How to Pay the M50 Toll Bridge Toll

How to Pay the M50 Toll Bridge Toll

There is a lot of confusion around over how to pay the new barrier free M50 Toll. I hope to address these issues in this post and give people some information on how to pay toll. Most confusion seems to be arising out of post paying the toll. Most Irish residents are well briefed on the particulars of paying for the toll. For tourists either renting a car or visiting Ireland in a car, the third option is most relevant.

Option 1: Tag Registration

The easiest way to pay the M50 toll is with an electronic tag. To receive an electronic tag you will need to register with one of the many providers. The toll costs €2 although most providers charge a €1 per month administration fee. Every time you pass through the toll with an electronic tag your account gets debited the cost of the toll. Your account is topped up automatically when your balance runs low and in effect is a pre-paid system.

For more information about the electronic tag operators please click here. The electronic tags work on all toll roads in Ireland but this option is not a viable one for tourists.

Option 2: Video Registration

The second automatic payment based system is a vehicle number plate based payment account. If you have a video registration account, you will be debited for each journey over the Toll Bridge that you make. Accounts can be either pre paid or post paid and tolls cost €2.50.

The video registration system only works on the M50 but there is no monthly account management or registration fee. This system is again not suitable for tourists or car rental customers.

Option 3: Post Payment

The third option is to post pay by 8pm the following day after using the toll bridge. The toll for post paying is €3. There are several options for post paying a toll:

– Pay Online
– Payzone Outlets
– Phone Payment

If a toll is not paid by 8pm the following day, a fine or penalty will be issued. If the toll has not been paid by 8pm the following day, a penalty or fine of €3 is added to the existing toll. If the toll and fine / penalty is not paid within 14 days an additional €40 will be added to the fines. Failure to pay the full amount due within a further 56 days will lead to an additional €100 penalty with legal proceedings to follow for non payment

Pay Online
Both tolls and fines can be paid online at To pay the toll or fine you will need the registration plate of the vehicle used during the passage over the toll bridge.

Payzone Outlets
Payzone outlets are dotted throughout the country but can become sparse as you move further away from the toll bridge. You will need the vehicle registration number and can pay in many garages throughout the country

Phone Payment
The third option for post payment is over the phone. The Locall 1890 50 10 50 can be call from anywhere within Ireland.

Car Rental Customers

Unfortunately the toll bridge provide no additional supports or options to the car rental industry. If you rent a car from one of the many car rental companies in Ireland you will be responsible for the toll yourself. If you do not pay the toll, the car rental company will receive the fine and will charge an administration charge to pay the fines and deal with the matter.

Companies such as Car, Atlas Car Hire Ireland and Hertz Rent A Car will provide you with the information you need to pay for the toll in order to avoid fines and administration charges.

Other Relevent articles: Tourist Driver’s Guide to Irish Roads.
Other Relevent articles: Complete Toll Map for Ireland including vehicle cost breakdown.


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  1. Paddy McCarthy October 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Where in the Shannon area can I pay for the M50 toll and get a receipt ?

  2. notnem October 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Paddy,

    If you go to you can search by County and town and get a list of areas where you can pay. If you pay by payzone you get a receipt.

    Hope this helped.


  3. soporan titus November 21, 2008 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    please let me know how will know a driver from another country about the payment for the toll bridge??? is no stoping areea??? the tel no is not visible sometimes in the dark??? How will get the fee if is just passinf through Ireland????


  4. notnem November 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    HI Titus,

    There is a phone number on signs on the way through the toll but there is no stopping area. You can either pay online at or by ringing 1890 50 10 50. You will need your registration plate.

    Hope this helps.


  5. notnem November 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    HI Titus,

    There is a phone number on signs on the way through the toll but there is no stopping area. You can either pay online at or by ringing 1890 50 10 50. You will need your registration plate.

    Hope this helps.


    • John April 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Ronan
      the tel number dosn’t work so how can u pay for the m50 toll crossing of a northern car without a credit card?

      Topaz don’t accept northern regestrations for the last 2 weeks

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  7. John April 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    The phone number dosn’t work, so how do u pay for a northern car crossing the m50 if u don’t have a credit card?
    as the topaz filling stations don’t accept northen regestrations

  8. John April 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronan
    the tel number dosn’t work so how can u pay for the toll crossing of a northern car without a credit card?

    Topaz don’t accept northern regestrations for the last 2 weeks

  9. notnem April 27, 2009 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Hi John,

    This link will give you information about calling from outside the ROI:

    Thanks for the comments 🙂


  10. Keiron Forbes June 13, 2009 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I am in trouble. I am a Mac user and this therefore can not pay online
    I live in Northern ireland and can not use payzone, and the phone number you give does not work from the north. What am I supposed to do?

  11. notnem June 13, 2009 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Hi Keiron,

    Using Say no to 1890 Website ( I found this number: 01 6602511.

    Let me know if this works and I’ll update the blog with the number for international callers.



