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  • Writer's pictureAllyson Marks

Your Guide for Navigating Orlando International Airport

Flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO) for a family vacation is an exciting adventure. As the gateway to the magical world of theme parks and fun-filled attractions, MCO aims to make the airport experience as stress-free as possible for families. In this guide, we'll provide essential tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey through the Orlando airport. Let's make your trip to the Sunshine State unforgettable from the moment you touch down!

An airplane in the sky landing at Orlando International Airport

Plan Ahead

Orlando International Airport is designed to accommodate families with children, offering various amenities and services tailored to their needs. Before your trip, explore the airport's website to familiarize yourself with the family-friendly facilities, such as nursing rooms, play areas, and stroller rental services. Arriving prepared will help your family start the vacation on a positive note. We also recommend downloading the MCO App to help you navigate the airport like a pro.

A picture of a cell phone using the MCO app to navigate the Orlando airport

Airport Layout

The MCO airport is straight forward. To get to the main terminal you will follow directions via signage to the shuttle station. The shuttle ride takes about 1 minute. Follow signs for either baggage claim or Terminal A or B. Arrivals and Baggage Claim are on Level 2. Curbside pick-up is on Level 2 as well while rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and busses are on Level 1.

Terminal C is a new addition to the MCO airport.

If you are connecting between Terminals A/B and Terminal C, there are two options: Terminal Link

  • The Terminal Link (APM) operates 24 hours per day, but requires a walk of approximately 1,200 feet, from Terminal C, Level 4 through Parking Garage C to the Train Station

Shuttle Bus

  • The shuttle bus service operates 24 hours a day

  • Pick-up and drop-off is at:

    • Terminal C: Level 1 (Ground Transportation) at Space C276

    • Terminal B: Level 1 (Ground Transportation) at Space B29

Expedite Security Screening with TSA PreCheck and CLEAR:

To minimize time spent going through security, consider enrolling in TSA PreCheck or CLEAR. TSA PreCheck allows for expedited screening, enabling you to keep shoes and jackets on and laptops in bags. Similarly, CLEAR provides a biometric-based identification system to speed up the security process, reducing waiting times for families. Keep in mind security lines can be long at MCO, especially during higher traffic times like spring break and the holidays.

Ground Transportation

You have many options for ground transportation at MCO. The most economical choice is going to be a ride share service like Uber and Lyft. Both are allowed for pick-up and drop-off. If you prefer private transportation and/or want a secure car seat or booster seat then we recommend Away We Go for safe and reliable transport.

Frequently Asked Questions about Orlando International Airport

Q: How far is MCO from Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World?

A: MCO is approximately 15 miles from Universal Orlando and about 18 miles from Walt Disney World. Travel times can vary depending on traffic and conditions.

Q: What transportation options are available from MCO to downtown Orlando?

A: MCO offers various transportation options, including taxis, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, rental cars, and shuttle services. Additionally, Lynx, the regional public transportation system, provides bus service from the airport to downtown Orlando and other destinations in the area.

Q: Does MCO have Wi-Fi access for passengers?

A: Yes, MCO provides complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the terminal buildings. Look for the network "MCO Internet" to connect to the Wi-Fi service.

Q: How early should I arrive at MCO for domestic flights?

A: It is recommended that passengers arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departure time for domestic flights. This allows time for check-in, security screening, and any unforeseen delays.

Q: Does MCO have facilities for nursing mothers?

A: Yes, MCO offers designated nursing rooms for mothers who need a private and comfortable space for breastfeeding or pumping. These rooms are available throughout the terminal buildings.

Q: Is there a hotel inside MCO?

A: Yes, Treat yourself to the ultimate convenience when you stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Located between Terminal A and B of the airport, our prime location puts you within minutes of enticing shops and restaurants, local nightlife and some of Orlando’s best kept secrets. The hotel and restaurants are “before security” and so may be accessed by both travelers and non-travelers.


With the expertise of Castle Coaches Travel, your dream vacation to Orlando is just a step away. From enchanting theme parks to hidden gems, we can craft a personalized itinerary and ensure every moment is pure magic. Unlock the wonders of Orlando, with Castle Coaches Travel by your side! Contact us today to start planning your unforgettable journey.

Castle Coaches Travel, a boutique travel agency that specializes in Disney, Universal, Cruises and more


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