Counting cost: SA toll roads calculator

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 HANDY TOOL: Drive South Africa has launched a helpful interactive calculator to help work out toll costs. Image: Supplied
Drive South Africa has launched South Africa's first interactive toll-road cost calculator. It uses Google Maps and could prove useful when planning your holiday trip.

With South Africa's December holidays upon us it will help road users to better budget for a road trip by calculating a journey's total toll road costs.

Sort of count the cost before you drive…


Fuel costs have dropped, DSA says, but that isn’t happening to toll roads so this program was “a much-needed road-travel tool”.

"Toll roads are as much a part of South African road trips as padkos and ‘I Spy…' for the youngsters. Knowing exactly how much you're going to be contributing at toll gates before you arrive has never so easy.”  Cape Town to the Kruger Park, for instance, has six tolls that will total R256. Pofadder to Pretoria has no tolls. How it works… 

Simply select a vehicle type (tolls differ depending on vehicle), enter a departure and arrival location using the Google Maps interface, and click "Calculate toll fees".

Toll gate costs are generated by pulling current rates from a list of South Africa's 32 GPS-plotted toll plazas on the N1, N2, N3, N4, N17 and M6 (Chapman’s Peak Drive in Cape Town). The database only includes rates from physical toll gate plazas, not e-tolls.

For a quicker search on toll gate costs, click on any of the popular journeys to highlight the route on the map, as well as applicable toll plazas and fees.

Drive South Africa is a vehicle rental agency offering car rental, 4x4 hire, camper-van rentals and chauffeur and transfer services.

Wheels24 did not, however, find any way to drive around the toll gates… perhaps that would be an even better tool?

Test-drive the toll costs calculator here.

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