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Orlando is a world of theme parks – there are at least 10 of them in and around this city. Then there are the airboat boat rides around the swamps, go-karting tracks and kayaking. This is the city of fun.

But once you are tired of hearing the rumble of a rollercoaster take some time to explore. Rent a hire car in Orlando and head to the Everglades, Miami, and the Florida Keys, which are all within a few hours by car.


How to Rent a Car in Orlando / Orlando Airport

When arriving in Orlando, Florida, most visitors prefer to arrange car hire at Orlando Airport, which is about a 20-minute drive from the city centre. However, it also possible to rent a car in downtown Orlando itself.

Whichever you choose, you are sure to have fun exploring the theme park capital of the world. As well as Orlando’s flagship Disney parks, Universal Studios and Epcot, there are further adventures on offer such as Kennedy Space Center, Legoland Florida and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If theme parks aren’t your thing and you would rather unwind in restful scenery, then there are plenty of natural beauty spots to enjoy. These include the Everglades, Florida Keys and Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Of course, if you rent a car, it will be that much easier to get around. Whatever your needs, there are plenty of cheap car hire options at Orlando Airport. Here are a few for you to consider:

Car Types

Ideal Passenger Numbers

Luggage

Purpose of Travel

Mini

1-2

1

City break, business

Economy

1-4

2

City break, business

Compact

1-5

3

City break, business, family holiday

Midsize

1-5

3-4

City break, business, family holiday

Standard

1-5

3-4

City break, business, family holiday

Full size

1-5

4

City break, business, family holiday

Premium

1-5

4

City break, business, family holiday

Convertible

1-2 or 4

2

Business, city break, touring

SUV

2-4 or 5

4-5

Family holiday, camping or outdoor, touring

Minivan

6-7

4

Family holiday, camping or outdoor, touring

Van

Up to 9, depending on size

5

Family holiday, camping or outdoor, touring


What Car Hire Brands Are Available?

There is a wide range of rental car brands available at Orlando Airport, including Enterprise by Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Sixt

Check out the table to find contact details and opening hours for each of the main car hire brands at Orlando Airport:

Brand

Opening Hours

Telephone

Location

Alamo

Open 24 hours

+1 844-370-3164

Orlando Airport

Avis

Open 24 hours

+1 407-825-3700

Orlando Airport

Budget

Open 24 hours

+1 407-825-1700

Orlando Airport

Dollar

Open 24 hours

+1 866-434-2226

Orlando Airport

Sixt

Open 24 hours

+1 888-941-7498

Orlando Airport

Thrifty

Open 24 hours

+1 877-283-0898

Orlando Airport


Tips for Renting a Car in Orlando

When planning to hire a car in Orlando, it is useful to be aware of a number of things. Firstly, it is best to book your rental car in advance as queues can often be long at car hire outlets and the last thing you want, after a lengthy flight, is to have to wait. Also, booking in advance often gives you access to cheaper deals.

However, when booking, check what is included in your quote very carefully. Some car hires don’t include unlimited mileage, local taxes or insurance, so it is best to check the finer details before signing on the dotted line.

Also, make sure that your car has air-conditioning – as temperatures in Florida can sometimes be higher than 30°C in the summer, this is essential.


Things to Be Aware of When Driving a Car in Orlando

Florida is right-hand drive and has wide roads, giving you plenty of space. However, bear in mind that various roads have tolls and some are unmanned, so make sure you always have loose change. It is illegal to turn your headlights on when it’s raining, so take care in those circumstances and drive slowly. There can be very strict penalties for visibly carrying alcohol in your car, so make sure it is stored in the boot.


Must-sees Within an Easy Drive of Orlando

It would be easy to spend an entire week in Orlando only visiting theme parks. Its most famous is Disney World, which is 16 miles to the south of the city. There are also SeaWorld, Legoland and Universal Studios. There are various car-parking options at the theme parks; for example if you pay for parking at one Disney theme park, you can then park at other Disney theme parks on the same day for free.

Two hours north of Orlando is Jacksonville. The 140-mile drive takes you past Daytona Beach, which is the home of NASCAR, or you could stop off to climb to the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Florida. But once you are in Jacksonville take time to enjoy a more laidback atmosphere. This city has 1,100 miles of shoreline so fishing, paddle boarding and boating are all popular here. Jacksonville also boasts an extensive collection of urban parks, including the 120-acre woodland of the city’s arboretum.

Tampa lies 80 miles west of Orlando. The city is nestled in the curve of Tampa Bay, with areas of waterfront restaurants and bars and plenty more family-friendly water activities. Ybor City is Tampa’s old town, which comes into its own at night with clubs, concerts and restaurants – think traditional chophouses and hamburger joints. The glamour city of Miami is 240 miles down the coast from Orlando. The route takes in Palm Bay and Fort Lauderdale and puts you in the perfect spot to explore the mangroves and marshes of the Everglades, where turtles, manatees and even the Florida panther are among the abundant wildlife.

For more information on the city, check out our useful travel guide on top things to do in Orlando.


Ready to plan your Orlando city break?

So now you are ready, start organising your trip to Orlando and the rest of the US by using the Expedia search tool to help you find the best deals on car hire, flights and hotels. It can also help you to research the best attractions and activities.

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