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Orlando, FL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 265
Total Sleeping Rooms 74,273
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 2,200
Committable Meeting Rooms* 123
Convention Center Space 4,646,550 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 2,100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 950,282 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $121
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $184
*Maximum for a single hotel

Orlando, FL Airport Information

The Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Rated the top airport in the nation, Orlando International Airport is located 11 miles from Orlando's convention district. The airport is not only the 41st-largest airport in the world in passenger traffic, but it is also the fifth-largest in the U.S. for domestic and international travel. With Disney World, Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Center, and numerous other world-famous attractions nearby, in addition to a plethora of convention-ready hotels, Orlando International is the busiest airport in Florida.

More than 40 passenger airlines service the airport, providing nonstop flights to more than 80 U.S. destinations and 50 international destinations. Orlando International serves as a mini-hub for Delta Connection carriers and a focus city for JetBlue Airways, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. It is also the home of AirTran's corporate headquarters.

A trilevel main terminal connects to four satellite terminals via an enclosed, elevated shuttle system. Inside and out, the décor and landscaping of the airport echo Orlando's sunny character. Terminal 4 offers panoramic views of surrounding lakes, islands, and lush vegetation; a skylight dome; and 4,650 square feet of mosaics featuring Florida flora and fauna. A 443-room Hyatt Regency is situated above the main terminal for those needing convenient overnight accommodations for business or leisure trips; its lobby creates a parklike refuge amid the chaos of a heavily traveled airport. A showcase of modern technology and convenience, the airport is warm, eye-catching, and easy to navigate.

Orlando International Airport is also constantly expanding and working on ways to make the passenger experience as efficient as possible. It is currently undergoing work on the South Terminal Automated People Mover (APM) and Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF) Complex, which will connect the future South Terminal to the existing North Terminal and support future multi-modal transportation. Now open, the ITF consists of about 1.3 million square feet of terminal space and accommodates the South APM and multiple regional rail systems, such as SunRail and Brightline. It will also support ground transportation activity, including taxis, rideshare services, shuttle buses, and public bus operations.

New terminal upgrades are underway as well, with new ticket lobbies and self-assist counters in the North Terminal and 16 new gates that are expected to open in the South Terminal by late 2020.

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)

Situated on approximately 2,000 acres, Orlando Sanford International Airport is located 18 miles northeast of Orlando in Seminole County. As one of the finest leisure passenger facilities in the United States, SFB functions as Orlando's secondary airport, providing travelers with state-of-the-art facilities and convenient access to surrounding beaches and area attractions. Heavy flight training has consistently ranked Orlando Sanford International among the top 30 busiest airports in the world in total takeoffs and landings. Because it is owned by the Sanford Airport Authority and managed by TBI plc — a world leader in airport operations that owns several airports in the U.K. — Sanford International Airport is predominantly served by British carriers. While SFB is mainly a hub for European travel, it is also a focus city for Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air.

Airline carriers serving Orlando International Airport (MCO)

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeroméxico
  • Air Canada
  • Air Canada Rouge
  • Air Transat
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines
  • Bahamasair
  • British Airways
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Emirates
  • Frontier Airlines
  • GOL Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • JetBlue Airways
  • LATAM Brasil
  • LATAM Chile
  • LATAM Peru
  • Lufthansa
  • Magni Airlines
  • Miami Air International
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Silver Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Sunrise Airlines
  • Sunwing Airlines
  • Thomas Cook Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Volaris
  • WestJet

Orlando, FL Train Information

Orlando Amtrak Station (ORL)

Dating back to the 1920s, when the first station was built by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the Orlando Amtrak station is now situated south of downtown, about a mile from the old stations at Church Street and Central Boulevard. It is served by the Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines, which both travel north to south, starting in New York City and diverting slightly in the Southern states before arriving in Orlando.

Orlando, FL Ground Transportation

Bus and Rail System

Orlando's regional public bus system, LYNX, serves all of Central Florida, offering economical public transportation with 61 routes throughout the Orlando area. Most bus stops are marked by round signs with the pink paw of a lynx cat or a bus symbol. While the standard bus fare costs about $1.50 per person, LYNX also supplies a complimentary bus system for the downtown Orlando area called LYMMO. LYMMO offers service from the T.D. Waterhouse Centre to City Hall with 11 stations and eight stops. In addition to LYNX and LYMMO, the I-RIDE Trolley bus system provides transportation service along International Drive; this service is primarily used by tourists, as this stretch is heavily populated with famous area attractions. For more detailed information, call 407-841-LYNX.

Central Florida's commuter rail system, SunRail, made its debut in 2016, connecting cities along Interstate 4, Orlando's freeway. You can hop on the high-speed rail to do some sightseeing — from downtown Orlando near Church Street Station, with its many restaurants and clubs, to Park Avenue in Winter Park, just north of downtown, where you'll find high-end shops, award-winning restaurants, and museums. Amtrak bus connection is no longer provided by Coach USA, but Martz Tampa Bay offers bus connection service so riders in the outlying suburbs of Lakeland, Tampa, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Fort Meyers, and Pinellas Park-St. Petersburg can access the Amtrak train routes.

Taxis

Taxis are available for up to nine people and charge the same rate regardless of the number of passengers. When arriving at Orlando International Airport, taxis are located on the Ground Transportation Level on both sides of the Main Terminal. Shuttle vans are also available and are often more economical than taxis.

Approximate one-way cab fares from Orlando International Airport:

Airport Hotels$12
International Drive$39
Downtown Orlando$35
Winter Park/Maitland$48
Lake Buena Vista$47
Kissimmee$60
Disney - Maingate$55
Walt Disney World$60
Port Canaveral$105

Rental Cars

As one of the largest rental-car markets in the world, Orlando offers easy access to all major rental companies from the airport. Onsite rental-car companies can be found at Terminal A and Terminal B on the Ground Transportation Level of Orlando International Airport. Offsite companies can be accessed via courtesy shuttles, which are located in Terminal A and B as well.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Daytona Beach, FL 56 mi 55 min 3 hr 20 min USD $501+
Tampa, FL 84 mi 1 hr 16 min 3 hr 8 min USD $286+
Jacksonville, FL 141 mi 2 hr 10 min 3 hr USD $341+
Miami, FL 236 mi 3 hr 32 min 1 hr 5 min USD $119+
Atlanta, GA 439 mi 6 hr 11 min 1 hr 20 min USD $175+
Charlotte, NC 524 mi 7 hr 29 min 1 hr 15 min USD $153+
 
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