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Toll Roads in Mexico

Toll Roads in Mexico

Guide to Mexican Toll Roads and Toll Charges in Mexico

Driving on Toll Roads in Mexico

Over the last two decades, Mexico has made massive investments in its road infrastructure in an effort to connect the country's main towns and cities with safe, fast and reliable roads. If you're planning to travel by car on toll roads, this page contains useful information that can help you plan for your road trip.

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Mexico's toll roads are generally four-lane highways (dual carriageways), except in mountainous regions, where at times the road is limited to a single lane each way, due to the limited space available and additional costs involved when building a road into the edge of a mountain.

The total cost you'll pay on a particular toll road will depend on how far you travel along it. You effectively pay for your journey in parts, with payment booths set out along the highway at major towns or turnoff points. Every time you go through a toll booth, you pay an additional fee, which covers your cost to the next toll booth, and so on.

You may not be able to travel your entire journey on a fast toll road - check your road map for details.

Also See: Guide to Driving in Mexico

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Mexican Toll Road Terminology

Routes which have toll roads connecting the destinations, also have a free alternative road. When you're driving in Mexico, watch the signs and follow the route for the road type you want to use. Here is a list of the key words to look out for:

LIBRE = Free Road. Free roads are less well maintained, single-lanes each way that will take you longer to travel across. However, to see some of the 'off the beaten track' places, you'll need to avoid Toll Roads, as they often double as "by-passes" (see term below). It's recommended that you don't take the free roads after dark.

CUOTA = Toll Road. Follow this sign if you want to take the toll road to the destination you are traveling to. Note that the highway numbers are often the same, so you can be on the right highway number, heading in the right direction, but on a free (slower) road than you'd like to be. For toll roads, follow the signs that read "CUOTA".

LIBRAMIENTO = Bypass. Sometimes, major free roads that connect big towns and cities will give you an option to take the "Libramiento" route. This is like a toll road (and sometimes it's part of the toll road) which, for a fee, will enable you to by-pass the smaller town city if you don't want to go there, saving you time, and perhaps the hassle of getting lost. Libramientos work in the same way as toll roads.

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Toll Road Charges

Charges vary, depending on the route and how long the stretch of road is to the next major town or turn off. Tolls are best paid with cash; some booths are starting to accept credit and debit cards—but not all, so make sure you have pesos with you when you travel by car on toll roads to ensure you don't get caught out.

Detailed information about toll roads, distance and costs between any two points in the country can be found at the "Traza Tu Ruta" online service at the Communications and Transport Ministry web site. Further information about Mexico's road system can be found at the Mexican federal highways agency (CAPUFE) Web site.

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Insurance on Toll Roads

At each toll booth, you will be given a receipt for the money you pay. This receipt is also your insurance certificate. If you crash, or are involved in an accident, you will need to present this receipt in order to avoid paying road repair and maintenance charges.

KEEP ALL YOUR RECEIPTS WHEN TRAVELING ON MEXICAN TOLL ROADS

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Popular Destinations and Toll Route

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The table below shows a list of popular destinations, starting out from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Cancun. Under each of the starting points are the main destinations that people tend to drive to from there. Also listed are the highway numbers you can take, and the approximate driving distance in miles and kilometers.  Note that the highways listed are suggestions only; they make best use of toll roads, but some may be free roads as well, as the toll road network won't always cover a journey point-to-point.

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From Mexico City

To:

Acapulco
Aguascalientes
Cuernavaca
Guadalajara
Monterrey
Morelia
Oaxaca
Puebla
Queretaro
Taxco
Teotihuacan
Veracruz

Highway No. / Route:

95,92
57,45,110-West
95
15,55,15
57,57-Free,40
15,55,15
150,135
150
57
95
130
152

Distance(miles/km):

241mi/388km
323mi/519km
55mi/89km
339mi/546km
577mi/929km
188mi/302km
280mi/451km
76mi/123km
131mi/211km
118mi/190km
31mi/50km
258mi/416km

From Guadalajara

To:

Aguascalientes
Manzanillo
Mazatlan
Morelia
Puerto Vallarta

Highway No. / Route:

80,110-West
54
15
15
15,68-South

Distance (miles/km):

152mi/245km
186mi/300km
321m/517km
181mi/292km
198mi/319km

From Monterrey

To:

Chihuahua
Guadalajara

Highway No. / Route:

40,45
40,54-Free

Distance (miles/km):

512mi/824km
481mi/774km

From Cancun

To:

Merida
Playa del Carmen
Tulum

Highway No. / Route:

180
180
180

Distance (miles/km):

196mi/315km
31mi/50km
56mi/90km

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