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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Ask if you have to Opt-In or Opt-Out of the agency's tolling program, if one is offered.
  3. Ask about any associated convenience or service fees that may be assessed after your trip by the rental agency or its affiliates.
  4. 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:       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 a credit card, 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 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:        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 (effective June 17, 2014) at 62 First Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (near the intersection of Market and First Streets). 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.