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Ways to pay tolls in New York City

Updated May 17, 2024
There are several ways to pay tolls in New York City: E-ZPass, Tolls by Mail, and Pay Toll Now. No matter how you pay, you can use any lane. Only E-ZPass will get you a discount of 30-50 percent.

With E-ZPass

Automatic replenishment 

This payment plan is ideal for the frequent traveler. By linking your E-ZPass to a credit card, debit card or bank account, you can drive through every toll facility with confidence, knowing your account will automatically be replenished whenever the balance gets too low. Your monthly replenishment amount is based on your travel history.

Pay Per Trip

Instead of charging your credit card to maintain a minimum balance on your E-ZPass at all times, Pay Per Trip lets you pay only for the tolls you use by linking your E-ZPass directly to your bank checking account.

Pay with cash using VanillaDirect

The VanillaDirect retailer network is a secure nationwide cash payment service that you can use to replenish your E-ZPass Account. Funds added to your E-ZPass account will post immediately. A $2 fee applies to each payment made at retailers.

The VanillaDirect barcode is found on E-ZPass statements with cash and check replenishments. It is simple to use:

  • Visit a retailer that accepts cash payments.
  • Provide the barcode found on the E-ZPass statement to the cashier at the register.
  • Make a cash payment.
  • Retain the receipt you received for your records.

Without E-ZPass

Tolls by Mail

The bill for your tolls will be mailed to the registered vehicle owner. You can pay this bill by mail, on the phone or in person, using a check, credit card, bank account or cash. Visit the Tolls by Mail site or call 1-844-826-8400 for more information.

Pay Toll Now account

Our "Pay Toll Now" service lets you use your license plate and credit card to set up a short-term account – ideal if you are renting or borrowing a car.