With amusement parks, museums, activities, and places of interest as far as the eye can see, Orlando, Florida, is an entertainment mecca for adults and children, alike. If you bring your own vehicle to Orlando during your trip, transportation is not an issue. Luckily, there are enough transportation options in Orlando to help you get around, no matter what method you prefer.
Transportation by vehicle is a preferred method for many travelers, which is why a large number choose to fly into Orlando via one of the three airports that serve it and then rent vehicles to get around. There are vehicle rental counters at the Orlando International Airport, as well as a number of free-standing rental car businesses throughout the city for easy access.
Public transportation is another popular method of travel around Orlando, Florida. The LYNX bus system serves the city and surrounding areas via 71 different routes. Bus service starts at 4:30 a.m. each day and continues through 12:15 a.m., with buses stopping at high-traffic boarding and disembarking areas approximately every 15 minutes. Less busy areas see buses every half hour, and outlying areas around Orlando will have buses stopping once an hour. A part of the LYNX service is a downtown circulator, which transports riders to various popular stops in the downtown area at no cost. Per-ride, daily, weekly, and long-term fare plans are available.
Many tourists choose to board the IRIDE trolley bus system, which serves only International Drive and major points of interest, hotels, and resorts located along the route. Day passes are available, as are passes for longer periods of time. Trolleys run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily on two different lines: red and green. Red Line trolleys stop every 20 minutes, while Green Line vehicles stop every half hour.
The area's newest mode of public transportation is the SunRail, a commuter train system that serves the greater Orlando area. The 61-mile track can take passengers to stops within Orlando, or to and from outlying cities. Each train will hold up to 150 passengers and has the capability of traveling up to 79 miles per hour, making travel time between stops as brief as possible. Trains will run every half hour during morning and afternoon rush hour times, and every two hours the rest of the day. Parts of the commuter rail service are under construction, with completion scheduled for 2014 and later.