It’s easy to get around Orlando by car, but Florida's most popular city also has lots of good public transportation. And if you travel for work – or like to fly to vacation spots – you’re also in luck. So whatever your needs, from bus to car to train, you’ll find it in Orlando.
Orlando traffic is what you’d expect for any major city: there are typical rush hours you can avoid with good planning. Certain parts of town also experience weekend backups at hotel check-in time: the city IS a vacation destination, after all.
The city is bisected by an interstate (I-4) and the 408 expressway, which is a toll road. Purchasing an electronic E-PASS from the Central Florida Expressway Authority gives you local toll discounts and free Orlando airport parking at Orlando International Airport (MCO). You can buy a sticker for your car, or portable transponders for multiple cars or a motorcycle. Orlando toll roads will generally get you around more quickly.
I-4 takes you to Daytona Beach on the east coast or toward Tampa Bay on the west coast. It runs north and south through much of Orlando, however, going through the heart of downtown.
Hot Tip: You’ll need to register your car if you move from out of state. There are several DMV addresses: see them all here.
Although it certainly helps in a city this size, you don’t need to have a car to get around. The city’s LYNX bus system serves Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties and has 77 daily local bus routes. There are over a dozen different types of LYNX Orlando passes you can buy.
The city’s Sunrail train system runs north and south and has 12 stations across three Metro area counties. Residents who regularly use the train can purchase a SunRail Sun Card for easy access.
Like other modern American metros, Orlando offers residents (and visitors) several options on paid private transport by car. Uber is popular, as are Lyft and taxis. Orlando stays accessible 24 hours a day through services like these, when you can’t drive, or just don’t want to.
The city of Orlando has 28 popular bike trails, a mix of neighborhood trails and others special enough to merit a drive to get to them. You’ll discover 240 miles of paved trails which link various Orlando neighborhoods with parks, schools and business districts.
Related: Orlando City Guide
Travel for work? One Orlando airport – Orlando International Airport – has worldwide flights 24/7. Orlando’s SunRail system connects to MCO via the bus at the Sand Lake Road rail station. This is an alternative to airport parking. But it’s also easy to drive and park at MCO.
Orlando Sanford International Airport, on the city’s northeast side, is served by low-cost carriers and also offers a few international flights.