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Orlando airport transportation

Orlando Airport Transportation: Should I Rent a Car?

A record 68 million people visited Orlando in 2016, earning the City Beautiful the impressive distinction of being the country’s most popular destination. With so many people coming and going from the theme-park capital of the world, it begs the question: What’s the best way to get around once you arrive? Here are four of the best Orlando airport transportation options. 

Orlando Airport Car Rental

The U.S. News & World Report recently declared that cars are the best way to get around Orlando, and therefore the best Orlando airport transportation option. Why? Because many of central Florida’s attractions are scattered throughout the region, making its network of highways the easiest way to access them all. If you’re arriving by plane, it’s wise to book an Orlando airport car rental so you can be on your way as soon as you land. Once you have a car, try to avoid driving during commuting hours due to heavy traffic, particularly on congested Interstate 4.

Orlando Airport Transportation: Public Transit Options

Orlando offers a number of public transportation options, from the Amtrak rail system to the popular hop-on, hop-off I-Ride Trolley, which exclusively serves a resort area called International Drive.  LYNX is the city’s public transportation system, and SunRail is a commuter rail system offering service beyond Orlando.

Public transportation isn’t exactly the fastest method of travel—unless your timing is spot-on, you’ll usually have to wait for a ride. Your ride also may require transfers, and not be direct depending on where you’re heading. It’s possible to get around without a car, but it’s not the fastest.

Orlando Airport Taxis and Ride-Sharing Services

Stationed at airport exits and throughout downtown Orlando, taxis offer a stress-free way to ride. It’s not as easy to find a taxi outside of well-traveled areas, however. If you’re struggling to hail a cab, your hotel concierge can call one on your behalf, or you could keep a cab service number in your phone. As with trains, trolleys, and buses, however, you may have to wait for a ride—especially on rainy days or during busy seasons.

As ride-sharing apps grow in popularity, options are expanding for Orlando travel. A 2017 law change made it possible to use Uber and Lyft for both pick-up and drop-off at Orlando International Airport. You can also use these services for transit around town.

Disney’s Magical Express

Select Disney properties offer a free Orlando airport shuttle service known as Disney’s Magical Express, with stops at Orlando International Airport and select Disney properties. You’ll need to make arrangements for the shuttle, which also offers complimentary luggage delivery, in advance. Some Disney properties also offer free transportation to the parks, ranging from ferries to monorails.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

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