The Closest Places To MCO To Get “Normal” Priced Gas/Petrol Before Returning Your Rental Car

A while back, I write a post about the two gas stations near Orlando International Airport (MCO) that rips off travelers and tourists with prices that are over 2x the norm. The post did include one gas station just north of the “rip off stations” that also wasn’t far from MCO, but unfortunately, it was in a location that tourists, especially those coming from the theme parks area, really wouldn’t be going past.

This post solves that problem 😉

THE LAY OF THE LAND

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MCO is east of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and hotels and villas in Kissimmee, Davenport, Champions Gate, and on Rt. 192 and International Drive (on the map above, I-Drive is the white-colored curvy road running north and south of the first I in Williamsburg). Rt. 417 (the Greeneway) and Rt. 528 (the Beachline) both have exits that feed directly into MCO.

Universal and the International Drive area are closer to the 528. WDW is almost equidistant to the 417 and the 528; closeness to either of the highways all depends on which exit you take off Disney property. Kissimmee, Davenport, Championsgate, etc. are all closer to the 417.

IF YOU’RE COMING FROM THE GREENEWAY (RT. 417)

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<– WDW // MCO —>

Exit, 14, Landstar Blvd., is the exit just before the one for MCO (Exit 17). There are four gas stations off that exit:

  • 7-Eleven and Mobil are just north of the exit
  • Race Trac and 7-Eleven are just south of the exit

IF YOU’RE COMING FROM THE BEACHLINE (RT. 528)

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<– WDW & Universal // MCO –>

Exit 9, Tradeport Drive, is the exit before the one for MCO (Exit 11). There are two gas stations off that exit:

  • 7-Eleven is just north of the exit
  • If you exit at Tradeport, go under the 528, make your first left onto McCoy Rd. and then make a right onto Daetwyler Dr., there’s a Sunoco on your left.

OTHER WAYS TO FIND GAS STATIONS THAT ARE “NORMAL” PRICES

Of course, there are other gas stations out there that have normal prices; the goal of this post was just to tell you about the closest ones to MCO that (A) most tourists would go past and (B) don’t cost an arm and a leg like the rip off stations do. If you want to search around for other gas stations, lots of people have had good luck with an online program and/or app called Gas Buddy. It might do you well if, for example, you’re trying to avoid tolls (both the 417 and 528 are toll roads). However keep in mind, especially for those of you visiting Florida from overseas, that you’ll need WiFi or data to access Gas Buddy.

Happy driving!

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary

9 thoughts on “The Closest Places To MCO To Get “Normal” Priced Gas/Petrol Before Returning Your Rental Car”

  1. So many links in this article to the previous posts are broken. I actually wanted to read the past blog posts, but I physically can’t because of the broken links.

  2. Thank you for posting this. I’m in MCO as we speak – and I had to stop at the rip-off station (Sunspot?) just to see for myself that the prices are higher than what we pay in southern California! Only one vehicle was getting fuel at the time of my visit – a gentleman pumping gas for his work truck – he probably didn’t care since it’s not his – and probably using a fleet card – so they probably receive a much lower negotiated price. I just went over to Cracker Barrel for lunch. As I was crossing the street, I could see on the other side of Semoran at Sun Gas – the other ripoff station, several people with what looked like rental cars pumping gas…the poor people probably had no idea. I guess this beats the extreme overpriced fuel sold by the car rental companies if you don’t return the rental full. I wanted to go across the street and tell them to stop – but lunch was calling and I have no Cracker Barrell’s in Los Angeles – so I needed my “fix”. (A CB did recently open in Rialto, CA – but that’s about 65 miles east of L.A). Speaking of Cracker Barrell – we’re going to try their new Holler & Dash breakfast house in Celebration on Monday. I’ve heard it’s really good.

