The Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Florida
, as millions of vacationers come to Orlando every year looking to enjoy the
area theme parks, golf courses,
restaurants, and more. While most visitors who are arriving on flights
to Orlando choose the Orlando International Airport as their point of entry,
you can also consider booking a flight that lands at the other Orlando airport.
The Orlando Sanford International Airport does accept some commercial flights,
though it is farther away from downtown Orlando. In addition to being closer
to downtown Orlando, the Orlando International Airport is also closer to attractions
such as Sea World,
and Walt Disney
World, making it your best bet overall. You can catch a nonstop flight to
the Orlando International Airport from more than 20 international destinations,
while U.S. residents can choose from more than 60 different cities.
The main airport in Orlando is consistently rated as one of the best airports in the nation, and it is both modern and user-friendly. Due to the fact that there are an ample amount of information kiosks spread about the airport, finding things like your luggage, a rental car, and other forms of transportation to your hotel is a breeze. When you find yourself with some time to burn at the Orlando International Airport, there are a ton of shops and restaurants that you can patronize, so it's hard to get bored. You'll even find a Disney merchandise store here, a Sea World store, and a surf shop. As for the restaurants at the airport in Orlando, they include fast food favorites, a few coffee houses, some casual establishments, and a fine dining option. Once you arrive on your flight to Orlando, you might be too tired to shop, eat, or do much of anything else for that matter. Should that be the case, you can always book a stay at the upscale Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel, which offers 446 ultra-comfortable rooms. If the Hyatt Regency Hotel is a bit more expensive than what you had in mind, there are some cheaper Orlando airport hotels close by. They might not be quite as comfortable and convenient as the Hyatt Regency, which is actually located within the airport's main terminal building, but they are worthy lodging options nonetheless.
If you're not staying at one of the Orlando Airport hotels, then you might head to one of the rental car desks to get yourself some wheels. For those who are interested in renting a car in Orlando, you'll find just about every major car rental company at the airport. Some of the top rental car companies, such as Alamo, Avis, and Hertz, also have a presence at the Orlando Sanford International Airport if you are arriving there instead. Getting back to the main airport in Orlando , it is just 20 miles east of downtown Orlando, so the drive in is usually an easy one. That is, of course, if you avoid the morning and afternoon rush hours. You're not only close to downtown Orlando when you arrive at the main Orlando Airport , but you're also just 25 miles away from Walt Disney World, which lies to the west. As such, getting into town or to your Disney hotel by car shouldn't take you more than 30 to 40 minutes. If you don't know how to get to your ultimate destination, most of the rental car companies will provide you with a helpful Orlando map. Keep in mind that some of the drop off points for the airport rental car agencies can be located a few miles away from the airport. If you're in a hurry to catch a flight, that could be of considerable consequence, as you'll usually have to take a shuttle from the drop off point to the airport.
If you don't want to rent a car at the Orlando airport, you can always hop on board a van on the airport's ground level. These vans, which are air-conditioned, are run by different companies and they stop at not only the Disney hotels, but a bunch of other Orlando hotels and destinations as well. While hopping on a public van to get to your hotel is fine by most, those looking for a more personal experience can book transportation ahead of time through an agency that will send someone to greet them at the baggage claim area. After helping you with your luggage, the respective company's agent will take you straight to your hotel. In addition to booking your ground transportation through such an agency, you can also arrange for a town car to pick you up. These hired cars, which are also relatively expensive, can usually fit anywhere from 7 to 10 people.