Buses and coaches, Orlando
If staying at Disney Resorts the free bus services are the best way to get to any of the Disney parks. They are regular and efficient.
Upon checking in, you are given a Disney wrist band that you use for the buses and entry into the Disney parks. Quite impressive :o)
Disney's Magical Express is a great option for transport when staying at the Disney Resorts. Before your trip; you will recieve a packet from Disney. Inside the package are your vouchers for Magical Express as well as bag tags. Affix the bag tags on your luggage before you check your bags at the airport. When you arrive at the Orlando airport; proceed to the lower level. There you wil be guided to the check in counter to present your vouchers. You then queue up according to what resort you are staying. We usually stay at Saratoga Springs which for the last several stays is queue #2. From here you are loaded onto a Disney motorcoach; then on to your resort. The bus drops you off at the reception area of your resort for check in.
When it is time to leave you Disney resort; you will receive your Magical express info the night before your departure. This will include the time of when to meet up at the reception area for transport back to the airport.
There is no need to collect your baggage at the airport as long as you affixed your bag tags. Disney staff collects your luggage and delivers them right to your room; usually within an hour of you checking in. Make sure if you have an early flight into Disney you bring a change of clothes seperate from your luggage (if you are travelling from the cold weather into the warm Florida weather) so you can change and head off to the parks.
I think this is a great bonus for staying on a Disney Resort. You are provided with shuttle buses to all the theme parks, the marketplace and pleasure island. There is no need to rent a car which is one less expense. The buses are on a schedule and are very efficient. The bus drivers are friendly and you feel safe.
Each resort has bus stops located in several areas of the resort. Buses come frequently to shuttle guests to all the parks. Returning to your resort is also easy with designated spots for pick up at every park exit/entrance area.
**Shuttle buses are fully equiped to transport guests with mobility issues.**
Found out about this company here on virtualtourist.com and after receiving a reasonable quote booked our transfer from Orlando to Miami with Star Trans-VIP.
We had 19 people with 10000000 suitcases! They offered a mini bus that would fit everyone plus luggage. Very satisfied with their service. Received a confirmation email within 2 hours, driver showed up on time, bus was clean and smoke-free. Very pleased. Highly recommended.
We went from the All Star resort out to take the bus to Downtown Disney. For guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels there is a bus system.. The shuttle buses will take scooters or wheelchairs. The bus driver will strap the scooter or wheelchair passenger in safely
Grandma asked me to take a photo of how they strapped her scooter (and her) down.
Complimentary transportation is available one hour prior to Disney Theme Park opening time up to one hour after Disney Theme Park closing time. Additionally, buses operate until 2:00 a.m. from the Downtown Disney Area.
We also had a bus from the airport to the hotel but Disney will NOT supply wheelchairs at the hotel as a rule, and will not have a bellman or someone push the wheelchair.
In order to get to Animal Kingdom and some of the other park sections, there is complimentary transportation—including transportation to the Disney Water Parks—for guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.. The shuttle buses will take scooters or wheelchairs. Complimentary transportation is available one hour prior to Disney Theme Park opening time up to one hour after Disney Theme Park closing time. Additionally, buses operate until 2:00 a.m. from the Downtown Disney Area.
Each of the appropriate hotels (All Star Resorts, Contemporary and other hotels on the Disney property) has a shuttle bus stop which the staff will direct you to. Keep in mind that certain destinations are not direct, and that you may be required to take a connecting mode of transport to reach your required stop.
[ The information is from December 20, 2012 ]
[ Check official websites for any bus route changes, schedule & travel times ]
[ Lynx Bus System - www.golynx.com ]
[ I-Ride trolley on International Drive - www.iridetrolley.com ]
[ Orlando Visitor Information Center - www.visitorlando.com ]
This guide is from a paper handout by the Orlando Visitor Information Center on which Lynx Bus to take, particularly from the International Drive (I-Drive) area, to popular tourist destinations in the area. Consult the Lynx website [ http://www.golynx.com/plan-trip/popular-destinations.stml ] for more destinations & bus routes. Be mindful of weather & heat if walking is involved.
As I am only typing the information from the handout to give an overview, I can not guarantee the accuracy as I will not be maintaining it. So please consult the Lynx website.
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Lynx Bus System (12/20/12)
For more detailed information on Lynx schedules & times, please call 407-841-5969 or for the I-Ride trolley at 407-248-9590.
