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Old 30 Jun 20, 10:52 AM  
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What's everybody's favourite route from Sanford Airport driving down to Kissimmee/Disney/Lake Buena Vista areas?
And what do you all do re Tolls, pay cash, get a transponder, etc?
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Where from? One of the airports maybe?

If it's MCO to Highgate Park for instance it's out of garage B on to the 417 south and leave at j3 on to the Osceola Parkway right through to Sherberth. Then 192 east as far as Formosa Gardens, Funie Steed Road, Westside Boulevard, Florence Villa Grove Road and straight over the 27.

Visitor Toll Pass is a no-brainer if they reintroduce it. Otherwise Alamo Sunpass is the best option or just pay cash. Never bought my own transponder.

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to go to kissimmee, LBV, Disney, I'd say the south exit route out of the airport is the way to go (actually that's the one the DME use)

regarding tolls, we rent from alamo, they have the best toll scheme (cheapest ) you'll find all the info about this in the dibb guide with contributions by Mr Morrow and Mick

you can also choose to pay cash (no bills larger than $20) as the first toll is manned (IIRC, on both north and south routes)

getting a transponder may not be a wise idea, as I answered a few months back. You'd need to glue it to the windshield ... good luck peeling it off when you return the car (they are designed to avoid being peeled off/stolen)
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Where from? One of the airports maybe?

If it's MCO to Highgate Park for instance it's out of garage B on to the 417 south and leave at j3 on to the Osceola Parkway right through to Sherberth. Then 192 east as far as Formosa Gardens, Funie Steed Road, Westside Boulevard, Florence Villa Grove Road and straight over the 27.

Visitor Toll Pass is a no-brainer if they reintroduce it. Otherwise Alamo Sunpass is the best option or just pay cash. Never bought my own transponder.

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Ah sorry forgot to say from Sanford, will edit it now
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to go to kissimmee, LBV, Disney, I'd say the south exit route out of the airport is the way to go (actually that's the one the DME use)

regarding tolls, we rent from alamo, they have the best toll scheme (cheapest ) you'll find all the info about this in the dibb guide with contributions by Mr Morrow and Mick

you can also choose to pay cash (no bills larger than $20) as the first toll is manned (IIRC, on both north and south routes)

getting a transponder may not be a wise idea, as I answered a few months back. You'd need to glue it to the windshield ... good luck peeling it off when you return the car (they are designed to avoid being peeled off/stolen)
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Originally Posted by chmurf View Post
to go to kissimmee, LBV, Disney, I'd say the south exit route out of the airport is the way to go (actually that's the one the DME use)

regarding tolls, we rent from alamo, they have the best toll scheme (cheapest ) you'll find all the info about this in the dibb guide with contributions by Mr Morrow and Mick

you can also choose to pay cash (no bills larger than $20) as the first toll is manned (IIRC, on both north and south routes)

getting a transponder may not be a wise idea, as I answered a few months back. You'd need to glue it to the windshield ... good luck peeling it off when you return the car (they are designed to avoid being peeled off/stolen)
Ah that's the transponder idea out then!
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Ah sorry forgot to say from Sanford, will edit it now
Haven't flown into SFB since 2008 but I'd still pick up 417 even though it's a toll road especially with the state of the I-4 in the downtown area.

Sadly you can't use the VTP from SFB

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Haven't flown into SFB since 2008 but I'd still pick up 417 even though it's a toll road especially with the state of the I-4 in the downtown area.

Sadly you can't use the VTP from SFB

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Yeah the 417 looks the simplest, but has quite a few tolls to negotiate
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Ah that's the transponder idea out then!
Some Avis cars may have a built in transponder but, on or off, they have no effect on Florida tolls. Sunpass will automatically enrol you anyway whichever car hire company.

You can buy a mini transponder from the likes of Publix but by the time you've found one you've probably gone through some tolls anyway.

Just be very wary of the Dollar Sunpass scheme

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Some Avis cars may have a built in transponder but, on or off, they have no effect on Florida tolls. Sunpass will automatically enrol you anyway whichever car hire company.

You can buy a mini transponder from the likes of Publix but by the time you've found one you've probably gone through some tolls anyway.

Just be very wary of the Dollar Sunpass scheme

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Oh it's Dollar I'm with
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