Orlando, Florida, has sunny weather, an impressive skyline, and several scenic lakes. Many people call it The City Beautiful and the theme park capital of the world. Orlando’s unofficial symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola in the middle of downtown. Every night, there’s a beautiful light show in the middle of the lake. This city is also the home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Gatorland, and many more famous theme parks and attractions.

Millions of people visit Orlando every year, and flying is the easiest way to get there. You can book a flight to Orlando International Airport, Orlando Melbourne International Airport, or Orlando Sanford International Airport. The area has lots of great places to stay.

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport is one of the largest, busiest airports in the United States, and it’s about 6 miles southeast of Orlando. The airport acts as a hub for Silver Airways, and Orlando is one of the major cities for Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines. It’s also a major international gateway for the region. Southwest carries more passengers to the airport than its other airlines.

At Orlando International Airport, travelers can take advantage of a large main building and four airside concourses. The Main Terminal has three levels, and it’s divided into an A Side and a B Side. The airport was renovated in 2010, and construction on a new terminal started recently.

Universal Studios
The Universal Studios in Orlando.

Airport Amenities

Orlando International Airport features some of the latest amenities to make your flight stress-free. When you arrive at your gate, you can enjoy restaurants, clean restrooms, currency exchange kiosks, ATMs, lounges, and public phones. Free shuttles to the Main Terminal and airport security are available. You’ll also find lots of convenient escalators and elevators.

After you pass through security, there’s a food court with a beautiful skylight and a duty-free shopping area. Stores include Bags4Travel, Brookstone, Bead Factory, three CNN Newsstands, Guess, Harley Davidson, Disney’s EarPort, a SeaWorld gift shop, Home Team Sports, two Kennedy Space Center gift shops, Power Play Arcade, Skechers, Sunglass Hut, Swarovski, Swatch, Tech on the Go, and more. The airport also has a spa, a convention space, and several bars.

On Side A and Side B of the Main Terminal, the car rental counters and baggage claim areas are on Level 1. Additional baggage claim areas are on Level 2, and ticketing and shopping are on Level 3. Level 3 also has plenty of restaurants and restrooms. Side A has a post office, and Side B has a police station and a lost and found office on Level 3. Level 2 has a Starbucks and a pet relief area. On Side B, the Starbucks is on Level 1.

You can find gates for Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Azul, Eastern, Emirates, Copa, Frontier, Jetblue, Sunwing, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Norwegian, Southwest, Miami Air, and WestJet on Side A. Side B has gates for Lufthansa, Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Bahamasair, Caribbean, Delta, Icelandair, LAN, Silver Airways, TAM, Spirit, Sun Country, Thomas Cook, United, and Volaris.

Getting to and From the Airport

In 2005, Orlando International Airport became the first airport in Florida to accept toll transponders for parking payments. Drivers with a toll transponder for the two toll roads outside the airport don’t have to stop to pay the parking fee. Many car rental companies offer vehicles with this ability to help you explore the city without dealing with annoying lines.

On Side A and Side B, taxis, limos, and buses are available. The 24 Walt Disney World resorts and most cruise lines offer free shuttles. You can also rent a car from Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, E-Z, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, L&M, or National.

Walt disney world resort
The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Hotels Near the Airport

The Hyatt Regency hotel is conveniently located inside the Orlando International Airport’s Main Terminal. It’s in the East Atrium near the East Security Checkpoint between Side A and Side B. The lobby is on the fourth floor, and the 445 guest rooms start on the fifth level. Since the hotel is outside the area controlled by security, even people who don’t plan to take a flight can stay there. It also has two restaurants — McCoy’s Grill & Bar and Hemispheres — which are on the top level of the Main Terminal. It’s a perfect place to watch planes take off and land.

The Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside is on the shores of a lake less than 10 minutes away from the airport, and it has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Breakfast is available, and there’s a restaurant, bar, fitness center, business center, valet parking, free wireless internet access, free weekday newspapers, and cable TV with premium channels. There’s also a spa and dry cleaning and laundry service.

