Orlando Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Orlando Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the name of a hotel at the airport in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
I have slept at Orlando International so many times in recent years that I now don't even consider getting a hotel if I will only be in town for one night. - Tom
August 2015 - Sleep at the ticket counters behind the chairs on the carpet. The phones here are free local calls. The Hyatt and fountain side is beautiful. Starbucks. Its dark but only hard benches to sleep on. You can go upstairs to the Hyatt to check it out/ride the glass elevator but I don't know if they'll let you sleep there. The food court in the middle is expensive but pretty good. Mcdonalds is open all night. People sleep on the padded benches in the food court but they do close it up sometimes to clean so sleep early. Hard benches in departures. The other side has a few couchy type areas with outlets. DunkinD. On this side lots of teams going through, lots of sports players. The Car rental level is much warmer than Departures. People were sleeping on the floor inside the chairs configurations. The city bus side has security patrolling through at night. Watch your stuff. Better to sleep upstairs. Free wifi. Beware that A and B baggage and car rental levels look exactly the same and not a clue that they are different. Its like a weird space portal. One has the city buses and the other has taxis is the only clue. You have to go back up to Departures and cross to the other side. Go to Baggage for the restrooms. Its easier than looking on Departures. At 2pm the lightning starts and everything halts. So get your food before the line starts. Go outside and watch the show. If you have to leave Orlando get an early flight. Tsa is horrible and completely retarded. They have lines all the way out the door on both sides funneling into a single line. It will take forever. They wanted to see my social security card?? I don't think so. That doesn't even have a picture on it. My passports good enough along with my other PICTURE ID (I'm Norweigan ancestry btw). And they were concerned about two nail holes on the bottom of one of my plastic Crocs. Bumblers. Clouseaus. Airside is much smaller than Landside. They have a stupid policy that Domestic and International cannot mix so ask before you travel to other terminals. Or you get led out and have to go through security all over again. The BurgerK is frighteningly expensive don't even bother. Megabus is a straight shot up Senoran St north on the bus. You can go downtown and ride the free Lymmo shuttle around which goes right past a Publix supermarket. You can go right to Universal, WetWild, Disney on the bus from the airport but its a hassle. Traffic is horrendous. You transfer at SeaWorld and there's a 711 a block away. Universal Citywalk after 5p has security looking in bags looking for Cokes but they'll let you take your rolling suitcase in. Downtown Disney you just go right in. Disney is a much bigger hike. Food in both are expensive. Best deal is Starbucks. Check the bus schedules. The bus out of Disney stops running really early.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Orlando airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- The Club at MCO - Location: Terminal B, Airside 4, near gate 91. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 35.00) • Book Online (£22.00) • Priority Pass.
- Delta Sky Club - Location: Airside, Center Atrium Area. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
- United Club - Location: Terminal B, Airside, near Gate 43. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 50.00) • United Club Membership.
USO Lounge - The USO offers lounges to members of the military and their families. At the time of this update, the lounge at Orlando Airport was still in the planning stages.
- Free WiFi is available at Orlando Airport.
- Internet kiosks available airside near the gates and there are a few landside on Level 3.
If sleeping in Orlando Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport - Located inside the main terminal on level 4, directly above the security entrance to Gates 60-129. They offer Day Rooms between 10:00AM to 6:00PM, starting at $99 + tax.
- Ramada Suites Orlando Airport - (5 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service available.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando Airport at Gateway Village - (5 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service available.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport - (5 min from the airport) Free 24-hr airport shuttle service available.
- Holiday Inn Orlando International Airport - (5 min from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport and surrounding area (within 3 mile radius).
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Orlando Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Available throughout the airport before and after security.
- Baggage Carts - SmarteCartes are available throughout the terminal and parking garage. Rate: unknown
- Bowling Alley (off-site) - If you are travelling with friends and need something to do for an extended layover, take a taxi to Three Points Bowling (located approx. 5 miles/9 minutes from the airport @ 7474 Hoffner Avenue)
- Chapel - Location: Main terminal, Airside, beyond the west security checkpoint (Gates 1-59).
- Currency Exchange - Location: Level 3, Landside, near the Ticketing Counters • Airside 2, in the Gates 60-99 area.
- Food & Drinks - At the time of this update it was not known if there were any 24 hour food or beverage concessions.
- Information Desk - Desks are located on Level 3 before the entrances to Airside.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - not available
- Mobile Charging Stations: Locations: Gate areas in the Airside 3 and Airside 4 sections.
