The service information below is correct at the time of writing - 17 April 2014.  However, services do change from time to time, so anyone intending to use bus services should check independently before their visit.  The website address for LYNX buses in Orlando is www.golynx.com .

Lake Buena Vista refers to a large area which in general is not well served by public buses.  There are two locations, though, which do enjoy a good, frequent bus service.   These two areas are both to the immediate north of I4 - Hotel Plaza Boulevard, and Palm Parkway.  Please note - if you are not within what you would consider walking distance to these locations, there are no other useful bus routes elsewhere in Lake Buena Vista.

Public buses in the Greater Orlando area are operated by the city under the "LYNX" branding.  There are many interlocking routes and the system is designed around the potential need to change buses to reach a given destination.  LYNX bus stops are around 200 yards (or metres) apart on average. LYNX operates a request stop system - you have to clearly signal the driver if you want to get on, and ring the bell when you want to get off.  All buses are wheelchair-friendly.  LYNX stops are indicated by a "LYNX" logo and each stop shows the route numbers that call there.  All buses stop at all stops along their route (except in very few locations where, for example, it's necessary for the bus to be in a certain lane to make a turn and so it can't access the stop).

HOTEL PLAZA BOULEVARD (aka "DownTown Disney Area Hotels") and PALM PARKWAY

These streets (and the short section of SR535 between them) are served every 20 - 30 minutes by LYNX service 50.  In the one direction, this route continues along Hotel Plaza Blvd to DownTown Disney and onwards to Disney's Transportation & Ticket Center.   In the other direction it serves Sea Harbor Drive (for Sea World and transfers to other areas - see below) and on to DownTown Orlando.

ATTRACTIONS

Disney Attractions - Bus 50 to Disney's Transportation & Ticket Center (TTC). Use Disney's free bus/boat/monorail to the parks.  If there is no Disney bus service available at the TTC for Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom, walk about five minutes to the Polynesian resort and use their resort - attraction service.
DownTown Disney - walkable from much of this area; otherwise - bus 50.
Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure - bus 50 to its first stop on Sea Harbor Drive.  Transfer there to bus 8.  You can then either get off at Universal Boulevard and walk the rest of the way (about 15 minutes walk) or get off at Grand National Drive, cross over International Drive to the stop opposite, and take a 37 right into Universal.
Sea World/Aquatica/Discovery Cove - bus 50 direct.  Trip time about 20 minutes.  For Discovery Cove, go to Sea World and then use their free shuttle service.
Busch Gardens - this is way outside the area covered by LYNX buses.  To get here, you'll need the Busch Gardens shuttle express which picks up at several places in the area.  The easiest pick up location to get to from Lake Buena Vista is at Sea World (see above). This is a once-per-day scheduled service, but you need to book in advance by phone or online to be sure of getting a seat. The price is very low and it's free for holders of certain multi-park admission tickets (e.g. the type of Orlando FlexTicket which includes Busch). This service is not part of LYNX, but you can, of course, use LYNX to get to the pickup point if necessary. More details and online bookings here  https://secure.mearstransportation.co...

 

