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Florida does have one of the worst transport systems and getting around can sometimes seem a challenge. Even worse if you don’t decide to hire a car and you must use public transport. Here are all the options that are available to you to try and help make the process a little easier. After all you don’t want to be stuck in one place when there is so much to do in Florida. 

Car Hire

Hiring a car really is the best option when it comes to getting around in Florida. It gives you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. With so many hire car companies based in Florida and in particular at the airport it is easy to land, rent a car and get going. Browse online for the best deal and take note of the small print. You want to be fully covered while you’re out there.
Sometimes free car hire comes with package deals and while these are good they don’t actually come with insurance and can become costly compared to going direct with a hire company.
Our tip here is a recommendation. We use Alamo on all our trips and find booking through Alamo Brits is the cheapest with them giving 10% off all hire cars.

Taxi's

I have taken taxi’s in the past and while if you don’t drive they are convenient in taking you right to where you want to go I found tracking one down to be the biggest pain. I used one to get to Walmart but then on leaving I couldn’t find one anywhere and found myself having to ask customer services inside Walmart to phone for one for me. Luckily this worked out for me but if I didn’t have access to a phone it would have been a long walk back to the hotel with bags full of shopping.  
Uber is something that I see a lot of people doing and while I haven’t used this service I see a lot of people raving about their experience and how simple it was to use. Again, you would need access to a phone for this. For me I don’t take my phone away with me. I like to use my time away to switch off from technology so if you’re like me this is where it becomes difficult. 
If your planning to use it to get to and from the theme parks then this is easily do-able. You will find taxi’s lining up the exits of the theme parks so there is always a way to get back. Before you get in though be sure to ask how much your ride is likely to cost. This is spoken from experience. The first time I got into a taxi I went about 4 miles and it cost in the region of $40. The taxi driver didn’t put his meter on and just plucked a fare amount from the top of his head. 

I-ride Trolley Service

The I-ride Trolley service is the most convenient way to get up and down international drive. Even though we hire a car we still use the I-ride to travel around international drive.  

Operating from 8am – 10.30pm and arriving approximately every 20 minutes it is so effortless to just jump on and off while you explore what International Drive has to offer.  

The trolley service has two lines. A red line which travels along Universal Boulevard to south International Drive and a green line that runs north to south of international drive. If you’re staying on International Drive then the green line is the service you will use the most. 

Single fares are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children ages 3-9. Senior citizens over 65 pay only $0.25. 

If your planning to use them a lot then it is worth investing in an I-ride trolley pass. They can be bought at over 100 locations along the International Drive area or at the I-ride sales office. 

One day pass – $5.00 per person 

Three day pass – $7.00 per person 

Five day pass – $9.00 per person 

Seven day pass – $12.00 per person 

Fourteen day pass – £18.00 per person 

Or save before you go and buy your I-ride trolley passes from Attraction tickets direct. Click the I-ride trolley below to be directed straight to the I-ride passes.

Mears Shuttle

While this should probably come under taxi services I wanted to mention Mears as a complete service. This company is more than just a taxi service. They have a whole fleet of coaches, limousines, taxi’s and shuttle vans. They also have an app that lets you price up your fare, order a taxi, track the vehicle and it will alert you when your vehicle has been dispatched. We have used Mears for many things and we highly rate and recommend them. 

They also have shuttle services which take you to all the major theme parks. We used this when we stayed on Disney property and wanted to get to Universal. For a one of fee they picked us up from our Disney hotel, dropped us at Universal and then picked us up to return us back to Disney. This was a shared service and came as a 55 seater coach. We even got lucky and had Rick the driver. Youtube him!!! 

Lynx Buses

Lynx buses transports people around Orange, Osceola and Seminole county. You will find their bus stops display either a pink bus or a pink 

paw with the route number below it.  

These buses will take you further afield than International Drive. Their routes can be found on their website. Their website will also let you plan your route and give you the correct information regarding route numbers and departure times. If you need to transfer buses to get to your destination then the bus driver will transfer your ticket for free.  

I-ride Trolley Service

The I-ride Trolley service is the most convenient way to get up and down international drive. Even though we hire a car we still use the I-ride to travel around international drive.  

Operating from 8am – 10.30pm and arriving approximately every 20 minutes it is so effortless to just jump on and off while you explore what International Drive has to offer.  

The trolley service has two lines. A red line which travels along Universal Boulevard to south International Drive and a green line that runs north to south of international drive. If you’re staying on International Drive then the green line is the service you will use the most. 

Single fares are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children ages 3-9. Senior citizens over 65 pay only $0.25. 

If your planning to use them a lot then it is worth investing in an I-ride trolley pass. They can be bought at over 100 locations along the International Drive area or at the I-ride sales office. 

One day pass – $5.00 per person 

Three day pass – $7.00 per person 

Five day pass – $9.00 per person 

Seven day pass – $12.00 per person 

Fourteen day pass – £18.00 per person 

Or save before you go and buy your I-ride trolley passes from Attraction tickets direct. Click the I-ride trolley below to be directed straight to the I-ride passes.

Mears Shuttle

While this should probably come under taxi services I wanted to mention Mears as a complete service. This company is more than just a taxi service. They have a whole fleet of coaches, limousines, taxi’s and shuttle vans. They also have an app that lets you price up your fare, order a taxi, track the vehicle and it will alert you when your vehicle has been dispatched. We have used Mears for many things and we highly rate and recommend them. 

They also have shuttle services which take you to all the major theme parks. We used this when we stayed on Disney property and wanted to get to Universal. For a one of fee they picked us up from our Disney hotel, dropped us at Universal and then picked us up to return us back to Disney. This was a shared service and came as a 55 seater coach. We even got lucky and had Rick the driver. Youtube him!!! 

Lynx Buses

Lynx buses transports people around Orange, Osceola and Seminole county. You will find their bus stops display either a pink bus or a pink 

paw with the route number below it.  

These buses will take you further afield than International Drive. Their routes can be found on their website. Their website will also let you plan your route and give you the correct information regarding route numbers and departure times. If you need to transfer buses to get to your destination then the bus driver will transfer your ticket for free.  

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