M5 East

The M5 East motorway provides a quicker journey between the City, Sydney Airport, Port Botany and Sydney's South-Western suburbs. The M5 East motorway is a 10 kilometre motorway connecting the M5 South-West motorway with General Holmes Drive and the Eastern Distributor. The M5 East provides two lanes of carriageway in each direction and includes two four kilometre tunnels and twin 550 metre tunnels under the Cooks River.

The M5 East is electronically tolled with no cash tollbooths. Linkt accounts and passes can be used to pay for M5 East tolls. To pay for your travel, open a Tag account, a Tagless account or buy a Sydney Pass.


Map of the M5 East Motorway. All toll entry and exit points in below tables

Toll pricing

Use our toll calculator to work out the cost of your journey on all Sydney toll roads including the M5 East, or view current M5 East toll prices. Compare your tolled and untolled travel options with Trip Compare.

You can also see what travel will cost you on toll road projects that are under construction

Vehicle class

  • Class A
    • Vehicles 2.8 metres or less in height and 12.5 metres or less in length.
    • Typically, these vehicles are cars and motorcycles.
    • Also referred to as Class 2 or CAR.
  • Class B
    • All other vehicles.
    • Typically, these vehicles are trucks, heavy vehicles, and can include larger items being towed depending on the overall dimensions.
    • Also referred to as Class 4 or HCV.

Vehicle length and height – Vehicle dimensions on NSW toll roads include (without limitation) any towed vehicles such as a trailer, caravan or boat, and items placed on the roof of the vehicle or vehicles with elevated roofs.

Entries and exits

Entry and exit points travelling Eastbound
M5 South WestYesNo
King Georges RoadYesNo
Kingsgrove RoadYesNo
Bexley RoadNoYes
Princes HighwayNoYes
Marsh StreetYesYes
General Holmes DriveNoYes


Entry and exit points travelling Westbound
General Holmes DriveYesNo
Marsh StreetYesYes
Princes HighwayNoNo
Bexley RoadYesNo
Kingsgrove RoadNoYes
King Georges RoadNoYes
M5 South WestNoYes


Before you drive, check the most up-to-date road closure information so you can plan an alternative route. 

Tunnel clearances

The clearance height for the M5 East main tunnel between Bexley North and Arncliffe is:

  • 4.6m eastbound
  • 4.6m westbound

The clearance height for the M5 East Cooks River tunnel is:

  • 4.4m eastbound
  • 4.4m westbound

Do not enter the tunnels if you are driving an over-height vehicle. Observe roadside signs for the alternative route provided.

Air quality

The health of local communities and motorists using the M5 East tunnels is our first priority, that’s why we monitor air quality 24/7. Visit our air quality monitoring site to find real time air quality data for the M5 East motorway.