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Your ultimate guide to a magical getaway in Orlando

Added: Nov 08, 2021
Category: Travel Tips



As some international travel resumes today to the US, from countries including Brazil and the United Kingdom, travel hubs, including the Orlando International Airport, are preparing to be even busier.  Check out our tips to having a delightful Orlando experience regarding Transportation and Main Advisories from authorities:

TRANSPORTATION

Orlando International Airport (OIA)
Orlando's only major airport, OIA is about 13 miles from downtown Orlando. More than 30 airlines fly in and out of the hub (view the full list), serving over 90 destinations in the US and 25 international cities. Once you arrive, you can rent a car, take a taxi, ride a city bus, use a ride-hailing app, or schedule a private pickup. Because OIA is the eighth-busiest airport in the country (and 26th in the world), give yourself plenty of time when traveling through it.

Perhaps the best way to see Orlando's sights is by renting a car. You can rent a car on-site at OIA from one of 10 rental-car companies. Save time at the counter by booking your rental in advance. Here are other ways to get around town:



SunRail
The SunRail is a limited mass-transit system in central Florida that runs Monday through Friday. It does not operate on weekends or holidays. One-way and roundtrip tickets can be purchased in advance or at the station. Plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before your train's scheduled departure time. There is a paid parking lot on-site.



Lynx bus
The Lynx bus system operates throughout the entire greater Orlando area with various routes and schedules to accommodate your travel. Single rides are $2, and a day pass is $4.50. Lynx also runs a free public bus system, Lymmo, which operates in downtown Orlando only. Plan your ride here.

Interstate 4
Dubbed the "I4 Corridor," this is the main interstate that runs through Orlando, connecting Disney World to downtown and beyond. You'll likely drive on this major road multiple times during your stay. This interstate is prone to heavy traffic on weekday mornings (7 to 9 a.m.) and late afternoons and early evenings (4 to 7 p.m.), so avoid traveling during these times if you want to steer clear of congestion.


ADVISORIES

Florida has no travel restrictions in effect, but there are a handful of notices to take into consideration before you visit Orlando. At the time of publication, all notices are accurate. Please note that the advisories below can change without notice. Be sure to review the most recent updates before you travel to Orlando.



COVID-19 advisory
The Florida Department of Health advises wearing masks indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. The department also recommends avoiding closed spaces and crowds, but there is no mask mandate in place for Orange County. Many businesses have signage encouraging you to wear a mask indoors and socially distance when possible. Some businesses may require a temperature check as well. Protocols are left to individual businesses to enforce.

COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout Orange County. This information changes rapidly, so make sure to brush up on the latest local-government protocols.

Weather Advisory
Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. During the summer, extreme heat and high humidity are normal. Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and dress in light, loose-fitting clothing.

Afternoon thunderstorms are also common in the summertime and can pop up at a moment's notice. Pack a rain jacket or travel-size umbrella to toss in your bag or keep in the car. Lightning is typical with summer pop-up showers, so take shelter immediately if you're outdoors during a storm.

December through March is Orlando's cooler (and dryer) months, when temperatures average in the 70s during the day and 50s at night. View the latest weather forecast in Orlando, as well as any weather advisories, here.

To stay on top of all the latest advisories for Orlando during your stay, download the OCFL Alert app, available for iOS and Android devices. The app sends real-time notifications and life-saving information during emergency events in Orange County.



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