How to Avoid Tolls on Google Maps

Customize your routes to save money on the road

What to Know

  • Google Maps on a desktop browser: Select the check box to avoid tolls in route option settings.
  • Google Maps on mobile: Select Avoid Tolls in route options.
  • Permanently avoid tolls in Google Maps app: Opening Navigation Settings in your profile settings and toggling on the Avoid Tolls option.

Planning a route without tolls while you're traveling can be challenging. Thankfully, Google knows every route without tolls. In this article you'll learn how to avoid tolls on Google Maps.

How Google Maps Helps You Avoid Tolls

Google uses information from local governments and real-time feedback from other users to gather information about all roads between your starting point and your destination.

Through these sources, Google gets information about tolls, whether roads are under construction, if there's an accident, and more. If a road is impassable for any reason, Google Maps will reroute you using an alternate route. But unless you configure Google Maps to avoid any toll roads, your route may include them.

It's very easy to do this, but you'll need to instruct Google Maps to avoid tolls whenever your planning each route. Or you can change overall settings to avoid tolls all the time.

How to Avoid Tolls on Google Maps on Desktop Browser

When you're using Google Maps on a desktop browser, you'll need to switch Google Maps to avoid tolls after creating your route.

  1. Log into Google Maps on your browser and search for the destination you're planning to travel to. In the left pane, select the Directions icon so Google Maps can create the route from your current location to the new destination.

    Screenshot of launching google maps directions
  2. In the new map with directions, you can see roads with tolls by looking for a small blue icon. If you hover the mouse over the icon, you'll see the name of the route with red text underneath "Toll road."

    Screenshot of Google Maps route
  3. If you select a route, or select Details under a route, you'll see the route details in the left pane. If the route has tolls, you'll see a notification in the header "This route has tolls." You'll also see the individual sections of the route with tolls.

    Screenshot of tolls along route
  4. If you want to clear all tolls from your route, select Options in the blue field. This will open a small section in the left pane with all of the route options you can change. Under Avoid, select the check box next to Tolls.

    Screenshot of avoiding tolls setting

Once you finish this procedure, Google Maps will reroute your trip with alternative routes to bypass all toll roads.

How to Avoid Tolls on Google Maps on the Mobile App

You can also configure Google Maps to avoid tolls when you create a route using the Google Maps mobile app.

The procedure to remove tolls from Google Maps works on the mobile app for either Android or iOS phones.

  1. Launch the Google Maps app on your mobile device. Use the search field to search for your destination. Select the Directions button to have Google Maps plan out the route from your current location to this destination.

  2. When the Google Maps route appears, select the three dots on the right side of the location field. Next tap Route options.

  3. In the Driving options pop-up window. select the check box next to Avoid tolls. Select Done.

    Steps to take to change Google Maps to avoid tolls.

When you submit this change, Google Maps will update the route so it doesn't include any toll roads.

Always Avoid Tolls on Google Maps

In the Google Maps mobile app, you can update a setting in your profile so the app will always avoid tolls. This means you won't have to update the setting every time you map a new route.

  1. In the Google Maps app, from the main window, tap your profile icon at the upper right. Select Settings from the menu.

  2. In the Settings menu, select Navigation settings.

  3. In the Navigation settings window, scroll down to the Route options section. Enable to toggle next to Avoid tolls.

    Steps to permanently set Google Maps to avoid tolls.

With this setting enabled, any new route you launch will always use alternative roads so you can always avoid tolls while you're traveling.

FAQ
  • What do tolls mean on Google Maps?

    Tolls can be either public or private roads that require a fee for passage. These kinds of roads are most popular in metropolitan areas, and Google Maps can display which roads are tolls roads and calculate how using these roads can influence your trip's time.

  • Why does Google Maps send me to tolls if I'm set to avoid tolls?

    This can be a bug or glitch, but most often users report experiencing this phenomena when after recalculating Google Maps adjusts their route, sending them through a toll road unexpectedly. If you majorly change your route, sometimes this can happen.

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