Price Rise Calendar

Undercover Tourist Annual Price Increase Coming Soon!

Buy now and lock in our lowest prices.

the trusted name in attraction tickets

Transportation To & Around Orlando

by Mommy Frog on June 12, 2014

Orlando transportation - Orlando Airport MCO

No matter where you're coming from, whether you're flying or driving, getting to and around Orlando is fairly easy. Orlando International Airport, MCO, is known as one of the kid-friendliest airports in the country. And for good reason -- there are more visitors to Orlando than any other city in the U.S. Many of them are families headed to the theme parks. If you drive to and around Orlando, you'll find the major roadways easy to navigate. We've put together this Orlando transportation guide to help you plan a smooth trip.

Transportation to Orlando

Of course whether you drive or fly largely depends on where you're coming from and how many people you will have traveling with you. While big families may find it's cheaper to load up the family minivan for a road trip, it's important to factor in the additional cost of food and gas while on the road.

If you do decide to drive, be sure to check out our helpful tips for a smooth car ride.

Whether you are flying or driving, the Orlando transportation resources below will help you plan a smooth trip.

Transportation Around Orlando

Orlando Transportation - Alamo Car Rental

For some people, the most stressful part of planning an Orlando vacation is the unknown aspect of getting from one place to the next. From driving and parking to using a stroller, the information on this page will help answer your “moving around” questions. Guests staying at the Walt Disney World® Resort can take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express® Transportation. The bus transportation is free, clean and comfortable.

Even when we are staying on Disney property, we almost always rent a car. Luckily, Undercover Tourist now offers deep savings on car rental through five top-name brands when packaged with tickets.

You will find lots of getting around Orlando transportation resources below.

We hope you’ve found this guide on where to stay in Orlando helpful as you plan your trip. You’ll find more planning information in our Orlando Planning Guide.

Hoppy planning!


Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
Sort newest to oldest Sort oldest to newest
Melissa May 1, 2015 at 3:52 p.m.


I'm traveling solo with 4 kids, not staying on a property with a shuttle from the airport. What is the cheapest and most efficient way to get to Hotel in Universal area? Or can you tell me about how much a cab should cost? I don't want to be a

FrogBlog May 5, 2015 at 9:28 a.m.

Hi Melissa,

Will your hotel offer shuttle service to the parks? If not, or if it is not convenient (you need to check frequency, how many stops a shuttle makes, etc.) I would look at renting a car. We offer some terrific deals on car rental when you purchase tickets from us. It may be more economical than a cab each day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Claire May 19, 2015 at 7:41 p.m.

Hey....I love your blog & I can relate to everything you are saying having a 3 year old, some great tips too, thank you!

There is 7 of needing transport from Sanford Airport to International Drive, I was wondering if you had any idea of the approximate price it would be? Or if you have any other suggestions that would be great. Thank you!

FrogBlog May 20, 2015 at 8:34 a.m.

Hi Claire,

I think you are going to find that renting a minivan is likely more economical given the size of your group, especially if you package with tickets. I would compare renting from us versus Mears shuttle service and a taxi, the latter of which is likely to cost about $100 each way. If you are coming from outside the U.S. and Canada, you would need to select Avis or Budget.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Claire May 19, 2015 at 7:43 p.m.

Sorry should have said we will be hiring a taxi or similar as we pick our hire car up the day after we arrive.

Ricardo Jun 1, 2015 at 9:31 p.m.

Two questions.

I am going to travel with two friends and my sister to Orlando in September. We've already booked the hotel and we only need the tickets and the car rental. It will be the first time that we drive in a foreign country What kind of car do you advise? Is there any page about driving regulation or maximum and minimum speed limits to take in account?

FrogBlog Jun 2, 2015 at 8:13 a.m.

Hi Ricardo,

Sounds like fun! Which car really depends on how much room you need, how much driving you want to do and how much you want to pay. For four of you, there are a lot of options, but I think you would be most comfortable with at least an intermediate car. We offer car rental at up to 50% savings when you package with tickets, a terrific savings. Since you are coming from outside the U.S. and Canada, you would need to select Avis or Budget.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Leader of the Herd Jun 16, 2015 at 1:50 p.m.

We have a huge family type reunion of 15 people. We are staying on Disney World resorts but would like to spend one day at Universal Orlando. Any suggestions for low cost travel from Disney resort/Downtown Disney to Universal? We are traveling with two small children who generally need carseats, would they need a carseat if we traveled via taxi?


Leader of the Herd

FrogBlog Jun 23, 2015 at 7:04 a.m.

