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    • rogersimon493
    • By rogersimon493 8th Jul 17, 3:52 PM
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    Florida Tolls 8th Jul 17 at 3:52 PM
    We are off to Flordia in a couple of weeks and can't work out if it is cheaper to pay for the road tolls as we pass them or if there is a cheaper pass we could buy before we arrive.

    Can anyone help us? or at least point us in the right direction.
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    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 8th Jul 17, 4:05 PM
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    It's likely you'll end up with automated tolls linked to the hire car and get charged a week or so after you return the vehicle.
    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 8th Jul 17, 4:11 PM
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    It depends on how many times you will be travelling on the toll roads. A lot of the roads around the Disney area aren't toll.
    Most hire cars come with a toll reader in the car. Usually if you use the reader there is a blanket amount per week over which you don't pay ( you would need to ask though ) also a small charge for the days you use it.
    We find it easier than making sure you have change and having to call at the toll booths. The charge goes on a credit card.
    I hope this helps.
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    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 8th Jul 17, 5:21 PM
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    https://www.sunpass.com/rentalcar
    If you pay the tolls in cash it's cheaper, how much depends on the hire company. Whether it's worth the hassle of stopping every couple of miles to save a few dollars is up to you.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
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    Just keep change and pay in cash unless you use a toll road very regularly.
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 8th Jul 17, 6:11 PM
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    It depends on where you're going and how much long distance driving you're planning to do.

    The majority of roads, once you're away from the airport, are not toll roads, so if you're staying in the same area you're only likely to use toll roads on the first and last days of your holiday. Most hire cars have a tag for the tolls but charge around $3 per day you actually use it plus the toll charge.
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    • SMURPH67
    • By SMURPH67 8th Jul 17, 6:29 PM
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    We just pay as we go through them, because a lot of the tourist attractions aren't near the toll roads. If you are driving from Orlando international airport to your resort have some change ready in the car.
    • meer53
    • By meer53 9th Jul 17, 1:47 PM
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    We pay in cash too, it's no hassle, it's usually just to and from the airport.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 9th Jul 17, 3:50 PM
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    If you do decide to pay cash rather than using one of the toll transponder devices, just make sure that you have a good supply of quarter dollars in the car.
    The majority of toll booths around the area are manned and take both notes and coins but there are still a few unmanned ones that only take coin payments.
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 9th Jul 17, 4:11 PM
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    We just pay as we go through them, because a lot of the tourist attractions aren't near the toll roads. If you are driving from Orlando international airport to your resort have some change ready in the car.
    Originally posted by SMURPH67
    Yeah, same here
    We pay in cash too, it's no hassle, it's usually just to and from the airport.
    Originally posted by meer53
    And, of course, you'll drive on the same road past the airport if you drive to KSC
    If you do decide to pay cash rather than using one of the toll transponder devices, just make sure that you have a good supply of quarter dollars in the car.
    The majority of toll booths around the area are manned and take both notes and coins but there are still a few unmanned ones that only take coin payments.
    Originally posted by shaun from Africa
    And get a receipt if you can, you just have to ask. Some rental companies will try it on. We had a couple of toll charges show up on our credit card after we returned from our last visit. I emailed them a copy of the receipts showing we'd paid cash and they cancelled them without any hassle.
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    • travellerboy
    • By travellerboy 10th Jul 17, 5:59 PM
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    If your journey is in Miami definitely take the daily charge from the car hire company. Most of the tolls in the Miami area are automatic, no cash or cards and believe me the fines for using without prepayment are excessive.
    • John259
    • By John259 10th Jul 17, 6:16 PM
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    Here's a list of the toll roads in Florida:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_toll_roads_in_Florida

    This page has some information about how to pay tolls, and some other general hints regarding driving in Florida:
    http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/travel-ideas/florida-driving-rules-toll-roads.html
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    • sarah69696pink
    • By sarah69696pink 12th Jul 17, 6:16 PM
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    Depends where you're going - we recently hired through Sixt in Miami - we basically had to pay a daily charge to use their automated toll pass - $8 a day!! Wish I'd looked into this before as we actually only used the car though tolls on two days but had it for 10, as we were in Miami you had to use automated pass as tolls within Miami you can't pay cash and Sixt did not have the option to pay as you go - only to do the capped charge each day. Wish I'd booked another company.
    • gwokka
    • By gwokka 12th Aug 17, 3:44 PM
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    Sunpass for uk resident
    we are travelling to Florida & have a car hire through dollar. as their toll rate is extortionate & we are travelling to Miami for a few days I was looking at buying the transponder mini, but despite looking on the web & sunpass website I cant seem to find out if a uk resident can register it online. ive seen a few posts where people staying in villas have used there villa address and uk credit card but what if your staying in different hotels during your stay. If anyone has done this can they let me know.
    • John259
    • By John259 12th Aug 17, 3:47 PM
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    we are travelling to Miami for a few days
    Originally posted by gwokka
    Have you considered using non-toll roads?
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    • littlereddevil
    • By littlereddevil 12th Aug 17, 5:00 PM
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    We always hire from Alamo in Miami and it is all included apart from the actual charges ( if you use them )
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    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 12th Aug 17, 8:25 PM
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    We always hire from Alamo in Miami and it is all included apart from the actual charges ( if you use them )
    Originally posted by littlereddevil
    Plus $3.95 for any day you use a toll road.
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    • izzitme
    • By izzitme 12th Aug 17, 8:36 PM
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    Have a look here https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=226

    You will be able to find out the costs for all the hire companies & whether it is better to pay as you go or drive through the automatic recognition booths.
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    • Goldust
    • By Goldust 14th Aug 17, 12:03 PM
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    It depends who you hire with... Dollar as mentioned above are a total rip off. Other's not so much so... I think Hertz who I used earlier in the year was a service charge of 5$ a day capped at 25$ for the entire rental plus the actual cost of the fees.

    I decided paying around £20 was worth it due to the hassle and time spend messing round when I'd prefer just to enjoy my break. Also, if you venture down to Miami there are some tolls that are by plate only.. no cash option.

    Up to you but if you avoid Dollar I think most are capped and it's just a lot easier and as I found on my first trip to Florida, if you're not sure where you're going it's easy to accidentally trip one anyway.
    • travellerboy
    • By travellerboy 15th Aug 17, 11:59 AM
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    The BEST OPTION by far is to buy the Sunpass Mini for a one off cost of $4.99, readily available from many stores eg Publix, CVS Navarro, Sedano, Walgreens etc. You then register the Transponder by phone to 1-888-865-5352 with the car's plate detail, sunpass ID, your name and CC number and load the card with $20.
    After attaching the card to the Hired Car's front windscreen it is ready to use on the Turnpike roads and any other Tolls roads in Florida. It is cheaper than cash and many of the Toll Booths are now cashless and only accept Number plate recognition with the sunpass. If your credit drops to $10 it is automatically increased by another $10 debit from your credit card, so it is hassle free.
    When you have completed your trip and hand back the car remember to remove the sunpass from the windscreen and phone the same number as before and any balance remaining on your account will be refunded direct to your credit card.

    The toll roads are cheap, it only cost us $8.40 for our journeys from Miami to the Key West and back to Miami. IF you take a transponder off the hire car's company it will cost you a minimum of $3.95 per day plus tolls with an admin fees, its a rip off. It is essential IMHO as in the Miami area it is extremely difficult to avoid the Toll roads and if you accidentally go on one is will cost you at least $15 for every occasion - it doesn't make sense not to go the Sunpass Mini route , you will win hands down for sure.
    BUY the Sunpass Mini and your troubles are over.
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