Orlando will fulfill all your expectations whether coming to see the magical theme parks of Disney World, the wizarding school of Harry Potter, or just to explore the city vibe and the Florida beaches. A car hire at Orlando Airport is the way to start your journey, especially if you know that car is king in the USA. Visit Orlando in anytime of the year, but you’ll find the most pleasant weather in the period between March and May.
Orlando has it all: from the amazing orcas and other wild life in the Sea World to the Legoland’s DUPLO Valley for your toddlers and many other theme parks for travelers of all ages.
Basic info and car hire in Orlando
Location: State of Florida, USA
Official language: English
Currency: United States dollar ($).
Weather: Humid subtropical climate where two seasons are distinguished: a hot and rainy season, lasting from May to September and a warm and dry season, lasting from October to April.
Public holidays in Orlando: For public holidays in Orlando click here »
Road conditions: Check for potential traffic congestion and heavy traffic in Orlando, Florida.
Car hire in Orlando: Prices are not stable in the industry of car hire, so try to book as much early as possible, or at least 3 to 8 weeks in advance.
Driving in Orlando
Driving is safe in Florida, and the roads are well maintained and wide, so nothing should stop you from a car hire in Orlando. People in Orlando are also quite respectful drivers and have good manners. Do not forget that the driving side of the road is on the right and in case of no traffic, turning to the right and crossing the red light is considered as the right thing to do. Driving is illegal if you’ve been drinking so avoid all alcoholic beverages when driving.
Age limits: 21 (minimum age may vary according to car hire companies. A Young Driver fee will apply to drivers under 25 years of age. In order to hire a car, it is required that a driver has held a driving licence for a minimum of one year).
International Driving Permit: No.
Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driving licence and a valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire company in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Orlando). Don’t forget to apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)
Children in the car: All car occupants must wear a seatbelt. Children under the age of 4 or lighter than 40 pounds (15 kg) must travel in a car child seat.
Driving side of the road: Right.
Lights: Headlights must be turned on at night and in poor visibility conditions (when raining and in fog)
General speed limits: 70 mph (113 kph) on Rural interstates (motorways), 65 mph (105 kph) on Urban interstates and 70 (113 kph) in other Limited Access Roads. If stated otherwise, drive according the specified speed limits.
Parking suggestions: Throughout the city of Orlando, parking meters are paid with coins or credit and also by phone. In the city of Orlando, you may park in several parking garages. If you are visiting the theme parks, have in mind that parking can be quite expensive and arrive early to avoid queues.
What to see in Orlando
If you are searching to get your share of fun, Orlando is the place to be. There’s plenty to visit besides the popular theme-parks and if you find yourself overwhelmed with the crowds, explore the natural beauty in the Botanical Garden, enjoy in the beauty of the American Art Museum priding with the largest collection of Tiffany’s glass or get yourself pampered in one of Orlando’s luxurious spas. A car hire in Orlando will take you to all places you wish to visit and it’s a perfect way of getting to know the city and its surroundings.
However, focusing on the top sights that attract thousands of tourists to Orlando, we can conclude that the theme parks are definitely the most popular. Let us name just a few:
Our favourite spots
The Universal Orlando Resort
The Universal Orlando Resort is opened for visitors to have fun in film scenarios, where special events are taken place throughout the year. Here you will feel like you are on a movie set inspired by popular movie and television industry. There are 8 themed parks: Hollywood, New York, San Fransisco and Diagon Alley/London, to name just a few. Find the secret “Diagon Alley” and wonder into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! The newest attraction is the water park “Volcano Bay”, which opened on May 25th, 2017.
Parking is available on site.
The Magic Kingdom
Who didn’t dream of visiting the enchanting Disney World as a child? The Magic Kingdom is a fairy tale come true, with all the Disney’s princesses and other magical characters waiting to give you a hug. The Kingdom is divided into 6 lands with the Cinderella Castle being the centre of all.
The Parking lot opens 2 hours prior official opening. For more information check the official webiste.
Islands of Adventure
Take on a journey full of adventures on the seven islands where you’ll meet all the famous super heroes and magical creatures. Some of the most famous adventures feature Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, The Marvel super heroes and for the little toddlers Seuss Landing.
Parking is available on site, so check on the official Universal Orlando site to
One of the world’s most visited theme parks with the geodesic sphere “Spaceship Earth” being its landmark number one, the park is dedicated primarily to human technological achievements. The park has 2 areas: the Future World, where you can explore science and technology in a unique way, while the second area (the World Showcase) takes you on tour across 11 countries each of them being unique with its specific culture and architecture.
Park your hired car in one of the many parking lots before entering the Epcot. Check the map for a detailed location
Hotels in Orlando
Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista
Marriott's Cypress Harbour Villas
Hilton Grand Vacations at Tuscany Village
A great hotel located next to the SeaWorld within a walking distance. A quiet and convenient place to stay in Orlando. If you decided for a car hire at Orlando, this hotel offers a convenient on-site parking.
Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld
A great hotel located next to the SeaWorld within a walking distance. A quiet and convenient place to stay in Orlando, with parking included, for a faster connection with the Orlando entertainment.
Drive your rental car around Orlando
Once in Orlando, there is plenty of attractions to choose from, either you came for the theme parks or to enjoy in the colourful Florida’s beauty. But don’t limit yourself to the city of Orlando and drive a little bit further to discover all the beauty served by Florida! Specially if you decided for a car hire in Orlando, take full advantage of all the possibilities that a car hire gives. Head to Gatorland, the vast wildlife swamp preserve 15 miles from Orlando, where its main attraction are crocodiles and alligators. Kids will love it!
Another inspiring place to visit is the Kennedy Space Centre, a less than a 1 hour drive from Orlando, where you can experience a shuttle launch and other exceptional events and exhibitions. A great place to visit and admire the human space history!
Where to eat, drink and party in Orlando
If you came to Orlando for the theme parks, which there's a great chance you did, eating at one of the park's restaurants is definately a convenient option. Still, Orlando has a great nightlife and food offer, so we recommend you to give the city a chance and visit some of the many bars and restuarants in Orlando!
Major events and festivals in Orlando
If you’re a cinema enthusiast, this Film Festival taking place at Enzian Theatre deserves your attention.
For the 4th of July, celebration is taking place on every corner. Enjoy in the splendid fireworks view at Lake Eola.
A must-see celebration for all foodies in Orlando, happening every June. Enjoy in delicious dishes and have fun!
Are you seeking for an adrenaline rush? Meet your worst nightmare at the Halloween Horror Nights and have a blast!