FROM INTERNATIONAL DRIVE AREA: Take the I-Ride trolley to stop 32 or take Lynx #8 to Sea World stop and catch Lynx #50 into Disney World.
FROM ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Take the Lynx #111 from the airport directly to Sea World stop and transfer to Lynx #50 to Disney.
Take the I-Ride trolley to Stop 6 or the Lynx #42 or #8 to the corner of Grand National and International Drive (I-Drive), then cross over I-Drive and take Lynx #37 to Universal Studios Parking Garage.
[ SEA WORLD ]
[ I-Ride trolley Stop 33 (Red Line) is the Sea World stop, while Stop 34 is Aquatica. ]
[ Lynx #8, #50, #111, and #38 can be used to go to Sea World. ]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
There is no public bus. You can call one of these places for special transportation reservations:
Mears Motor Shuttle 407-423-5566
Gray Lines / Gator Tours 407-522-5911
Florida Dolphin Tours 407-352-4646
Take Lynx #42 north anywhere along International Drive to the Florida Mall and transfer to Lynx #4. Or #8 south to Sea World and transfer to Lynx #111 to the Florida Mall and then transfer to #4 south at the Florida Mall. This will drop you off right across the road from Gatorland.
HARRY P. LEU GARDENS
Take Lynx #38, 8, or 50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Then take Lynx #313 to corner of Bumby & Corrine Dr. Walk westbound on Corrine to Forest Avenue.
Take the I-Ride trolley to Stop 1, or Lynx #8 or #42 north to the corner of International Dr and Oak Ridge Rd (Premium Outlet). Then take Lynx #24.
ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER
Take Lynx #38, #50, or #8 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). From here take Lynx #125 to the corner of Rollins St and Camden Rd. Walk southbound down Camden (0.14 miles).
CELEBRATION, ARABIAN NIGHTS, OLD TOWN, MEDIEVAL TIMES, OSCEOLA SQUARE MALL
Take I-Ride trolley to Stop 32, Lynx #8 to Sea World and catch the Lynx #50 to Disney's Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC). From TTC take Lynx #56. Lynx #56 goes along US 192 and will stop at all these locations. Ask the driver for further assistance.
WESTSIDE HIGHWAY 192, MAIN GATE RESORTS, ORANGE LAKE RESORTS & WALMART SUPERCENTER
Follow directions above to Celebration. On the Lynx #56 get off at the corner of US 192 and Celebration Ave, cross over US 192 and catch Lynx #55.
Take Lynx #42 North from anywhere on International Drive to Florida Mall. Or Lynx #8 south to Sea World and transfer to Lynx #111 to Florida Mall.
[ PREMIUM OUTLETS, POINTE ORLANDO ]
[ The I-Ride Trolley (Red Line) and Lynx #8 travels along International Drive with the following stops: ]
[ Premium Outlets (International Drive) - I-Ride Stop 1 (Red Line). Or Lynx #8, #42, or #24 stop to Outlet. ]
[ Pointe Orlando - I-Ride Stop 24 (Red Line); I-Ride Stop G4 (Green Line); or Lynx #8 stop to Pointe Orlando. ]
[ Premium Outlets (Vineland Avenue) - I-Ride Stop 42 (Red Line). Or Lynx #8 stop to Outlet. ]
LAKE BUENA VISTA OUTLET
No direct bus service to this location. Take Lynx #8 or I-Ride trolley to Stop 42 - Premium Factory Outlets Vineland, then take a taxi or call 407-363-1093 or 407-238-9301 to inquire about their free shuttle from area hotels.
MALL OF MILLENIA
Take I-Ride trolley to Stop 1, or take Lynx #8 or #42 north to the corner of Oak Ridge Rd & International Drive (Premium Outlet). Then take Lynx #24 to Millenia Mall.
WALMART ON JOHN YOUNG PARKWAY
Take I-Ride trolley to Stop 6 or take Lynx #8 or #42 north to Grand National Blvd & International Drive and take Lynx #37.
WALMART ON TURKEY LAKE ROAD
Take I-Ride trolley (Green Line) to stop G4, cross over Major Blvd to Lynx Bus stop & take Lynx #21 to Walmart.
