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How to get from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral is one of the most popular cruise ports in the world; it sees millions of passengers sail annually, using different companies such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Norwegian, or Disney. Before starting your cruise, you need to reach the port from Orlando International Airport, which is located 46miles (74 km) away from the cruise terminal. So instead of trying to figure out where and how to get to Port Canaveral after landing at Orlando MCO airport, here are a few tips on how to get from the airport to the port in the easiest of ways.

There are 3 different transportation options available when travelling from Orlando International Airport MCO to Port Canaveral; you can either take a taxi, a private shuttle, or a shared shuttle bus. Unfortunately there are no public transport options directly from Orlando airport when travelling to Port Canaveral. If you have a cruise to board, and you are looking for a fast, reliable way to get to the port, then taking a taxi or a private Orlando airport shuttle is the best option for you. Your next and last option is to take the shared shuttle bus, however, this can take quite a bit more time.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi or private shuttle €100 45min 24/7
Shared shuttle van €66 55min 07:00–13:00

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How to get from Orlando MCO airport to Port Canaveral by taxi or private shuttle

Taking a taxi or a private Orlando airport shuttle is definitely the fastest and most convenient way to travel to Port Canaveral, especially if you are travelling with children and luggage. If you choose to take a taxi, bare in mind that there is no flat rate for the journey from MCO to Port Canaveral. Under normal traffic conditions, the trip takes approximately 45 minutes. There are many different taxi companies serving MCO Orlando airport, however, all official taxis are found at the two official taxi ranks. Your other option is to book a private shuttle in advance, this way, you will be guaranteed a fixed price from Orlando airport to Port Canaveral, without having to wait at the airport taxi's long queues.

Taxi fare from Orlando MCO airport to Port Canaveral

Flat rate taxi fares are illegal, therefore your taxi transportation from Orlando airport to Port Canaveral will be calculated using a taximeter, so depending on the time and distance travelled; the average cost of a taxi from Orlando airport to the port is $120 USD (€100).

It is important to know that private shuttle companies offer flat rate fares from the airport to Port Canaveral, if you book your MCO airport shuttle in advance.

Convenience

Taking a taxi or private shuttle from Orlando International Airport is definitely the most convenient way to get from the airport to Port Canaveral. It is quick and much more comfortable than any other means of public transport, especially that there is no direct and easy public transportation from the airport to the port.
However, it is not uncommon to see long lines of tired travellers, waiting to get an Orlando airport taxi as there are only two official taxi ranks at the airport. Moreover, there is limited space in normal sized taxi cabs, that is why it is highly recommended to book a private shuttle service from Orlando airport in advance, in order to choose the size of your vehicle and avoid waiting in long taxi queues, especially if you have a ship to catch!

Editor’s Note

Please note, that if you are travelling in a group, taking a taxi or a private shuttle service and sharing the overall fare comes up to the same price (or less) as taking a shared shuttle van to the port, except that you will be travelling in your own terms and in the comfort of a private vehicle.

Useful Tips

If you are taking a MCO airport taxi, is important to make sure that your driver resets the taximeter and that it is running before leaving the airport. Please note, that it is customary to give your driver a tip when taking a taxi.
Never trust any driver who claims themselves as a taxi and offers a flat rate fare, as there have been instances of customers being surcharged by unauthorised airport taxi drivers.
If you want the smoothest travel experience, it is recommended to book a private shuttle in advance.

How to get from Orlando MCO airport to Port Canaveral by shared shuttle van

If you choose to travel in a shared shuttle van to Port Canaveral from MCO airport, you have many different companies to choose from. Shared shuttle services work on a schedule to-and-from Orlando International Airport. Typically there are several departure times from the airport, taking other cruise passengers too. This means that you might have to wait for the shared shuttle to fill up with passengers before making your way to your cruise ship.

How much is a shared shuttle van from Orlando airport to Port Canaveral?

Taking a shared shuttle van from MCO airport to Port Canaveral is a cheaper option, however, there are many different shared shuttle services running to-and-from the two destinations, so prices may vary depending on which company you choose to travel with. Generally, a one-way ticket to the port costs $40 USD (€33), and if purchasing a return at the same time, you can expect to pay $60 USD (€50). Keep in mind that this is only a cheaper option if you are travelling in a small group, as multiple passengers can ride for the price as one if using a private shuttle.

Cost

$40 USD (€33)

Trip Duration

55 Min.

Allow about 1 hour 30 minutes from the time you get off the plane until you arrive at the port, as the shuttle has to fill up with other passangers.

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Shuttles operate between 10:00 and 13:00 from the airport to the port and when it’s time to return to the airport, shuttles run from 07:00 to 10:00.

Where do I get it from?

If you are getting a shared shuttle ride from the airport, your shuttle company can give you directions on the pick-up location. Due to laws about who and where passengers can be picked up MCO airport, each provider has a designated area. However, it is likely that your shuttle will be on side B of the terminal, on the Ground Transportation Level (level 1) at the commercial lane spaces.

Convenience

Unfortunately, shared shuttle vans can be slow, as you will have to wait for the shuttle, which is often a bus, to pick up numerous passengers before heading off to the port. Moreover, if you are in a rush to get to your cruise ship, and would like to settle down before the departure, it is always stressful having to rely on others.

Editor’s Note

Hotel shuttles are available if you have booked a night at one of the port hotels. If this is the case, you should see with your hotel before travelling. However, if you don’t plan to stay at a hotel the night before, then it’s not worth the extra cost of the room just to take the hotel shuttle.

Useful Tips

Please note, that for groups of four or more, a taxi or private shuttle costs about the same or even less and is a much faster and convenient option.
Cruise lines also offer shuttle rides to their guests, however, the prices can be higher than those of a private shuttle. In addition, cruise line shuttles only offer direct service to the ship and only on your cruise day. If you want to make stops before your cruise or you are flying in early, then these shuttles are not an option.
There is a less expensive airport shuttle bus that can take you to the centre of Orlando, allowing you to carry on your journey towards the port by bus. However, the total travel time is 3 hours 15 minutes and you will have to take a shared shuttle and two connecting buses (line 8 and line 5) for the price of $50 USD.

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to get from Orlando International Airport to Port Canaveral?

If you are flying into Orlando, then expect to take about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the cruise port from the airport. When planning your trip, it is important to not forget about extra time for getting off the plane, getting your luggage, and then waiting for the shuttle to leave.

When returning from a cruise, what time should I schedule my return flight home?

If travelling by taxi or private shuttle, you will need between 45 and 60 minutes to get between the airport and cruise port, also, Orlando International Airport is known for its slow security lines. Scheduling your flight in the afternoon will give you plenty of time to get off the ship, get to the airport, and get through security before your flight departs.

Are there free port shuttles from MCO airport to Port Canaveral?

No, unfortunately there are no free shuttles between the two destinations, unless you have booked a night at one of the port hotels, that offer a free airport shuttle service.

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