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How To Get From Orlando Airport To Port Canaveral

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With Port Canaveral’s most convenient airport being located 45 miles away from the cruise terminals, choosing a reliable mode of transportation is important to ensure you board your ship on time. The Orlando Airport (MCO) is a 45-60 minute ride to the port, which can be stressful for cruisers arriving on embarkation day. Between flight delays, unexpected traffic, and other travel hold-ups, every minute counts when you have a cruise to catch. Don’t worry, we will help you compare the most popular methods of how to get from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral so you can make the best transportation choice.

Shared Shuttles

Shared Shuttles

You can count on pre-arranged shared shuttles as one of the most dependable cruise transportation options. It is also the most affordable, depending on who you book with. Transfers can be purchased directly from your cruise line, however, they charge between $36 – $39 per person, each way. Go Port offers the same quality shuttles as your cruise line for just $29.99. There is plenty of room for luggage as well as greeters available on site to assist you.

Go Port makes it easy for cruisers to get from the Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral. Simply check in at our counter located in Terminal A and we will seat on the next available shuttle to the port. These transfers run on a regular basis from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, dropping you off right at your ship’s terminal. Booking a pre-arranged shuttle with Go Port provides peace of mind that you will make it to your cruise on time and is often the best value compared to other transportation choices.

Shared Shuttle FAQs

  • How long is the shuttle from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral?
    The 45-mile shuttle ride from the Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral typically takes between 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

  • How much do shuttles cost to get from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral?
    Go Port’s shuttles from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral cost $29.99 per person, while the cruise line shuttles cost between $36 – $39 per person.

  • How far is it from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral cruise dock?
    The exact distance between Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral is 45.3 miles. Depending on traffic, this is 45-60 minutes of drive time. 

Flying in the day before your cruise? Go Port also offers Fly Snooze Cruise packages that include hotel accommodations, round-trip airport transportation, and cruise transfers — all for one low price. 

Rental Cars

Rental Cars

If you plan to arrive in Orlando a few days before your cruise and plan on exploring attractions in the area, having a rental car can be useful. However, for those flying in on the day of their cruise, renting a car to make the 45-mile trip to the port is not ideal. While there are many rental car agencies located right in the Orlando Airport, that is about where the convenience ends. 

When you arrive at Port Canaveral, you must return your rental car at the vehicle drop-off area, located in Cruise Terminal 1. You will then need to get a ride to your ship since the area is not walkable unless sailing out of this specific terminal. It is very common for cruisers to get caught up in long lines when picking up or returning their vehicles. This can be especially stressful when trying to catch your cruise or flight home. Overall, renting a car to get from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral is one of the riskier options.

Rental Car FAQs

  • How much does it cost to rent a car from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral?
    The cost of renting a car from the Orlando Airport with a drop-off in Port Canaveral will vary based on the vehicle you choose. Prices start at $184 for a standard car while SUVs start at $187. Keep in mind you’ll also have to pay for gas and tolls, and may even need to rent a bigger vehicle to accommodate luggage. 

  • Can I return my rental car at Port Canaveral?
    Yes, you can return a rental car at Cruise Terminal 1 in Port Canaveral. Keep in mind if you are cruising out of a different terminal, you will need a ride to your ship as the area is not walkable.

Rideshare Services

Rideshare Services

Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have become a very popular form of transportation in recent years. Although booking a ride is easy on your phone, waiting around for a driver in heavily-trafficked areas can be frustrating when you are in a time crunch. Rideshares also charge surge pricing, which multiplies their standard fee during high-demand times. This often happens on busy cruise days as thousands of passengers travel from port to port. While the app indicates a standard UberX can accommodate up to three people, you should consider how much baggage you are traveling with as well. Typically, an UberX will only accommodate two travelers plus luggage comfortably, considering the 45-mile ride to the port. With a party of three or four, you will most likely need to request an UberXL, which further inflates the cost. When returning from your cruise, there is also a very high chance you’ll be met with a hefty surge price or get stuck waiting around for a ride to become available. Compared to Orlando, Cape Canaveral is not a big city and there are not as many drivers available when you disembark.

Rideshare Services FAQs

  • How much does it cost to Uber from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral?
    An UberX from the Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral is estimated at $62 without factoring in surge pricing. An UberXL, which is recommended for 3-4 passengers, is estimated at $83.

  • How much does it cost to Uber from Port Canaveral to Orlando Airport?
    An UberX from Port Canaveral to Orlando Airport is estimated at $73 without factoring in surge pricing. An UberXL, which is recommended for 3-4 passengers, is estimated at $102. 

  • Can Uber pick up from Port Canaveral?
    Yes, Uber will pick up at the Port Canaveral cruise terminals. However, it is important to note Cape Canaveral is a smaller city with a limited amount of drivers available. There is a high chance you will be met with a hefty surge price or get stuck waiting for a ride.

Taxis

Taxis

Instead of ordering transportation through an app, taxis are a more traditional way of catching a ride. While cabs are always available, there are just a few taxi stands at the airport and cruise port — often resulting in long lines. More importantly, there is no flat rate for the journey between the Orlando Airport and Port Canaveral. Under normal traffic conditions, the trip costs an average of $120, but this price is never guaranteed. Luggage space is also limited, so a normal-sized taxi will only accommodate two travelers with baggage comfortably. These factors can make taxis the most expensive way to get from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral. 

Taxi FAQs

  • How much is a taxi from MCO to Port Canaveral?
    A one-way taxi trip from the Orlando airport to Port Canaveral is estimated at $140. However, there is no flat rate so this price is never guaranteed.

Other FAQs About How to Get from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral

  • How far is the cruise port from the Orlando Airport?
    Port Canaveral is 45 miles away from the Orlando Airport (MCO). The drive typically takes between 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

  • What’s the best airport to fly into Port Canaveral? 
    The most popular and convenient airport to fly into Port Canaveral is the Orlando Airport (MCO).
     
  • Where do you fly into to cruise out of Port Canaveral?
    There are three airport options to fly into for your Port Canaveral cruise: Orlando Airport (MCO), Sanford Airport (SFB), and Melbourne Airport (MLB). Learn more about the benefits of each airport here.

  • What’s the closest airport to Port Canaveral?
    The closest airport in distance to Port Canaveral is Melbourne Airport (MLB), located 27 miles south with a travel time of 55 minutes. Although further in distance, the Orlando Airport (MCO) has a shorter travel time of 45 minutes.

  • How much does it cost to get from MCO to Port Canaveral?
    The cost to get from MCO to Port Canaveral is just $29.99 per person with Go Port’s cruise shuttles.

  • Are there shuttles from MCO to Port Canaveral?
    Yes, Go Port offers shuttles from MCO to Port Canaveral for just $29.99 per person.

  • Does Carnival have a shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral?
    Yes, Go Port offers Carnival shuttles from Orlando to Port Canaveral for just $29.99 per person.

  • Does Disney have a shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral?
    Yes, Go Port offers Disney shuttles from Orlando to Port Canaveral for just $29.99 per person.

  • How much is the Disney bus to Port Canaveral?
    Go Port’s Disney bus to Port Canaveral costs just $29.99 per person.

  • Does Royal Caribbean have a shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral?
    Yes, Go Port offers Royal Caribbean shuttles from Orlando to Port Canaveral for just $29.99 per person.

  • Does Norwegian Cruise Line have a shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral?
    Yes, Go Port offers Norwegian Cruise Line shuttles from Orlando to Port Canaveral for just $29.99 per person.

  • Does MSC Cruises have a shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral?
    Yes, Go Port offers MSC shuttles from Orlando to Port Canaveral for just $29.99 per person.

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