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Airport transfers in Florida are very easy to organise, both in advance and on arrival. From Orlando International (MCO), you can take a local bus, shuttle van or taxi to any part of downtown, as well as the Disney Resorts area.
The public buses are a real bargain, with the journey downtown costing just $2 and the trip out to the Disney Resorts costing $4. If you’re not in the mood to wait, hop into a shuttle downtown for $20-$30 or head to the resorts for a maximum of $37.
Taxis will set you back slightly more than shuttles, while you can also hire a private limousine if you’re feeling particularly flush.
Orlando Sanford is considerably smaller than Orlando International, so the setup for transfers is less sophisticated. There are no public buses from the airport, so if you’re on a budget your best bet is to grab a taxi to the LYNX Central Station and continue by bus from there.
Another option is booking a hotel in Orlando or the Disney area that provides its own Sanford shuttle service. Alternatively, if you’re happy to shell out a few extra bucks, you can hop in a metered taxi and arrive at your digs in no time.
Considering that Miami is the eighth largest city in the US, it’s surprisingly easy to navigate. If you’re looking for local transport options from Miami Airport, head for the bus station where you’ll find the Airport Flyer (Route 150) public bus and a fleet of airport SuperShuttle vans ready to whisk you off to all manner of city hotspots.
For downtown hotels, you’re looking at around $22, while the shuttle trip to South Beach will set you back around $20. There are taxi ranks just outside the baggage reclaim areas, but while this might be the quickest option, it’s easily double the price.
Once you’ve settled into the “Sunshine State”, getting around Florida couldn’t be simpler. In Orlando, the LYNX bus service is a great way to get around Central Florida, while Miami is home to a mostly free trolley service that swings past all the main sights and the totally free Metromover – a train that loops several downtown areas.
You can also ride the Metrorail in Miami, a 35-kilometre (22-mile), 22-station commuter rail line. If you’re heading further afield check out the national train services offered by Amtrak and the long-distance Greyhound Buses, which are great for cross-state journeys.