  12. e smyth July 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Can I suggest that they re-open one unmanned pay kiosk in the far corner for tourists, etc. It won’t upset the traffic flow.

  13. notnem July 23, 2009 at 7:58 am - Reply

    From a safety point of view I don’t think you could slow down one lane for people to pay a toll when the rest of the traffic is moving by at average motorway speeds. It is important for all tourists to check when they are renting a car now if the toll needs to be paid by the renter or will be paid by the rental company and then charged on.

  14. twinkletoes October 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Can you please e mail the phone number I need to call to pay the toll. I live in norhtern ireland.

    thank you

  15. notnem October 12, 2009 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Call 01 6602511 and select the eFlow call centre option

  16. gerard May 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Some advice on what i can do, i recently started up my own business which involves driving to and from dublin. my vechicle is registered to my dads address and my dad has been away. i receieved 3 letters from them stating amounts 56.00, 76.00, 53.00 euro which i was willing to pay only i was late, to only call them today to register with eflow to be told i had an outstanding bill of 1044.00, what the hell??? how can they justify that 10times ur toll charge if you dont pay by a certain date.

  17. Tony Hayes June 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    We are flying to dublin and hiring a car. we will need to use the toll bridge.
    It sounds more complicated than it should be to pay. Is this because they will make
    plenty of money on late payments? Can you advise me on the best and easiest way to pay.
    Thanks Tony

    • willegan123 June 10, 2010 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Hey Tony,

      Using traditional barrier toll bridges are straight forward so assuming you mean the M50 toll this is my advice. Check with your hire company as some pay the toll for you automatically and deduct it from your credit card. If that is the case then it solves your problem.

      If they don’t then simply call the 1890 50 10 50 by 8pm the day after you go through. So maybe ring up as soon as you go through to make sure you don’t forget. Write down your car reg number as you will be asked for it I assume.

      Any other questions let me know.

      Info Ireland

  18. margaret gent July 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    hi my son travelled through the toll plaza going towards Malahide, Sunday. He wants to know
    where he will get a tab. as he does’nt know. He wanted to know if he can buy tab in shops and where. Will he get a fine in the post? Many thanks Margaret.

  19. margaret gent July 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    any comments would be appreciated

    • willegan123 July 20, 2010 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Hey Margaret,

      there are many shops you can go into and pay the m50 toll. Spar is one, you can simply pay at the till if you don’t have credit card or laser.

      I have paid in the Spar in Raheny. Look out for the little stckers saying ‘pay m50 toll etc’

      Let me know how you get on.


  20. mary July 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    hi paddy,
    i havnt got a laser card or credit card but would like to pay over the phone how do i do that??????? please help

  21. willegan123 July 20, 2010 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Hey Mary,

    If you don’t have a credit card or laser card I don’t think you can pay over the phone. You may have to go into a local shop and pay in cash.

    Hope this helps.


  22. B White September 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Hi i went through toll on sunday 29th aug twice when i was dropping someone off at the airport.
    I complete forgot to pay toll on monday and when i went into a shop on tuesday to pay it i was told to leave it and wait til i got letter in post.i havent received that yet and i am wondering if i will only be charged double or will i be fined more because it isnt paid yet

    • willegan123 September 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      You can obviously wait for the letter to arrive, I know the M50 toll isn’t a perfect system so you may indeed get away with it. I am not sure if you are fined for not paying the toll on time though. You should look into that.

  23. Di February 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    When returning a rental car to the Dublin Airport, do you have to pay the toll before turning in the car? Can the return toll be prepaid at the time of paying the initial arrival toll?

    Thanks, the info on this blog has been most helpful..

    • admin February 17, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply


      All car rental companies to the best of my knowledge state for you not to pay the M50 toll. The cost will be automatically added I guess to to your rental cost. Hope that helps

  24. Ruth Smallman June 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Can i prepay the M50 toll before flying out from Dublin Airport on holiday. Many thanks, Ruth

  25. Louise September 7, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply


    I will be dialling from a UK mobile, what is the area code for the 1890 50 10 50 telephone number please.

    Many thanks

  26. Marc July 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    As a tourist this sort of thing always worries me beforehand. But in retrospect I found the payment of this toll simple beyond imagination, at least for the visitor. And just great having no booths on that busy road.

    You go to really any fuel station in the country, but those are not the only places, you give them your license plate number (You wouldn’t have to bring your car, you can pay for someone else… whatever, just make sure you got your plate number correct!) and you pay the money. That is it.

    Apart from checking what sort of car you drive (car, truck) they will ask you, “how many”. I was told I can even pay ahead this way, and this is exactly what I did on the way out. The guy at that particular station confirmed paying ahead was no problem.

    So whether you have crossed the M50 bridge in the morning and couldn’t be bothered paying right there and then, because you are still struggling not to get lost in the left hand traffic, or you wouldn’t know where to find a paying terminal in the short distance between the M50 bridge and the airport on your way back, there is nothing to worry.

    • admin September 21, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Thanks for pointing out this tip!

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