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Formally called Southern Tagalog Arterial Road Tollway, Star Toll for short or Calabarzon Expressway as locals call it, is a 42 kilometer 4-lane toll road that cuts across Batangas from Sto. Tomas up to Batangas City.
The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) expansion intends to link it with Star Toll thereby eliminating the traffic gridlock of Maharlika Highway (Pan-Philippine Highway) particularly in Turbina area in Calamba where traffic all the way from Bicol converge going to Metro Manila.
Star Toll Exits:
1. Sto. Tomas: start of the tollway, soon to be linked with SLEX 2. Sambat (Tanauan City) 3. Bulihan (Malvar): better way to Lipa Cathedral and Mt. Carmel Church 4. Sto Toribio: (Balete Under Construction) 5. Tambo (Lipa City) 6. Malainen (Ibaan) 7. Balagtas (Batangas City): end of expressway going to Batangas Pier
Buses to Batangas City with Calabarzon on the signboard use this tollway
Star Tollway Toll Fees:
Sto. Tomas to Batangas City: PhP55.00 Class 1 (PhP109.00 Class 2, PhP164.00 Class 3) Lipa City to Batangas city: PhP26.00 Class 1 (PhP52.00 Class 2, PhP77.00 Class 3)
Interactive Map of Star Tollway:
Map of StarToll centered on Sto. Tomas toll gate. Just follow the blue line up to Balagtas Exit using the navigation controls on the upper left corner of the map. Follow the green line upwards to get to SLEX.