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Old 06-20-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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Toll Roads from Orlando to Port Canaveral

We will be will renting a car to take us from the Orlando area (specifically Bonnet Creek) to the cruise ship at Port Canaveral. Can any local experts tell me if I will have to use toll roads to get there and then back to the airport? Are they electronic toll roads only? My rental car company wrote a disclaimer saying that some roads in orlando are moving or have moved to the electronic tolling where there is no option to use cash to pay the tolls. We would therefore have to rent a toll reader at $7 a day! We are not used to paying toll roads here in Ontario. We do have one, but we avoid it like the plague and don't believe in paying to use a highway when there are plenty of "free" ones to use!
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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I can't answer the "if there are toll roads" question, but you could buy a florida sunpass mini. It's $4.99 plus $10.00 in tolls, but you get $4.99 loaded back onto the mini (which makes purchasing the transponder free, and you then have $15 in toll money)

The website says you *must* affix it to the glass permanently, but I used scotch tape to affix mine to my windshield in January, and it worked just fine.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:55 PM   #3
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There are ways to avoid the tolls, but I'd rather pay $4 to drive to the port than waste time looking for them! They also take cash.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:59 PM   #4
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We paid cash: $1.50 each way. Also, there were booths with people who could make change in addition to "exact change" lanes.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:03 PM   #5
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We paid cash: $1.50 each way. Also, there were booths with people who could make change in addition to "exact change" lanes.
It's more than $1.50 each way if you take I-4 to 528 or 417 to 528. From WDW, I prefer to take 536 to 417 to 528, and the tolls are $4 each way. If you take I-4 to 528 (too much traffic for me), the tolls are a bit less.

*Now I see...from the airport to the port there is one $1.50 toll.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:42 PM   #6
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I believe the "no cash" toll roads are only in Miami for now; but whatever, you can use cash on the Orlando-Port Canaveral drive. Renting the device from the car rental company is not necessary; save that money for the cruise. Make sure you don't have on in the car so it won't accidentally be set off at the toll booths.
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:21 AM   #7
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I can't remember if they have converted them on the bee line yet, but most of the tolls you just drive like normal if you have a sun pass, but have to pull over to do the toll if you don't. I still have mine from when I used to live in Orlando and bring it down with me on vacation - you just move so much faster, and many of the tolls require exact change if you don't have a sunpass. You can also pay for your airport parking with it (not on this trip I guess, but maybe o your next). I would not pay to rent one from the rental car place. You can purchase one online and have it mailed to you:

https://www.sunpass.com/indexNoMobile
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Old 06-21-2011, 01:41 AM   #8
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The problem (with Budget) is the transponder is already IN the car, so if you go through the electronic lanes, you are charged the toll, plus $2.99/day weather you pass through a toll ezpass lane on any given day.... be careful, and choose the toll booth plaza lane furthest from the ezpass as possible.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:11 AM   #9
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The problem (with Budget) is the transponder is already IN the car, so if you go through the electronic lanes, you are charged the toll, plus $2.99/day weather you pass through a toll ezpass lane on any given day.... be careful, and choose the toll booth plaza lane furthest from the ezpass as possible.
Not sure why you are directing them to use the booth farthest from the EZpass lanes, as most toll lanes, even the cash and exact change lanes, are equipped to accept EZpass also. They will usually have a little EZpass or Sunpass logo on the cash signs if this is the case. Pretty much everywhere I go in Orlando or over to Cocoa Beach, I can use my transponder in any lane (at least, I haven't found one yet that I couldn't).

You can drive to the port avoiding toll roads but it will take you a lot longer. The main routes would be highway 192 which brings you out on the coast at Melbourne, and then you have to drive north from Melbourne to the port, or highway 50 (Colonial Drive), which is in downtown Orlando and brings you out near Titusville, which is north of the port, so you would have to drive south. Either detour would take at least twice as long because of added distance and lower speed limits - but you wouldn't have to pay the tolls. I have family that lives in Cape Canaveral, and at this time, the toll booths along the Beachline all offer a cash option, so a transponder is not absolutely necessary.

If you have to rent the transponder separately (meaning it's not automatically in the vehicle) then I would agree with the PP who mentioned the Mini. The cost gets rolled back into your toll account. The only issue would be registering the car - typically you go online to do that when you activate the transponder/mini.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:33 AM   #10
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I was so confused for a minute because OP kept mentioning EZPass instead of SunPass. I got excited thinking I could use my EZPass in Florida but I can't.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:19 AM   #11
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Not sure why you are directing them to use the booth farthest from the EZpass lanes, as most toll lanes, even the cash and exact change lanes, are equipped to accept EZpass also. They will usually have a little EZpass or Sunpass logo on the cash signs if this is the case. Pretty much everywhere I go in Orlando or over to Cocoa Beach, I can use my transponder in any lane (at least, I haven't found one yet that I couldn't).
If the car is equipped with a transponder by the rental company, they will charge a daily usage fee on top of the tolls, that's why the previous poster recommended to use a lane which is not equipped with the transponder reader, so they can pay cash instead of being forced to use the rental transponder.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:39 AM   #12
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As said before, all the tolls you will encounter near Disney and the Airport have cash lanes still. They also have 'change' lanes w/ attendants if you don't have exact change.

A map of the tolls can be found here. There is a toll calculator on the site as well.
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If the car is equipped with a transponder by the rental company, they will charge a daily usage fee on top of the tolls, that's why the previous poster recommended to use a lane which is not equipped with the transponder reader, so they can pay cash instead of being forced to use the rental transponder.
THIS is exactly what I meant. Stay out of the lanes with the transponder readers, simply because you will get charged the per day usage fee for each day of your rental, on top of the tolls that you actually cross. Before I took our rental mini-van I asked for clarification of this, becuase $6 for the two days that I would be using toll roads seemed to be a worth it "convienience fee" for me. However, I was not willing to pay $3 PER DAY of the rental contract, wich is what will happen if you cross through any of the transponder lanes.
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I was so confused for a minute because OP kept mentioning EZPass instead of SunPass. I got excited thinking I could use my EZPass in Florida but I can't.
Sorry for the confusion, we are used to the EZpass system for tolls in the semi truck. Last time I was in the exs truck, there were five different transponders for different states.....
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:19 PM   #15
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Important rental car toll fees are here: http://http://www.mousesavers.com/rentalcar.html


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If you go through the express lane on a toll road in Florida while driving a rental car, be prepared for major surcharges unless you have a special offer on your rental that covers those fees. Note that you currently can pay cash for tolls by stopping at a toll booth.

MouseSavers.com readers Ericka and Joe offer this warning from their February 2009 vacation in Orlando: "We rented with Budget. Posted on the inside of the car (but never disclosed by any employees) was a new service available to the renters. You can use the built-in EZ-Pass toll transponder in the car. The way it works is that you go through the fast toll lane and they charge your credit card for the tolls. However, there is a service charge of $2.50 per day for each day of your rental regardless of whether you use the car (or toll booth) that day. In short, using this for a 50 cent toll could result in your toll turning into a $10.50 toll [on a 4-day or longer rental; the service fee at Budget maxes out at $10 per week plus the cost of tolls]. A guy in line in front of us warned us about it. The 'disclosure' in the car was a static cling that was on the back window of the car. The cling was clear, so I wouldn't have ever noticed it if I hadn't been looking."


Also, I was looking for the cling, as I had been warned about it. Ours was in a Dodge Grand Caravan, and the cling was at the VERY top of the windshield, 12 inch strip of clear cling, with white writing......
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