Sailing from Port Canaveral? Then you know that it’s a little out of the way. 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. So on a 7-day cruise, you can expect to pay nearly $120 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 costs considerably less.
How much less? Prices vary from parking lot to parking lot, but there are some that can be as little as $6 per day. That could save you about $75 off parking at the port.
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 reviews) before simply booking with a parking lot because it is inexpensive.
Cheapest Port Canaveral Cruise Parking Lots
528 Port Cruise Parking
First things first, 528 Port Cruise Parking says that it offers $5.95 per day parking, but a search of multiple dates on their website brought up considerably higher rates. Still, the lowest parking rate we found for a 7-day cruise was $68.60, or $9.80 per day. Even at that rate, passengers will pay more than $7 per day less than parking at the port. Note that rates are higher on a per-day basis for shorter cruises.
The parking lot is located on the mainland, just before heading over the causeway to Port Canaveral. A complimentary shuttle runs regularly to the port, which is included for up to four passengers with your parking fee.
Lowest Cost Seen: $68.60 for 7-day
Distance: 10 miles (shuttle provided)
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 — $7 per day for any cruise, except four-day parking, when rates are $8.75 (still cheaper than the parking at the port. 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. We noticed that the cruise parking reservations include an extra day in the booking. 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 evidently charges that as a full day.
Still, even paying for 8 days at $7 per day is much cheaper than paying for parking at the port.
Lowest Cost Seen: $56 for 7-day
Distance: 8.5 miles (shuttle provided)
Lots of Honor
Surprisingly, one of the closest parking lots to Port Canaveral is also one of the cheapest. Lots of Honor is located right before you cross the water to the port. It’s only about 3.5 miles from the terminals. The parking lot says it offers 24/7 security, as well as a shuttle to the port.
The rate is $8.95 per day for most cars. Like Cruisetime, Lots of Honor counts both the day of arrival and the day of departure as full cost days. In other words, even if you leave the lot early on the day your cruise gets back, you will be charged for an entire day. A 7-day cruise, therefore, will be charged for 8 days of parking. For a total of $71.60, you are still saving about $50 over parking at the port.
Lowest Cost Seen: $71.60 for 7-day
Distance: 3.5 miles (shuttle provided)
Go Port Canaveral Package
What is among the cheapest parking options is one that doesn’t even charge you by the day. The parking package from Go Port Canaveral has a different spin — they charge only for the shuttle to and from the port.
Here’s how it works. Instead of paying for parking by the day, you’ll be charged $9.95 per person, each way for the shuttle. So a couple traveling to the port and back to the parking lot will pay $39.80 ($9.95 x two people, both ways). A family of four would pay $79.60 for the shuttle to and from the port.
Meanwhile, there is no charge for parking. So you pay the same rate whether you are gone for a 3-night cruise or a 9-night cruise. For example, a couple traveling on a weeklong trip will pay $39.80 or about $5.70 per day for parking.
The lot is small (only 150 spots), so be sure to reserve ahead of time. This is ideal for those passengers traveling as a couple on longer cruises. That’s where you’ll find the best value.
Lowest Cost Seen: $9.95 shuttle each way, per person. Parking is complimentary.
Distance: 5.5 miles