    An FYI. While the 7 Eleven on Tradeport has normal street pricing – it’s kind of a run down location – and I find that the card readers are to me suspect – they look as if they need to be replaced, and no receipts at the dispenser – you have to go inside. The area adjacent and immediately to the north of 7 Eleven is under construction – and for those not familiar with the area at 7 Eleven, it’s hard to make the right turn onto Tradeport and immediately get into the left lane back on to the 528 Beeline (I will always call it the Beeline) for the short drive to the airport. The reason I bring up the 7 Eleven – I had to bring my first rental vehicle back to MCO for an exchange, and made sure to purchase fuel before – and remembered the 7 Eleven from previous trips.

    By the way, I used your suggestion of getting the SunPass sticker from AAA on Sand Lake. Brought scotch tape with me, taped it on the window – insuring not to tape over any of the bar codes/numbers, registered a new account, funded it with $10.00. However, the website would not let me register a plate from Louisiana – I had to call the service center. That took about 10 minutes, but they were able to add the plate to my account. The call center employee says she will delete the plate the day after my trip. I will just have to remember to remove the sticker when I turn in the rental vehicle – and go back into my SunPass account to make sure the plate was removed.

    Why Louisiana? That’s the vehicle Hertz assigned in the President’s Circle section of Preferred Choice. Not a big deal – but good to know for my future trips when I am assigned a vehicle with non-Florida license plates – you will have to call SunPass so they can manually add the plate.

    I could go on here and tell you how much I saved by renting from Hertz away from the airport – but this would be a much longer post.

    SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT

  3. @SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT If you use a real transponder instead of a sticker you can do it all online. There is even a section for rental cards which will automatically expire at the time you say you are returning the car. Stickers aren’t really meant to be transferred from one vehicle to another, hence the difficulty.

      1. Yes, the transponder costs $20, though I’ve been using mine for well over 10 years. (They sent a free replacement once when their system changed.)

        I think the “borrow a transponder” experiment is great. Car rental companies must hate it.

    1. Hi Bill,

      Thanks for your suggestion and for the tip in regard to the transponder. Luckily, I was able to successfully remove the sticker from the rental car, and affixed it to the inside of one of my bags. Upon returning, I checked my SunPass account – and all of the tolls that we incurred were successfully charged to the :sticky” transponder. Hopefully – I will not see any duplicate charges from Hertz.
      I will be having increased travel to Orlando – so I like having the sticky in the rental car.

      Upon arrival at MCO, I wanted to take advantage of the new toll road “hang tag” trial program – but since I rented from Hertz off airport, I was not eligible. On the flip side though, I saved a bunch of money in airport fees – about $85.00 as compared to picking up the vehicle at MCO.

      Now back to reality in southern California. The day after we’re back, my town is burning down (thankfully, not my house – but still too close for comfort), California business state income quarterly tax payments are due – unlike zero in Florida, and $3.75 per gallon for gas at either Costco or Sam’s, unlike the $2.31 per gallon at WaWa in Orlando! At least it’s less expensive than the rip-off stations adjacent to MCO. Ahhhh…the joys of living in California.

      Tried the new Cheddar’s that opened on West Irlo Bronson in Kissimmee – and we were not impressed – too Olive Garden like, but the food was good. Yes, I know Darden owns both – plus a bunch of others.

      On the other hand, Cracker Barrel’s new newish restaurant in Celebration – Holler & Dash was quite good for breakfast. However, parking is not set-up right for a breakfast location. Too much of a distance to reach the door from the parking lot.
      Even went to Steak ‘n Shake in Kissimmee – the location needs a makeover – but the staff was friendly and we were out the door for two people for $18.00 – with tip. It’s apparent though the chain is having difficulties. Worn out/torn booths, visible broken fixtures, loose tile in the dining room area.

      Traffic on the 4 in Orlando is comparable to the 5 and 405 here in Los Angeles.

      A good trip – even with tropical storm Nestor. – although, I’ve had worse rain here in Los Angeles. Just saying.

      SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT

  4. There’s a station on Vineland where gas is always $5.95/gallon. Every day of the year. Gets decent amount of business somehow.

    Surprisingly, the Speedway stations right in Disney World are quite normally priced, perhaps even on the less expensive side. And the snacks in their stores are also normally priced. Amazing for being on WDW property.

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