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The Expert Guide to EPCOT Transportation Options

by Leap on September 14, 2022 10 Orlando

Walt Disney World has so many exciting places to explore. As you head to your next thrill ride, character experience or delicious meal, you'll want to have a plan on traveling around this vast resort. Not to worry! Our Frog Family knows how to get around! Our froggy legs can only leap so far, so we use the complimentary EPCOT transportation to hop around property.

EPCOT transportation may just be the most versatile of all the parks. Options include boats, monorails and buses (oh my!). But wait, there's more! Disney World offers the Disney Skyliner, a sky-high gondola system that features a stop at EPCOT's International Gateway, making EPCOT the most accessible by Disney transportation. Here are the ins and outs of all of the free EPCOT transportation options.

The Expert Guide to EPCOT Transportation

You can get between almost any two points within Walt Disney using complimentary transportation, especially if you're staying on-site at a Disney Resort hotel. Even if you're staying off-site and have a Park Hopper ticket, you can utilize the free buses, monorails and more to make the leap from park to park. For example, you can take the Disney Skyliner from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios ... but we'll get into that below.

The perks don't stop at free transportation for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests ... there are tons of other benefits too! Check out our favorite reasons to stay on-site at Disney World.

From EPCOT to Other Disney Theme Parks

EPCOT monorail passing by Spaceship Earth

To Magic Kingdom: Take the EPCOT monorail line.

To Disney's Hollywood Studios: Take the Friendship boat service or Disney Skyliner.

To Disney's Animal Kingdom: Take the bus.

From EPCOT to Disney Resort Hotels

Guide to Disney World Transportation - Disney Skyliner gondolas

To Disney's Contemporary Resort: Take the resort monorail line and transfer to the EPCOT monorail line.

To Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Take the resort monorail line and transfer to the EPCOT monorail line.

To Disney's Polynesian Resort: Take the resort monorail line and transfer to the EPCOT monorail line.

On-site Disney Resort hotel guests can now find bus wait times in the My Disney Experience app!

To Disney's Beach Club Resort: Use the walkway or a Friendship boat.

To Disney's BoardWalk Inn: Use the walkway or a Friendship boat.

To Disney's Yacht Club Resort: Use the walkway or a Friendship boat.

To Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels: Use the walkway or a Friendship boat.

To Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort: Take Disney Skyliner or the bus.

To Disney's Pop Century Resort: Take Disney Skyliner or the bus.

To Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Take Disney Skyliner or the bus.

To all other Disney Resort Hotels: Take the bus.

To EPCOT from Other Resort Destinations

Guide to Port Orleans - Riverside: Main bus stop

From Magic Kingdom: Take the EPCOT monorail line.

From Disney's Hollywood Studios: Take the Friendship boat or Disney Skyliner, or use the walkway to EPCOT.

From Disney's Animal Kingdom: Take the bus.

From Disney Resort hotels: EPCOT is accessible by bus from most of Disney's Resort hotels.

*Note: Most areas throughout Walt Disney World, including Disney theme parks, Disney water parks, resort hotels and the Disney Springs area, are accessible by bus. Some bus routes may require transfer from one bus to another.

You see, everything at Disney World is only a hop, skip and a jump away with all of its great transportation options. What's your favorite way to hop around the parks? Tell us in the comments!

Related: Getting to and From Magic Kingdom on Disney's Free Transportation

Related: Getting to and From Hollywood Studios on Disney's Free Transportation

Related: Getting to and From Animal Kingdom on Disney's Free Transportation

Keep hopping!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Feb 9, 2022 at 10:08 p.m. Gail Says...

Is there any way to get to the back entrance of Epcot for park opening other than by boat? If not how do I get to the boat to catch the ride to Epcot?

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Feb 10, 2022 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail!

BoardWalk area hotels, such as Beach Club, Yacht Club and Swan/Dolphin, are all within walking distance of the International Gateway! Guests arriving via Skyliner also come in that back International Gateway entrance. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 24, 2022 at 11:11 p.m. Marie Says...

Hello,

If we parked at Epcot, what would be the quickest way to get to Hollywood Studios? We plan to park at Epcot in the morning, go directly to Hollywood Studios, and then come back and end the day at Epcot.

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Jan 25, 2022 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

We'd suggest Disney Skyliner first, as you can usually hop on without any long waits (if at all) during the day. The second best option would be the Friendship Boat. Both are accessible by the International Gateway entrance. (Note: If you're currently at Disney World, the EPCOT line for Disney Skyliner is under refurbishment until Jan. 28. so you would need to opt for either the Friendship Boat or the bus service in the meantime.)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 19, 2022 at 2:58 p.m. C . Andersen Says...

We will be at AoA in early March, with a 7:35 breakfast at Ohana. What would be the best way to get to the Poly that early? We have a scooter in out party, so no Uber suggestions please.

Thank you!

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Jan 19, 2022 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi C!

We don't think the Disney buses would be running that early, so our best suggestion is actually Uber. There is an option for MT Connect — a partnership between Maruti Transportation and Uber for accessible medical transportation. Or you'll need to arrange transportation with Mears in advance.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 29, 2021 at 7:44 p.m. mary Says...

Going to orlando for a wedding, and meeting up in Epcot with a few friends. The hotel I'm staying at, their shuttle only goes to Hollywood studios. And while I see that there is transportation between the 2, I am wondering how this is possible if I am not paying for park hopping, and plan to get to Epcot early. Can I get in the HS park with an Epcot reservation just to take the monorail or boat?

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Nov 1, 2021 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

You'll likely be dropped off at Disney's Hollywood Studios bus loop, which is located outside of the park. Then you'll just need to hop on either Disney Skyliner or a Friendship Boat, both of which are also located outside of the park (you don't need to enter Hollywood Studios).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 13, 2021 at 3:34 p.m. Melissa Curtis Says...

Can I park at a resort (not a guest) & use transportation to a park? I’m disabled & retired in fixed income- the $25 parking fee is a huge expense

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Apr 13, 2021 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Unfrogtunately, guests who are not staying at the hotels may not use resort parking. Security is stationed at the entrance of each resort and they check to make sure that you have a reservation or a dining reservation in order to park.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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