Vehicles traveling on the Metropolitan Expressway are divided into the following five types, and the toll is determined based on the type.
Compact size vehicle, motorcycle
Compact size vehicle
Small special motor vehicle
Motorcycle (excluding 125cc or less, including those with sidecars)
Standard size vehicle
Small size vehicle (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with a sidecar)
Standard size passenger vehicle
Light towing motor vehicle and vehicle connected to towed motor vehicle (1 axle)
Middle size vehicle
Standard size truck (total vehicle weight less than 8t and maximum load less than 5t with no more than 3 axles or a tractor with 2 axles for semitrailers not connected to a towed vehicle)
Minibus (from 11 to 29 passengers, total vehicle weight less than 8t)
Light towing motor vehicle and vehicle connected to towed motor vehicle (2 axles or more)
Standard size towing vehicle and vehicle connected to towed motor vehicle (1 axle)
Large size vehicle
Standard size truck (total vehicle weight 8 t or greater or maximum load 5 t or greater with no more than 3 axles, 4-axle vehicles with a total vehicle weight and length at or below the limits stipulated in Article 3, Paragraph 1, Item 2 (i) of the Cabinet Order on Vehicle Restrictions, and a tractor with 3 axles for semitrailers not connected to a towed vehicle)
Bus (Buses with 30 and over passengers or route buses totally weighing 8t and over and buses totally weighing 8t and over with no more than 29 passengers with a vehicle length less than 9m)
Middle size towing vehicle and vehicle connected to towed motor vehicle (2 axles or more)
Middle size towing vehicle and vehicle connected to towed motor vehicle (1 axle)
Large size towing vehicle (2 axles) and vehicle connected to towed motor vehicle (1 axle)
Extra large size vehicle
Standard size truck (4 axles or more, other than those falling under normal trucks classified as large vehicles)
Middle size towing vehicle and vehicle connected to towed motor vehicle (2 axles or more)
Large size towing vehicle and vehicle connected to towed vehicle, with a total of 4 axles or more
Connecting vehicle towed by an Extra large size vehicle
Large size special motor vehicle
Bus (at least 30 passengers, or a total vehicle weight of at least 8t (fixed-route buses excluded))
Customers have to use different lanes at toll gates on the Metropolitan Expressway based on their payment method. Check your route in advance and use the correct lane because driving in wrong lanes may cause accidents or traffic jams.
This is a wireless ETC exclusive lane. The passage toll is automatically paid when a vehicle passes through the gate.
ETC/cash shared lane
This is a shared lane. Payments may be made either through wireless ETC or cash.
Lane for paying with cash only.
Credit cards cannot be used for paying road tolls.
If using ETC
ETC stands for the Electronic Toll Collection System, which a system for paying tolls without stopping at a toll gate. Please see the "ETC guide" for details.
The basic toll rate for ETC equipped vehicles is calculated in 10 JPY increments according to toll distance per 0.1km. Furthermore, upper toll limits and lower toll limits have been set (as a drastic easing measure). The upper toll limit for standard size vehicles is 1,300 JPY, and the lower toll limit is 300 JPY.
The exit in the direction of travel may not be available even if the combination of entry and exit are geographically close, on grounds of road structure or restrictions based on the Road Traffic Act. Therefore, the distance between the entry point and nearby exit point may differ from the toll distance.
If there are multiple routes connecting the interval from start location (point where use of Metropolitan Expressway starts) to the destination (point where use of Metropolitan Expressway ends), the toll distance will be the distance of the shortest route using only the Metropolitan Expressway, regardless of the customer's actual travel route. Moreover, if a different route is taken on the way back, the distance of the shortest route out of the outward route and return route will be the toll distance.
Special case in which the Tokiwabashi or Yaesu entry/exit point are the start location or destination
When the Tokiwabashi entry/exit point or Yaesu entry/exit point is the start location or destination, if the shortest route passes through the Metropolitan Expressway, continuing along the Tokyo Expressway, then connecting to the Metropolitan Expressway is the shortest, the distance on the Tokyo Expressway is not included in the toll distance.
See "ETC Guide" for how to use ETC and details on use.
Customers using cash will be able to use all routes on the Metropolitan Expressway if they pay the basic toll given in the table at the first toll gate passed after getting on the Metropolitan Expressway (henceforth "initial toll gate").
*If after passing through the initial toll gate you pass through another toll gate without getting off the Metropolitan Expressway, show your receipt to use it at the basic toll. See "consecutive use" for details.
