The rather slow buses from Lynx (Tel: (407) 841 59 69. Internet: www.golynx.com) are the only public transportation in Orlando. However, the bus network covers the entire city and offers connections to the Orlando International Airport, the theme parks and most tourist areas.
The routes ( left ) are symbolized by pink signs with paw prints. Passes for one, seven and 30 days are available, which bring big savings if more than two trips per day are planned.
Link 52 connects the airport to Orlando city center, link 42 connects the airport to International Drive, link 50 connects downtown to Disney’s Magic Kingdom, link 56 connects Kissimmee Highway 192 to Magic Kingdom, and link 38 connects the international Drive to the city center.
In addition, many hotels offer a free shuttle service to the theme parks. All Disney Resort Hotels bring their guests to the Disney Parks free of charge (by bus, ferry or magnetic train).
In Orlando, free Lymmo buses run throughout the city center. The I-Ride Trolley (Tel: (407) 248 95 90) travels on International Drive (one of the main tourist routes). Internet: www.iridetrolley.com), a cheap bus service that connects all major hotels and attractions.
One, three, five, seven and 14 day passes are available to help you save big on each trip
Taxis are common in all areas. Three of the largest taxi companies are Star Taxi (tel: (407) 857 99 99), Diamond Cab Co (tel: (407) 523 33 33) and Yellow / City Cab (tel: (407) 699 99 99).
Driving in the city
Most of the sights are well signposted and easy to find on Orlando’s road system. However, the traffic on the main roads can be very large in the morning between 8 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and in the evening between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The I-4 motorway is the most important east-west connection, but should be avoided at peak times. The International Drive can also be very congested in the evening. The Universal Boulevard offers a good alternative.
Southbound, Highway 192 is the main connection to Disney Resort and the busy Kissimmee area, but the (toll) Osceola Parkway is usually the better alternative.
Car rental companies are almost ubiquitous in Orlando, and local fleets of companies such as Alamo, Dollar and National are among the largest in the world. Base prices are relatively low – although taxes and fees can significantly increase the final price.
Rental car counters are located in all tourist centers. Alamo (Tel: (1800) 462 52 66. Internet: www.alamo.com) and Dollar (Tel: (1866) 434 22 26. Internet: www.dollar.com) are among the two largest car rental companies in the city.