18 Orlando Hotels with Shuttles to Disney World & Universal

If you’re planning to visit Disney World or Universal Studios while staying in Orlando, then you already have a lot on your plate. Between finding flights, hotels, park tickets, meals, and more… there’s an endless amount to plan.

Why not make things easier by booking a hotel that offers a shuttle to Disney or Universal? It means one less thing you have to worry about — your ride to the park is already taken care of.

After all, the truth is that visiting the parks can seem overwhelming. 

Walt Disney World Resort is a massive area which extends over two cities: Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista (which are essentially part of Orlando). Disney World includes multiple separate theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. It also contains water parks, shopping districts, golf courses, and more than 20 hotels.

The Universal Orlando Resort consists of multiple parks as well: Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios (which includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), and Volcano Bay. 

While these parks are big, the good news is if you select a hotel that is run by the theme park, then it will have a transportation to the park included. But park hotels may only run to that specific park. What if you want to visit both?

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Are You Visiting Disney, Universal, or Both?

If you’re planning to visit only one of the theme parks, then you can choose a hotel on that property and take advantage of the free transportation services. Just know that you could pay a premium for staying on the park grounds.

If you plan to visit both Disney and Universal, however, don’t expect a Disney hotel to take you to Universal and vice versa. Instead, you can follow one of two strategies.

First, if you don’t mind switching hotels, you stay a few days at a hotel on the grounds of each resort, taking a cab or Uber/Lyft when you transfer from your first hotel to your second.

Alternatively, you can choose one of the many Orlando hotels offering shuttle service to both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. As an added bonus, these hotel can often have prices that are less expensive than staying at the park hotels.

To save you some legwork, we’ve compiled a list of hotels offering theme park shuttle service to the multiple parks.

Shuttle Service and Theme Park Partnerships

Below, we’ve listed only hotels offering shuttle service to both Universal and Disney.
Be sure to check with the hotel to confirm the specific details about the shuttle service as they can change.

Also, shuttle service times may be limited, so consult the schedule before planning theme park activities. At some hotels, you can reserve your shuttle space in advance, while others have a first-come, first-serve policy. Most shuttles often make only one or two stops within each theme park, so allow time to get from your shuttle stop to the specific places you want to visit.

Finally, many Orlando hotels also have a partnership with either Universal or Disney. Their partnership status can enable hotel personnel to help you with ordering theme park tickets. 

Note: This article contains affiliate links to Kayak. We earn a commission for clicks made on their website, at no charge to you. Review ratings come from Google and are rounded to the nearest half point.

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Orlando Hotels with Theme Park Shuttles

The list below includes hotels at different price points, depending on whether you’re on a tight budget or planning to splurge. Click on each hotel name to read reviews on Kayak. Enter the dates of your stay for the most accurate pricing.

Avanti Resort
Sitting along Orlando’s International Drive, Avanti is the heart of everything (Orlando’s giant ferris wheel is just down the street). The Avanti’s amenities include an arcade-style game room as well as an oversized pool and a fitness center. The hotel’s shuttle offers rides to and from the theme parks several times a day, including as late as midnight in some cases.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 13 miles | Distance to Universal: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre
Clean, affordable, and updated with a free shuttle to the major theme parks, there’s a lot to like about the Courtyard Orlando. It has everything you need in a hotel, including multiple pools, fitness center, a small playground for the kids and on-site restaurants. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 7.5 miles | Distance to Universal: 7.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista
In addition to free shuttles to Disney and Universal, the Rosen Inn also has rides to SeaWorld and even the airport (a fee applies to airport rides). Just a few miles from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the Clarion offers two seasonally-heated swimming pools, free parking, and a restaurant. Kids can enjoy the hotel’s splash zone, plus a 24-hour video arcade room, and a playground.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Disney: 7.5 miles | Distance to Universal: 7.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Comfort Inn Maingate
Looking for somewhere affordable but with access to the parks? Comfort Inn Maingate can be less than $100 per night and offers scheduled transportation service to and from both Disney and Universal, as well as SeaWorld and Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall. Just know in advance there are only a few departures each day, so you’ll need to be ready to go on the shuttle’s schedule.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 7 miles | Distance to Universal: 15 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Homewood Suites by Hilton International Drive
This hotel is in the heart of International Drive, a touristy strip with lots to see and do. Extended stay suites here include a full kitchen. Guests can also avail themselves of hot full breakfast daily, a business center and internet access, and an outdoor pool. Other amenities include complimentary grocery shopping service and a 24-hour on-site convenience store in addition to the shuttle to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 13 miles | Distance to Universal: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Knights Inn Maingate
If you want to save some cash while visiting Orlando, this is one of the least-expensive hotels we’ve found. It’s near Disney, offers pet-friendly accommodations, outdoor pool, wi-fi, business center, refrigerator and microwave. The website says they have have a free shuttle service to both major theme parks, in addition to SeaWorld.

