How To Pay New York Tolls

Updated August 27, 2022 – This page is valid for anyone in the state of New York, but it also focuses on local NYC tolls paid on New York City bridges and tunnels administered by MTA or The Port Authority.

Let’s start with the New York State Thruway:


E-ZPass works like a debit card. You keep a balance in your E-ZPass account, and every time you go through a toll booth, the amount of the toll is subtracted from your balance. The toll booth knows to debit your account because you attach an E-ZPass electronic tag to your vehicle’s windshield, and this tag gets scanned as you pass through the booth. The E-ZPass is also nice because it works at many other New York locations as well as in over 15 other states, including New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and more.

You can buy and prepay your E-ZPass in one of 3 ways:

Note that there are discount plans available for drivers who frequently go through certain toll booths.

If you go through an E-ZPass toll booth and do not have sufficient funds in your account, you will receive a violation notice, which you can pay online or by calling 1-800-333-8655 or by sending a check to the address on the violation notice.

New York City Tolls

Your options for paying New York City tolls are essentially the same:

  • Most (possibly all) bridges and tunnels are now cashless non-stop toll collection spots, meaning you either pay with E-ZPass or you will receive a Tolls By Mail bill. (Info on paying these Tolls By Mail bills is here.)