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Ankeny, Iowa

We are going to be renting a car at SFO and going over the Golden Gate. I am all too familiar with getting a large toll fee from the car rental after we have returned from a trip to SF. Is there a online site to pay the toll ahead of time?

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Holt, Florida
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Rental Vehicles Paying Tolls at the Golden Gate Bridge

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

Speak with your rental agent about how tolls are assessed when crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, or or any other Bay Area toll bridge or toll road.

Ask if you have to Opt-In or Opt-Out of the agency's tolling program, if one is offered.

Ask about any associated convenience or service fees that may be assessed after your trip by the rental agency or its affiliates.

Click here for a list of rental agencies in the San Francisco area to learn more about what tolling programs are offered and how to pay your Golden Gate Bridge toll.

If Your Rental Company Does Offer a Tolling Program

Option 1: Agree to Use Rental Car Tolling Program Offered

This is the most seamless and convenient option. Note: most tolling programs have convenience fees associated with them. Be sure to ask the rental agent for more information.

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

If you prefer not to use the offered tolling program, 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 or within 2 days AFTER 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 or within 2 days AFTER you cross the Bridge, you can make a One-Time Payment using any of the following methods: More▼

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 or within 2 days AFTER 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. You can make a One-Time Payment using any of the following methods: More▼

 

Suggestions for Short-Term Visitors

"If you’re a visitor with out-of-state or out-of-country license plates staying in the San Francisco Bay Area and plan on crossing the Golden Gate Bridge (southbound), your best toll payment choice is to use the Pay-By-Plate option and make a One-Time Payment or you may also consider opening a limited duration License Plate Account.

 

The One-Time Payment option is exactly what it sounds like: make a toll payment, one payment at a time. One-Time Payments can be made up to 30 days before or 48 hours after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. One-Time Payments are valid for 30 days and are non-refundable. They may be made (1) using a credit card (click "Make a One-Time Payment" link below) or (2) using a credit card by calling toll free 1-877-229-8655 or 415-486-8655 (outside California). Also, for a vehicle with an out-of-state license plate, you may pay in person using cash at one of our many Cash Payment Locations or pay in person at the Bay Area FasTrak Customer Service Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, (click here for hours of operation). For a vehicle with an out-of-country license plate, you may pay in person at the Bay Area FasTrak Customer Service Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, (click here for hours of operation).

NOTE: When you get to the car rental make sure you are not automatically charged a fee as a part of the car rental agreement or you would be paying twice and paying more than you might use in toll fees.

over a year ago
Media, Pennsylvania
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I believe the car rental companies all have automatic charge or an "EZPASS" that pays the toll for you. Have fun

over a year ago
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We paid online same day by hooking up to the hotel wifi

over a year ago
Adelaide
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The toll is only for southbound traffic and you can pay online in advance. Search for Bay Area FasTrak and you will find it

over a year ago
San Francisco, California
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Suggest you check options online by googling tolls and the golden gate. There's a website just for that but including other web addresses here is not allowed.

Or park the car before you cross over the bridge and walk across it, then have an Uber driver bring you back.

over a year ago
Mill Valley
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Don't really know but I've heard of this sometime scam...

over a year ago
Seattle, Washington
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Only if you purchase and open a good to go account for California tolls. I opened one because u go to Cali at least 3x a year so it is worth it.

over a year ago
Ankeny, Iowa
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Thank you to everyone for your responses to my question!

over a year ago
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