  • Price: $
  • Distance to Disney: 7 miles | Distance to Universal: 15 miles
  • Review Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Liki Tiki Village
Mini-golf and the Liki Tiki Lagoon, a 1.5-acre, 220,000-gallon, water playscape, along with 2 heated pools, tennis and basketball courts, and a game room are some of this resort’s many family-friendly features. The resort offers a shuttle to SeaWorld, Universal and Disney.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Disney: 11 miles | Distance to Universal: 19 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham, International Drive
Offering complimentary shuttle service to the park, this hotel also boasts an outdoor pool, plus free wi-fi and free breakfast, and offers family/oversized rooms. (Note, due to the health crisis, this shuttle may be temporarily paused.)

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 13.5 miles | Distance to Universal: 1.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Point Hotel and Suites
Situated across I-4 (but not right on the freeway) from Universal, The Point is a great location if you plan on spending time at that park. It has an outdoor pool, hot tub, and a fitness center in a trendy, modern atmosphere. Shuttles run daily to all the major parks, including multiple times to Universal.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Disney: 14 miles | Distance to Universal: 1.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Vacation Villas at Fantasy World
If you want to stay somewhere that the kids will never get bored, this is it. Fantasy World offers a variety of family-oriented amenities such as crafts, poolside games, a movie night with popcorn, two water slides, a splash pad, trivia, and bingo and tons more. They also offer scheduled service to the parks included with the resort fee that you pay.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 9 miles | Distance to Universal: 11.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa
In addition to free shuttle service to both theme parks, this four-star hotel offers accommodations ranging from studios to four-bedroom villas. The Westgate’s amenities include seven heated outdoor pools, seven hot tubs, the Serenity Spa by Westgate plus a sports bar and grill.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Disney: 11 miles | Distance to Universal: 4 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Grande Villas Resort
According to its website, Grande Villas offers complimentary rides via a shuttle to Disney, Universal and SeaWorld. In addition, your time at the resort can be filled with the large resort-style pool, mini-golf, playgrounds for the kids, tennis, volleyball, and more. Perhaps best of all, it sits right in between the parks, making it an easy ride to any attraction.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 7.5 miles | Distance to Universal: 7.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Cypress Pointe Resort
Located next door the Grande Villas (and both owned by Diamond Resorts), Cypress Pointe also offers shuttles to all the major theme parks. So you can stay at the resort and have your ride already taken care of for no extra charge. On the grounds are also volleyball, tennis, and shuffleboard courts, as well as a heated pool with a huge “water volcano” that kids will love. 

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Disney: 7.5 miles | Distance to Universal: 7.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hampton Inn Orlando/Lake Buena Vista
Always a popular choice for its value, Hampton Inn has a hotel situation right between Disney and Universal. They offer a free shuttle for guests that covers Disney World and Universal Orlando. While this hotel may not be a large resort like others on our list, for those planning to spend the bulk of there vacation in the parks, it’s a good choice. 

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Disney: 8 miles | Distance to Universal: 7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista Resort
If you want to visit the parks but also have a place to play where you stay, this might be it. The resort features a ton of amenities including a large pool shielded from the outside roads, a kids splash pad, basketball court, and tennis court. If you decide just to take it easy for a day, then you’ll have plenty to do at the hotel. It also features rides to the theme parks.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Disney: 8 miles | Distance to Universal: 7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hilton Garden Inn Lake Buena Vista
A free shuttle from the Hilton takes you to Disney and Universal, which are just a few miles away. Rooms are clean and modern, with a large resort-style pool for everyone to enjoy. You are close to Interstate 4, but that can provide easy access to 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 8 miles | Distance to Universal: 7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Holiday Inn & Suites Orlando
Sitting on the south side of I-4 and just off International Drive, this spot gives you the ability to walk to the factory outlets, Publix, and a number of restaurants. Best of all, there is a complimentary shuttle that runs to the major theme parks. The hotel is newly-opened, making it ideal for those that want somewhere that’s fresh and clean.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Disney: 8.5 miles | Distance to Universal: 7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the shuttles to the theme parks in Orlando free?
Many hotels in the area offer free shuttles as a perk to stay with them. We’ve tried to identify those above which have free and which have paid shuttles. The good news is that even if there is a cost, the price of the shuttle will be only between $10-15 roundtrip. If you want to be sure, you can contact the hotel directly to see what their policy is.

Do hotels offer shuttles to the airport?
Many hotels in Orlando do offer airport shuttles, but we’ve found there is often a cost for this transportation unless the hotel is near the airport (about 30 minutes from the theme parks). In other words, those hotels near the parks on the southwest side of the city are likely to have theme park shuttles. Those hotels near the airport are more likely to have airport shuttles.

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