I’m new to Orlando and its many toll roads. How can I best prepare for my daily work commute to save time and money?

Photo of The Courtney at Universal BoulevardApartments at Courtney Universal Boulevard are close to SR-528 and minutes away from Orlando hot spots like Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld.

If you're new to Orlando, the toll roads and interstates can seem a bit daunting. However, it doesn't have to be – you'll soon realize navigating the Orlando roadways is a piece of cake. Along with all the expressways and highways, you will find plenty of public transportation to get you from point A to point B. Here are some tips and tricks for navigating some of the city's major roads.

Orlando's Interstate-4

Interstate-4 is one of Orlando's biggest highways, extending all the way from Tampa to Daytona. Living in an apartment near Interstate-4 certainly has its perks. An Orlando apartment near this interstate brings you and many nearby cities together! Hop on I-4 and go to the beach, a theme park, or commute to work or school. Choosing an apartment in Orlando near I-4 can also save you time and money. Since I-4 is not a toll road, you won't have to worry about the pesky toll fees or having to buy a SunPass or E-Pass. Living so close to the interstate also means you can jump right on the road and be at your destination in a matter of minutes. Even though Interstate-4 offers many advantages, keep in mind accidents, weather and other unforeseen incidents can happen, causing traffic. It's always good to have a backup plan for getting to where you need to go.

Orlando's SR 528 - Beachline

Just over 50 miles long, SR 528 connects you to some of the hotspots in Orlando like SeaWorld or Universal Studios. If you plan on spending time at the theme parks or going to and from the airport, an apartment near SR 528 might be just right for you. SR 528, also known as Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway, can make getting around Orlando much easier. Choosing an Orlando apartment near SR 528 means you will have to work tolls into your budget. In Orlando you have two options if you don't want to be scrounging for coins in between the seats: SunPass and E-Pass. Both toll transponders are accepted on all toll roads in the state of Florida. Another big perk to having a SunPass or E-Pass transponder in your car is they offer toll discounts, meaning you will be paying less money for tolls than a person who is paying cash! If you plan on commuting outside of Florida, E-Pass is accepted on all toll roads in Georgia and North Carolina too.

Orlando's SunRail

If public transportation is your preference when it comes to commuting, then check out apartments near SunRail. SunRail is a commuter rail system in the Orlando area and there are plenty of Orlando apartment communities near the SunRail stations. Using SunRail can also save you wear and tear on your vehicle. Think of all the gas money you will be saving or all the miles you'll avoid putting on your car and tires. You can also save time by skipping out on all the morning and evening traffic on the highways and toll roads. Who doesn't like to save time and money? If all that wasn't enough, SunRail connects your Orlando apartment to some of the area's best entertainment spots!

As you can see there are many advantages to living close to the interstates, toll roads and public transportation of Orlando. Before you know it, you will be a natural at navigating the roads of beautiful Orange County.

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