Greyhound Bus Travel to Orlando
For short-haul trips, bus travel can be significantly cheaper than flying. When considering a bus trip to Orlando, be sure to compare train fares. Amtrak coach tickets are 100% refundable as long as they haven’t been printed in advance, but Greyhound increases ticket prices for the ability to get a refund. Greyhound online advance-purchase tickets can drop the price significantly and beat Amtrak prices in most cases. In some cases, advance-purchase tickets can even be printed online as etickets. These tickets, however, can not be refunded under any circumstances and there is no discount for companion fares. An accompanying child will pay the same adult advance-purchase price.
Note: Non-refundable fares, can be exchanged for another ticket for the exact same trip on a later date. Refundable fares are subject to a 20% cancellation fee but can be refunded. Unlike Amtrak coach seat tickets, Greyhound does not give you the flexibility to change to a lower fare should you find one. Refundable tickets must be refunded minus the 20% cancellation fee and a lower fare ticket can then be purchased should you find one.
Greyhound does offer a number of discount options:
- The Student Advantage Card gets you 20% off on Greyhound unrestricted walk-up fares or online.
- Active duty and retired military personnel and their dependent family members may receive a 10% off the Greyhound walk-up (unrestricted) fare. Another option for military personnel is to travel on Greyhound for a maximum fare of $235 round trip anywhere in the continental United States.
- Veterans Advantage Discount Card gets members 20% off on walk-up fares.
- Seniors, age 62 and older, may request a 5% discount on unrestricted passenger fares. Appropriate ID may be required.
- A child under the age of 2 travels free as long as they do not occupy a seat, otherwise, they pay a 25% discount off adult fares. Children between the ages of 2 and 11 also get a 25% discount. Two children between the ages of 2 and 11 may receive the 25% discount for each accompanying adult fare paid.
- Fares purchase online are often less then walk up fares.
- Advance purchases of 14 days or more can save up to 25% off of walk up fares and purchases 7 days in advance can save up to 10%, but are 100% non-refundable.
Friends and Family Discount
Greyhound is making it more affordable for families to travel. Save 50% on up to two companions when you purchase one adult ticket at the regular walk-up price at least three days in advance of travel. Offer good for both one-way and round trip tickets. Up to 2 children may travel as the companion for 50% of the applicable child’s fare (or 70% off). Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be combined with any other discount. Blackout days may apply.
Amtrak has the advantage in amenities, offering dining and lounge cars and the ability to move about. Kids often think the train is just more fun! Greyhound, however, offers more flexibility in departure cities and schedules, with service from many suburbs and small towns, as well as major cities. Outside of the east coast corridor, Amtrak will also have slightly longer travel times and higher fares than Greyhound in many cases. Amtrak baggage fees are free for the first two bags and up to 4 bags per person are permitted ($20 each for the 3rd & 4th bag; to two carry-on items each are permitted. On Greyhound, passengers are responsible for transferring their own bags. One piece of baggage is checked free of charge for adults and children. One additional piece of baggage may be checked for a charge of $10.00 for adults only. Baggage carried beyond two pieces will be charged based on Greyhound Package Express rates. One small bag up to 25 pounds can be taken aboard for each adult or child. Carry-on bags must fit in the overhead compartment or under your seat. Weight and size restrictions for checked bags are similar to those of airlines.
Purchase Greyhounds Priority Seating service for $5, and you can reserve your own seat and pre-board without waiting in line first. Priority Seating is for one-way travel only and must be purchased in-station at the designated ticket line. Priority seating is now offered for the Orlando, Fl destination.
Greyhound Bus Lines operates bus travel service from dozens of U.S. cities to downtown Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. The Greyhound Station in Orlando is not located as close to Walt Disney World as the station in Kissimmee, but it has recently been upgraded and now features a food court. Typical taxi fares from Greyhound’s Orlando station run from $38 to $48 plus tip, depending upon the location of your hotel. Typical taxi fares from the Kissimmee station run from $28 to $37 plus tip, depending upon the location of your hotel. Taxi fares can be calculated using Yellow Cab’s fare calculator. Just pick the nearest landmark to your hotel (Epcot, Magic Kindom, Blizzard Beach for All Star Resorts, and Disney Institute for Port Orleans) from the drop-down menu. The phone number for Yellow Cab (407-422-2222).
Greyhound’s Station Information
Address: 103 E. Dakin Ave.; Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: Main: 407-847-3911; Customer Service: 888-332-6363
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am-6:30 pm; Sunday & Holidays: Closed
Distance to Walt Disney World’s Epcot Resort Area: 13.4 mi
Driving Time: 26 minutes
Address: 555 N. Young Pkwy; Orlando, FL 32805
Phone: Main: 407-292-3424; Customer Service: 407-292-3422
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 24 hours; Holidays: 24 hours
