If you'll be on Disney property, you can use its buses, trams, boats, and monorails. If you're staying outside Disney—or want to visit a non-Disney attraction—options are cabs, shuttles (your hotel may have a free one), and rental cars. Some hotels have shuttles to and from Universal and SeaWorld, which don't have transit systems.
Cabs, Shuttles, and Public Transportation
Many non-Disney hotels offer free airport shuttles. If yours doesn't, cabs from the airport to the Disney area run $55–$75. Try Star Taxi (407/857–9999) or Yellow Cab Co. (407/422–2222). Town & Country Transportation (407/828–3035) charges $75 one-way for a town car. The Mears Transportation Group (407/423–5566www.mearstransportation.com) offers shuttle and charter services throughout the Orlando area.The I-Ride Trolley (407/248–9590www.iridetrolley.com) serves most attractions in the I-Drive area (including SeaWorld). It won't get you to Disney, but it does have a stop about a half mile from Universal. The LYNX (407/841–5969www.golynx.com) bus system provides service in Orlando.
Rates vary seasonally and can begin as low as $30 a day or $149 a week for an economy car (excluding 6.5% rental-car tax). If you're staying on Disney property but want to rent a car for a day, you might get a better daily rate if you reserve for two or more days and then return the car early. (Just be sure there aren't any penalties for this.) lGas stations near the airport are pricey.
Dial *511 on your cell phone or 511 on a landline for traffic advisories (www.fl511.com). Dial *347 (*FHP) on your cell for the Florida Highway Patrol. Most Florida highways are also patrolled by Road Rangers, a free roadside service. The AAA Car Care Center (407/824–0976) near the Magic Kingdom provides emergency services, including free towing on Disney property, even for non-AAA members. Office hours are weekdays 7–7, Saturday 7–4, but trucks run whenever the parks are open.