Public Transportation in Orlando
There are a variety of public and private services available for your transportation needs both in and outside of Orlando. Below is a short list of the most common, and easily accessed, modes of transportation. Many of these services have entire websites dedicated to their companies, so we will often link to the appropriate sites after our description so that you can find all of the exact detailed information that you need.
Orlando is crisscrossed by the bus routes of Lynx. Lynx is one of the largest bus companies in Florida and the only bus line that services all of Orlando. In fact Lynx services all of Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties, an area that covers 2500 square miles (6475 square km). It serves over 26 million customers a year on average. You can get from Sanford in the North to Osceola county in the South (which is south of Disney) on these buses. Long distances can take time, however, and Lynx is not the fastest way to get around. Fares are very reasonable starting at $2 for one way, $4.50 for a day pass, $16 for a week, and $50 for a month.
For more information (including route info and purchase of passes) visit the Lynx Website.
LYMMO Public Bus
Orlando is fortunate to have a free downtown public bus service, courtesy of the Lynx Bus Company. The free LYMMO bus services the entire downtown Orlando area, including the business, entertainment, and shopping districts. The buses actually have their own designated lanes, in which no other vehicles may drive, and control their own traffic signals. This ensures that the buses can easily make their way around the downtown area, even during peak traffic hours. Chances are, if you are in the downtown area, then you will never be more than a block or two away from a LYMMO bus stop, and with stops being serviced every 5 minutes during the day, and every 10 minutes in the evenings, you are never waiting long.
LYMMO Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. - midnight
Saturday: 10 a.m. - midnight
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Amtrak trains (passenger trains) connect to many eastern seaboard cities through Savannah, Charleston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and all the way up to Boston if you are looking to travel elsewhere in the United States after you stay in Orlando. You can also travel south to Tampa and Miami with Amtrak They are a quick way to travel the Eastern United States, but if you are heading west in the U.S. they are not always the most efficient way to go because trains must connect to other lines which can take time, sometimes days to get to your final destination. A trip up to Boston can be as much as $200 one way, while a trip to Tampa can be as low as $10 one way.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Amtrak Website.
There are several areas in Orlando where taxis are easy to find like the airport, resorts near the lobby, and the downtown area. Most theme park areas have a designated area for finding a taxi as well. The common practice of hailing a cab is common in Orlando, but if punctuality is a necessity, we suggest calling ahead (cab numbers are below) so secure your cab. Most taxis in Orlando bear markings on the exterior that show that they are taxis and drivers have their taxi license in plain view so make sure you see these things when attempting to get a ride. Although it is not always the most economical way to get around Orlando taxis can be a very helpful way to catch a quick ride. Fares vary from company to company but you can expect a base price and after that you are charged per quarter mile, half mile, or mile depending on the company. If you are in an area where taxis do not normally frequent all you need to do is call them and have them pick you up. If you do call, be sure to get a rate quote over the phone.
Orlando Taxi Companies
|Yellow Cab Co.||(407) 422-2222||Website|
|Orlando Brother's Cab||(407) 291-6101|
|Diamond Cab Company||(407) 523-3333||Website|
|Statewide Taxi LLC||(407) 721-1302||Website|
|Prime Time Transportation Services||(407) 616-6316|
|Ace Metro Cab Co||(407) 855-1111||Website|
If you wish to visit other places in Florida and the United States one option that is available to you is long distance buses. Greyhound is the premier distance bus company in the U.S. and can get you just about anywhere you want to go inside of the continental United States and parts of Canada. Most tickets will cost you less than $150 if you book them in advance. Trips can take several days if you are traveling long distances, but can also be quick if to a nearby city.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Greyhound Website.
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