Many visitors to Central Florida know that renting a car at Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the ultimate freedom. You have a vehicle at your disposal for the entirety of your trip, and that allows you to not only come and go as you please, but also lets you to go just about anywhere without the hassles and occasional uncertainties of shuttles, buses, taxis and ride sharing.
Of course, you have to return your car at the end of your trip, which leaves you with the question of whether or not to fill up your tank before you return the vehicle (you may want to read this article to help you decide if you should prepay for the gas or not). If you decide to fill up just before you get to MCO, that’s great!
Just don’t fill up at these places.
The Suncoast Energys gas station is officially located at 5928 Butler National Dr. but is easily visible from S. Semoran Blvd., which is the N/S running street just north of MCO. It consistently has one of the highest prices for gasoline in the country, regardless of what “normal” gas prices are.
And if charging over two times the going rate for gasoline wasn’t enough, for YEARS this gas station didn’t even post prices! People didn’t know how much the gas was until they got to the pump. Eventually the City of Orlando enforced an ordinance that gasoline prices had to be posted in an easily viewable spot, and for a while there, the Suncoast Energys was fined $250 daily, because they didn’t have signs. Now they do. One sign. That you can barely see from the main road. Because of course you can’t.
Yep, that’s just shy $6 per gallon. As a comparison, most gas stations were charging $2.71 per gallon when I went past this gas station a few weeks ago and saw it was the same $5.959 for a gallon of Regular.
If you look at this place’s Yelp pages, you’ll see dozens of people who paid their ridiculous prices because they didn’t know better. No one why it only has 1 star.
Oh, and the Sun Gas station directly across the street, at 5600 Butler National Dr.? Almost as bad. Maybe a few cents less. And it also collected fines for not showing its prices for a while. The big problem with that gas station is it’s the very last one, southbound, before you reach the airport.
So Where Can You Go?
There’s a Wawa that’s just a block or two up, at 6550 S. Semoran Blvd, that has almost normal prices. You’re welcome to go there for your gas, if you’d like. Or go a little more north and there will be other places with regular prices. (see below the map for places closer to the tourist areas).
You can also click here to see the places that are just off the Greeneway (Rt. 417) and the Beachline (Rt. 528), both of which are the main roads between MCO and the tourist areas. These gas stations on these two highways have normal pricing.
But whatever you do, please don’t buy gas at Suncoast Energys or Sun Gas!
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