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Taking the Bus to Orlando Is A Fast and Cheap Way To Go

Miami Beach 411 offers 5 different buses running throughout the day.
June 06, 2012 By Jess in Miami: Travel News  | 5 Comments


If you are going to Orlando, whether it’s to the theme parks or on a one way trip on your vacation through Florida, taking the bus is a fast and easy way to go. I needed to go to Orlando for the weekend to visit some friends, but did not want to spend money on gas or put hundreds of miles on the car. When you add in the fact that the air conditioning in my car was broken, it made the decision a no brainer! Taking the bus was the obvious choice. At $35 for a one way ticket, it is much cheaper than the gas it would cost me, plus I could sleep on the way and let someone else take care of the driving.

Departing from Miami

The bus picks up at all the hotels in South and Mid Beach along Collins Avenue so I headed to the nearest hotel to my apartment for a 6am pick up. When making a reservation, they ask you to be at your pick up point 10 minutes before your arranged time, but at 5:40am I got a call from the driver. “I’m early but don’t worry, I’ll wait for you.” As I dashed across South Beach I promised myself to be at my pick up 15 minutes early next time. I got to the bus five minutes later and was greeted by a friendly driver in uniform, who placed my bags under the bus and let me choose my seat.

As I relaxed into my seat and congratulated myself on not missing the bus, we picked up a few more passengers and started our journey up the Florida Turnpike. Once everyone was on board, a second member of the bus crew welcomed all the passengers and gave out free drinks and snacks. He gave us a safety announcement and played a safety video outlining where the emergency exits were on the bus. The bus has a restroom on board, but they do make one stop half way to Orlando at a service plaza for people who want to use the restroom or get coffee.

Once the safety checks were completed, they started the movies and this morning it was “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” But due to my early morning wake up, I soon fell asleep and woke up on the outskirts of Orlando. The journey had passed in no time at all, and we reached Orlando before 11:00am.

Arriving in Orlando

The drop off point is at 5441 International Drive, at a quieter end of this busy tourist street. If you are traveling to International Drive as your final destination, the popular tourist area is a only a couple of miles away. Luckily the bus stops just outside this area to avoid the heavy traffic.

For the passengers traveling to the theme parks for the day, you stay on board and get taken directly to Disney and Universal, which are only a few miles from International Drive. The buses have a specific drop off and pick up location in the theme park lots so you won’t feel like you won’t find them again. Most of you booking the round trip to Orlando for the day do so having only a few days of vacation, so your time is precious. The bus does not come to collect you until 6:30pm so you have a full 7 hours to explore the park. The bus then goes on to the International Drive stop for a 7:00pm departure, which is where I boarded it a few days later to return home to Miami after a great vacation in Orlando.

Boarding the bus at International Drive is easy, with only a speedy check-in at the tour office. They hand out free cold bottles of water as they tell you which bus to join. For the South Beach commuters it was a smaller bus going directly to Miami Beach without any stops along the way. The driver played the movie “Valentine’s Day” to help pass the time, and it certainly entertained everyone on the bus until we reached our destination. It was once again a great way to commute to Orlando and back from Miami.

Booking your bus ticket on Miami Beach 411

If a trip to Orlando is what you are looking for, whether it’s to visit Disney, visit friends, or you may even be like me and want to just have have air conditioning during the ride, booking at Miami Beach 411 is a great way to get there! We go 5 times a day, and offer one way or round trip bus tickets, with an option to add all the theme parks.

Being driven to Orlando and back guarantees you a fun day out with no worries about gas, driving or parking. So if you are thinking of how to get to Orlando and the theme parks while you stay in Miami, click the link here or call 305-754-2206.

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A SoBe resident for 5 years, Jess’s writing focuses on healthy living in South Beach with a dose of British humor and a cheerful outlook on life in Miami. She can be found moderating the forum Miami Beach 411.

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5 Comments on

"Taking the Bus to Orlando Is A Fast and Cheap Way To Go"

Doug says:

Great story! People should know about all these daily bus trips to and from Orlando.  The only thing I would add is that they all have different schedules, and don’t all offer the Disney and Universal Studios extensions.  And while most are $35 per person (with a 5% discount applied for round trip bookings) there is an express van that goes once a day (7 am from Orlando and in the late afternoon from Miami) that is $50 per person.  You can find out what schedule’s right for you by clicking on “Plan your trip” from the homepage, and then, “Orlando”.  From there you can click on the “bus tickets to Orlando” link to see all the different schedules.

Posted on 06/07/2012 at 12:28 PM

Blackford Oakes says:

One of these day, I’ll have to take this bus RT..

I make this drive at least once a month. With a barrel of gas dropping $2 today, I’d say the the current RT today will cost me at minimum $120, gas, tolls plus few incidentals at the turnpike stops.

It’ll also help he ignore the usual dragnet when I drive thru Stuart County. Nothing sucks more than a$200 ticket, especially if you’re touring.

Sounds like a deal

Posted on 06/08/2012 at 6:14 PM

Gus says:

Mr. Oakes,

Thank you very much for letting us know how much the drive costs and for your participation at Miami Beach 411. To show our appreciation, we added a free Orlando bus ticket in your private account. Call us anytime to redeem the offer!

I just read that on June 24, prices on the Turnpike are increasing 25% - even for those with a SunPass.

Posted on 06/09/2012 at 9:55 AM

Christy says:

Great article Jess! We should translate it into Spanish for our Spanish speaking friends! I took the bus but got off at the Pompano Service Plaza when I was visiting my family in Boca Raton. My Dad was waiting at the service plaza and was impressed that the bus was on time. It really is a great service! Like you, I’d rather sleep and leave the driving to someone else.

Posted on 06/11/2012 at 7:16 AM

Jess says:

Thank you Christy. I take the bus a few times a year to see how the drivers are and if the service is on time and I am always 100% happy. It is now always my first choice to get to Orlando.

Posted on 06/11/2012 at 2:33 PM

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