The transportation facts and options for Miami to Orlando
There are many transportation systems that you can use in order to travel from Miami to Orlando. The distance is approximately 230 miles (370 km), so unfortunately the idea of walking the distance, is out of the question unless you’re looking for extreme ways of travel. Which in this article isn’t the case; if you’re interested in walking the distance we’ll let you know that it’ll take you around 75 hours if you follow the Google Map route.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s get down to business. Taking into account the distance, our recommendations are train, plane or automobile. Which option is the best? Well that’s up to you to decide, we can only help you to refine your choice. Here’s how:
Traveling by train is an option if you are planning on staying in Orlando’s City Center. However, if you are traveling to the Disney World Resort it is not recommended, mainly because it takes more than 3 hours to get to Orlando and the station is another good 20 minutes ride from the Disney Parks. The best option would be to rent a car, if this is an option for you, there is another possibility, taking your own car via the Amtrak Auto Train – Silver Service / Palmetto. Only issue is that this service is offered, arriving at Sanford Station, this means another 50 minute car ride to Disney.
Renting a car is pretty easy, most car rentals can arrange a shuttle to pick up passengers that will drive them to its nearest rental location. If you arrive at The Orlando and Kissimmee train stations you’ll be able to find a Hertz counter.
If you are planning on taking the plane, then it takes no more than 1 hour and the airport is conveniently situated. Pricewise, the cost varies between $110-$150 (USD) and the distance from the airport to Disney is more or less 20 miles (32 Km). Are you lucky enough to be staying at one of the hotels in the Disney Parks? Yes? Then you might know that you can take the Disney Magical Express, a Disney Bus that picks you up at the Orlando Airport and drops you off at the different hotels inside the Parks. Other means of transportation are quite obvious, rent a car, taxi or public transport are the most traditional. These would be listed as follows:
- Rent a car – $150-$200 (USD) / week + toll, gas, car seat rental and parking at WDW
- Taxi – is a total cost of $80 (USD), including tip
- Public transport – LYNX buses is the public bus system
Other not so traditional means of transportation are:
- Mears Shuttle – share the costs and go economical
- Private car companies
- Orlando Transportation By Mike – Luxury Transportation at Taxi Prices
Although it’s a 3 or 4-hour trip (depending on your driving skills and the party that you are travelling with), it’s highly recommended either renting a car from the Miami International Airport or other Rent-a-Car offices in Miami. The beautiful landscape, the quality of the roads are fantastic, you have the convenience of traveling whenever you want and at the pace that you want. It is also more comfortable if you are traveling with kids because you don’t have to worry about stopping for food or gas; there are plenty of service stops:
Florida’s Turnpike System is a good option to provide you with important traveler information – Real-time Traffic Updates, Interchanges (Exits) and Mileage, Tolls, Motorist Assistance Guide, System Description and Maps, Toll Rate Rulemaking Public Hearing and much more…
If you are traveling to the Disney Parks by car, you have the possibility of either keeping your car throughout your entire stay at the numerous parking lots that the Parks offer, drop off your car at the Rent-a-Car offices available throughout the Resort (depending on the company that you rent your car from) or just return it at the Miami or Orlando International Airport.
And the winner is…
Well no discussions here! Right?
As in the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles (starring Steve Martin and John Candy), the winner is the car, hopefully in your case not for the same reasons but for the same result. So try to do as much as possible to take the ride and enjoy not just the scenery, but also your loved and not so loved ones. You never know, maybe by the end of the trip, your family or friendship bonds have tightened even more and why not; with the most unexpected member.
You can also find public and private buses that can take you from Miami to different places in Orlando, Disney and even other amusement Parks. But we’ll leave that one for another post!
We hope you find this information useful for your future trips!