Greater London has different schemes in place:

Dartford Crossing in the Greater London Area is a charging scheme for the Dartford tunnels that is in effect until 1st October 2020.

all, except motorcycles, mopeds and quads

all, except motorcycles, mopeds and quads


Details of how to pay

You must pay for a crossing in advance or by midnight the day after crossing. You can do this using a pre-pay account (set up here), which saves you up to a third on every crossing, or by making a one-off payment.

You can make a one-off payment:

A pre-pay account is the cheapest and easiest way to pay, even if you only use the Dartford Crossing occasionally. It saves you the hassle of making a payment each time and you can set up auto top-ups. You can add multiple vehicles. Local residents need a pre-pay account to access the local residents’ discount scheme.


Vehicle class

Type of vehicle

One-off payment

If you have an account


Motorcycles, mopeds and quad bikes




Cars (including trailers), motorhomes and any minibuses that have 9 or less seats (including the driver’s seat)

£2.50 (~ 2.70€)

£1.67 (~1.86€)


Vehicles with 2 axles

£3.00 (~ 3.35€)

£2.63 (~ 2.94€)


Vehicles with more than 2 axles

£6.00 (~ 6.70€)

£5.19 (~ 5.80€)



charging scheme

Options to travel into the city without a car.
Transport for London
Oyster Card

The crossing spans the River Thames between Dartford and Thurrock, approximately 16 miles east of central London, and forms a trunk road link (A282) in the M25 London orbital motorway.

map for Dartford tunnel charging scheme

map for Dartford tunnel charging scheme

    Road Sign

Congestion charging road sign Dartford dart charge

The Dart Charge uses the same red C logo as the Congestion Charge, but it is an entirely separate scheme. Payment of one will not cover the other.

road sign charging scheme dartford tunnel

see Costs

Yes, are affected.

Monday to Sunday from 06:00 - 22:00.

Camera through an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system

You can get a £70 fine if you don’t pay the charge. You must pay it within 28 days.

The fine will be:

  • reduced to £35 if you pay within 14 days
  • increased to £108 if you don’t pay it - you’ll also have to pay the crossing charge

You can pay or challenge the fine online or call the Dart Charge contact centre.



The following vehicles are exempted from the congestion charge:

  • police vehicles
  • fire engines
  • fire and rescue authority vehicles
  • ambulances
  • vehicles by a health service body, a National Health Service trust, an NHS foundation trust, a Local Health Board or the Care Quality Commission
  • vehicles for use by or for purposes of certain disabled people
  • vehicles used for carriage of disabled people by recognised bodies
  • a military vehicle 
  • an omnibus being used for a local service
  • a vehicle being used in connection with the collection of charges
  • a vehicle being used in connection with the inspection, safety, maintenance, improvement or renewal 
  • a vehicle used by or escorted by the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency in the execution of duty

The following vehicles may apply for a discount:

- residents

You can apply for a discount if you live in Dartford or Thurrock. You can either:

  • pay £20 a year to use the Dartford Crossing as many times as you want
  • pay £10 for 50 crossings, plus 20p for each additional crossing

Apply for a local resident discount online or by post.

Dart charge, Dartford Crossing

Website on Dart Charge

Dartford Crossing Remote Payment Scheme

Leaflet about the scheme in English

Leaflet about the scheme in German, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, French, Italian, Russian and Hungarian 

Leaflet about the scheme for goods vehicles 


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