If you are planning a trip to Orlando, a rental car is sometimes recommended but not always necessary. It depends on where you're going and what you plan to do. If you are solely planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, you will not need to rent a car since Disney offers complimentary transportation to and from the Airport via Disney's Magical Express as well as complimentary on-site transportation between all of its parks and resorts (Buses, Water Launches, and Monorail System). If you plan on visiting multiple park areas and other attractions throughout Orlando a rental car would be very helpful but is still not completely necessary. The International Drive area has the I-Ride Trolley, a bus system that transports tourists up and down the busy International Drive tourist stretch. For all other areas visitors can rely on Taxi Cabs, Shuttles, or Orlando's public transportation system called LYNX.


Rental car companies are located inside the  Orlando International Airport (MCO) main terminal, and include Advantage Alamo, AvisDollar, E-Z Rent-A-Car, and National  Atlanticchoice.

Outside of the terminal are a variety of other rental car companies, who will provide a courtesy shuttle to their place of rental. These companies include Sixt, Hertz, Thrifty, Enterprise, Continental, Eagle,  Travelauto and Payless. It is important to keep in mind that the smaller rental companies do not pick up on a regular basis and you must call at the courtesy phone to be picked up.  Also, keep in mind that you get what you pay for and check the ratings, some of the cheaper agencies, especially Payless, reputedly have  poor customer service record.  There are also many car rental agencies located throughout Orlando including a location at Walt Disney World. Alamo is the official car rental agency for Walt Disney World and their office can be found at the Disney Car Care Center near Magic Kingdom, free transportation to is offered to Disney resort guests.

Fortunately, most hotels in the area do not have parking fees, although this is not true of area theme parks.  Theme parks are known to charge hefty amounts to park there, but this also allows you to keep some belongings in your car and have quick access out of the park area. Disney parks also allow you to drive and park at other Disney parks on the same day with no extra fee. The only exception are Disney resort guests can park at any Disney park free of charge with their resort parking pass, however the complimentary Disney transportation is the best recommended option for Disney resort guests to avoid wasting gas and dealing with traffic.


In Orlando airport shuttle is also available to drop you off in the city. You can find a full list of Taxi companies servicing Orlando International Airport here.


Chauffeur Services

If you want to make sure you get to your destination on time and in style you should hire a chauffeur service to pick you up from the airport. When searching for a Limousine service Keep These 3 Things in mind.

  1.  Determine ahead of time how many people will be in your party and how much luggage you will have so you will have a clear understanding of your needs.
  2. If you decide to go with hourly services you should ask if there are a minimum amount of hours for the vehicle you requested.
  3. Make sure you are comparing Apples to Apples, ALWAYS Ask if the rate is "All Inclusive" or if they have additional fees. Normal fees to expect are 20% gratuity, 7% fuel, early morning / late night if the trip is between 12am - 5am, airport fees, parking and wait time.

It's always a good idea to make your reservations as far in advance as possible but usually you can get a Vehicle in as little as 1-2 hours' notice in 40 U.S. cities. You can get a single bill and single point of contact for all of your rides, worldwide. There is a  24 Hour dispatch service so you can speak to a real person anytime and Every ride is watched closely by their staff through GPS tracking of the vehicle and status updates directly from the driver via a mobile app.