With all the theme parks and attractions Orlando has to offer, it’s good to know in advance how you plan to get from A to B. If you haven’t booked yet, it may be a good idea to take into account you’re preferred method of transport
before deciding where to stay.
Hire a car
We always recommend car hire when you go on holiday to Orlando, especially if you’re staying in a villa
. Simply put, it’s the easiest and most convenient way to get around. The theme parks are situated a short drive away from one another and there are plenty of places to park. You might be thinking it will cost you a lot of money to hire a car but prices are very reasonable and petrol in Florida is much cheaper than in the UK. Other benefits of course are that you can travel around with your personal belongings in your car or drop any shopping off so you don’t have to carry it around. Also, having a car saves time waiting around for shuttle services.
Roads are also easily accessible and interstate 4 runs directly through the centre of Orlando offering a quick and direct route to many attractions if you avoid peak hours. We can offer a variety of cars at the time of booking from a standard saloon to a 7-seater minivan; just ask your travel consultant for any more information on hiring a car and they’ll be happy to help.
If you’re staying in the International Drive area
or even if you’re just visiting, the I-RIDE Trolley offers flexible and cost-effective transport between 8am-10.30pm. At $2 for a single fare and only $1 for a child, it offers superb value for money. And if you plan on travelling around the area a lot during your stay, you can also purchase an Unlimited Rides Pass which again offers good value at just $12 per person for 7 days. However, no change is given so make sure you have the right money on you. Trolleys stop at many locations with Red Line trolleys arriving approximately every 20 minutes and Green Line trolleys arriving approximately every 30 minutes.
Deciding your accommodation can have a big say in how much money you’ll be paying for transportation, not only because of the location and how far you’ll be away from parks and attractions, but because some hotels will offer complimentary transportation to theme parks. This will save you money travelling to and from them by taxi, bus or other modes of transport. So if you plan on visiting the theme parks a lot during your stay, find a hotel that offers this complimentary transport to save yourself some money! Official Disney Resorts
offer complimentary transport to the Disney theme parks, and many other hotels such as the Doubletree by Hilton at SeaWorld
offer complimentary transport to a number of theme parks, with the Doubletree, for example, providing a shuttle service to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Universal Studios and Disney World.