Hi there,

Good for you for taking on the leadership role! Sounds like the makings of an amazing trip. There are three options we generally recommend, and the cost varies a lot depending on how many people you have in your party. They are taking a taxi, getting a shuttle through Mears or renting a car. You should do the math and see what makes the most sense for you all. Renting a car is sometimes just as economical or even more so when you purchase through us (up to 50% off when you package with tickets), although it may not be in your case with the larger size of your party. For a taxi, the smaller children will need car seats. Mears also suggests you bring your own car seats.

Hope this helps, and let us know if you have any more questions!

Mommy Frog

George Jun 22, 2015 at 1:32 a.m.


We are renting a car to drive around a few days and also go to Universal and Disney but noticed they all want to charge the extra fee for the toil pass. We only plan to drive around for 3 days but have the car for 6 days. Any suggestions or ideas on how to save the extra cost on this?

FrogBlog Jun 22, 2015 at 6:24 a.m.

Hi George,

Normally you pay the toll going to and from the airport. There are back roads you can take, but honestly it's going to be a few dollars each way. If you want to avoid them, I would recommend checking out maps ahead of time to plot the best route.

Mommy Frog

Marlene Aug 26, 2015 at 6:20 p.m.

What is the cost to park? Can a multi day parking pass be purchased. Which lot do you recommend?

FrogBlog Aug 31, 2015 at 7:58 a.m.

Hi Marlene,

The daily parking fee at Universal Orlando and Disney World for cars is currently $17.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

trish Oct 1, 2015 at 8:46 a.m.


2 adults traveling and staying at Disney world in may 2016 - We are heading to universal but will also want to visit shops. Would public transport be best as not comfortable driving in America we are from Australia, or any other suggestions :)

FrogBlog Oct 2, 2015 at 2:45 p.m.

Hi Trish,

Shuttle or taxi is the way to go. Uber has also gotten very popular as well, although it doesn't have the same licensing as the other two.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Ginger Oct 24, 2015 at 12:27 p.m.

Hi we are staying off property and are not planning on renting a car. I am looking into uber to get us to and from the hotEl (Parc solie) and wanted to know if there are any issues with uber dropping off at the different parks (mk, ak, epcot)? I had read that some time they require you to pay the parking fee just to get dropped off at the park entrance. Do you know if this is true? Do you have any advice on using uber at all to get back and forth between parks?

FrogBlog Oct 26, 2015 at 2:31 p.m.

Hi Ginger,

Others might be able to share their experiences here, but I have heard there could be issues dropping off at the parks. Uber is not allowed to pick up or drop off at the Orlando International Airport (MCO), so you'll need to find a workaround or alternative arrangements.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Frunk Oct 28, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

Hello! My wife and I are heading to Disney World for Halloween and we are staying in a non-Disney hotel (Hilton). Our hotel offers shuttles to Disney parks at $10 per person per day. However, they don't offer a pick-up for the late Halloween crowd (park is open until midnight). I'm starting to think it might just make more sense to rent a car. Someone mentioned that we could drive to a Disney resort and hop on one of their shuttle buses for free. Thoughts and/or recommendations? Thanks!

FrogBlog Oct 29, 2015 at 10:03 a.m.

Hi there,

You can use Disney transport for free, but Disney buses do not go to off-site hotels. You can price out the cost of using a cab or Uber vs. renting a car and then make a decision on best course of action.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mike Nov 11, 2015 at 12:38 p.m.

From the Hilton its a short walk to Disney Springs (formerly DTD) Jump on a bus to a resort then jump off and wait for a bus to the park you want to visit, (pick a resort closest to the park you want to visit) you cannot get into a resort by car unless you are staying there or have reservations to a restaurant or visiting someone staying there. Hope this helps...

Leave a comment
Name is required. Email is required. Please input a comment.
New! Orlando Planning App
Free for Download in the Apple App Store

Your handheld guide and planning tool for all of the Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando parks.

Learn More
Free Download Free for Download in the Apple App Store
Guide to FastPass+ Guide to FastPass+

Headed to Disney World?

Learn how to Skip the Lines with the Frog Family Guide to FastPass+. Print it before you go!

FastPass+ Guide (PDF)
About Undercover Tourist
About Us

Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando® Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando Resort, LEGOLAND® Florida and more.

Archived Posts
In the Frog PondIn the Frog Pond
Let's Plan a Better Family Vacation
monthly news, planning tips and special deals
Email NewsletterEmail Newsletter
Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address

©2000–2015 Undercover Tourist. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions

Create An Account

In order to save your favorite items, you'll need to create an account.
Already have one? Sign in.

An Undercover Tourist account allows you to:

Join The Frog Family
No thanks ×