Orlando: Transportation

Approaching the City

Many travelers to the city arrive at the Orlando International Airport, one of the fastest growing major airports in the nation. Its 72 non-stop domestic destinations are the most of any airport in Florida. More than 23 million passengers came through the airport in 2004, a 14.4 percent increase from the previous year. Even faster growing is the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, which served more than 1.7 million passengers in 2004, an annual growth of 51.1 percent. It is the third most active international airport in Florida. Other options for air passengers to Orlando are Orlando Executive Airport, Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Leesburg Municipal Airport, and Mid-Florida Airport.

For drivers to Orlando, two major limited-access highway systems bisect Central Florida, the crossroads of the state's highway network. Interstate Highway 4 runs east and west across Florida from Daytona Beach, and Interstate 95 runs from Tampa to the Atlantic coast. Florida's Turnpike runs south to Miami and north to join Interstate 95. Greyhound Lines offers interstate and intrastate bus service to Orlando, and there are four Amtrak stations in the Orlando area.

Traveling in the City

State Road 408 (East-West Expressway) expedites traffic through Orlando. The Martin Andersen Bee Line Expressway (State Road 528) provides direct access to JFK Space Center, Port Canaveral, and the Atlantic Coast beaches. Other highways serving the city include U.S. 441, which runs east and west, U.S. 17, U.S. 92, and U.S. 27, which run north and south, as well as numerous state roadways. State Road 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) was named one of the nation's top ten roads by the American Automobile Association.

LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority, operates 238 busses that serve Orange County and adjoining Seminole and Osceola counties. Free service in downtown Orlando is provided on the "FreeBee," and on a three-mile, dedicated-lane transit system called Lymmo.