Escape From Tarkov Customs exits
What is an extraction point, and why is it important?
If you are new to the game, you might wonder what an extraction point or exit in Escape From Tarkov is. Well, it’s simple, it is a location on the map where you are able to leave with the loot that you have gathered. Think of extraction as your main aim when going into a raid. Sure you will get caught in some fire fights and do some looting, but ultimately if you do not extract there is little to gain.
Every map has an extraction time limit, meaning once you start the raid, a timer will start ticking down. If it reaches zero and you haven’t extracted, you will lose because you took too long to get out of the map. Don’t worry too much about the timer as you have plenty of time to complete a raid, it’s usually greed that causes players to exceed match time limits.
One thing players do when they play Escape From Tarkov for the first time is wonder if there is an in-game map to guide them to the nearest extraction. The answer is no. You can, however, buy maps for the different areas from Therapist but it merely provides you with an image that you can view before the match starts. Rather use guides or Google to learn the different map layouts and use the money you would have spent on a map to buy ammo.
Don’t purchase the Customs map
Here is the image of the Customs map that you can purchase from Therapist. You can only see this information once you have purchased the map and take it into the corresponding raid.
With some context on how extractions work, let’s head straight into the different extraction points you will find on the Customs map when you play as a PMC.
You can see Battlestate Games marked the Customs spawn area with blue and highlighted all the corresponding extraction points in blue. The same goes for the Boiler Tanks spawns that are highlighted in yellow. This gives you a good overview of the map and where the extraction points are.
Once you load into the raid, you will either spawn at the Customs side or the Boiler Tank’s side. Press “O” twice to get a UI pop-up, which shows you where you can extract based on your spawn location.
Let’s start with the Boiler Tanks side of Customs
Customs Dorms V-Ex extraction
This extraction is one of the riskier extraction points, because they placed it right next to the Dorms three-story building. In the same breath, it is also sometimes the perfect extraction. Let me explain. If your goal is to rush dorms to either suck up all the loot or look to take out a sweaty squad and you survive, this is perfect. It is perfect because when you are still shaking from the kills you just got or that weapons case you looted, there is an extraction right there for you. If you feel like staying a while longer to loot the dorms, you can use our dorms key guide to help guide you to the best loot spots.
Remember to plan for this extraction, it requires you to drop 7000 Roubles before the driver will consider getting you out. You could either take 7000 Roubles from your piggy bank or hope to loot 7000+ Roubles from vaults or scavs during the raid. Once you pay the man, you will have to wait around for 60 seconds before you can extract. This doesn’t sound like much but let me tell you if you just had a fight, barely escaping with your life, 60 seconds is long. Find yourself a thick bush and monitor your surrounding area. Once the 60 seconds has passed, the car leaves with or without you, be sure to be close to the vehicle when it leaves.
The easiest way to get to this extraction is to hug the same wall as the Customs Dorms V-Ex Extraction, keep the wall to your right as you move forward. You will have to cross a river and once you cross the over, you can keep hugging the right wall. This extraction rarely has any surprises. It’s so far from your spawn location and players that spawned at the Customs side, probably won’t be waiting here, unless they want to waste 20 minutes waiting for you. Once you are inside the extraction zone, your timer will start. Stay in the area to successfully extract.
Trailer Park extraction
This is probably the safest extraction on the entire Customs map. Again it’s one of the furthest extractions from the Boiler Tanks spawn, but most of your battles will be behind you once you reach this extraction point. Just to be safe, rather head into one of the bushes while you extract to keep the safety rating of this extraction point high.
RUAF Roadblock extraction
This extraction is almost in the middle of the map. It has a higher risk because of the fact that it is in the middle of the map. As players progress through their raids they will naturally progress to their extraction points and will always pass the middle of the map. If you were lucky enough to dodge any player engagement on your way here, you might run into some players finishing up their battles at the Customs spawn area. Be sure to check all the angles before extracting here. It is important to note that there is a spotlight on top of the gate, if this spotlight is switched on that means you can extract here, otherwise I would suggest you head straight to the Trailer Park extraction point.
Smuggler’s Boat extraction
This is the extraction that I bank on most of the time when I spawn at Boiler Tanks. However, this extraction differs from most of the others, it only has a chance to be active, there is no guarantee. If you come down the hill and see a little fire burning, then you are in business, if not, rather continue and head to Crossroads. When you extract at the smuggler’s boat, don’t step into the fire, it will end your life.
Where can you extract if you spawn at the Customs side?
Customs Dorms V-Ex extraction
This is the only extraction point that is available to both the spawns so you can expect the same risk and rewards to be at play here as with the Boiler Tanks spawn. You would still need to give the driver 7000 Roubles to catch a ride.
Customs ZB-1012 extraction
This extraction has a spotlight on top of the concrete roof, if the spotlight is switched on it means you can extract. However multiple players have reported that sometimes that is not an accurate reflection of whether you will be able extract here. I would suggest you head inside to see if you can extract there.
Customs ZB-1011 extraction
This is the Customs extraction point that I use the most. Again it is the furthest extraction point from your spawn and you can almost be sure you won’t face any conflict near this extraction point. There might be a couple of scavs lingering about, but I have extracted here countless times without being disturbed by other players. There is a little light inside the extraction point and I always shoot it out as a sign of relief and eliminating the chance of a player rushing in to shoot me. By doing this there won’t be any light shining on me if there is a spawn camper rushing in.
Customs Old Gas Station extraction
When heading for this extraction be wary that you isolated yourself into one area, if you aren’t being followed this is fine. If you were followed this changes the scenario a bit. The trick with this extraction is that it has a chance to be active, if you see green smoke rising from the building you know the extraction is active, otherwise you will have to head back out where you came in. This is where players can wait for you. If you find yourself in the situation where the spawn is not active, exercise extreme caution when heading back out.
An excellent rule of thumb I used while getting comfortable with the different extraction points was that the extraction point will always be on the opposite side of the map to where I spawned. Once you get used to the spawns and their extraction points, you won’t have to waste any more cognitive power to figure out where you have to go.
I would recommend you head into an offline match and start learning these extractions off by heart. Trust me, you do not want to be in a situation where you have little time left on the clock and a lot of loot to lose, only to find you went to the wrong extraction point.
Let me know if this Escape From Tarkov Customs exits guide helped you escape. May your loot be plentiful and your extraction rate high.