If you are flying into Orlando for your cruise, one of your biggest questions is usually how to get to the port.
Your options are nearly unlimited. It goes without saying that tourism is big business in Florida. If there is a need by even a handful of people, a business will pop-up to cater to them. To get from the airport to the cruise port you can take a cab, Uber, Lyft, cruise line shuttle, rent a car, and more.
The good news for cruise passengers is that with so many tourists and so many companies providing service, there is a lot of competition for your dollar. The result? Affordable prices mixed with good service.
If you’re looking for the cheapest way to get to Port Canaveral from Orlando, you have two different ways.
Port Canaveral Hotels with Airport and Cruise Shuttles
First, you can book a hotel in Port Canaveral with a shuttle to and from the airport. These hotels provide transportation as part of a package with a night’s stay. In other words, you can get a ride from the airport the hotel — and then to the cruise port — for just the cost of a night’s stay at the hotel. We have a full list of options here.
Independent Shuttles to the Port
If you don’t plan to stay at a hotel, then we’ve found the cheapest way to get to and from the port is an independent shuttle. Despite the ride being about an hour each way, the volume of people traveling to Port Canaveral from Orlando can make things cheap on a per-person basis.
A number of shuttle companies offer rides from the Orlando airport to Port Canaveral for the cheapest price we’ve seen — $30 roundtrip:
Go Port Canaveral
One of the most popular options, Go Port Canaveral is also among the cheapest. They offer a full-sized charter bus that heads between the airport and cruise port several times a day. The shuttle departs Terminal A in the Orlando airport. When to return to Port Canaveral, the shuttle runs regularly until 10 a.m. back to the airport. The cost is $29.98 per person, roundtrip.
Cortrans Shuttle Service
Cortrans is a family-owned shuttle service that offers four trips a day between the airport and cruise port. You can ride one-way for $20 or go round-trip for $40. Of the 450+ reviews on TripAdvisor, Cortrans is rated 5 stars.
Cocoa Beach Shuttle
Picking up from the Orlando airport (as well as other area airports if needed) about every 30 minutes, Cocoa Beach Shuttle will get you to the cruise terminal quickly. This shuttle service offers a $33 rate for a roundtrip ride to your cruise ship. Additional riders are a little less. You can also use the code “roundtripdiscount” to save 20%.
Port Canaveral Shuttle Connection
Port Canaveral Shuttle Connection has five departures a day from the Orlando airport and three departures from the cruise port back to Orlando. Round-trip fares run $40, in line with the two options listed above. We’ve searched for reviews of the service and found none on either TripAdvisor or Yelp.
Port Canaveral Quick Shuttle
This shuttle service offers the cheapest rides from the airport but there are a few catches. First, you have to pay online ahead of time to save 20% and get the lowest rate. You can pay the driver, but it’s a little more and only cash is accepted. Rides leave five times per day from Orlando airport to the Port Canaveral area. The price is $30 per person roundtrip if booked in advance.
For more options on getting to Port Canaveral, see our port transportation page here.
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