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Many Orlando holidaymakers choose to hire a car. It makes sense, considering the spread-out nature of the theme parks, and it gives you the freedom to squeeze in the most rides and attractions, rather than spending money on taxis or wasting precious holiday time waiting for public transport.
Most of the major car hire companies have outlets at Orlando’s two airports. You are likely to save money and secure the vehicle you need by booking online in advance. For more information on car rental, check out our Orlando car hire page.
There are plenty of other ways to get around if you need them. From Orlando International Airport, you can have your first experience with a Lynx bus, identifiably by its eye-catching logo: a pink lynx cat paw print.
Take bus numbers 11 or 51 and you’ll be in Downtown Orlando in around 40 minutes, hop on number 111 for Florida Mall and Sea World, or ride the 42 to get to International Drive. Lynx buses serve most of Orlando, and can also be used to travel to major attractions and shopping areas. One-way fares cost $2.
You can also make use of taxis, limos, hotel shuttles and private shuttles to reach your holiday destination.
If you are flying into Orlando Sanford International, have cash in your pocket for a taxi – unfortunately, there are no public buses running from here to the city, so jumping in a cab or pre-booking a limo, shuttle or hire car will likely be your only options.
If you’re in the International Drive area, step aboard the I-Ride Trolley, which runs up and down the length of I-Drive with scheduled stops. Depending on the length of your stay, you can purchase daily, weekly or fortnightly passes for unlimited travel; a weekly pass costs $12. The I-Ride runs every day, all year round, from 8am until 10.30pm.
Of course, many hotels offer free shuttle services, running guests not only to the airport but also to other destinations.
Many of the theme park resorts have complimentary shuttles to transport their customers from one area to another, so it’s always worth checking at reception before you fork out for public transport.
Walt Disney World Resort even runs its Disney Magical Express from Orlando International Airport to selected hotels, but you will need to book this in advance – it’s like Mickey coming to pick you up himself.
Taxis are also in good supply at hotels and major theme parks.
Visit Downtown Orlando to avail of the free – yes, free! – Lymmo bus. This service will take you to all of the attractions in the main city. And what’s more, it won’t cost you a cent!
If you’re exploring the downtown area, take advantage of the LYMMO service – a complimentary shuttle which you can use to explore downtown Orlando.
In Downtown, you can also take advantage of the SunRail passenger train system, which will help you get further afield for very little cost.