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Priceless memories are what you'll take from Orlando, the holiday heartland of Florida. Famed for its theme parks and water parks, car hire in Orlando is a must to quickly and easily whisk the entire family to the acres of fun that await them the minute those gates open every morning.

Why go?

The city at the heart of Florida is an ideal place to holiday, and car hire in Orlando will make everything easy to access during your trip...

Orlando is easy to navigate thanks to a well-planned network of roads. The main routes of Interstate 4 (I-4) and International Drive connect the city's attractions.

The distances are so great between the parks that in Orlando, car hire really is the most sensible option.
Two airports - Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) - serve the area and access to hotels, villas and other accommodation in Orlando is a doddle from either airport.

Car parking is usually free at the large parks, such as those within the Walt Disney World Resort (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom) at Lake Buena Vista. Universal Studios, with its Harry Potter theme park, is another hugely popular destination for holidaymakers in Orlando and the wetter pleasures at Wet 'n Wild, Discovery Cove, and Sea World also draw the crowds.

If you're planning on splashing some cash at the shops during your Florida holiday, then your car boot (locals say trunk) is sure to be filled thanks to hundreds of shops at colossal malls such as Fashion Square and the Florida Mall.

Downtown Orlando is a more grown-up playground, with plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants in which to enjoy the historic heart of the city. There are plenty of golfing opportunities to be found around Orlando, and the upmarket 500-acre resort at Grande Lakes is also likely to tick a few boxes for the adults.

Beyond the city boundaries, Kissimee is a great alternative to staying in Orlando, while the Kennedy Space Center can be found on the east coast. Legoland is 45 minutes away from Orlando by car, and the temptations of fun-packed Busch Gardens are just 90 minutes by car in Tampa Bay, on the west coast.

Wherever your adventure in Orlando and Florida takes you, car hire is advised to take in the sights at your own leisure.

Top tips for driving in Orlando

Follow our tips and advice to help you when renting a vehicle in the Orlando area...

Drive on the right.

Keep change to hand in your hire car for the tollbooths. Toll roads are fast and wide and well worth using.

Florida is the Sunshine State, though rain appears almost daily. The law states that headlights must be used when driving in the rain.

You are required to stop at a 'stop' sign in America. It sounds obvious, but police officers in Orlando say Brits are some of the worst offenders. Officials take infringements seriously.

Pay attention around school buses. When they stop you must stop too for the safety of the boarding/alighting children. Red lights will flash and a stop sign will appear to make this clear.

Turning right on a red traffic light is allowed. The driver must stop and check the coast is clear before turning. A sign will clearly state when and where this is not permitted.

Remember that petrol is called gas in America and that you will buy it in gallons not litres.

Bear in mind that cars tend to be larger in the US and that they are generally automatic, so if you aren't familiar with this type of car, ask for help before you set off.