Sailing from Port Canaveral? Located about 45 minutes from Orlando (the nearest major airport and city), there are plenty of options for getting to the cruise terminal. But for many, driving is the best option.
Of course, if you plan to drive to the port, then you are going to need to park your car while you sail. Depending on where you park, that can be an expensive proposition.
The parking at the port, while being extremely convenient, is pricey. Daily rates are $17, and you are charged for the day you arrive and the day you leave. So on a 7-day cruise, you can expect to pay nearly $140 just for parking your car while you are on your trip.
The good news is that a number of independent lots have seized the opportunity and sprung up offering lower parking rates. While these lots are all off of port property, some are very close and all will have a shuttle to get you back and forth between your car and your cruise terminal. In other words, parking at these other lots can be nearly as easy as parking at Port Canaveral, but cost considerably less.
How much less? Prices vary from parking lot to parking lot, but there are some that can be as little as $8 per day. That could save you about $70 off parking at the port for a week-long cruise.
To help you save the most money, we tracked down what we believe are the cheapest Port Canaveral cruise parking options for your next trip. If you find a lot that’s cheaper, be sure to let us know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The lots below are what we believe are the cheapest, not recommendations. Be sure to do your homework (including reading reviews) before simply booking with a parking lot because it is inexpensive.
Cheapest Port Canaveral Cruise Parking Lots
Cruisetime Parking and Shuttle
Cruisetime is located southwest of Port Canaveral, on Merritt Island. It’s only about 8.5 miles from the port and the ride to the terminal takes about 15 minutes. Parking rates are simple — $8 per day for any cruise. Cruisetime also offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the port that’s included with your parking.
There is one thing that you should keep in mind, however. The cruise parking includes an extra day in the booking (as do many lots, including parking at Port Canaveral).
For example, if you take a 7-day cruise, you will arrive at the port on a Sunday afternoon and then get back the next Sunday morning. If you were to park at Cruisetime, you are charged for 8 total days because of both Sundays. Even if you arrive back and pick up your car early in the morning, the parking lot charges that as a full day.
Still, even paying for 8 days at $8 per day is much cheaper than paying for parking at the port.
- Lowest Cost Seen: $64 for 7-day cruise
- Distance: 8.5 miles (shuttle provided)
- Website: https://www.cruisetimeparking.com
- Phone: 321-591-0854
Among the cheapest parking options is one that doesn’t even charge you by the day. The parking package from GoPort has a different spin — they charge only based on the number of people traveling.
Here’s how it works. Instead of paying for parking by the day, you’ll be charged $70 for the first person to park, and then another $5 for each additional person. So a couple traveling would pay $75. A family of four would pay $85.
The price doesn’t vary based on the length of your cruise. It’s the same price whether sailing for a 3-day trip or a week. Therefore, it’s a better deal if you are sailing with fewer people on a longer cruise.
- Lowest Cost Seen: $70 for first person, $5 extra per person
- Distance: 5.5 miles
- Website: https://www.goport.com/port-canaveral-cruise-parking/
- Phone: 321-735-8833
Port Canaveral Parking
Port Canaveral Parking is located on Merritt Island, just about 10 minutes from the cruise ships. It charges rates of $9.95 per day for parking, which is roughly $7 cheaper versus parking at the cruise terminals. There is also covered parking available, starting at $11.95 per day.
With your cruise parking you also get a shuttle to the port, which departs every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Like other lots in the area, you are charged for both the day you arrive and the day you leave, meaning that you pay for an extra day on your cruise. As well, taxes and fees aren’t included in the headline price. During our search, we found $90.52 after all taxes and fees for a week-long cruise.
- Lowest Cost Seen: $90.52 for a 7-day cruise
- Distance: 6.5 miles
- Website: https://portcanaveralparking.com/
- Phone: 866-456-3050
Park N Cruise Port Canaveral Parking
Sitting right at the edge of Merritt Island before you cross the bridge to Port Canaveral, it’s hard to get much closer to the port than this. Still, the price won’t break the bank compared to parking at the terminal.
Rates start at $9.95 per day. When you include taxes and fees, the total comes to $91.17 for a week cruise during our search. That saves about $45 versus parking provided by the port.
There is a shuttle that runs every thirty minutes to get you over to the ship, so you don’t have to worry about how to get to the terminal on cruise day.
- Lowest Cost Seen: $91.17 for a 7-day cruise
- Distance: 3 miles
- Website: https://www.parkncruiseportcanaveral.com/
- Phone: 866-706-8999