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Car Hire from Orlando Sanford Airport

Car Hire from Orlando Sanford Airport

Located in the centre of Florida, Orlando Sanford Airport is a great starting point from which to discover this beautiful state. With high adrenaline theme parks, wild natural parks and miles of coastline, there’s lots to explore. Getting around Florida by car is easy and one of the best ways to experience all that the state has to offer.

Where to hire a car at Orlando Sanford Airport

Advantage, Dollar, Hertz, National, Thrifty, Budget, Alamo, Avis and Enterprise all have car hire offices at Orlando Sanford Airport. They are located just outside the small terminal building and are well-signposted.

Petrol Stations near Orlando Sanford Airport

If you have hired your car on a “full to full” fuel policy you will need to ensure you refuel the car close to Orlando Sanford Airport to avoid any extra charges.

The closest petrol station to Orlando Sanford Airport is Cumberland Farms convenience store and gas station. It is just 5 minutes’ drive from the airport and on the corner of East Airport Boulevard and South Sanford Avenue.

Driving around Orlando Sanford Airport

Orland Sanford Airport is very well-connected by local highways. East Airport Boulevard out of the airport, takes you to the 417 and route 4 which runs from Daytona Beach to Tampa, passing through Orlando city. Route 46, heading east from the airport, joins up with route 95, a motorway running along the eastern coast of the state from Jacksonville to Miami.

Getting to your destination

With a rental car from Orlando Sanford Airport, the whole state of Florida is within half a day’s drive. Here are just a few destinations for your tick list.


Famed for its numerous theme parks, Orlando is a family friendly stop on a Florida road trip. With old favourites like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios now joined by attractions like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there’s something to appeal to everyone.

There are a number of routes going from Orlando Sanford Airport to Orlando city. One of the simplest is taking the 417 south and then the 408 west into the centre, which takes around 30 minutes. There are lots of street spaces and car parks in the city centre so find a spot is usually easy.


Florida’s glamourous coastal city, Miami is an eclectic mix of styles. There are the art deco buildings of South Beach, the Cuban atmosphere of Little Havana and modern art galleries and nightclubs. Taking a cruise around Biscayne Bay or sampling some of the best food Florida has to offer, are both great ways to while away an afternoon. Miami also offers easy access to the Florida Keys and the Everglades National Park.

Miami is around three hours and 40 minutes’ drive from Orlando Sanford Airport, taking the 46 east and picking up route 95 south. There are lots of metered street parking spaces and city centre car parks, most of which are reasonably priced.


Sarasota is a sophisticated city with beautiful beaches. It has a strong arts scene and is home to a number of theatre, opera, gallery and live music venues. Great shopping, restaurants and nightlife are complemented by the area’s stunning seafront. Its spectacular white sandy beaches include Siesta Key, often listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Sarasota is around three hours’ drive from Orlando Sanford Airport. Drivers should take the 417 and then pick up route 4 heading south and west. There are various parking options in the centre. Free street parking is available for limited periods in some places and there are plenty of paid car parks.

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