One of the major freeways interconnecting Australia’s urban centres, and commonly known as the M1 Freeway, the Monash Freeway is amongst the busiest in Victoria.
By connecting Melbourne’s CBD to the southeast regions of Victoria (by joining with the Princess Freeway), it is easy to see why the Monash Freeway is used by millions of travellers each year.
Monash Freeway (M1) Melbourne Tolls & Map
Given the sheer volume of vehicular traffic on the Monash Freeway, one of the most ubiquitous traits of the Freeway is the characteristic slow traffic during rush hour for those heading into the CBD. For this reason, travellers are advised to schedule their trips during non-peak hours.
Travellers should note that the Monash Freeway has a toll system as part of EastLink which connects the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Peninsula Link freeways. If travelling out of the city on the Monash Freeway, travellers are required to purchase a toll pass.
Motorists who don’t have an account with EastLink will need to buy a trip pass, which provides access to EastLink for a single trip in one direction. Each trip pass costs $5.94 for a car.
It is advisable to buy the pass a couple of days prior to travel in order to ensure seamless travel. However, if you accidentally drive on one of tollways without a pass, you have 24 hours to purchase a pass in order to avoid a fine.
All payments can be made using a credit card online, or select petrol stations can accept cash as they have machines where you can purchase a toll voucher. All you need to purchase a toll ticket is the date of travel, where you intend to travel to, and the registration and type of vehicle.