I-405 Express Toll Lanes - Using the Lanes

I-405 ETL Interactive Map

Get a feel for where you'll enter and exit the express toll lanes in this interactive map.


Video - Experience the 1-405 Express Toll Lanes

Watch a short video to experience what it's like to use the express toll lanes.

Where are the express toll lanes?
The I-405 express toll lanes are located between NE 6th Street in Bellevue and I-5 in Lynnwood.

There are two express toll lanes in each direction of I-405 between NE 6th Street in Bellevue and just south of SR 522 in Bothell. There is one express toll lane in each direction of I-405 between SR 522 in Bothell and I-5 in Lynnwood.

How do express toll lanes work?
The express toll lanes are open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. You enter and exit the I-405 express toll lanes at designated access points. Unless you qualify to drive toll- free, you will pay the toll rate you see when you entering the express toll lanes.

How do I access the express toll lanes?
There are three different types of access points for the express toll lanes:

  • The most common access point is a dashed white line that allows you to merge in and out of the express toll lanes.
  • Weave lanes allow you to signal out of the express toll lanes before merging into the general purpose lane. These lanes separate entering and exiting vehicles from through traffic.
  • There are two direct access ramps that HOVs and toll-paying drivers can use to enter and exit the express toll lanes directly from NE 6th Street in Bellevue and NE 128th Street in Kirkland. On nights and weekends, direct access ramps are restricted to HOV only.

Remember that failure to use designated access points may result in a $272 ticket for crossing double white lines and is enforced by Washington State Patrol.

Dashed white lines and weave lane

What about the I-405 HOV lanes south of NE 6th Street to I-5 in Renton? 
The HOV lanes south of NE 6th Street in Bellevue are not part of the express toll lane system. These lanes are open to carpools with two or more people from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and open to all drivers at night.