How to Travel Orlando on a Budget

Orlando is a popular stop off for cruise ships and those with plenty of money to spend. The city is filled with opportunities for you to spend your entire budget without really adding to the experience of visiting the city. What many people come to Orlando don’t know is that there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the city within a reasonable budget and here is a guide on how to do just that.

Getting To and From

Given that Orlando is such a popular tourist destination, it should be no surprise that it has three large airports. To save money on your flights to Orlando, the best thing to do is to check if there are any deals going on to the respective airports.

There is also the problem of getting around once you have arrived and generally the best way explore the city is to hire a rental car. If your budget does not allow for this, then the city’s public transport is relatively cheap and efficient, although you may have to do more walking if you choose this option.

Places to Stay

Many of the tourists that book their holidays here will also book themselves into a resort. The resorts are more convenient because they are located closer to the more popular theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Studios. However, if you are on a budget you should explore the options away from the theme parks.

Closer to the city centre, you will find plenty of budget options such as backpacker hostels and low cost hotels. There are also some great deals on accommodation to be found during the end of August, when prices are slashed at almost all hotels as the high season begins to drop off.


One of the biggest problems you will encounter if you are heading into the theme parks are the extremely expensive restaurants inside. The best way to avoid these prices is to eat before you enter the parks and then bring your own food in with you.

You could also just simply pack your own lunch and find a bench to sit at and eat before going back to exploring the theme parks. This is a great way to save yourself a lot of money and still enjoy your holiday.


Everyone is well aware that Orlando is the capital of the theme parks. With so many big names so close together, it has become an enormous destination for tourists. Walt Disney World is a 30 minute trip from the city centre and is the most popular of the parks. Nearby, there is also Universal Studios which can take another full day to explore.

Entrance to the parks is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, even if you use some of the deals that come on offer at different times of the year. The best thing to do is to budget the costs of the entrance tickets in advance and try to come early to the parks. This means that you can get as much done in one day while avoiding the queues, and won’t have to pay to get back in the next day if you feel like you have missed something.

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