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Traffic is a tangible reality every Filipino car owner experiences on the road. That’s why traffic solutions like tollways and skyways exist. But to use the Skyway and pass through tollways, you need to pay the Skyway rates and toll fees, which aren’t exactly cheap.  

Booked an out of town trip for the weekend? Aside from renewing your auto insurance and making sure that your car’s in top condition, now’s also the best time to review the toll fees you’ll need to pay going to your destination.

Tollway Vehicle Classifications

Currently, seven major expressways connect Metro Manila to various provinces by bypassing cities and roads, saving drivers a lot of time on the road. The toll fees are determined by the class of vehicles.

Class 1 Vehicles

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Vehicles with two axles and an overall height of up to 7.5 feet are classified as Class 1. These include sedans, vans, pick-up trucks, and motorcycles. You’re more likely to belong in this class, unless you’re driving a large vehicle like a bus or RV.

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Class 2 Vehicles

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Class 2 vehicles are those with two axles but with a height of more than 7.5 feet. Large vehicles like buses and trucks belong in this class. If you own a Class 1 vehicle but you’re planning to attach a trailer to it, your car will be included in Class 2.

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Class 3 Vehicles

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This class is reserved for large trucks with at least six wheels and a height greater than 7.5 feet. Unless you’re in the courier or transport business, you don’t need to worry about this class.

Expressway Toll Fees in the Philippines 2022

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Here’s a quick rundown of the toll fees for different expressways in the Philippines.

Skyway-SLEX-MCX Toll Fees

The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) consists of three expressways that connect Metro Manila to CALABARZON. It stretches from Makati to Muntinlupa, then passes through Muntinlupa to Santo Tomas, Batangas.

Skyway-SLEX-MCX Toll Rates – Class 1 Vehicles

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Skyway-SLEX-MCX Toll Rates – Class 2 Vehicles

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Skyway-SLEX-MCX Toll Rates – Class 3 Vehicles

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The Skyway 3 toll fees were first enforced on July 12, 2021, causing some traffic during the first few days of implementation.[1] Skyway 3 connects SLEX to NLEX. Here are the approved Skyway toll fees from and to the South.

Skyway 3 Toll Rates – Class 1 Vehicles

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Skyway 3 Toll Rates – Class 2 Vehicles

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Skyway 3 Toll Rates – Class 3 Vehicles

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Source: Skyway-SLEX-MCX Integrate Toll Rate Matrix[2]

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NLEX-SCTEX Toll Fees

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is one of the main road arteries in the Philippines. It connects Metro Manila to Central Luzon provinces like Pampanga and Bulacan. NLEX has an average traffic of 160,000 cars per day and is considered one of the busiest roads in the country.[3]

NLEX is connected to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), an expressway that extends the reach of NLEX to Subic, Clark, and Tarlac. With a length of 93.77 kilometers, SCTEX is considered the longest expressway in the Philippines.

Higher Toll Fees for NLEX in 2022

NLEX Corporation has been implementing new toll rates for NLEX since May 12, 2022, after getting the Toll Regulatory Board’s (TRB) approval. NLEX toll fees have increased by ₱2 in the open system (from Balintawak, Caloocan City to Marilao, Bulacan) and ₱0.34 per km in the closed system (between Bocaue, Bulacan and Sta. Ines, Mabalacat City, Pampanga including Subic-Tipo).

Under the new NLEX toll rate matrix, motorists passing through within the open system will pay an additional ₱2 for Class 1, ₱6 for Class 2, and ₱8 for Class 3 vehicles.

If you’re traversing the NLEX end-to-end between Metro Manila and Mabalacat City, expect to pay an additional ₱27 for Class 1, ₱69 for Class 2, and ₱82 for Class 3 vehicles.

