The best way to get around the sprawling Orlando area is by an Orlando
rental car. Just about every national rental car chain operates here,
along with some smaller ones. Orlando rental agencies are accustomed
to tourists renting a car in one Florida city and dropping it off here
or vice versa, although they charge an additional fee to do so. Get
as current of a map as you can find. Roads are being built even as you
read this, and highway signs often assume you know much more than you
do. Because Central Florida was once sparsely populated and there are
vast amounts of acreage up this way, there was plenty of room to build
roads for all of the people driving an Orlando rental car, so even the
most remote routes are four- or six-lane highways.
You will also need to allow more travel time than the distance would
suggest when driving around Orlando. Even central Florida's main interstate
artery, I-4, is slow at peak traffic hours from 7a-9a and from 4p-6p,
and very busy at almost any other time.
Every major commercial airline and many charter aircraft fly into burgeoning
Orlando International Airport or the much smaller Sanford International
Airport and all of them have free transportation to various Orlando
rental car agencies. Amtrak trains connect the city with cities along
the U.S. east coast with stops in Kissimmee, Winter Park and Orlando,
while Amtrak's Auto Train boards both passengers and their cars for
the trip between Lorton, Virginia near Washington D.C. to Sanford, a
small town just north of Orlando. Greyhound buses bring people here
from every corner of the nation.