*Customers who wish to use cash and are driving an ETC equipped car should use the cash lane or ETC/cash shared lane with the ETC card removed (if the ETC card is inserted, the ETC toll may be charged at a later date).
Consecutive use is when after passing through the first toll gate after getting on the Metropolitan Expressway (henceforth "initial toll gate"), the customer passes through another toll gate without getting off the Metropolitan Expressway. After passing through the initial toll gate on the Metropolitan Expressway, the customer may sometimes pass through a toll gate on the Expressway or exit toll gate (henceforth "consecutive use toll gate") again. In this case, the customer can pass through without paying the toll again by presenting the receipt received at the initial toll gate. Consecutive use toll gates are indicated in the table. Consecutive use is not applyed once the customer has gotten off the Metropolitan Expressway or if the customer cannot present the receipt.
Take the receipt at the initial toll gate, and make sure not to lose it. During the consecutive use, customers need to present their receipt to the toll gate personnel at consecutive use toll gates.
2. Present receipt at consecutive use toll gates.
Customers should present their receipt to toll gate personnel at consecutive use toll gates. Presenting it allows them to pass through without paying another toll. If a customer cannot present their receipt, or have gotten off the Metropolitan Expressway, consecutive use is not possible. The customer needs to pay another passage toll.
Example: Consecutive use from Saitama -> Tokyo -> Kanagawa
Presenting the receipt at a consecutive use toll gate allows customers to pass through without paying another toll.
Example: If consecutive use is not possible
If you pass through a consecutive use toll gate after having gotten off the Metropolitan Expressway, it will be considered as an initial journey, and the receipt of the earlier consecutive use section will not be valid. (the customer will have to pay the toll again).
You can pass through consecutive use toll gates until the consecutive use expiration date noted on the receipt. If the consecutive use expiration date has passed or the receipt cannot be presented without a legitimate reason, the customer shall pay a toll at consecutive use toll gates.
Only the vehicle to which the receipt has been handed can use it for consecutive use. Consecutive use does not apply to Metropolitan Expressway toll gates other than consecutive use toll gates, or to toll gates on expressways managed by NEXCO such as the Tokyo-Gaikan Expressway and the Chuo Expressway. Moreover, a customer that uses the Metropolitan Expressway again via the Tokyo-Gaikan Expressway is not eligible for consecutive use.
Customers using the Metropolitan Expressway by directly handing over their ETC card should drive to their exit without inserting the returned ETC card into the in-vehicle ETC equipment. Present your receipt at consecutive use toll gates during the consecutive use.
If you wrongfully avoid paying a toll, you will pay the avoided toll as well as a sum equivalent to twice the avoided amount as extra charges.
Toll collection machine
Customers need to operate the machine themselves when making payment through the toll collection machine. Toll collection machines are installed at some of the toll gates on the Metropolitan Expressway.
For customers who wish to pay by cash or by handing over their ETC card, please use the toll collection machine.
To use the machine, the customer should stop in front of the toll collection machine and follow the screen display and audio instructions to pay the passage toll.
If you are unclear on how to use one, please notify the toll gate personnel with the staff assistance button.
After passing through the initial toll gate, if you pass through a consecutive use toll gate specified in the table without getting off the Metropolitan Expressway, you will need to present the receipt at eligible toll gates, so always press the issue receipt button and take the receipt.
Consecutive use toll gates
Toll gate name
Route 5 Ikebukuro Line
Saitama Omiya Route
Urawa Minami Tollgate, Urawa Minami Exit
Kanagawa Route 1 Yokohane Line
Daishi Tollgate, Daishi (outbound) exit
If you are using a disability discount, or are unclear on how to use one, please notify the toll gate personnel by pressing the staff assistance button.
If you get off the Metropolitan Expressway due to a road closure, and are using it again
If while traveling from start location A to destination D you get off the Metropolitan Expressway at a point B we specified due to a road closure caused by an accident etc., you travel along a local road and merge back onto the Metropolitan Expressway from point C bypassing the Metropolitan Expressway towards destination D, this will be counted as one passage, and no toll will be collected when merging back on from point C. Please notify the toll gate personnel in the "cash lane" or "ETC/cash shared lane" at the bypass destination C toll gate.
If you use the Metropolitan Expressway by connecting to the Tokyo Expressway
When using the Tokyo Expressway, take a connection ticket at the "cash lane" or "ETC/cash shared lane" of the junction, and when passing through a Metropolitan Expressway toll gate at the connection destination, hand over the connection ticket to the toll gate personnel in the "cash lane" or "ETC/cash shared lane".