Get MACPASS and get going

MACPASS is Halifax Harbour Bridges’ electronic tolling system that allows drivers to pass through the tolls of the Macdonald and MacKay bridges without stopping.

The MACPASS itself is free, convenient, and comes with a discount over paying toll fees with cash. Using a MACPASS also helps reduce congestion, and helps cut harmful emissions from idling vehicles.

MACPASS: The best way to cross the harbour

“A recent study suggests that during the winter, Canadians idle their vehicles for a combined total of more than 75 million minutes a day, the same as one vehicle idling for 144 years. If every driver of a light-duty vehicle in Canada avoided idling for just five minutes we would save 1.9 million litres of fuel worth more than $3.5 million.” – Climate Change Connection

Get ready for the future: Switch to a sticker transponder

Halifax Harbour Bridges is saying goodbye to the hard-shell MACPASS transponders after more than 20 years.

In 2020, sticker transponders were introduced for all new customers, which provide a superior experience with fewer read errors at the toll plazas. They are also compatible with the next-generation tolling options coming soon to Halifax’s bridges.

As a result, in the coming months we will be phasing out the hard-shell transponders in favour of the easy-to-install stickers. To order your new stickers(s), simply log into your account on Use our step-by-step guide or watch the following video below to learn how to make the swap yourself.


No more dangling from Velcro

Sticker transponders are installed in the same location as the hard shells: inside your windshield just under the rear-view mirror. They are permanent and cannot be removed without damaging them. Transponders are free, so users can order as many transponders as they have vehicles and manage them through a single MACPASS account.

Make the switch online using these resources below or call the MACPASS customer service centre at 902.463.3100.

Questions? Email us at




At HHB, we use axle-based tolling, meaning the toll you pay is based on the number of axles on your vehicle. View Toll Rates >


  1. Follow the installation instructions provided with your MACPASS
  2. Slow down — the speed limit through the toll lanes is 25km/h
  3. Make sure your prepaid MACPASS account balance is positive

Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters do not have a standard location to mount a MACPASS to ensure maximum reliability.

About Macpass

The MACPASS is a small electronic transponder that attaches to your windshield and when it’s scanned, our system identifies your account and deducts the toll from your prepaid account. The signal on the toll arm reads “GO” and you continue on your way.

The transponder works in most vehicles with standard windshields. Heated windshields, windshields with chromium oxide for UV protection, or windshields with a built-in antenna, can prevent the MACPASS transponder from being read when it’s placed in the standard location. In your vehicle has one of these windshields, you can contact our MACPASS Customer Service to get advice on the best placement for your transponder.

MACPASS offers a discount over using cash as well as added convenience.

There are also dedicated MACPASS-only lanes at both bridges to make your trip more efficient, but MACPASS users can use any open lane at any time.

For commercial users, MACPASS offers an easier way for you to track your organization’s toll costs and eliminates the need for employees to carry change.

Please refer to the MACPASS Customer Agreement for details regarding vehicle liability issues.


Halifax Harbour Bridges and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport are making travelling easier. The MACPASSplus service allows you to use your MACPASS to pay for short- and long-term parking in the parkade at the airport. MACPASSplus provides drivers the convenience of reduced wait times with express payment lanes and cashless parking.

The Cobequid Pass E-Pass and the Confederation Bridge Strait Pass systems use the same transponder as the MACPASS system. You can use MACPASS with the other toll facilities in the Maritimes if you set up a separate account with them.