Regarding road costs in Civ5, bwarner writes:

Based on experience, it appears that you only have to pay 1G for each hex of roads that are inside your cultural borders. That means that you don't have to pay to maintain a long road to a city-state if it goes through neutral land

Is this correct? Do I only pay for roads that are inside my borders?

(I think this factor is pretty important when settling a new city further off to get a luxury resource, isn't it?)

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    This is incorrect roads outside your borders DO cost gold to maintain, but we should correct the old question rather than opening new question. (I have a screenshot at home set aside for correcting that other question, and I think I will have time tonight...) Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 16:57

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I've already answered this in my answer to Do roads really cost gold to maintain?. I really believe we can't answer that question without answering this one, making this one a duplicate, but as long as this one is open, I'll help.

Short version:

Roads you build in Neutral Territory cost just as much as road in Your Territory.

How much that is seems to vary by difficulty, see Do roads really cost gold to maintain? for the full chart.

Roads in Another Nation's Territory cost YOU nothing.

This is the working theory, in need of further testing when I get the chance. Again, see the other question for faster updates, although I will come back here and edit once we have full information.

Finally, as mpenrow already said, you can get the effects of luxury resources throughout your empire without trade routes, so that is not a concern. And remember the hex with the luxury resource itself does NOT need a road. Roads are really only for moving units and connecting cities for trade in Civilization 5.

  • Thanks. That should be sufficient as an answer for now. Now if only I could test more, but loading a game takes about 5 minutes on my PC, so testing with reloading is horrible :-)
    – Martin
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 8:36

You don't have to connect your city via a road in order to get the benefit of a luxury resource. If the resource is in your city and the tile is worked you will get the resource. Reagrdless of having a road. Connecting the city via a road helps with a trade route and troop movement however.

As far as I can tell having a road outside your territory does not cost any gold to maintain.

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    You don't have to work the tile to get the resource - the resource doesn't even have to be within working range of one of you cities. In my current game I've just culture-bombed into an unclaimed desert area to secure myself some oil - the resource tile is about 4 or 5 hexes away from my nearest city and is available to use for units.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Oct 13, 2010 at 13:06

I think you have to pay maintenance for every road you build in neutral territory also, but the cost is some fraction of the regular 1g/road. The exact formula appears to be quite elusive, but I've certainly seen tile maintenance costs go down after destroying some of the roads I built in neutral territory.

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