As Orlando is a year-round destination, getting cheap flights to Orlando can be rather tricky. However, you can make some great savings by booking in advance and can sometimes cut the cost of your vacation if you visit outside of school holidays. A number of airlines offer flights to Orlando from popular destinations throughout the US, such airlines include: Delta, United, American and US Airlines. Many cheap airlines also operate flights to Orlando such as Virgin America, Spirit Airlines and Frontier.
Orlando is served by Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is situated on the southeastern part of the city. Orlando International Airport started out as an Air Force Base but since the 1970s it has grown into one of Florida’s major international airports, serving more than 3 million passengers every month. On average, you can expect a flight from New York to Orlando to take around 3 hours. A flight to Orlando from Los Angeles will take approximately 4 hours 30 minutes.
Once you arrive at Orlando International Airport, there are plenty of transport options to take you to your destination. Taxis are stationed outside the main terminal and can take arrivals to downtown Orlando in 25 minutes. The airport has a number of regular public buses which can economically take arrivals to downtown Orlando in 40 minutes. Public buses also stop at International Drive, Disney World and a number of other popular destinations.
Things to do in Orlando
It only makes sense to mention that Walt Disney World is by far the most famous attraction within Orlando. Found 18 miles south of the downtown district, visitors can expect what can only be called a magical experience. Epcot Center quite famous and it contains (amongst other attractions) themed locations such as France and Germany. Nearby Hollywood Studios offers the best rides that are designed around the most famous movies while Animal Kingdom is perhaps the most interesting and eclectic zoo in North America.
Universal Orlando Resort is said to be the only park within the state that is considered to be a direct challenger to Walt Disney World. This location is actually comprised of two different parks; Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. A quality restaurant, a selection of enticing nightclubs and even three different hotels are all featured within this massive complex. Roller coasters abound and include such choices as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Incredible Hulk and the heart-pounding Jurassic Park. For those who enjoy the classics, the Jaws 3D ride is also able to be experienced here.
Florida and Orlando are also homes to some entirely unique ecosystems that can be found nowhere else within the continental United States. An excursion known as an EcoSafari is a great way to see the array of flora and fauna that has existed here for millions of years. In particular, a park known as Forever Florida will offer visitors more than 4,700 acres of prime wilderness. Nine different ecosystems and more than 200 species of birds are a few of the sights to be seen. Of course, black bears and alligators may be viewed by a few lucky tourists. Guided tours are available should one wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando itself.