Looking for the least expensive way to get from Orlando to Port Canaveral for a cruise?
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.
If you are flying into Orlando for your cruise, then you have the most options. To get from the airport to the cruise port you can take a cab, Uber, Lyft, cruise line shuttle, hotel shuttle, rent a car, and more. (Read about all your options on getting to Port Canaveral here.)
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 dollars. 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 that we suggest…
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Option #1: Port Canaveral/Orlando Hotels with Cruise Shuttles
Your first inexpensive option to go between Orlando and the cruise port is perfect if you plan to stay the night in a hotel before your cruise. Many hotels in the area offer shuttles to the cruise port as a perk for their guests.
In other words, you can fly into Orlando, get your hotel and have your ride to the cruise port also taken care of. It makes things convenient.
Hotels near the Orlando airport and in Port Canaveral both offer this perk. You’ll find more options near the airport (these hotels also offer a shuttle from the airport to the hotel).
Expect the ride to the port to cost between $30-50 per person, roundtrip. Some hotels include the shuttle as part of a package. In general, the deals near the Orlando airport seem to be cheaper than hotels in Port Canaveral.
Orlando Hotels with Port Canaveral Cruise Shuttles:
For a full list of Orlando hotel options with shuttles to the port, see our article here.
- Residence Inn Orlando Airport ($30 per person, RT)
- Springhill Suites Orlando Airport ($30 per person, RT)
- Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside ($30 per person, RT)
Port Canaveral Hotels with Orlando Shuttles:
For a full list of hotel options with shuttles to Orlando, see our article here.
- Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach (Included in package, call for pricing)
- Days Inn Wyndham Cocoa Beach (Included in package, call for pricing)
- Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach (Included in package, call for pricing)
Option #2: 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 about $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.
- Price: $29.98 per person, RT
- Phone: 321-735-8833
- Website: GoPortCanaveral.com
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 500+ reviews on TripAdvisor, Cortrans is rated 5 stars.
- Price: $40 per person, RT
- Phone: 407-446-3896
- Website: Cortrans-shuttle.com
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%.
- Price: $33 per person, RT
- Phone: 321-631-4144
- Website: CBShuttle.com
Port Canaveral Quick Shuttle
This shuttle service offers some the cheapest rides from the airport to the cruise terminals in Port Canaveral. Rides leave five times per day from Orlando airport to the terminal area. The price is $30 per person roundtrip if booked in advance. You can also sign up for their email list for a 10% off coupon.
- Price: $30 per person, RT
- Phone: 888-320-8497
- Website: PortCanaveraQuickShuttle.com
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get from Orlando to Port Canaveral?
If you are flying into Orlando, then expect it to take about 45 minutes to get to the cruise port from the airport. When planning ahead, don’t forget about extra time for things like getting off the plane, getting your bags, and then waiting for the shuttle to leave.
Coming from somewhere else in the area? Orlando is a sprawling city, and it can take up to 30 minutes extra if coming from the west side of town near the theme parks.
What time should I schedule my return flight home?
Given the distance between the airport and cruise port, we’d suggest making your return flight for 1 p.m. or later the day your cruise returns.
Not only does it take 45 minutes to get between the airport and cruise port, but we’ve found that Orlando International Airport consistently has slow security lines. Scheduling your flight in the afternoon should give you plenty of time to get off the ship, find your ride, and get through security before your flight departs.
Where do I meet my ride at the airport?
If you are getting a shuttle ride from the airport, you’ll get directions directly from your shuttle company on where to be picked up. Due to laws about who can pick up passengers where at the airport, each provider has a designated area. They will give you directions on where you should go after you pick up your luggage.
For more options on getting to Port Canaveral, see our port transportation page here.
Know of a cheaper way to get to the port? Tell us about it in the comments below!