Taking the Bus to Orlando Is A Fast and Cheap Way To Go
Miami Beach 411 offers 5 different buses running throughout the day.
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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