SHOPPING AND OTHER VENUES

Florida Mall -bus 50 to its first stop on Sea Harbor Drive (near Sea World), cross the street and transfer to bus 111 (bus 111 runs hourly with additional trips at weekday peak hours).  Note: for a return trip, the transfer is done at the same stop, without crossing the street.
Premium Outlets
- Vineland Avenue
- bus 50 to its first stop on Sea Harbor Drive (about 15 minutes - ask the driver); cross the street and take an 8 going back the other direction.
Premium Outlets -  International Drive - bus 50 to its first stop on Sea Harbor Drive (about 15 minutes - ask the driver); from the same stop take an 8 going the same direction as the 50. 
International Drive generally - bus 50 to its first stop on Sea Harbor Drive (about 15 minutes - ask the driver); from the same stop take an 8 going the same direction as the 50.  While you are there, if you want to hop about, use buses 8 or 42, but when eventually connecting back to Disney, you need to be on an 8 to get right to the stops near Sea World where the 50 also calls.  Note that International Drive also has the I-Ride trolley service.  LYNX passes and transfers aren't valid on trolleys.
Mall at Millenia - go to Premium Outlets - International Drive as above then take bus 24 to Millenia.  24 runs only once per hour and stops fairly early so do check the schedule
Orlando International Airport - bus 50 to its first stop on Sea Harbor Drive (near Sea World), cross the street and transfer to bus 111 (bus 111 runs hourly with additional trips at weekday peak hours).  Note: for a trip FROM the airport, the transfer is done at the same stop, without crossing the street.  If starting out at the airport, note that the LYNX stops are located on the A-side of the Main Terminal, on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1), at Commercial Lane spaces A38-A41
Kissimmee (for "Old Town", Celebration, etc.) and shopping at WalMart - Use 50 to Disney's Transportation & Ticket Center.  From there, LYNX 56 will take you to the outskirts of Celebration (about 10 minutes), Old Town (about 15 minutes) and the WalMart Supercenter at Vine St Kissimmee (about 35 minutes).  Ask the driver where to get off if necessary.  (Bus 56 runs right along US192 in Kissimmee between Celebration and Vine St before terminating in DownTown Kissimmee, so you can use it to visit other venues in this area.  There are several Flea Markets and many restaurants, for example).

LYNX SCHEDULES (TIMETABLES)
Download schedules for all these and other LYNX services at
http://www.golynx.com/travel-informat...
Note that schedules only give scheduled times at certain timing points.  There are many stops in between these.

LYNX FARES AND PASSES

If you're going to make more than 8 one-way trips over more than 3 days in a 7-day period, then get a weekly pass - $16 for a week's unlimited use. These have to be bought in advance; probably the easiest way to do it is on the website http://www.golynx.com/fares-passes/  (pick the $16 7 day pass).  They will mail to overseas addresses.  Or you can get them at the Official Visitor Center on International Drive (by trolley marker #20, 1/2 a block north of Bahama Breeze set at the back of a parking lot and indicated by an orange, blue and black "i" sign).  In any case, passes are validated on the bus the first time of use and the period of validity starts then.

Otherwise, LYNX costs:
$2 each person one-way regardless of distance. Transferring buses (eg from 50 to 8 at Sea World for the outlets) is at no extra cost so long as you ask for a transfer ticket when you board and pay.
or
$4.50 for an all-day ticket (if you are going to make more than 2 one-way trips in a day)

You can buy one-way fare and one-day passes from the driver. No change given.  If buying a Day Pass, tell the driver you want one BEFORE you start feeding money into the machine.

Children aged 6 and under travel free.

Concessionary Fares

Concessionary fares are available to qualifying persons aged 7 to 17 inclusive, and to those aged 65 and over.  Concessionary fares are exactly half the adult rates for all tickets and passes.

In order to qualify for any concession, LYNX policy as stated on the website is that official LYNX ID must be carried in all cases.  These are only issued in person at LYNX Central Station in DownTown Orlando.  The logistics involved in obtaining this may not be justified by the relatively small cost saving.  However, LYNX Customer Services have also advised that overseas visitors may present official ID issued by their local transit authority and this will be accepted.  And an unofficial source advises that any official proof of age is sufficient.  Certainly, if merely paying a cash fare, presenting non-LYNX ID is worth trying. 

However, in respect of 7- and 30-day passes, the rather less than official position suggests there is an element of risk involved in attempting to use such a pass without LYNX ID and visitors may prefer to either allocate time to obtain an official ID or simply to buy full-fare passes instead.  It's also worth noting that discounted passes are not sold at most outlets; they can be purchased on-line and at LYNX Central Station.


FINALLY

All the services mentioned above have a daytime frequency of every 30 minutes or better except where stated and run every day of the week, including holidays. Most also run well into the evening and mostly at similar frequencies. The last 50 towards Lake Buena Vista, for example, leaves Sea World at around 11pm daily and they are every 30 minutes beforehand. But do study the schedules for precise timings to minimise waiting and note that the number 8 bus stops running earlier in the evening on Sundays.

It's worth emphasising that LYNX bus drivers are mostly helpful, patient and co-operative for the most part and will answer questions and give guidance. You will quickly get the hang of it.