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Orlando airport rental car tolls - new option

Discussion in 'US - Florida Timesharing' started by Janann, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Janann

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    I ran across this the other day while trying to figure out how to handle the road tolls on my upcoming trip to Orlando. It sounds like an easy and affordable option, so I signed up. I'll report back in a couple weeks on how it turned out.

    https://visitortollpass.com/
     
  2. PigsDad

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    We simply purchased a SunPass transponder at a grocery store in Florida, and then just use that for every trip. After we get our rental car, we just have to register the license plate online and we are set.

    In the advertisement for this Visitor Toll Pass, it says you can save a lot vs. what the car rental companies pay, but I wonder what kind of premium you pay vs. just having your own transponder?

    ETA: I just saw in the FAQ, there is no premium to use this pass. Nice! A little bit of a hassle to pick up and drop off this at the airport, but if you rarely travel to Florida, it looks like a great option.

    Kurt
     
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    Though about getting this last week on my trip to FL. Unfortunately I arrived in Orlando and left from Tampa.
    Cheers
     
  4. TheTimeTraveler

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    I've had a Sun Pass for many years (just a winter visitor) and they can be bought all over Florida and you can add money via cash (in person) or by credit card (computer or telephone). It works well, and it's super convenient.

    I also have an EZ Pass for roads in the Northeast when I am there during springs and summers.

    This is not well known, but there is a move underway to standardize ALL toll roads so they will accept ONE TRANSPONDER from a dominant provider. This process (if successful) will take a minimum of two more years, and if everyone gets on board then you will just have one transponder in your car and it will be good for use on ANY toll road in the United States. This will be a very nice feature for sure! Let's see if the political minds can get together and really make this happen.



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  5. Sea Six

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    I'm not familiar with the rental pick-up and drop-off at MCO, but if the locations for these transponders are convenient to the company you're using, I think it can be a nice way to go. I went the SunPass route several years ago. They sell them at Publix all over Florida. Just understand that the $5 transponder can only be used on 1 car. If you want the transponder that can be moved to several cars, that one costs $25. You just have to go on-line to register the vehicles and license numbers, and provide a credit card to charge. The system will automatically take a charge when your balance gets below your minimum, and only take an amount you set. My balances are min $10 and max $20. I also use the transponder to pay for parking at the airports. If my parking tab is $100 and I have a $20 balance, they will take $90 and leave me with $10.
     
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    This is (very close to) possible now. The E-Pass Xtra works almost everywhere, with a single transponder. I recently bought one for both Orlando trips as well as the Ohio/Penna turnpikes, which we drive periodically.
    https://www.cfxway.com/e-pass-xtra/
     
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    We set our WAZE app to not traverse the toll roads. We avoid all toll roads from the airport and around Orlando. It's just too expensive to use the toll roads, so we choose to avoid them.
     
  8. sfwilshire

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    My son tells me that he reserved from Sixt, which is off-airport. Guess he can't use this. It's been a long time since I've flown into Orlando, so I wasn't sure if there was still a way to avoid the tolls. I was able to do so years ago. Recently, when I've gone back and forth the airport with members of the extended family, I've used the cheap transponder we bought at a rest area.

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    We did the expats extra this time because it covers so many states. We did have a problem figuring out where to put it on the rental car without doing damage. Where we went we ended up not needing it because the way we went avoided tolls anyway. The trip was to Philadelphia and New York. I sure wish California would be included since they have started to make so many toll roads and toll lanes here.
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    Why not? He could pick it up at the airport before he heads to Sixt, and return it when he comes back to the airport. Or am I missing something?

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    As a 36-year resident of the Orlando area, Sunpass (tolls) is not required. The time lost is less than 15 minutes driving local roads versus toll roads. I understand up in the northeast, tolls are required to enter and exit the state. For instance, if you want to go from Orlando to Miami, instead of taking the Ronald Reagan (aka Florida) Turnpike, take US-441. It is also a lot more scenic, as US-27/441 goes straight through the Everglades.

    TS
     
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    I have a North Carolina Quick Pass. It covers tolls in all states east of the Mississippi that charge tolls except South Carolina and Alabama. It has worked out quite well for me.
     
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    On our trip to Orlando, I bought a removable Sunpass at CVS for $19.95. Getting it registered was a pain but we can now use it whenever we go to Florida.

    As it turned out, for this trip, there were attended toll booths available on our route, but the worrier in me was appeased. :D
     
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    I picked up a rental car at MCO and later found the car's transponder in the glovebox.
    The previous renter apparently hid it there so he could use his own.
    The counter agent said not to worry. They'd know the car was a rental, anyway.
     
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    A quick read of the terms of the offer said it was only available for on-airport rental cars. Worth checking into, but the only toll he would have to pay is the one right at the airport if he can't find a way to avoid it.

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