Distance to Walt Disney World’s Epcot Resort Area: 18.5
Driving Time: 26 minutes
Driving Directions From Greyhounds Orlando Station to Epcot Resort Area
1. Start at 555 N John Young Pky, Orlando going toward Business Center Blvd.
2. Make a U-Turn at Business Center Blvd. onto N John Young Pky (SR-423 S) – 2.8 mi
3. Turn Right to take ramp onto I-4 W toward Tampa – 11.9 mi
4. Take exit #67/Epcot /Downtown Disney onto Epcot Center Dr. toward Epcot/Downtown Disney – 1.9 mi
5. Take ramp onto E Buena Vista Dr. toward Disney/Hollywood Studios/Epcot Resort Area /Wide World of Sports – 1.4 mi
6. Turn Right on Epcot Resort Blvd – 0.5 mi
Driving Directions From Greyhounds Kissimmee Station to Epcot Resort Area
1. Head northwest on E Dakin Ave toward Pleasant St – 262 ft
2. Turn right at Broadway Ave – 0.2 mi
3. Slight left at N Main St – 0.6 mi
4. Turn left at W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy/US-17-92/US-192 W/W Vine St
Continue to follow W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy/US-192 W/W Vine St – 5.9 mi
5. Turn right at SR-535 N/Vineland Rd
Continue to follow SR-535 N – 2.1 mi
6. Turn left at SR-536 W/World Center Dr
Continue to follow SR-536 W – 1.5 mi
7. Continue on Epcot Center Dr – 1.2 mi
8. Take the ramp to Epcot Resort Area/Wide World of Sports/Disney/Hollywood Studios – 0.3 mi
9. Merge onto E Buena Vista Dr – 1.1 mi
10. Turn right at Epcot Resort Blvd – 0.5 mi
The Orlando Station is reported to be located in an unsafe section of the city. If at all possible, use the Kissimmee station for bus travel, which is located in a better neighborhood. It has the added benefit of being located closer to Walt Disney World. Here are a few practical tips when utilizing bus travel:
- Never leave luggage unguarded on the bus or in the station.
- If you must transfer buses make sure to supervise the transfer of your luggage personally.
- On overnight bus trips, a bicycle lock can be a great way to secure bags to luggage racks.
- Purchase a money belt for valuables if you will be sleeping on the bus.
- Bring along earplugs to get a good night’s sleep.
Sign up for Greyhound’s free Roads Reward program and get 10% off your first ticket purchase. As a member you can also receive the following:
- 6 One-way Trips: Get one FREE Companion Pass with a paid full-fare ticket. Also receive a one-time 15% ticket discount for yourself. (You also receive a 10% discount on food and beverages for the remainder of your 12-month period.)
- 10 One-way Trips: Get one FREE Companion Pass and take 20% off your next ticket purchase.
- 16 One-way Trips: One FREE ticket to anywhere Greyhound goes.
Shuttle Bus Travel Around Orlando
If you are already in the Orlando area and wish to venture off Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando property without a car, an option is to reserve a shuttle. Mears Transportation offers shuttle bus travel options that will pick guests up at their Disney resorts and transport them to area attractions. The roundtrip fare for Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld is $20 per person. Fares vary according to attraction location. You must reserve the shuttle 24 hours in advance. Ask the front desk at your resort to call or dial (407) 423-5566 from your room or cell phone. Mears accepts credit cards as payment over the phone or cash upon pick up. Legoland offers a shuttle for $5 per person from the Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Ave.
Lynx Public Bus Travel Transportation
Lynx is the most economical way to get to attractions like SeaWorld and Universal Studios Orlando. The “Link 50” bus runs directly to SeaWorld every 30 minutes, seven days a week from pickup points at Walt Disney World Ticket & Transportation Center (about 40 minutes to SeaWorld with a stop at Disney Springs) and Disney Springs West Side (about 20 minutes to SeaWorld). The cost is $2 per one-way fare. Transfers are free within 90 minutes. Drivers do not make change so exact change will be needed. The bus ride to SeaWorld takes about 30 minutes. Visit the GoLynx web site for more info on this route.
Using Public bus travel transportation to get to Universal Studios can more difficult and requires transfers. Using the Lynx routes and connections can vary depending on dates and time of day. If you know when you will visit Universal Studios in advance you can use Lynx’s route planner. Just input “Ticket & Transportation Center” or “Downtown Disney” as your starting point and “Universal Orlando” as the destination, along with times and dates. There is no extra fee for transfers (limited to 90 minutes), so the cost will be $2 one way and typical travel times are about 90 minutes to 2 hours. You can also use a combination of the public bus and trolley system. To get to Universal Studios Orlando catch the same Link 50 bus at T & TC and get off at SeaWorld (which is I-Ride stop 33). From there catch the main Green Line I-Ride Trolley running up International Drive. The Green Line route will take you to the Doubletree across the street from the entrance to Universal (Green line stop G4). From there, it is possible to walk to Universal Studios, but you’re probably looking at a 1/2 mile walk. This is not recommended. The Green Line trolley runs every 30 minutes from 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. and costs $1.25 for adults, $0.25 for seniors 65 and over and free for kids 12 and under with a paying adult. Drivers do not make change and exact change will be needed. The combined fare for Lynx and I-Ride trolley will be $3.25 one way. Typical travel times using Lynx and I-Ride run about two hours.
The I-Ride Trolley can be a great way to see the sights on International Drive in Orlando and for shopping. The Red Line starts at Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive (stop 1) and travels south to the Orlando Premium Outlet Mall Vineland Ave (stop 42), covering a vast concentration of factory outlets. Stops for areas of interest along the way (in geographical order) include Fun Spot Amusement Park (stop 6), Wet N Wild (stop 9), Pirates Dinner Show (stop 13), Ripley’s Believe It or Not (stop 17), Pirates Cove Adventure Golf (stop 20), Wonderworks (stop 23), Pointe Orlando (stop 24), SeaWorld (stop 33), and Aquatica Water Park (stop 34).