PARK AVENUE IN WINTER PARK
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station) then take Lynx #102. Get off at the corner of New York Ave & New England Ave. Walk east on New England Ave.
FLEA WORLD IN SANFORD
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station) then take Lynx #102 to Oxford Rd & Fernwood Blvd. Transfer to Lynx #103 and get off at the Flea World stop.
ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Take Lynx #125 to the corner of Rollins St & Mills Ave. Walk south on Mills Ave.
ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Take the Lynx Lymmo (free) to Magnolia & Central.
CHARLES H. MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Take Lynx #102 to the corner of New York Ave and Morse Blvd. Walk east on Morse Blvd to Park Ave and make a left. Museum is north on Park Ave.
CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Take Lynx #102 to the corner of New York Ave and New England Ave. Walk south on New York Ave to Holt Ave and make a left.
Downtown Amtrak Station - Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Transfer to Lynx #40 to Downtown Amtrak Station.
Kissimmee Amtrak Station - Take Lynx #42 or #111 at Sea World to the Florida Mall and transfer to Lynx #4. Get off at Broadway St and Drury Ave. Walk south on Broadway to Sproule St and make a left. Walk east on Sproule St to Pleasant St and make a right to Kissimmee Amtrak Station.
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station).
GREYHOUND BUS STATION
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Transfer to Lynx #25.
ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Take Lynx #42 north from anywhere on International Drive (this is a local bus and will take over an hour to reach the Airport). OR take Lynx #111 from Sea World (this is an express bus and will take 30 minutes).
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Take Lynx #102 to Fernwood Blvd and transfer to Lynx #103. Get off at Seminole Centre Plaza and take a taxi to the airport approximately 4 miles away from bus stop.
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Walk south on Garland Ave to Church St., make a right onto Church St and walk west to Amway Center (0.74 miles). Or take the Lynx Lymmo from Lynx Central Station to Church St and walk west on Church St to Amway Center.
CITRUS BOWL STADIUM
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Transfer to Lynx #20. Get off at Central Blvd and Nashville Ave. Walk west on Central Blvd to Rio Grande Ave and turn left. Walk south on Rio Grande Ave (0.53 miles).
RDV SPORTSPLEX (SPORTS CLUB, ICE SKATING)
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Transfer to Lynx #102. Get off at Orlando Ave & Tangerine Pl, take the Lynx #1 to Lake Destiny Dr & Southhall Lane. Walk north on Southhall Lane to Maitland Blvd and make a right. Walk northwest on Maitland Blvd (0.93 miles).
SANFORD/ORLANDO KENNEL CLUB (GREYHOUND DOG TRACK)
Take Lynx #38, #8, or #50 to the Downtown Bus Station (Lynx Central Station). Take Lynx #102 to Fernwood Blvd and transfer to Lynx #103. Get off at Dog Track Rd.
WEST ORANGE TRAIL - BIKES AND BLADES (BICYCLE RENTAL)
Take I-Ride trolley to Stop 6 or Lynx #8 north to Grand National & International Drive (I-Drive). Cross over I-Drive & take Lynx #37 to 500 Hiawassee Rd. From here walk north on Hiawassee to Colonial Dr (0.34 miles), cross over Colonial & make a left on Colonial and continue walking west. Take Lynx #30 to Dillard St and Colonial Dr. Walk north on Dillard St until you get to Plant St. Make a right on Plant St and entrance to trails will be on your left (1.31 miles).
DR. PHILLIPS HOSPITAL
Take I-Ride trolley (Green Line) to Stop G4. Cross over Major Blvd then take Lynx #21 going west to Dr. Phillips Hospital.
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If staying on International drive and have not got a car this is probably the best mode of transport to get up and down the whole length of I drive. It can get busy in evening (especially going north from seaworld when that closes) and at weekends so don't expect to find a seat each time you use this service. They do run frequently every 15mins or so throughout the day (apart from sundays every 30mins) and run from early morning til midnight.
Prices - Please be aware that no change is given and not many take $1 bills (best way to get rid of change.)
$ 1.25 for one single trip
$ for 3 day pass*
$ for 7 day pass*
$ for 14 days*
*will be updated within 3 weeks
Most hotel information desks will sell multi day pass vouchers that you can exchange on your first trip on the route, tell the driver what pass you've paid for and hand the voucher over exchanging for a valid multi day pass, which you'll just swipe everytime you use the service, but do check the number of days it's valid for on ticket on exchange because some drivers sometimes do try and pull a fast one and rip you off. But most of them are genuinely pleasent and quite funny if they get talking on the microphone.
