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Flights to Orlando

Whether you're young or young at heart, book flights to Orlando and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

Don’t let Orlando’s image fool you. This isn’t just a fun-packed paradise for kids; it’s a rollercoaster ride for grown-ups too! Orlando may conjure images of Mickey and Minnie, fairy-tale castles, death-defying rides and performing sea life, but there is so much more to this exotic American city than meets the eye.

Airports in Orlando

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the 29th busiest airport in the world, and is just six miles from Orlando city centre. The airport has one terminal building divided into two distinct areas: Terminal A and Terminal B. The airport building is big enough to have its own hotel, a Hyatt Regency, inside. Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is a further away from the city (about 27 miles) and is also smaller. Some European carriers fly here instead.

Airlines that fly to Orlando

You can fly from the UK to Orlando International Airport with British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic. Thomson Airways fly from a number of British cities to Orlando Sanford International Airport.

Business flights to Orlando

Skyscanner make it easy to book business class flights to Orlando, so you can avoid the over-excited holidaymakers and arrive perfectly refreshed. Each airline has its own business class offering. Generally you can expect superior service, roomier seating, and more diverse selection of food and drink. Some airlines will welcome you on board with a glass of bubbly, and others (such as British Airways) offer executive lounge access at the airport too: ideal if you need to get online and finalise a bit of work before your flight departs.

A large number of airlines offer business class flights from the UK to Orlando. Direct flights from London are available from British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, Delta and Virgin Atlantic. Aer Lingus and Icelandair often offer the best value, with stops in Dublin and Reykjavik respectively. If you have a layover in Ireland you will have the opportunity to go through American security pre-clearance, saving you time stateside and getting you to the office earlier. To start comparing business class flights you need to enter your departure airport and date. Click the 'Cabin Class & Travellers' drop-down and choose business class.

Getting into Orlando

From Orlando International: Lynx buses run between the airport and Orlando. Buses 11 and 51 go to Downtown Orlando, and this journey takes about 40 minutes. Bus 111 goes to Florida Mall/SeaWorld and takes 45 minutes. Bus 42 goes to International Drive: this takes around an hour. Single tickets cost $2* (about £1.30). There's a taxi rank outside the airport: you can expect to pay $35* (about £23) to Downtown Orlando.

If you're heading to Walt Disney World you can hop on the Disney Magical Express, which offers free transport to all of the hotels in the theme park. You need to pre-book your space on the shuttle, so make sure you do it before you fly. Some other hotels in the area also offer free shuttle transportation, so it's worth checking before jumping on public transit.

If you're planning a self drive holiday you'll find the big car rental companies like Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, National, Thrifty, E-Z Rent-a-Car, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Firefly on the ground floor of the airport. You can compare car hire prices at Orlando International Airport now, to find the best deals.

From Orlando Sanford International: There are no public buses into Orlando from this airport. There's a taxi rank: approximate costs are $71* (about £46) to Downtown Orlando, $105* (about £68) to International Drive, and $129* (about £84) to Walt Disney World. Remember to confirm this with your cab driver before jumping in.

If you're planning on driving you'll find the car rental companies Advantage, Dollar, Hertz, National, Thrifty, Budget, Alamo, Avis and Enterprise at the airport. They're all outside the terminal building. Save time and money by booking your car hire at Orlando Sanford International Airport before you fly.

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When to visit Orlando

Summer is the most expensive time to visit Orlando: the schools are on holiday, and the big hotels know it. If you're looking for cheap prices, nice weather, and less crowds, try to plan your trip between January and April. Day time temperatures usually sit around the low 20°C's, but sometimes it can drop to around 10°C so make sure to pack some warm clothes too. September to December is similar, and if you book early in the season you could be experiencing some seriously hot weather.

What to see and do

You can pack a lot into a week in Orlando. Whether you spend your days shopping ‘til you drop in the busy malls and quirky boutiques of Florida’s sprawling boulevards, relaxing in luxurious spas or running from games of crazy golf to crazy rollercoasters, these activities should definitely make an appearance on your itinerary.

Theme Parks: While Disneyland and Sea World are sure to be hands-down favourites with the kids, there are many other weird and wonderful experiences to be had. Universal Studios brings the world of movies to life with lights, camera, action and special effects. The Animal Kingdom Theme Park offers wild animals and wilder rides while Wet ‘n Wild is one gigantic waterslide filled wonderland.

Art & Culture: The Winter Park History Museum and Museum of American Art are two great places to dip into Orlando's cultural side. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge their senses and their taste-buds in the delectable World of Chocolate Museum (which has its own scrummy café). The Orlando Ballet and Philharmonic Orchestra put on stunning shows as the sun goes down, while the City Arts Factory is always on the cutting edge of modern design.

The Great Outdoors: Leave the big city bustle and explore Orlando’s great outdoors. Take an airboat cruise down Florida’s steamy, serene and eerily still canals, where crocodiles lurk in the murky depths. Soar through the skies in a hot air balloon, surf the wild waves on a jet ski or slow the pace completely with a horse trek or scenic sunset fishing. Kayak with the friendly local Manatees as they swim in and out of the majestic and ancient Cypress trees.

Dining & Dancing: Orlando by night will reward you handsomely with its dazzling lights and endless entertainment. Cigar bars, glitzy nightclubs, casinos, live music venues and comedy clubs all compete for visitor’s attention. Downtown diners buzz with families enjoying the warm Orlando nights with some pancake stacks, while flickering candle light illuminates intimate tables in the windows of the city’s most elegant restaurants. Feast on any cuisine you can imagine before collapsing onto cool crisp sheets while dreaming of the next day’s adventures.

Where to stay

Most of the tourist amenities can be found around International Drive, an area known for its hotels and attractions. This is the best place to base yourself if you're planning on visiting Orlando's many theme parks, or if you simply want to be in the heart of the action.

Hotels in Downtown Orlando are better suited to people who are visiting the city on business, or for those who want to get a real feel for the city rather than a tourist experience. Excellent shopping, lots of art and culture, and fantastic restaurants make it a great base for your city break. International Drive is just a short jaunt on public transport too, so if you want to let your hair down with the rest of them you can.

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