Mexico Toll Roads

Mexico Toll Roads

Toll roads or “autopistas” cover Mexico in a vast network. This extensive network includes freeways and highways that accept payment to use. There are state toll roads along with national ones. Tourists to Mexico use Mexican toll roads whenever possible as they remain the safest and fastest routes between destinations.  Free roads may not impose a fee but often these are skinny, unmaintained roads. 

Mexican Toll Booth

Toll Booth in Rosarito

Paying a Toll

Like toll roads in the U.S., you pay to drive on them. The fee covers cost of maintenance and security (lighting, painted lanes, etc). In 2020 drivers in Mexico expect to pay under $4.00 You can pay the toll with US currency.

Toll Road Conditions

Mexico’s toll roads are usually in excellent condition. However, it’s still important to understand that weather can wreak havoc on road structures. A coastal road in Rosarito, in Baja California slid down the mountain in 2016 after heavy rain. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to make a travel itinerary before heading into Mexico and checking reports for the roads you plan to travel to. You can visit the website for Mexico’s Secretary of Transportation and Communication here in order to find out more information about checking Mexico’s toll roads.

Tijuana Ensenada Toll Road Collapse
North of Ensenada the Scenic Toll Road collapsed 12/28/13

Roadside Assistance in Mexico

Another important reason to drive the Mexican toll roads is that ‘Green Angels’ patrol them. The Green Angels are a roadway safety fleet run by the Mexican Tourism Ministry. They help motorists experiencing car trouble or a breakdown while driving the toll roads. The Green Angels operate throughout the country daily and are comprised of bilingual crews. Not only do these crews have the mechanical know-how, but they are also trained in first-aid. If they cannot fix a problem, they quickly line up towing for motorists. Moreover, their services are free unless break-down results from running out of gas in which case they will charge. 

Mike Nelson with Green Angels
Mike Nelson with Green Angels

Many tourists welcome the opportunity to drive in Mexico to get to know the nation up close and see the sites along the nation’s roadways. Remember to always travel with water in case of a breakdown. Bring your cell phone (but don’t rely on consistent service, especially in remote areas) and a road map of the Mexican state(s) where you plan to travel. Also, make sure to tune up your car, change the oil and make sure it’s ready for the trip. If you break down in Mexico and have® – providing quality Mexico Insurance online since 2003.


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  1. […] Depending on where you are traveling, Mexico features well-maintained highways and roadways, particularly those frequented by travelers. On the other hand, if you’re heading off the beaten track or even planning to visit more rural tourist hot spots like Valle de Guadalupe and its celebrated vineyards, you might encounter rough roads. Be sure to carry water with you and a charged cell phone in case you need to call for assistance. Also, always travel with your valid driver’s license and passport. It’s also important to have cash (pesos) as many roadside gas stations and tolls only accept cash payments. […]