A while back, I wrote a post about two gas stations near Orlando International Airport (MCO) that rip off tourists with prices that are usually 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. Still, unfortunately, it was in a location where tourists, especially those from the theme parks area, typically wouldn’t be going past, unless they went out of their way.
This post solves that problem 😉
THE LAY OF THE LAND
MCO is east of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, 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)
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
Within the South Travel Plaza located close to Terminal C, there is a gas station available on the airport property. While prices are slightly higher compared to off-airport stations, they are not exorbitantly priced.
IF YOU’RE COMING FROM THE BEACHLINE (RT. 528)
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 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 as the rip-off stations do. If you want to search for other gas stations, many 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 visiting Florida from overseas, that you’ll need Wi-Fi or data to access Gas Buddy.
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