Tollbooths are facilities based along roadways where road users are required to pay a fare in exchange for using a specific stretch of road or highway. Tollbooths can be found in various areas of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars; their functionality varies between games.
In GTA San Andreas, tollbooths can be be found in San Fierro at the entrance to Gant Bridge. Although cars stop at the tollbooth, it isn't functional for players. Modifications can be used to simulate the tollbooth functionality from GTA IV.
In GTA IV, tollbooths are fully functional and appear in Charge Island along the East Borough Bridge, on the Dukes Bay Bridge (Sing Sing Ave bridge from Dukes to Bohan), and the long-term carpark in Francis International Airport. Players must stop and pay a toll of $5 to pass through; if the player breaks through the tollbooth gate without paying, the player will attract a wanted level of 1 star (although other drivers do not attract police attention if they break through the gate). If the player is driving an emergency or law enforcement vehicle, they will not be stopped or charged at tollbooths; if the player can drive around a tollbooth, they will not attract police attention or have to pay.
Tollbooths function the same way in GTA Chinatown Wars, attract the same toll ($5), and are in the same locations, with the exception of the Francis International Airport booth (now non-functional). The toll, however, must be actively paid—when driving slowly past the toll booth, the touch screen will show an image of the trough used to collect coins. Touching the trough will throw the required amount, allowing the player to continue. There is no room to drive around these booths.
- In GTA IV, the player can drive an emergency vehicle through tollbooths to avoid being charged. Another way to get through the tollbooth without paying is to bail out of the car while it's going through the booth, then simply walking to the car on the other side and driving off. Also, the tolls can be passed slightly faster with the cell phone out, allowing the player to slow down instead of stopping. On top of this, there is a gap between the two sides of the road which can be passed through by thin to average width cars and bikes, allowing you to pass through free of charge.
- Also, occasionally, if you drive very fast through the toll booth when no cars are in front of you, you might get away without paying.
- When on a motor bike, if you go through the narrow sides of the Tollbooth at the edges of the road where no booth is.
- Once you passed a toll booth, your window will disappear like if you smash it in order to do drive bys.
- Passing through any toll booth in GTA IV while driving an emergency vehicle with the lights and siren on will enable the player to get through the toll for free.
- If you break through a toll booth, cops will shout funny things like "Smile your on CCTV" or "Get back here you son of a bitch"
- If you drive fast enough, and hit the booths they might come out of place.