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Getting to Port Canaveral (Port Transportation)

If you’re coming in for a cruise from Port Canaveral, chances are you will arrive via the Orlando International Airport. The airport is 45 miles due west of the cruise terminal.

Of course, if you’re not sure where your going or how best to get there, that distance may as well be an ocean. Below, we’ve rounded up all the information you need to get to the port and start enjoying your cruise.

Here is a map showing Port Canaveral in relation to the Orlando airport (click to enlarge):

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The easiest address to use for the port is 9005 Charles Rowland Drive, Port Canaveral, Florida, 32920.

If coming from the Orlando airport, take the North Exit from the airport, staying to the right, to State Road 528 (also know as the Beachline Expressway) East. You will take S.R. 528 about 45 miles directly to Port Canaveral. Note that the “Beachline” is a toll road. The toll runs $2.00 for a one-way trip from the airport.

If you’re driving to the port, click here for more information on parking.

Getting to Port Canaveral Without a Car

If you are flying in for your cruise, there are several options for getting there without a car. While many of the options are pricey, keep in mind you won’t have to pay for parking.

Taxis: A one-way trip from the Orlando airport to Port Canaveral by taxi is estimated at $105. Keep in mind that as many as five passengers can ride for the price of one. For that reason, taxis can make sense for families, but are somewhat expensive for just one or two passengers. For example, a family of four has a per person charge of about $26 one-way or $52 round-trip.

One-Way Car Rental: One of the cheaper options of getting there is a one-way rental from Orlando to Port Canaveral. Rates for this service run about $70 per day (although will vary). So round-trip expect to pay from $120-$150. The car gives you a freedom of exploring and going where you want when you want, but you also have to drive and deal with the rental agency.

Cruise Line Shuttles: The cruise lines will be happy to offer you a shuttle ride, if you’re willing to pay the high price. The official shuttles operated by the cruise lines charge about $70 per person for a round-trip transfer from Orlando to Port Canaveral. That translates to $280 for a family of four. Frankly, there are cheaper ways to get to the ship.

Independent Shuttles: If you want your cheapest option (and to help the local economy), then we suggest an independent shuttle service. There are numerous companies that can do the job and usually at rates below that of a taxi. For that reason, we recommend an independent shuttle for most people.

Rates and service level can vary from company to company and will fluctuate. There are a number of companies in competition and some run specials from time to time. The cheapest regular rates we’ve found is $40 per person round-trip by Port Canaveral Transportation. For most of the other shared shuttle services, expect to pay about $60 per person for round-trip service. If you are traveling with more people rates will be somewhat less. All of these shuttles run from the airport to the port.

Shuttle companies: Port Canaveral Transportation, Cocoa Beach Shuttle, Mears Transportation, Friendly Transportation

Hotel Shuttles: If you are staying at a hotel in Port Canaveral, give them a call and see if they offer a shuttle to the port. Many hotels in the area cater to cruisers and offer free transportation as a perk. It’s highly unlikely a hotel in Orlando will offer the service.

Private Cars/Limos: Want to feel like a rock star? Simply want to travel a little more comfortably? Then you may want to hire a private car or limo. There are dozens of companies that offer this sort of service, including many of the ones who operate shuttles. And if you are traveling with a larger group, the per person cost can be surprisingly affordable.

Limos run about $150-$200 each way (often with a discount for round-trip service). As a rule of thumb, if you are in a group of six or more, then definitely look into a private car or limousine to save some cash. (Hey, those drinks on the ship aren’t going to buy themselves!)

If you’re looking for a private car or limo, then we suggest browsing this list of companies approved to pick you up at the Orlando airport.

Getting from Miami/Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral

While most people fly into the Orlando airport for their cruise, sometimes airfare is cheaper to Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Or sometimes people simply want to explore southern Florida.

If this is the case, you should realize that your options are somewhat limited in getting to Port Canaveral. There is no quick and easy shuttle that we know of. Instead, we recommend looking into one-way car rentals. This way you can drive to the port (it’s about 215 miles from Miami) and not have to worry about parking.

One-way rentals can be a bit expensive for what is essentially one day of car rental. We found rates between $70 and $110. Rental rates are slightly cheaper if traveling from Port Canaveral back to Miami.