Airports in Florida – What You Need to Know
Florida has several large airports, each of which serves a major city. This means you have a huge choice of flights to Florida, and can pick the option that’s most convenient. Here are some of the biggest airports in the state and how to get to and from them.
Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport is where most British travellers will arrive, with flights touching down from London and Manchester, as well as seasonal flights from Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, and other regional airports. It’s perhaps the easiest arrival point for those who plan to visit the theme parks and attractions of Orlando, and it’s just a 20-minute drive from Disney World, Orlando, and the big hotels on International Drive.
By far the easiest way to get to and from the airport is by car, and there are dozens of car rental desks where you can pick up a vehicle. It’s worth considering driving in Florida, even if you’re a little nervous, and once you’re in a left-hand drive you’ll no doubt pick things up quickly. If you’d rather not get on the road straight away, there are a lot of shuttle buses that can be booked in advance. Those staying in Disney World’s resort hotels can take the complimentary Disney’s Magical Express, and many Universal hotels also have this feature. There are also very cheap local buses that go Downtown and to the various hotel areas. However, you’ll need to check the schedules in advance, and be aware that they can take longer and may not drop you at a convenient spot.
Miami International Airport
Miami is one of the USA’s biggest airports, and welcomes major airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Most flights from the UK to Miami are from London, although a lot of indirect flights also arrive here. The airport is in a convenient location, just west of the colourful city of Miami.
Most residents of Miami tend to drive, and it does give you a lot more flexibility. If you drive from the airport to downtown Miami, it can take as little as 20 minutes without traffic. Another option is to take the Metrorail, a clean, efficient underground system. You can take the orange line direct from the airport to various downtown locations, or can change for the green line which covers the length of the city.
Orlando Sanford International Airport
A small number of flights from the UK to Florida will land at Orlando Sanford International Airport which is north of the city. Those flying from Birmingham, East Midlands, and Newcastle upon Tyne will arrive at this airport. It’s slightly further away from the theme parks and attractions than Orlando International, but still a convenient arrival point.
Orlando Sanford International Airport is just 30 to 45 minutes from International Drive and the popular resort hotels of Orlando, and most people pick up a rental car for an easy transfer. Another easy option is to book a shuttle in advance, and some hotels offer this as a free service, or you can book a taxi to meet you from your flight.
Tampa International Airport
There are direct flights from London to Tampa International Airport, which is convenient for those visiting the west coast of the state, or those taking a cruise from Florida. Tampa is also a major hub for flights across the USA, so you may be passing through to another destination.
As with many areas of Florida, a car is pretty much essential if you’re going to be exploring. However, if you’re just going straight to the cruise port, or will be staying somewhere central, then you can simply book a shuttle bus in advance. There are also a few cheap, public buses that go downtown.
Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport
Not many Brits arrive via Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport, but since it’s an arrival point for budget Norwegian Air, it is becoming more popular. Flights land from London Gatwick and some major European cities.
Fort Lauderdale is just north of Miami, and south of popular Florida holiday destinations such as Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. However, it’s possibly best known as a cruise departure point, due to the city’s close proximity to The Bahamas.
There are regular shuttles available to the cruise ports from the airport, as well as other major drop off points, or as with any American airports there are loads of rental cars.
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