Stops are clearly marked from numbers 1 -49 and on most of the buses (or as i call them little huts on wheels) they have route maps on board which are always worth picking up for the money off vouchers that are inside.
List of all the main important stops will be updated in due course.
If you've not got a car don't be frightened to use this public transport system.
The main bus station is situated in Downtown Orlando and has a numerous number of services travelling to all the different counties in Orlando. All the bus stops have a distinctive sign of a paw print and the number bus services which stop there and are cheap and fun as some services provide tv screens wiv puzzles and latest news. Here are a few of the services that may come in handy if staying on International Drive:-
No.8 Lnyx Central (Downtown Orlando)- International Drive - Orlando Premium Outlets - International Drive - Lynx Central (Downtown Orlando).
No. 42 Orlando Premium Outlets - International Drive - Orlando International Airport
No. 50 I RIDE to stop No 38 (one stop before seaworld) cross the road to other bus stop opposite side then No. 50 to WDW Ticketing and Transport Center (Magic Kingdom ferryboat entrance)
Please note though that if visiting Magic Kingdom and staying for themed fireworks at end of evening please be aware that you may miss the last service back to Sea Harbour Drive (stop 38) near seaworld and will to rely on a cab to get back to I Drive.
Prices: To be updated shortly
Like most of the US cities, Orlando also doesnt have a good public transportation network and so a car is a must to explore this city. The car rentals are very cheap in Orlando and there are many car rental agencies in the Orlando Intl airport. Avis, Hertz and other major car rentals have outlets at the airport. For the best rate in Orlando, try Alamo as its a bit outside of the airport, conveniently served by many free shuttles. Because the Lot is outside the airport, you can also avoid paying the airport tax on car rentals from Alamo.
Orlando city transportation is HORRIBLE. There are two areas where you will want to be 1. International drive (Sea World & Univeral Studios) and 2. Disney. They are located close together, but the transit will take you a couple hours each way with transfers.
It is better to use the I-hop trolley's for international drive.
There are buses from the airport to Disney before 10 pm. They take an hour even tho it is not far.
I usually recommend Cocoa Beach Shuttle for shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral. I used them quite a bit when I ran a hotel near Port Canaveral. http://www.portcanaveralhotelsinsider.com/port-canaveral-cruise-shuttle-service.html
Again when you're staying at an on-site resort you have access to Disney's free shuttle service that offers transportation between your hotel and all of the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney area. We never had to wait more than 10 minutes to get on a shuttle, no matter what time of the day or evening it was. Even after the big night shows, when all the guests are exiting at the same time, they make sure that more shuttles are available so you don't have to wait too long. Indications are always very clear so finding the right shuttle is never a problem. It's just another thing that makes travelling to Walt Disney World such a hassle-free vacation!
One of the cool things about staying at an on-site resort at Walt Disney World is that free transportation is provided between the Orlando airport and your hotel. When you book a room at one of the resorts, you can go online and book transportation on board the Disney Magical Express. We quickly received by mail all the information we needed to take advantage of this free shuttle service. They can even take care of your luggage for you, but we just thought it was easier to carry our suitcases to the shuttle ourselves. On the way over to our resort we were treated to a short video that highlighted everything there was to see and do at Walt Disney World, it sure was a great way to put us in the right mood!
When it came time to leave, there was a notice delivered to our room the day before to let us know at which time we would be boarding the shuttle for our trip back to the airport. They arranged it so that we got there 3 hours before our flight, which gave us plenty of time to find our way around the airport. During the ride, our driver entertained us with some trivia about Walt Disney World (number of visitors, number of employees, etc.), and gave us all the information we needed about where to check-in and drop off our luggage. It's got to be the most practical way of travelling to and from the Orlando airport!
Disney's Magical Express Service is for guest planning a stay at a Walt Disney World-owned-and-operated resort and arriving at Orlando International Airport. Meant as a money-saver as well as convenience, the service lets guests check luggage, which guest affix with special tags before home, Here is the list of airlines who has Disney's Magical Express, Delta, Southwest, United, JetBlue, Alaska, American, Continental, Northwest, US Airways, Air Tran.