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The city is busy enough to merit three airports: • The Orlando International Airport (MCO) • The Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) • The Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)

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The city is busy enough to merit three airports:

• The Orlando International Airport (MCO)
• The Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)
• The Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)

MCO is the largest airport and the second busiest in the whole state. It serves as headquarters for AirTrain Airways, as well as a hub city for Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Frontier Airlines. This is the only airport you will need when travelling from the UK, as this is the international gateway for international airlines:

Lufthansa (Germany)
Air Canada (Canada)
British Airways (UK)
WestJet (Canada)
Virgin Atlantic (Britain)
Aer Lingus (Ireland)
TAM (Brazil)
Aeromexico (Mexico)

ORL serves executive jets, flight training schools and other non-public matters. Orlando Sanford International Airport is a secondary airport that provides limited service to Monarch Airlines of London-Gatwick & Manchester, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways of Birmingham, Melbourne International Airport, Arkefly of Amsterdam Icelandair of Reykjavik. Some of these airlines only use the secondary airport for seasonal travel.

Depending on where you are going, you may find it convenient to travel by other nearby airports like Tampa International (130 kilometres west) which can take you to the Gulf Coast, or Miami International Airport, 320 kilometres away, for South America sightseeing.

The Orlando International Airport is southeast of Downtown Orlando, and just a short driving distance away from all major attractions. It is 19 kilometres from the City of Orlando, and just 21 miles from the Convention Centre. Walt Disney World is 32 kilometres away, while SeaWorld is 29 kilometres of driving distance. Universal Orlando is 29 kilometres away. As you can see, though the city of Orlando doesn’t contain much in the way of theme parks, everything is relatively close by, especially the theme parks.

When arriving at the airport you will notice that Orlando is divided into Landside and Airside terminals. The landside terminal has an A and B division for counters, claims, agencies, shopping stores and even a hotel onsite. This central terminal connects to the other Airside Terminals, 1-4, by tram system. There are also shops and restaurants in the Airside. All security screening happens in the Landside terminal.

Always remember to plan ahead and avoid last minute flights. Orlando Airport waiting times can be lengthy, perhaps in excess of one hour and especially during the active summer season or winter holidays. The airport tell passengers to arrive three hours ahead of time before departure time to ensure boarding.

Leaving the Airport

When leaving the airport you have a choice of taking rental cars, shuttle services, public transit systems and a number of other tours and transport services. While Orlando is jokingly referred to as the Rental Car Capital of the World, if you want to avoid Orlando big city traffic you might order a transport.

Taxis still deal with traffic but ensure a low-stress experience as the experienced driver takes short cuts and transports you to the destination quickly. Some hotels provide free or low cost shuttle services along with your stay. Disney World, the Universal Resort, and even the University of Central Florida provide their own shuttle services. In addition, Port Canaveral and Kissimmee provide shuttle/town care services. Rates are generally between $10 and $26.

The airport has its own Airport Van service, starting at $10 per person and travelling between the airport and all hotels along International Drive, which covers popular hotels stationed around theme parks. Other shuttle services include Mears Transportation, Disney’s Magical Express (which is free shuttling for Disney World Resort customers) and InterPlex Transportation, with its limousine services. Other shuttle services include Florida Magical Tours and Transportation, Star Trans-VIP, Precision Limousine Service, Sunshine Limousine and Garden Tours & Transportation.

Another option is to use the city’s public transit system, travelling from the airport to Downtown Disney and the Magic Kingdom. The starting point is Landside A Terminal on the north side, Level 1 and lane spaces of A38-A41.

Bus services such as Greyhound, ATC and Runways Transportation Company allow cheap seating and resting accommodation while you drive and can take you from the airport to hotel streets, major business destinations like the University of Florida and Gainesville and in the case of ATC, even Port Canaveral Cruises.

 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.