Did You Know Florida Has More Miles of Toll Roads Than Any Other State?
If you're like millions of travelers across the globe who are planning a trip to the sunshine state this winter be prepared to set aside some vacation funds for tolls as Florida has over 700 miles of toll roads, more than any other state in the US. It also has a growing number of cashless tolling gantries meaning you'll either need to purchase a transponder to drive on those toll roads or be prepared to pay the services fees to cover the costs of billing through the mail.
To help plan your trip to Florida and navigate the tolls once you're there we've created this Florida Tolls Survival Guide to make you smarter during your Florida vacation.
TOLL ROADS IN FLORIDA
To prepare yourself for the tolls you'll encounter while vacationing in Florida, below is a list of some of the major toll roads and bridges along with links to maps displaying where they are located and current toll rates so you can factor them into your travel planning.
CASHLESS TOLL BOOTHS: Florida was one of the first states to introduce cashless tolling, and as more and more of Florida's toll roads switch to this faster and more efficient method of tolling, you'll want to be aware of when you'll encounter these toll roads so you don't end up surprised to arrive back home and find a bill awaiting you from the Florida Turnpike Authority.
Here's a list of the current cashless toll facilities in Florida.
Additional cashless booths will be going up across Florida so to get the latest information visit the Florida Turnpike Enterprise website.
FLORIDA RENTAL CARS AND TOLLS
If you're planning on flying into Florida for your vacation and renting a car from an agency that provides a SunPass transponder, you may feel you're covered when it comes to tolls, however there are some things you should be aware of.
Rental Car Service Fees
Many a Florida vacationer has returned home thinking they've covered all their holiday expenses, only to end up unpleasantly surprised when they receive additional charges on their credit card for service fees related to tolls. Some rental car agencies have given themselves a bad name by charging what many feel to be excessive fees related to the use of a transponder or for missed tolls, and by burying the cost of these fees in the small print of the agreement. In fact it's gotten so bad that a number of class action suits have been filed, and most recently the New York City Controller has released a report on the topic and is encouraging legislatures to regulate the behavior.
Before you reserve your rental car, make sure you read the clauses related to service fees associated with tolls and the use of an agency-provided transponder, but to provide you with some guidelines below is a list of agencies that operate in Florida along with their standard services fees associated tolls.
Source: Florida Legislature
SHOULD I GET A SUNPASS?
For peace of mind, and to save some money while traveling in Florida, you should definitely consider purchasing a SunPass transponder. The Florida Dept. of Transportation makes it really easy to order one by mail on the SunPass website, and at only $4.99 you'll likely recover the purchase price from the discounts you'll receive (note that this price is for the SunPass Mini Sticker Transponder that you'll affix to your windshield).
SHOULD I GET TOLLSMART?
Rather than try and keep a handle on all of the information provided above, why not let the Tollsmart app handle it all for you? Tollsmart will you make you instantly smarter about Florida tolls by providing the following: