Orlando International Airport

Orlando, US


Getting around the airport


Orlando International Airport is located 9 miles southeast of downtown Orlando. The airport has one central landside terminal, divided into sections A and B. The central terminal is connected via trams to four satellite concourses known as Airside 1, 2, 3, and 4.

• trams from Terminal A go to airsides 1 & 2; trams from Terminal B go to Airsides 3 & 4
• security screening occurs prior to boarding trams to the Airside buildings
• airside 4 serves as the airport’s primary international arrivals concourse. Airside 1 also handles some international arrivals.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport. In an effort to keep the parks clean, chewing gum is not sold anywhere in the airport or in Orlando theme parks.

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Getting into Orlando

Bus or taxi

• Public transit from MCO to the city is provided by Lynx bus system. Buses can be found on the Ground Transportation Level of Terminal A. Fares are USD 2 per ride with free transfers within 90 minutes. The routes to Downtown Orlando are Link 11 and Link 51, which depart every 40 minutes from 05:30 – 00:00 daily (schedules vary). The journey takes about 40 minutes.

Disney’s Magical Express offers complimentary motor coach transportation service to all 24 Walt Disney World resort hotels. It is located on the B side of the main terminal building.

Taxi services are available via the taxi stands on the Ground Transportation Level of both terminals. A taxi to downtown Orlando takes about 25-30 minutes and costs approximately USD 35.

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Bypass the lines

Curbside check-in

Drive your luggage right up the terminal door and have your bags taken care of and your boarding pass printed with curbside check-in. From there, you can park the car or return it to the hire agency and head straight for security. This is offered by selected airlines including American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue (USD 2/bag; paid by credit card), Virgin America, United, and US Airways. Curbside check-in times coincide with ticket counter opening times. Tips are appreciated by the Skycap porters.

Main Terminal, Landside, Nearest Door to Airline Check-In
Hours: Coincide with ticket counter opening times

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Avoid Petrol Scams

Don’t fill up near the airport

Orlando is considered the ‘hire car capital of the world’, which means there are plenty of options for hiring a car to get around at the airport. There are many agencies located off-site which provide free airport transfers and may offer lower prices.

Beware that several gas stations near the airport charge high prices (USD 2-3 USD/gallon above local prices) to take advantage of visitors. Wait until you have made it into the downtown area before topping up the tank.

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Vegan and kosher food options

CIBO Express Gourmet Market

At first look, CIBO Express Gourmet Markets might look like any other airport deli, but rest assured they're better. They offer quite a few options of vegan, vegetarian, organic and kosher food. Try their sandwiches and salads. There are multiple locations.

  • CIBO Express Gourmet Market
    Locations: Airside, near gates E10, E11, E21, E24 and E5
    Opening hours: 04:00- last flight
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Airport Construction

Airport improvements ongoing until 2019

Work has started on the airside trams, which will replace the shuttle systems at Airsides 1 & 3. Airside 4 is adding new international gates and renovating the restrooms. By 2017, a new Maglev rail system should be completed, which will connect the airport with major sites in Orlando.

The airport is also working on building a new South Terminal, which will have 16 gates and an integrated rail system connecting Orlando airport with Miami. Expected completion is in 2019.

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Day use or overnight stay

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

The Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport is located inside the East Hall between Terminals A and B at the airport. The airport has 445 guest rooms and offers a AAA-rated restaurant, outdoor pool, gym, business centre, and high speed internet access.

Rooms start at USD 144 per night. Day use rooms are available from 10:00 – 18:00 for USD 99.

Main Terminal, Landside, East Hall between Terminals A and B

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Delta Sky and United Clubs

There are two airport lounges at MCO. Entry cost for economy passengers is USD 50.

Delta Sky Club

Center Atrium, landside, behind G ticket counters
Opening Hours: 04:30-20:30, daily

United Club

Concourse B, airside, near gate 43
Opening Hours: 05:15-20:00, daily

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Power Charging Stations

Airside 3 and 4

Free mobile charging stations are available on airside 3 and 4 in the gate area.

Power outlet poles can be found throughout the terminals. Traverlers have reported most of them in the main terminal. Overall numbers are still limited. 

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

Orlando is the largest rental car market in the world. Most of the major car hire companies are located on-site so there is no need for a shuttle bus to pick up your rental car.

Terminal A and B, Ground Transportation Level (Level 1), parking structures opposite entrances

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