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Famous for its setting close to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Orlando Resort, Wet ‘n Wild Water Park and SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando’s international airport is one of the busiest year-round in the whole of the USA. Located just six miles from the city’s central business district, it has a wide choice of onward transport systems including Disney’s Magical Express shuttle service, an on-complex metro station with trains to downtown Orlando and other districts, taxis, limos and local buses. For visitors planning to explore the beaches and other Florida highlights, car hire in Orlando International Airport is a popular option.
Who to Book With
The rental car market here is one of the largest in the world, with 10 major international car hire companies located on the ground floors of terminals A and B in the Arrivals halls. During the US school holiday seasons, car hire is the most popular means of travel, with booking well in advance necessary to ensure the car of your choice.
Need to Know Essentials
The following documents must be shown at the vehicle collection point:
- Your UK, EU or other home country valid driver’s licence
- The credit card used for the reservation
- Your passport, for confirmation of your ID
- Your confirmation of booking
America drives on the right, but British drivers will find the transition easy thanks to the good roads. Speed limits are similar to those in the UK, with a 70mph limit on highways and rural interstates, 30mph in urban areas (20mph in school zones) and 55 mph on all other roads. Hire cars in the US almost always have automatic transmission. At holiday times, traffic in Orlando and on the approach roads to the resorts is heavy and parking can be tricky. Seatbelts must be worn by all occupants, drink-driving is treated severely and it’s illegal to carry an open alcohol container in your car. Petrol stations are everywhere, with self-serve fuel cheaper than serviced fuel, and card payments are accepted.
Arriving passengers have a good choice of ground transport options, whether public or private. Holidaymakers booked into Disney World hotels will be met by a courtesy coach, and the airport’s efficient Greyhound bus service gets travellers to the central districts for around £1.50, although journey times can be compromised by heavy traffic.
There is no rail link between Orlando International Airport and the city, but the city itself offers an Amtrak station which receives services from Miami and New York, among other destinations.
Taxi stands are found on sides A and B sides of the primary terminal, on transportation Level 1 at parking spaces A22-A25, A5-A8, B30-B34 and B-5-B8, along Commercial Lane. A good number of metered taxi companies work at the airport, all of which can be booked in advance by phone. An even larger selection of limo hire companies is available.
Orlando International Airport to Orlando city centre is about £30
Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World is about £50
Orlando International Airport to Lake Buena Vista is about £40
Orlando International Airport to Port Canaveral is about £90
The city’s Lynx bus service offers route 11 to the city centre every 30 minutes between 05:56 and 23:57 from a pick-up point on the north side of landside A Terminal’s ground floor. The journey takes around 40 minutes. Lynx also offers a 1 hour, 15 minute route via service number 111 to Walt Disney World between 06:00 and 21:30 on holidays and Sundays, with both trips costing about £1.50. ATC Buses runs a shuttle service from the airport to various Orlando-Sandford hotels and the cruise piers at Port Canaveral, again with journey times dependent on traffic conditions. Many hotels as well as Walt Disney World provide free shuttles.
The airport’s large single terminal is divided into A and B sections, with four main airside concourses. Two separate security checkpoints lead to A’s West Hall airside 1 and 3 areas and B’s 2 and 4 East Atrium airside areas. The complex handles a massive 35 million passengers a year, with domestic flights arriving from all over the USA and international routes arriving from selected European and other world cities, including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Frankfurt, Montreal and Toronto.
Four on-complex car parks cater for everything from short- to long-term parking needs in locations ranging from a parking garage adjacent to the terminal to a parking lot 10 minutes’ shuttle ride away. Charges are reasonable, ranging from £8 to £14 per day for the closest bays, while valet parking costs just £20.
Free Wi-Fi access is found in all terminal areas.
Information desks are found in the main hall’s A and B areas and in the Arrivals hall.
Service Centre: +1 407 825 2352
The terminal is wheelchair friendly, with ramps, lifts and automatic people mover systems across both sections and to the gates. Adapted restrooms, dedicated seating areas and assistance are provided, together with reserved parking bays in the adjacent covered car parks.
Restaurants and Bars
A huge variety of restaurants and bars are found in the landside and airside areas of the terminal, with the landside area offerings concentrated in the food court. Here, you’ll find 15 cafés, bars, fast food joints and eateries, including McCoy’s Bar and Grill and the inevitable Starbucks. In each of the four airside lounges are at least nine food and drink outlets, including steakhouses, fast food outlets, coffee shops and cafés, as well as take-out options.
Delta Air Lines Sky Club (Airside 4)
United Airlines United Club (Airside 3)
Money and ATMs
ATMs and currency exchange booths are found in the main landside hall, and an ATM is found in each of the four airside departures areas.
Shopping is available in all the landside and airside areas of the terminal, with a huge choice of retail outlets catering for all needs. The main hall and atrium hold 36 duty-paid shops, including two Kennedy Space Centre outlets, a Harley Davidson branded goods store and several bookstores. The duty-free areas in the departures lounges offer all the usual duty-free goods plus several gift and souvenir, fashion, accessory, jewellery and electronics shops.