When is the best time to visit Orlando?
Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando, is the perfect holiday destination for families looking for an action-packed trip away in the USA, while benefiting from gloriously warm weather. Of course, there is the world-famous Walt Disney World Resort, but it has so much more than that to offer.
When you choose to visit Orlando can make a huge difference to the cost of your holiday, so it’s certainly worth carefully planning your sunny escape to Florida. There are also times of the year when the subtropical climate can rain on your dreams of beautiful weather and outdoor adventures. The number of visitors can affect how much you enjoy your holiday, so take into account school holidays, local events, and business travellers.
Like most destinations, Orlando has its low and high seasons. The high season is usually around March to April, mid-June to mid-August, and early December to January. This is the worst time to travel to Orlando if you’re looking for a cheap holiday. Temperature-wise, you can expect lows of 8°C in January and highs of 33°C in July/August. There will be rain showers all year round, but these are fortunately brief in duration, so you’ll just need some emergency light waterproofs.
Be aware that in late summer or early autumn, you may find yourself facing a tropical storm or even a hurricane. Officially, hurricane season runs between June 1st and November 30th, but September is usually the most dangerous month for terrible weather. Parks are likely to be closed if the climate becomes erratic.
The worst time to visit Orlando – if you want to avoid the crowds – is whenever the kids are out of school, and Spring Break in March and April. Christmas and New Year also tend to be heaving. Weekends and holidays will naturally have an influx of visitors, so we’d recommend avoiding these times.
Low season and shoulder season include these months: May, September, November, early December, February, mid-June, late August, and October. During this time, you’ll get the best deals, which may be important if you’re travelling as a family. Unless the weather becomes threatening, parks and attractions are open year-round, so you won’t miss anything by travelling when there are fewer tourists.
When is the cheapest time of year to fly to Orlando?
September through to March is the cheapest time to fly to Orlando, with April to August being the most expensive. By booking far enough in advance, however, you may be able to break the mould and get a great deal – even during the most expensive months! Check out our Flight Finder to compare the available flights, alongside their prices.
Are there any direct flights from the UK to Orlando?
Yes, but you may only have a direct flight for one half of your journey (arriving/departing). It’s far more common for there to be at least one stop from the UK to Orlando, as the route is a long one. You may be glad of the opportunity to stretch your legs, but if you’d rather get your holiday started as soon as possible, there should be a number of direct flights available.
You can fly directly to Orlando from the following airports in the UK:
- Manchester (MAN)
- Jersey (JER)
- Glasgow (GLA)
- London Heathrow (LHR)
- Edinburgh (EDI)
- London City (LCY)
- Aberdeen (ABZ)
- Newcastle (NCL)
- Birmingham (BHX)
- Bristol (BRS)
- Belfast City (BFS)
Which airlines fly to Orlando?
It’s always nice to know that you won’t have to settle for anything but the best airlines for you (especially on such a long flight). Thankfully, there’s enough variety to give you a number of options for both direct and indirect lines:
For your direct flights, you will be flying with:
- British Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
- Thomson Airways
- Thomas Cook Airlines
- Monarch Charter
For indirect travel, you will find yourself on one of these airlines:
- US Airways
- British Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
- American Airlines
- Aer Lingus
- Air Canada
- TAM Linhas Aéreas
- Air New Zealand
- Air Transat
- Caribbean Airlines
What’s the best airline to fly to Orlando from the UK?
Many passengers look for direct lines to eradicate the hassle of transfers or cancelled/delayed flights. If you just want to get to your destination as soon as possible, it’s worth choosing to fly with an airline that provides a direct service. Seeing as the flight is lengthy, comfort certainly has to be a factor to consider, but you may be willing to forsake that in favour of a cheap fare.
As always, it’s up to you! Most direct airlines aren’t what would normally be called ‘budget flights’, but many will offer some great deals, so definitely check out our Flight Finder to find the right balance for your pocketbook. Alternatively, you can go for an indirect flight which may be cheaper! In this instance, you’ll have less control over which airlines you fly with, so bear that in mind when you’re booking your holiday.
How long is the flight from the UK to Orlando?
Roughly around 9 hours. Of course, this will depend on how many times you will need to change flights (if any at all) and on the air conditions. You may even finish the journey in less than 9 hours if luck is on your side and you have a direct flight! You should arrive at Orlando International Airport.
Remember that American airports are infamous for their immigration queues and tight security, so you need to allow yourself plenty of time to be processed correctly. There are certain tactics for
reducing time spent hovering around an airport, which include avoiding weekend travel, making sure that your passport is up-to-date with the latest technology, so you can scan yourself automatically through passport control.
How much is a flight from the UK to Orlando?
The price of a flight from the UK to Orlando entirely depends upon which time of year you’re travelling in and which airline you’re flying with. The cheapest deals will usually hover just above the £600 mark for returns (£400 for a single), but tickets can cost in excess of £1,000 per person. Yes, that’s staggeringly expensive, so it’s more important than ever to be price savvy and book your tickets far in advance, as well as at the cheaper times of year.
How far is the airport from the city centre?
Orlando International Airport: 6 miles southeast of Orlando. As the second-busiest airport in the state of Florida, you’re likely to find yourself here! It shouldn’t be too hard to get yourself into Orlando city, but more of that to come!
What’s the best way to reach Orlando’s city centre from the airport?
Orlando International Airport
In Terminal A, you can find a number of public buses that will take you from the airport to Orlando for as little as $2 (which is around £1.20!). Lynx Bus 11 runs from between 5:52 and 23:25 (or to 21:52 on Saturdays and 20:25 on Sundays/holidays); it travels via Orange Avenue. This journey lasts approximately 40 minutes.
Conway: Lynx Bus 51 travels between 5:28 and 21:35 (5:16 to 20:17 on Sundays/holidays). Just like the previous bus service, this journey lasts roughly 40 minutes.
Orlando’s International Drive: Lynx Bus 42 runs between 5:40 and 22:10 (6:30 and 21:30 on Sundays/holidays). This journey lasts approximately 60 minutes.
Florida Mall and SeaWorld: Lynx Bus 111 runs between 5:30 and 22:30 and lasts roughly 45 minutes. For a complete schedule, you can visit the Lynx website.
Located in both Terminal A and B, there are a variety of taxis that you can use to reach Orlando. The companies include Ace Metro/Luxury Cab, Diamond Cab Company, Quick Cab, Star Taxi, Town & Country Transport, and Yellow/City Cab.
From both Terminal A and B, the Mears Transportation Group runs a shuttle van, but you will have to pay per person. Talk to the attendant to find out about return fares and discounts for children.
Renting a Car
Of course, this is also an option, but we would recommend sorting this out soon after booking your tickets. Renting a car requires a lot of admin, so it helps to organise most of this in advance.
Where can I get even more information on travel to Orlando?
We have lots of great information on our website, from travel tips to wonderful flight comparisons, so take a look! Through Cheapflights, hopefully your holiday planning will be seamless.