I terminated all my EC2 instances, but I’m still billed for Elastic IP addresses, even though the EC2 pricing page says they’re free. Why?

An Elastic IP address doesn’t incur charges as long as the following conditions are true:

  • The Elastic IP address is associated with an Amazon EC2 instance.
  • The instance associated with the Elastic IP address is running.
  • The instance has only one Elastic IP address attached to it.

If you’ve stopped or terminated an EC2 instance with an associated Elastic IP address and you don’t need that Elastic IP address any more, consider disassociating or releasing the Elastic IP address by following the instructions at Working with Elastic IP Addresses.

Note: After an Elastic IP address is released, you can’t provision that same Elastic IP address again, though you can provision a different Elastic IP address.

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Published: 2016-06-29