You must pay if you use the Dartford Crossing between 6am and 10pm. You must pay by midnight on the day after you cross. The payment service is called Dart Charge.

You no longer pay at the barriers when you use the Dartford Crossing.

The fee depends on the type of vehicle you have and whether you’ve set up an account or not. You can get a discount if you live in Dartford or Thurrock.

Cameras read your number plate when you cross.

Dartford Crossing charges

Vehicle class Type of vehicle Single journey Standard or commercial account Local resident discount account
B Cars (including trailers), motorhomes, passenger vans and buses with less than 9 seats £2.50 £1.67 £10 a year for 50 crossings and 20p per extra crossing, or £20 a year for unlimited crossings
C 2 axle goods vehicles (including vans) £3.00 £2.63 £10 a year for 50 crossings and 20p per extra crossing, or £20 a year for unlimited crossings
D Multi-axle goods vehicles £6.00 £5.19 -

You must pay for droppable axles whether they’re up or down. Trailer axles aren’t included but semi-trailer axles are.

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

You don’t have to pay if you cross with a moped, motorcycle, motor tricycle or quad bike.

You’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice if you don’t pay.

Pay the Dart Charge, set up or sign into an account

You can pay the Dart Charge online, or set up or log into an account.

Exemptions if you’re disabled

You may not have to pay the charge if you don’t pay vehicle tax because you’re disabled.

You’ll still have to pay if:

  • you have a Blue Badge but aren’t exempt from paying vehicle tax
  • you travel in a vehicle that isn’t exempt

You don’t need to do anything to get the exemption. Your vehicle details will be checked with DVLA when crossings are made in your vehicle.

Penalty charges

You’ll be sent a Penalty Charge Notice if you don’t pay by midnight on the day after you made your crossing.

The penalty charge is £70 and must be paid within 28 days. It’s reduced to £35 if you pay within 14 days and increased to £105 if you don’t pay. You also have to pay the crossing charge.

The Penalty Charge Notice will tell you how to pay.