- Paying the Toll
Won't Slow You Down
You pay your toll on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass® – there are no toll booths to slow you down. The electronic tolling equipment charges your E-ZPass® account. The Express Lanes have all-electronic tolling to keep you moving. There are no tollbooths or options to pay cash.
- Carpooling on
the Express Lanes
Carpools can use the lanes without paying a toll. If you plan to carpool on the Express Lanes, you will need three people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass® FlexSM. The E-ZPass® FlexSM is your way to tell the Express Lanes operator that you are carpooling and ensure you are not charged a toll.
- Getting into the Lanes
You will see pricing and regulatory signage in advance of all Express Lanes entrances. These signs guide you to the lanes, explain the rules of the road and provide you with information on current toll pricing. Once you see the price and determine you want to take the Express Lanes, you will enter the lanes on a ramp that will bring you directly into the Express Lanes. It’s that easy.
- Exiting the Lanes
Once you are in the Express Lanes, you will use dedicated Express Lanes ramps on the left to exit directly onto major roadways. You can only exit from the Express Lanes onto the regular Beltway lanes at the beginning and end of the Lanes, in the area just south of Braddock Road, or north of the Dulles Toll Road.
Your Map to a New Shortcut
The 495 Express Lanes run down the middle of the Capital Beltway, and there are several opportunities to enter the Lanes. If you’re already on the Beltway, you can enter just north of the Dulles Toll Road and just south of Braddock Road. There are also several entry and exit points to and from other highways and major side routes.
Ready to use the Express Lanes? »Check out the new Express Lanes signage so you’ll
know what to look for on the road.