- Rest Zones - While there are no reclining loungers, the hotel atrium between Terminal A and Terminal B offers a relaxing spot to wait.
- Showers - Showers are available in the Club at MCO lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
- Smoking Areas - Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the airport.
- Spa - XpresSpa and Gateway Spa - Available airside, in all 4 gates sections. Hours: unknown.
- Traveler's Aid - This is a non-profit organization that assists stranded and distressed passengers. Volunteers assist passengers with general airport and destination queries to assisting with situations such as transportation assistance, lost or stolen money, wiring money, emergency housing, etc. Location: unknown. Hours: unknown.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Download the terminal maps
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The Orlando Amtrak is located near Downtown Orlando. A taxi or shuttle ride will take you there in approximately 17 minutes, depending on traffic. A taxi or shuttle can be located from Terminals A and B, Ground Transportation levels.
However, there are two other transportation alternatives you may consider: SunRail or Bus.
The advantage to the SunRail is that it will take you directly to the Amtrak Station. From Terminal A, Ground Transportation, go to Commercial Lane spaces A38-A41 and pick up a Lynx local bus. It’s first stop should be the Sand Lake Road SunRail station. From there, take the SunRail Northbound to the Health/Amtrak station. The train departs Sand Lake Road every 30 minutes and the full ride should be less than 10 minutes. Hours of operation: 5:30AM to 9:30PM (Monday - Friday).
The advantage to the Lynx local bus is that it runs 7 days a week. From Terminal A, Ground Transportation, Commercial Lane spaces A38-A41 board a Lynx local bus heading towards Downtown Orlando. You will need to get off at South Orange Avenue and Columbia Street. You will then need to walk about 8 minutes to the Amtrak station on the Northwest side of the hospital.
Public buses to downtown Orlando, International Drive, Florida Mall/SeaWorld and the Sand Lake Road SunRail station are available at Terminal A in Commercial Lane spaces A38-A41 on the Ground Transportation Level. The fare is $2.00, and connecting routes are available. For more information, visit the Lynx web site.
Most major car rental agencies operate onsite at the airport. Car rental check-in desks are located on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1) of Terminals A and B, eliminating the need for shuttle bus service to a separate rental area. The following agencies can be found at the airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z Rent A Car, Firefly, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Additional rental agencies are located off-site, and provide courtesy shuttle service to and from the airport.
Many hotels in the area provide courtesy airport shuttle service. The hotel shuttle bus stop is located at Terminal B in Commercial Lane spaces B42-B47 on the Ground Transportation Level. Ask your hotel about shuttle service details and availability. The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Orlando Airport • Courtyard Orlando Airport • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport • Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport • Hampton Inn Orlando-International Airport • Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando Airport @ Gateway Village • Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport • Holiday Inn Orlando International Airport • Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport • Hyatt Place Orlando Airport • Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport • La Quinta Inn & Suites Orlando Airport North • Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel • Residence Inn Orlando Airport • Wingate by Wyndham at Orlando International Airport.
Out-of-town shuttles can be found on the Ground Transportation Level of Terminal A (Commercial Lane space A15) and Terminal B (Commercial Lane space B13). These shuttles are run by private companies, and offer service to the Northeast region (Flagler and Volusia counties); Southeast region (Brevard county and its beaches); Southwest region (Highlands and Polk counties); and the Northwest region (Alachua, Lake and Marion counties). Out-of-town shuttles are not allowed to provide service to Orlando or other destinations within Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
Shared Ride Shuttles
Mears Transportation provides shared ride shuttle service and chauffeured transportation to and from Orlando International Airport. You can check-in for your ride or book your transfer at one of several Mears Transportation desks located in both airport terminals. Shuttles can be found at Terminal A in Commercial Lane spaces A9-A10 and A36-A37 on the Ground Transportation Level, and at Terminal B in Commercial Lane spaces B9-B10 and B40-B41 on the Ground Transportation Level.
The SunRail is a commuter train system that services the Orlando metropolitan area. SunRail is connected to Orlando International Airport by the Lynx bus line which runs between the airport and Sand Lake Road SunRail station.
Taxis can be hired at Terminal A in Commercial Lane spaces A5-A8 and A22-A25 on the Ground Transportation Level, and Terminal B in Commercial Lane spaces B5-B8 and B30-B34 on the Ground Transportation Level. Taxis that are authorized to pick up at Orlando International Airport must charge the metered rate. Flat rates are not allowed.
Last Updated: 14 November 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.