NLEX-SCTEX Toll Rates – Class 1 Vehicles

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NLEX-SCTEX Toll Rates – Class 2 Vehicles

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NLEX-SCTEX Toll Rates – Class 3 Vehicles

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Source: NLEX-SCTEX Integrated Toll Rate Matrix (updated as of May 12, 2022)[4]

TPLEX Toll Fees

Looking to travel for a quick vacation in the North? Then prepare to pay toll fees at the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). It’s an 89-kilometer expressway that starts from SCTEX and ends in Rosario, La Union, with exits to various cities and towns in Tarlac, Pangasinan, and La Union.

TPLEX Toll Rates – Class 1 Vehicles

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TPLEX Toll Rates – Class 2 Vehicles

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TPLEX Toll Rates – Class 3 Vehicles

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Source: TPLEX Toll Rate Matrix[5]

STAR Toll Fees

The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) is connected to SLEX, which shortens the travel time between Metro Manila and Batangas City. STAR passes through Malvar, Tanauan, Lipa, San Jose, and Ibaan.

STAR Toll Rates – Class 1 Vehicles

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STAR Toll Rates – Class 2 Vehicles

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STAR Toll Rates – Class 3 Vehicles

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Source: Apolinario Mabini Super Highway Toll Rate Matrix (updated as of July 15, 2021)[6]

CAVITEX Toll Fees

What’s the quickest way from Manila to Cavite, you ask? The answer is the Manila-Cavite Expressway, also known as the Coastal Road. It starts from the end of Roxas Boulevard and splits into two terminals along the North Coast in Kawit, Cavite.

Higher Toll Fees for CAVITEX in 2022

Like in NLEX, toll fees in CAVITEX Parañaque Toll Plaza have increased also starting May 12, 2022. The new TRB-approved CAVITEX toll fees are ₱33 for Class 1, ₱67 for Class 2, and ₱100 for Class 3 vehicles.

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Source: CAVITEX New Toll Rates (updated as of May 12, 2022)[7]

NAIAX Toll Fees

Need a quicker route to the airport? Good thing there’s the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX). NAIAX is linked to the Metro Manila Skyway and also provides a convenient route to Entertainment City. Just be prepared to pay the following toll fees.

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Expressway Toll Fees FAQs

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Looking to find out how much is the toll fee for expressways leading to popular destinations like Subic and Tagaytay?

If you’re coming from Metro Manila and driving a Class 1 vehicle, here are the toll fees for popular out-of-town destinations:

Northern Destinations

  • Angeles, Pampanga (NLEX-Balintawak to NLEX-Angeles) – ₱272
  • Lingayen, Alaminos, Bolinao, etc. (NLEX-Balintawak to TPLEX-Paniqui) – ₱475
  • Subic (NLEX-Balintawak to SCTEX-TIPO) – ₱530
  • La Union, Baguio, Laoag, etc. (NLEX- Balintawak to TPLEX-Pozorrubio) – ₱707

Southern Destinations

  • Tagaytay (SLEX-Magallanes to SLEX-Sta. Rosa) – ₱175
  • Batangas (SLEX-Magallanes to SLEX-Calamba) – ₱214

2. Can I still pay cash in SLEX or NLEX?

Yes, cash lanes are still open in major tollways like SLEX and NLEX because a lot of car owners have yet to adapt to the RFID system. While the process for opening an Autosweep or Easytrip account can be tedious, it’s still a convenient way to drive through every tollway in the Philippines.

3. Do I need to reload my RFID regularly?

Load your RFID account at your discretion. But note that tollways will enforce a three-strike policy against RFID users who constantly pass through without enough load. Starting May 15, 2021, anyone who passes through toll gates with insufficient load for the third time will pay a ₱1,000 fine.[8]

4. What happens if I don’t have sufficient load on my RFID wallet?

If you happen to pass through a tollway with insufficient load, you’re still allowed to pass through the expressway. You’ll be asked to reload on the next ticket booth or stop and reload your RFID account near the toll gate.

Final Thoughts

That’s probably a lot of tables of toll fees to take in. But it’s still important to keep yourself updated. You don’t want to get stuck at a toll gate just because your RFID account didn’t have enough load now, do you? To enjoy a hassle-free trip, do your homework first. And drive safely! 

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