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson is only about half a mile away from the airport. It offers a free hot breakfast, outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, library, meeting rooms, free wireless internet access, cable TV with HBO, microwaves, and refrigerators. The suites have separate living rooms with sleeper sofas and bars.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport

Orlando Melbourne International Airport is about 2 miles northwest of downtown Melbourne and an hour away from Orlando. It has three asphalt runways, and the main terminal is called the Edward L. Foster Air Terminal. It contains an Airport Museum with free admission, and there’s an attractive park outside. Major airlines include American Eagle, Delta, Elite Airways, and Porter Airlines.

Downtown Orlando.

Airport Amenities

This small airport still has lots of convenient amenities. There’s an ATM in the main terminal’s atrium, and wireless internet access is free. A pet relief area is on the east side of the main terminal. The baggage claim area and the lost and found desk is in the atrium across from security. The airport has its own police department, and it’s a favorite place for exhibits by local artists.

The Runway Grille is also in the atrium. It’s a deli-style restaurant and bar that’s open every day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. It also offers books, magazines, newspapers, snacks, toiletries, clothing, bottled water, soft drinks, and souvenirs. After security, you can visit the Gate 1 Bar and Café from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Getting to and From the Airport

The parking area has covered walkways to the terminal. However, motorcycles and oversized vehicles aren’t allowed. Buses, shuttles, taxis, and limos are available. Several hotels offer free shuttles, including Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, Hilton Rialto Place, Doubletree, and the Windsor Club at Vero Beach. Call in advance to schedule a pickup. Car rental companies are next to the baggage claim area. You can choose from Budget, Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, Alamo, National, Thrifty, or Dollar.

Temple Heaven
The Temple of Heaven in China at Epcot in Orlando.

Hotels Near the Airport

The Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront is about 3 miles away from the airport, and it’s right next to the beach. The spacious rooms have private balconies, radios, flat-screen TVs, free wireless internet access, an outdoor pool with a view of the ocean, a hot tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. There’s also a restaurant, Ocean Grille, with a great view.

Days Inn Melbourne is only about 4 miles from the airport. The rooms have microwaves, refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, and free wireless internet access. Pets are welcome, and the outdoor pool is open all year. A continental breakfast is available as well.

Orlando Sanford International Airport

Orlando Sanford International Airport is about half an hour away from the center of the city. It’s a minor hub for Allegiant Air, and it has four asphalt runways and two terminals. Other airlines include Interjet, Surinam Airways, TUI Airways, and ViaAir. More than 2 million passengers use Orlando Sanford International Airport every year.

Airport Amenities

Terminal A has lots of duty-free shopping, including KidsWorks, Hudson News, Indulgences, and Discover Orlando Sanford. There’s also a food court and a Budweiser Tap Room, and you can visit the Royal Palm Lounge. Terminal B has Gallerie and Hudson News. If you’re hungry, you can choose from Euro Café, American Grill, Cheeburger Cheeburger Express, Starbucks, Cinnabon, Caffè Ritazza, Port Paradise, or Sanford Market.

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The Church Street Station in Orlando.

Getting to and From the Airport

Taxis, limos, and shuttles are available. The airport has plenty of parking, and it’s free if you or your ride stays for less than 15 minutes. You can rent a car from Alamo, Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, National, or Thrifty. You can also take a shuttle to Accessible Mini-Van Rentals outside the airport.

Hotels Near the Airport

The Best Western Plus Sanford Airport/Lake Mary Hotel is about 2 miles from the airport. It has a free hot breakfast, a conference room, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. The rooms have refrigerators and microwaves, and pets are welcome.

The Budget Inn Sanford International Airport has free wireless internet access, an outdoor pool, a beautiful view of Lake Mary, and rooms with flat-screen TVs. Fishing and water skiing is available, and the Daytona 500 takes place nearby. For extra security, you can rent a safe deposit box at the front desk.

If you’re flying to one of these airports on your next trip to Orlando, you can find more information to help you plan your journey at GoDoTrip.