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Old 03-30-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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Hello, I am traveling from Atlanta to Tampa, then on to Miami. I am looking for the best route to avoid tolls. Also, I really don't want to pay the rental company to use their transponder if I can go thru tolls that accept cash. Are any of the tolls that I would be going through cash-less? Any other advise?
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:51 AM
 
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75 all the way,its been several years since I've driven to Atlanta and unless something has changed 75 has no tolls except on Alligator Alley from Naples to Broward county where you will encounter cashless tolls.You're only option if you want to avoid this section would be to get off 75 in Naples and take Tamiami trail US 41 across the state.During your time in Tampa and Miami are you going to have to drive around as you might also have to get on an expressway that will have tolls which in Miami is pretty much going all electronic,last time I drove through Tampa I believe there were more tolls that gave you the option to pay in cash but the way things are going those could be gone by now.
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:56 AM
 
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I would recommend using SR60 east out of Tampa across the state to pick up the FL Turnpike south at Yeehaw Junction. If you take the Turnpike to Port St Lucie and exit at Okeechobee Rd on the north side of Port St Lucie you only will pay the toll at the exitpoint (no transponder needed). After exiting turn right and go one mile to catch I-95 South which is toll-free into Miami. The travel time is equivalent to I-75 south out of Tampa.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Alligator Alley is tolled.....guess you can avoid it to save $4 by going on US 41.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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You could also take SR 80 and drive through my area to bypass toll alley.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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be prepared to sit in a lot of traffic in and around Miami/Ft Lauderdale if you don't pay tolls.
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:50 AM
 
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I would pay the Alligator Alley toll in Naples. I believe it's $3.00. You gonna save a lot of time and possibly your life. That stretch of US 41 between Naples and Miami is very dangerous. Too many drunks causing fatal head-on collisions.

I wouldn't take SR60 either but I do believe that road is a little safer than US 41. At least some sections are 4 lanes but you still have to drive 45 miles in a dangerous 2 lane road with a bunch of trucks and crazy FL drivers.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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last time I drove on US 41 aligator alley, I noticed a ton of these....lots of head on collisions from my understanding.....

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Old 03-31-2015, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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If you feel like the rental car company is going to rip you off, just go ahead and spend the $5 to buy a SunPass mini sticker you can put on the car yourself and then scrape off at the end of the trip. Purchase by mail beforehand, set up the account online, and you're good to go:

https://www.sunpass.com/index
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