Anyone staying at a Disney resort or official Disney hotel need have no qualms about getting around the Orlando magic kingdom. An unlimited free transportation network runs throughout, with buses, monorails, ferries and water taxis connecting all the parks and attractions before, during and for a couple of hours after opening hours. The I-Ride Trolley operates exclusively in the busy International Drive resort area; the fare is $2 per ride, and various passes are available. Those wishing to take a break from the world of Disney and travel elsewhere are advised to hire a car, particularly as during peak holiday seasons buses are likely to be crowded. Mears Transportation runs a bus service covering all Orlando's surrounding attractions, even as far away as Busch Gardens in Tampa. Taxis queue for passengers in front of most of the resorts in the area; they can also be ordered by telephone. Taxi fares tend to be high, however.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Electrical current is 120 volts, 60Hz. Plugs are mainly the type with two flat pins, though three-pin plugs (two flat parallel pins and a rounded pin) are also widely used. European appliances without dual-voltage capabilities will require an adapter.
The official currency is the US Dollar (USD), which is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards are widely accepted. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
The international country dialling code for the United States is +1. Mobile networks cover most of the country, especially all urban areas. Internet cafes are prevalent in most towns and cities and wifi is widely available.
Public transport facilities are to be found on the Ground Transportation Concourse on Level 1 of Terminal 1. Lynx buses numbers 11, 42, 51, and 111 depart around every 30 minutes, between 5.30am and 10.30pm, for downtown Orlando, the trip taking about 40 minutes and costing $2. Many hotels provide free shuttles for guests. Taxis are available on Level 1 on both the A and B sides of the Main Terminal, and may carry up to nine passengers with metered rates. Cruise passengers may also check with their cruise line, as some offer direct transfers to the port.
Numerous major car hire companies are represented at the airport, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar and National. The rental car companies are located on the A-Side and B-Side of the terminal on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1).
Taxis are available on Level 1 on both the A and B sides of the Main Terminal, and may carry up to nine passengers with metered rates. On average a one-way trip will cost $14-$18.
Terminals A and B are within the same builiding. The crossing between the terminals is on level 3.
Passenger services at the airport include ATMs, currency exchange, information centres, an interfaith chapel, and postal services. There are a wide variety of bars, restaurants, and shops, including duty free. The Kennedy Space Center, Disney, Universal Studios, and Sea World all have their own branded shops.The terminal top parking garage is one of the highest points in Orlando, providing a clear view of downtown Orlando and its nightly fireworks display. Facilities for the disabled are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Orlando International Airport has a number of parking options ranging from the cost free North and South Cell Phone Lot used to pick-up/drop-off passengers, to the Terminal Top parking lot and the Parking Garage A and B which have rates of $2 for 40 minutes and $1 for each additional 20 minutes. The daily maximum is $17. The two economy lots, serviced by regular airport shuttles, cost just $10 per day.
Free wifi is available in both terminals.