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How to get from Orlando International Airport to Orlando City Centre

Orlando, located in central Florida, is home to seven of the most incredible theme parks and is one of the world’s top favourite family holiday destinations. Orlando also boasts a beautiful Downtown area, with stunning architecture, peaceful lakes, delicious cuisine and green spaces. With so much to see and do, Orlando is the perfect city to visit.

When visiting the fun city, you will be landing at Orlando International Airport (MCO), and you have two ways to get to Downtown Orlando; you can take a taxi or the public bus. Taking an Orlando airport taxi or private shuttle is always the best way to get around a new city. Orlando taxis are available 24/7 and provide fast and reliable door-to-door services, taking you Downtown in just 20 minutes. For a cost-savvy alternative, you can take bus No. 11; the direct bus from Orlando airport to downtown Orlando should take approximately 40 minutes.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Orlando at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

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Bus €3.80 40min 06:00–00:00

How to get from Orlando Airport to Downtown Orlando by taxi

After landing in a new city, taking a taxi to your hotel is always the best way to travel. Taxis provide safe and reliable door-to-door services in the comfort of a private vehicle, getting you from Orlando airport to downtown in 20 minutes.

Taxi fare from Orlando airport to Downtown

Taxis in Orlando calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled. However, taxi and shuttle fares are not pre-set by the State of Orlando; therefore, they will vary depending on your chosen taxi company.

Your 20-minute taxi ride from Orlando airport to Downtown Orlando should cost around $35 (€25), excluding tips.

Nonetheless, if you wish to travel at a fixed competitive price with a friendly local driver, you can pre-book your Orlando private shuttle with Welcome.


$35 (€25)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Orlando International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can easily find MCO’s official airport taxi ranks at both Terminal A and B, at the Ground Transportation Level.


Taking a taxi from MCO airport to Downtown Orlando is a great travel option. Taxis are available 24/7 and provide convenient services whilst taking care of you, your loved ones and your personal belongings.

However, if you want the smoothest travel experience at a fixed price, it is recommended to pre-book a private shuttle with Welcome.

Editor’s Note

Ensure your taxi driver resets their taximeter to the base fare of $2.40 (€2) before starting your journey.

Useful Tips

It is customary to leave a 10% to 15% tip when travelling in an Orlando cab.
As some taxis accept credit card payments and some prefer cash; it is always best to ask your driver beforehand.
It is advised to ask for a receipt when you arrive at your destination, in case you leave anything in the taxi.

How to get from Orlando Airport to Downtown Orlando by bus

An excellent cost-savvy option for travellers on a budget is to take the bus. The Lynx bus No. 11 is direct and runs to and from Orlando airport to Downtown (E Livingston St. and N. Magnolia Avenue) in 40 minutes.

How much is a bus ticket from MCO airport to Downtown Orlando

A one-way ticket on the bus from Orlando airport to Downtown costs $2 (€1.90). You can purchase your tickets on the bus website or directly on the bus.


$2 (€1.90)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

The bus runs every 30 minutes on weekdays and every hour on Sundays and public holidays.

Value for Money

The bus is available Monday to Friday from 06:00 to 00:00, Saturday from 06:00 to 22:30 and Sunday and holidays from 06:30 to 21:30.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find the Lynx buses outside MCO’s main Terminal A, between the Commercial Lane spaces A38 to A41.


The Lynx bus service offers a great travel alternative for those on a budget, as the bus is frequent and direct to Downtown. Nonetheless, if you are travelling late at night or early in the morning you will have to find another way to get to Orlando’s city centre.

Editor’s Note

Discounted bus fares are available for children and seniors.

Useful Tips

Be aware that the bus can get very full when a few airplanes arrive simultaneously, so space might be limited.
The bus vehicles are equipped with comfortable chairs and air conditioning.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Orlando. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Orlando airport to Downtown Orlando?

Orlando International Airport is located a short 10 km away from Downtown Orlando; it takes 20 minutes to reach by car or by taxi and 40 minutes by bus.

How do I get from Orlando Airport to Downtown?

There are two transportation options from MCO to Downtown Orlando: you can take a taxi or private shuttle or the direct Lynx bus (No. 11).

Is there a shuttle bus from Orlando airport to Downtown?

Yes, a direct shuttle bus runs to and from Orlando airport. It takes around 40 minutes to get from MCO airport to downtown Orlando by bus.

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