including detailed traffic information, current weather and route planner.
Sections subject to a special toll
Dublin Tunnel price for passage 2023
Passage Motorcycles Passenger cars Trucks up to 3.5 t Southbound – Dublin city centre
Weekdays 6 am-1am
€10,00 €10,00 €10,00 Southbound – Dublin city centre
€3,00 €3,00 €3,00 Northbound – Dublin airport
Weekdays 4 pm-7pm
€10,00 €10,00 €10,00 Northbound – Dublin airport
€3,00 €3,00 €3,00
In Dublin Tunnel you can pay cash in europs or pounds and MasterCard and Visa cards are accepted. Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 t and buses with more than 25 seats do not pay the toll for passage.
Price for the passage of other sections 2023
Passage Motorcycles Passenger cars Trucks up to 3.5 t Limerick Tunnel €1,00 €2,00 €3,50 East-Link Bridge Free €1,90 €2,90
Motorways in Ireland: Speed limits, fines…
Speed limits in Ireland
There is a total of five different types of speed limits in Ireland:
- In cities and built-up areas: 50 km/h
- In rural area: 80 km/h
- On roads for motor vehicles: 100 km/h
- On motorways: 120 km/h
- Special speed limits: 30 km/h or 60 km/h, applied on designated roads and zones, e.g. on roads outside built-up areas, in school zones, etc., local authorities have the power to introduce ordinances setting special speed limits
Motorway tolls penalties
Penalty for unpaid tolls can reach up to €5 000.
For example, if you forget to pay for the passage of the Dublin M50 bypass, you must pay a fine online at eFlow.ie as soon as possible. If you do not pay the M50 toll by 8 pm the following day, you will be charged a surcharge of €3,00. If the original unpaid toll and penalty are not paid within 14 days, an additional late payment penalty of €42 will be charged, after more than 56 days and additional late payment penalty of €104 will be added to the price.
You can get to Ireland by ferry either from England or France, and you can book a cruise with Irish Ferries or Stena Line. The ferries operate all year round, running several times a day in both directions. The prices below are for guidance only, current offers and prices can be found at the ferry’s websites.
Ferry from the UK to Ireland
The most frequent ferry sails from Holyhead port to Dublin with a sailing duration of around 3 hours and 15 minutes. The price for a one-way ticket per person and car depends on the chosen ferry operator and starts at approximately €138£119.
Ferry from France to Ireland
The journey from France to Ireland takes about 18 hours, sailing from the ports of Cherbourg and Roscoff to Dublin or Rosslare. The price for one-way ticket for one person and car starts at €189.
Fines for speeding in Ireland 2023
In Ireland, they have created a flat rate to restrain drivers. That means no matter how fast you go, you always pay €80 and also get 3 penalty points. According to the guard (local police), there are 727 zones supervised by automatic radars, and there is also a large number of patrols. Furthermore, the use of any anti-radar equipment is prohibited.
Table of fines (for all types of roads)
- over 2 km/h: €80 and 3 points
You have 28 days to pay a fixed-rate fine from the date of the announcement. Failure to pay the fixed fee will result in an increased fine of €120 and more penalty points, up to a maximum of 5 penalty points. If you do not pay the fines after 56 days, you will then be brought to court and may receive a fine of more than €800. If you were not the driver of the vehicle, you must complete the relevant section of the notice and return it within 28 days of issue.
Driving fines in Ireland 2023
Ireland has a penalty points system that also applies to foreign drivers who drive in Ireland. If the driver collects 12 penalty points in 3 years, he is ordered to be banned from driving for 6 months. Learner drivers are already banned from driving if they collect 7 penalty points. This lower limit shall also apply for the first 2 years after having obtained a driving licence.
In general, you have 28 days to pay the fine. If you do not meet the deadline, the fine is increased and the number of penalty points for the offence is also increased. If you do not pay within 56 days, you will get a summons to appear in district court.
- Red-light running – €80 and 3 penalty points
- Dangerous overtaking – €80 and 3 penalty points
- Crossing the solid line – €80 and 3 penalty points
- Driving under the influence of alcohol – maximum penalty €5 000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months. All drink-driving offences result in a driving ban of at least 3 months
- Driving without seat belts on – €60 and 3 penalty points
- Using mobile phone while driving – €60 and 3 penalty points
For an up-to-date list of driving offences, including fines and penalty points, see RSA.ie.
Driving in Ireland 2023
In Ireland, as in the UK, Malta and Cyprus, you drive on the left side of the road.
Mandatory car equipment in Ireland
In Ireland, no mandatory vehicle equipment is specified. However, a warning triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher and reflective vest are recommended.
Winter tires are not mandatory. It is recommended to equip yourself with winter tires due to increasingly frostier and snowier winters. The minimum tread depth of tires used in winter is 1.6 mm.
Safety seat belts
The use of seat belts is mandatory for all passengers (if equipped).
Children in the car
According to the law, all children under 150 cm in height or under 36 kg in weight must use the correct child seat or booster seat in the vehicle. This often means that the child will have to be in a car seat or sit in a booster seat until the age of 12 as it depends on height and weight.
Taxi service vehicles are exempt from this law.
It is also illegal to place a child seat against the direction of travel on the front passenger seat if the seat is equipped with an airbag.
Drinking and driving
Drinking-driving offences distinguish between experienced and novice drivers and professional drivers, for whom lower alcohol limits apply. Novice and professional drivers are drivers with a driving licence of 2 years or less, drivers of buses, trucks, trailers, work vehicles, taxis and other drivers of public service vehicles
Novice and proffesional drivers – 0.2 ‰ blood alcohol limit
- Fine for 0.21 – 0.8 ‰ blood alcohol – €200 and driving ban for 3 months
Other/experienced drivers – 0.5 ‰ blood alcohol limit
- Fine for 0.51 – 0.8 ‰ blood alcohol – €200 and driving ban for 3 months
- Fine for 0.81 – 1.0 ‰ blood alcohol – €400 and driving ban for 6 months
Drunk driving carries a maximum fine of €5 000 and/or imprisonment od up to 6 months.
Daytime running lights
Daytime lighting is compulsory in Ireland all year round.