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Travel to Orlando

Flying to Orlando

Airlines offering international flights to Orlando include American Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. As it is a year-round destination, it can be tricky to bag cheap flights, but if you travel during the off-peak months (January, May, September, November through early December), and especially outside school holidays, you may be able to find a bargain. All the major US airlines offer flights to Orlando from other cities within the country.

Flight times

From London - 9 hours 10 minutes; New York - 2 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles - 4 hours 40 minutes; Toronto - 2 hours 45 minutes; Singapore – 23 hours 45 minutes (including stopovers); Sydney - 19 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).

Travel by road

In Florida, the minimum age for driving is 16 years and cars drive on the right. Local speed limits vary from 55-70mph (88-112kph) on the motorways to as low as 20mph (32kph) in built-up areas (notably near schools).

Florida has strict laws against drinking and driving, and open containers of alcoholic beverages are not permitted in vehicles. Drivers may turn right at a red light, after a complete stop, if the way is clear. A flashing red traffic light is the same as a stop sign, which means that it is necessary to come to a full stop and proceed when safe.

All valid national licences are acceptable; however, car hire companies may prefer an International Driving Permit if your licence is not in English. US insurance is mandatory and is available from car hire companies.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) (tel: +1 800 222 4357; www.aaa.com) can provide information and may offer reciprocal benefits to members of automobile clubs in other countries.

Emergency breakdown services

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).


I-4 connects Orlando with Daytona Beach to the northeast and Tampa to the southwest of the city. US 441 connects Orlando with Miami to the south.


Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) offers daily services from Jacksonville, Miami and other destinations.

Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; www.megabus.com) runs coaches from Orlando to several other Florida cities, as well as to Atlanta, Mobile and New Orleans.

Time to city

From Jacksonville - 2 hours; Miami - 3 hours 30 minutes; New York - 16 hours 20 minutes; Los Angeles - 36 hours.

Travel by Rail


Trains in Orlando arrive and depart from the Orlando Health/Amtrak station, located at 1400 Sligh Boulevard. Amtrak is the US's national rail operator and provides a comfortable, if reliably unpunctual, service.


Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) provides the main rail link to Orlando with a direct service to Downtown Orlando, Winter Park and Kissimmee Station.

The Silver Service connects Orlando with New York and Washington, DC. After stopping in Orlando, it continues to Tampa or Miami.

Journey times

From Miami - 6 hours 10 minutes; New York - 21 hours 30 minutes; Tampa – 1 hour and 50 minutes; Washington DC – 18 hours and 10 minutes.

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Featured Hotels


Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

An 18-storey atrium welcomes honeymooners and families, screeching parrots and all. It’s hard to imagine a more replete resort hotel, and there’s a whole world to explore, from one of the best pools in the country to the comprehensive sports on offer to the destination restaurants.

Galleria Palms Hotel & Suites

One of the best-located budget hotel options you’re only a mile and a half from Disney but you can stay at a fraction of the price of similarly placed hotels. The rooms aren’t the largest you’ll ever stay in but they are clean and modern and there’s even a free breakfast.

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Formerly the Doubletree Resort Orlando, a US$35m refurbishment in 2010 means this is now one of the best value hotels on International Drive. Set in 11 hectares (28 acres) of landscaped gardens, there are three main pools and a children’s pool. There are varied dining options on site, and a myriad of choices just nearby.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

This magnificently themed resort is a real slice of Africa, complete with a 13-hectare (33-acre) wildlife reserve out the windows of the 1,293 rooms in the six-storey luxury resort. Rooms are laid out in a horseshoe shape after a kraal African village design.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

The best and newest of Disney's budget-priced hotels, with 2,880 rooms that pay tribute to 20th-century pop culture and great pool amenities. Expect bright colours and themes from the 1950s to the 80s. You’re close to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Portofino Bay Hotel

This re-creation of an Italian fishing village is in the heart of Universal Orlando Resort, complete with fine restaurants and shops. The guest rooms are decorated with a Mediterranean theme and there’s a lively piazza with vintage Italian sports cars and scooters.