You must pay if you use the Dartford Crossing between 6am and 10pm. Charges apply every day, including weekends and bank holidays, each time you cross.

Pay by midnight the day after you cross. You’ll be fined if you’re late or don’t pay.

You can pay online using the Dart Charge service up to 12 months in advance. You no longer pay at the barriers.

Charges

The charge depends on your vehicle and whether you have an account. You can set up an account online - you’ll get the discount the next time you cross.

Cars and motorcycles

Vehicle class Type of vehicle One-off payment If you have an account
A Motorcycles, mopeds and quad bikes Free Free
B Cars (including trailers), motorhomes and minibuses (with less than 9 seats including the driver’s seat) £2.50 £1.67

Buses, coaches, vans and other goods vehicles

Vehicle class Type of vehicle One-off payment If you have an account
C Vehicles with 2 axles £3.00 £2.63
D Vehicles with more than 2 axles £6.00 £5.19

Count droppable axles whether they’re up or down. Only count trailer axles for articulated vehicles.

The HGV levy doesn’t include the Dartford Crossing charge.

If you’re disabled

You don’t have to pay the charge if you’re driving a vehicle that you don’t pay tax on because you’re disabled. Your vehicle will be checked automatically when you cross - you don’t need to do anything to get the exemption.

Local residents

You can get a discount if you live in Dartford or Thurrock.

Fines

You’ll be fined if you don’t pay by midnight on the day after you made your crossing. This is called a Penalty Charge Notice - you can pay or challenge your fine.

The fine is £70 and must be paid within 28 days. It’s reduced to £35 if you pay within 14 days and increased to £108 if you don’t pay. You also have to pay the crossing charge.