Getting In, Getting Around Orlando
If you're visiting Orlando for the first time, you obvioiusly won't know the best ways to get around the city. The following tips should help.
From the Airport
Most rental companies are just a few minutes ride from the airport, and they provide a shuttle service for convenience with departure points well marked with signs. When picking up your rental vehicle, make sure to get a map of the area and ask the agent to mark the best route to your destination.
Getting out of
Taxi: Taxis are available, with well-posted signs located throughout the airport. Taxis are allowed to carry up to nine passengers, and the metered rate is irrespective of the number of passengers. Expect to pay $12 from the airport to an airport hotel, $35 to downtown
Public transportation: Shuttle vans operate from the airport and go to downtown
Lynx Orlando Transit Authority provides bus service from the airport to downtown
Rush hour: Interstate 4 is best avoided during rush hours -- 7 am to 9 am and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Traffic is heaviest heading west in the mornings and is almost always backed up heading east in the evenings. When it's raining, everything slows down even more. If you have to travel on main roads during these times, give yourself an extra 30 to 45 minutes if driving more than 10 miles.
Rules of the road: Most Florida drivers don't know their vehicles have traffic indicators because they never seem to use them. A large number also ignore traffic lights, so great care should be taken at all intersections. Drivers regularly continue moving even though the traffic light is red. Unless posted otherwise, motorists are able to make a left turn on a red light -- provided it is safe to do so.
Public transportation: Lynx offers a bus service with routes to downtown, major attractions, and several neighborhoods. The standard one-way fare is $1.50, and a seven-day pass costs $12. You must have a pass or the exact fare. Passes can be bought at scores of Lynx Pass Partner outlets throughout Greater Orlando.
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I-Ride Trolleys run along International Drive between
8 am and 10:30 pm for just a dollar a ride.
Taxis, on foot, or by bike: Taxis are plentiful, but for a late-night treat in downtown
Rickshaws are available in the evening along
Bicycles can be hired at many locations, but are best used in resort areas away from main roads. Because of the distances between hotels, attractions, malls and so on, it is usually best to drive to your destination.
Now that you know how to get around, where will you go first? See the next section for some suggestions on special events and attractions.