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All Aboard the Sunshine Express: New Brightline Train Journeys With Ocean Florida

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 19 June 2023
  • Revised 10 July 2023
All Aboard the Sunshine Express: New Brightline Train Journeys With Ocean Florida
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 19 June 2023
  • Revised 10 July 2023
All Aboard the Sunshine Express: New Brightline Train Journeys With Ocean Florida
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 19 June 2023
  • Revised 10 July 2023
All aboard the Sunshine Express – we now proudly offer Brightline train tickets for your Florida holiday!
This new high-speed train line lets you travel from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and more upcoming destinations. 
This convenient way to travel lets you skip the wait for car hire and begin your holiday in no time. Better yet, the train line offers reserved seating, USB power outlets, free Wi-Fi and gourmet meals, making those longer-distance journeys a lot more comfortable.
Learn more about Brightline below, then buckle up for a Floridian break with an added flair in 2023 and beyond…


The Brightline Experience

Brightline stations are brand new and purpose-built, offering an airport-style experience. 

You can enjoy touchless turnstiles accessible via smartphones, relax in premium lounges complete with snacks, and enjoy complimentary in-station Wi-Fi.
On board, Brightline goes above and beyond to provide world-class amenities. There are two classes: Smart or Premium, offering something for everyone. The Smart Fare delivers free onboard Wi-Fi, large hand-stitched reclinable leather seats, and multiple power outlets beside every chair. 
Better yet, children aged between 2 - 12 years get 50% off Smart Fares, and infants under 2 can always travel for free. 
Before boarding, what separates the Premium Fare are the unlimited snacks and two alcoholic drinks. On-board, Premium perks also include one snack pack per trip, unlimited sweet and savoury snacks throughout the trip, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, and one alcoholic drink between destinations (e.g., Miami to Fort Lauderdale). What’s more, Premium Fares provide wider seats with extra legroom for total relaxation.

One-way Smart fares start at $79 for adults and $39 for kids. One-way Premium fares start at $149.
Whichever train class you choose, young families will be pleased to know that strollers, car seats, and booster seats can be carried on board and won’t count toward your carry-on allowance. Families can also sit together at selected double-facing seats of four. 
When your journey begins, you will reach speeds of up to 130mph, making Brightline officially the fastest train in Florida. 

Brightline’s Accessibility

We are delighted to confirm that all Brightline trains and stations are fully ADA-accessible - this includes level boarding to accommodate wheelchair users.

To get to and from the stations, Brightline+ is on hand. In collaboration with Uber, you can request a car ride when purchasing your train ticket. The pickup time will automatically align with your train’s schedule, and your pre-booked Brightline+ ride will be ready and waiting for you.

The New Orlando to Miami Route

Brightline launched in 2018 as an inter-city rail system between Miami and West Palm Beach with a stop in Fort Lauderdale.
However, the new route from Orlando International Airport to Miami is sure to be an even bigger hit with UK tourists. The service is set to begin in September 2023 with stops in Aventura and Boca Raton. Previously, the journey would take approximately 6 to 7.5 hours on board a Silver Meteor or Amtrak Silver Star train. Now, the 235-mile ride between MCO and Miami can be completed in a cool 3 hours. 

The flight between MCO and Miami is just one hour, however, when you factor in the pre-flight wait times, Brightline could still end up quicker – without the stress of flying.
Currently, there are 16 round trips scheduled daily. The first southbound departure from Orlando to Miami starts at 05:00 until 20:50 and ends at 20:50. 
You can view the full timetable of Brightline’s train schedule here. 

Brightline FAQs

How do I book Brightline journeys through Ocean Florida?

Simply get in touch with our Travel Specialists, and we can include your Brightline train tickets as part of your packaged holiday. Full details will be sent to you within your Ocean Florida holiday documents.

What are the views like on Brightline trains?

Brightline offers whistle-stop wonders from full onboard windows. Whichever route you choose, you’ll be treated to coastline views of the sparkling ocean and the unique charms of each town or city you pass through. 

Will there be new Brightline routes in the future?

Brightline is planning to connect Tampa to Orlando International Airport soon. This will begin a change of direction at Brightline as they look to head west instead of south towards the Sunshine Corridor.  


Are Brightline eco-friendly?

We believe in travel with a conscience and Brightline shares this ambition. By hopping aboard Brightline, you're not only embarking on a memorable adventure but also contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Brightline’s diesel-electric locomotives run on clean biodiesel, producing lower emissions and helping to remove 3 million cars from roads each year.

What is the luggage allowance?

Small bags can be carried onboard and stored in ample storage space throughout the coaches. Large bags can be checked-in as hold luggage for $25 per bag when paying a Smart Fare. When paying a Premium Fare, you can put a large bag into hold storage free of charge. Baggage can be checked in at the Guest Services desk. The maximum weight limit is 22kg, and the maximum dimensions allowed are 33" x 22" x 15.

Are you ready to plan your dream Florida holiday? Check out our personalised packages for 2023 & 2024 to find a Sunshine State of mind.

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