Orlando International Airport is situated six miles southeast of Downtown Orlando and is the busiest airport in the state of Florida, handling almost 50 million passengers each year. Reaching the airport by road from the city centre can normally be done in around 20 minutes, but if you’re travelling during busy periods than we’d advise allowing for at least half-an-hour.
Passengers walk through the terminal at Orlando Airport (Photo: bebatut via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)
There are plenty of options for long term parking near Orlando Airport, but finding a cheap parking deal can sometimes be tricky. If you’re planning to fly in and out of Orlando some time soon and need somewhere to park while you’re away, we’ve done some research and picked out three of the best online resources for finding economy parking rates at MCO. Here’s our selection:
One of the most reliable resources for finding cheap parking deals in and around airports is a price comparison – or “aggregator” – website. Way.com invites you to pick your preferred dates of travel before giving you all of the relevant deals it can find online. You can complete the booking either on the website itself or via the Way smartphone app. If you’re planning a longer stay – say of a week or more – then you’re usually able to find some great value deals. When we searched for parking near Orlando Airport, we found 16 options, starting at $3.75 per day for parking just 1.8 miles from the airport. This price also included a 24/7 round-trip shuttle service to and from the airport.
The most fail-safe choice when it comes to airport parking is to use the airport’s own official parking services. However, this is invariably the most expensive option, too. There’s long and short term parking at Orlando Airport, with the airport’s two Economy Lots being the cheapest. At both North Park Place and South Park Place, prices start at $10 daily, including free shuttles to and from both the A-Side and B-Side of the Terminal, which leave every 10 minutes. There’s a maximum stay of 70 days at both parking lots. No advance reservations are required, either. If you’re interested in valet parking at Orlando, this costs $25 per day.
Airport hotels are a necessary evil for some travellers faced with bleary eyed morning departures or late arrivals. However, this can certainly add to the expense of your trip. ParkSleepFly is a service designed specifically for people needing both an airport hotel and parking near the airport too. They offer bundled packages that usually represent much better value than booking your hotel and parking through separate providers. When we searched for deals for Orlando Airport in June, we found four available packages. The cheapest was an overnight stay at Econo Inn Lodge, located 7.5 miles from the airport, which when bundled with a week’s parking would cost you $113 – a saving of $22 compared to booking them separately for the same dates. The next cheapest deal was $124 for a one-night stay at the Sleep Inn, which is just 1.5 miles away, plus parking – which would save you $16. Both of these deals also come with a free airport shuttle and a free cancellation policy too.