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Old 24th November 2014, 11:17   #31
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For your trip, toll charges could be around Rs. 2500 - but it might differ a lot, depending on the road you take. Basically, it will be negligible compared to your other expenses (food, fuel, accommodation).
Yes, maybe the only benefit of knowing each toll charge amount would be to have the necessary cash and change ready so that you don't spend time completing your transaction at the toll booth.
For example some of the tolls on the NH7 & 47 are 51, 88 and will end up delaying if you don't have the change.
Always a good idea to carry coins in 1, 2, 5 rupee denominations.
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Not sure about toll booths - but here in Bangalore, all shops have ample supply of this particular currency suitable for small transactions.

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We are in the process of planning a long road trip in India...

1) Is there a way to find out the approximate toll charges for the entire trip once you finalize the route ? (Just to get an idea as to how much cash to carry)

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Once you plan the route (say using Google maps), you'll get to know the toll roads you'll be passing through and the distance covered on the toll roads.

For cars, as a rough estimate, you can budget at the rate of about 76 paise for every km of toll road. (source)
For 1000 KM of toll road, carry about Rs: 750 for toll.
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Bangalore, all shops have ample supply of this particular currency ]
I guess this is same everywhere. However during a recent trip on NH4 saw this pasted on all toll booths.

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Pasting a reply from a friend who had mailed some details .


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1) Back in 2012, I think toll cost totaled ~Rs. 5000 from Bangalore to Longewala and back. We did take a lot of non-tolled roads in Maharashtra and Gujrat while exploring. If you stick to the Golden Quadrilateral (tolled), it should cost you about Rs.1 per kilometer. All in all, you should be spending about Rs. 600-800 on tolls per day.


Considering that in India not all places accept card payments, you should be carrying enough cash to cover expenses (fuel, food, accommodation) for the next two days, and some emergency cash as well. Hence carrying extra cash specifically for tolls isn't that significant.


2) Not yet. You will have to stop and pay manually.


3) Return trip should usually be within 24 hours.
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Hi,

We are in the process of planning a long road trip in India. Was going through the travelogue section to gather information to create a travel plan. The trip will be from Trivandrum, Kerala to Longewala, Rajastan.

1) Is there a way to find out the approximate toll charges for the entire trip once you finalize the route ? (Just to get an idea as to how much cash to carry)
2) Are there any automatic toll payment systems on any of the new highways ?
3) Understand that there are "one way" and "return" toll tickets. If you opt for the "return", does it have to be a same day return or can be after a few days ?

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During my Ahmedabad - Kerala trip in July 2011, the one way toll charges was around Rs 1100. We had taken the Pune-Kolhapur-Mangalore route. Am not sure if there has been any substantiall increase in the toll charges or if any new tolls have come up. As suggested by NPV, best would be to carry coins and small denomination currency.

AFAIK return tickets are only valid for same day travel.
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Hi,

1) Is there a way to find out the approximate toll charges for the entire trip once you finalize the route ? (Just to get an idea as to how much cash to carry)
2) Are there any automatic toll payment systems on any of the new highways ?
3) Understand that there are "one way" and "return" toll tickets. If you opt for the "return", does it have to be a same day return or can be after a few days ?

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1) From my experience in the south, between Chennai - Bangalore - Kerala, my analysis is that the toll charges are approximately 75 Paise to 1 Rupee per kilometer. This is based on my travel on NHAI highways and is an estimate. I do not know if that varies much in the North.

2) I haven't seen automatic toll payment systems like you have in US, you cannot just drive pass a toll plaza and pay tolls later online using services like Plate Pass.

3) Return toll tickets are valid for 24 hours from the time it is issued. For your travel, I suggest one way tickets. Also, the difference between one way and return tickets aren't too much to be concerned.

Have fun and drive safe.
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Go to some bank and get Rs. 10 and 20 notes for a few thousands along with coins. Else you can return with a glove box full of toffees.
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Thumbs up National Highways Toll Information System

Thanks guys.

I think they've renamed the website to http://www.nhtis.org/map.htm

National Highways Toll Information System

Its a wonderful website. The one feature I liked best is once you enter your origin and destination, it charts the route on the map and the applicable toll plazas will "blink". You can then click on that icon to display the toll details. In addition to it, it also lists the toll for the entire trip. Check it out.

Just wondering why they have toll charges of 33, 51, 71 etc.
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I guess this is same everywhere. However during a recent trip on NH4 saw this pasted on all toll booths.

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I had actually seen them pasted at few booths when I drove to Chennai in September taking the usual Krishnagiri-Vellore route. Then I thought things are changing and limited to this stretch but I believe this has been initiated at National level by NHAI.

Even during the recent trip to Pune (the same drive we met first time ), I was surprised that all the 4 toll Plazas in MH returning exact change to vehicles ahead/next to us.

As for me, I have this standard practice of carrying a poly bag full of coins good enough to fit in one of the cup holders that aids me for the entire Trip.

In fact, the worst experience was Chalageri toll which amounts to 95/- where during the return drive the Toll booth attendant arrogantly asked for 5 Rs change. Arrogant because even when I said I finished all 5 rupees coins since I have been driving from Pune, he said he doesn't have!

All this after the previous tolls we paid were - 55,35,15, 65 & the rest till Bangalore was 95,55, 55, 35!!

So Altogether, if one has to drive Bangalore to Mumbai, he needs to carry at least 9 coins of 5 Rupees and if NICE is part of this, may be another one depending on where you enter NICE from.

I actually told this guy I was ready to pay 100, ask your management to increase this to 100.

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