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A few years ago, I was searching online for the best deal for my son and me to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando. After booking our flight, I found several great deals for hotels just outside the Disney main gate. Then I noticed that they don't have shuttles from the airport. Digging further, I realized that unless you're staying at a Disney resort, none of the Walt Disney World or Universal Studios area hotels offer ground transportation from Orlando International Airport or Sanford International Airport!
I spent hours Googling for some way to get from the airport to any of these hotels without spending a fortune. I found It costs over $460 to rent a sub-compact car for just 5 days! That's crazy!! Plus you get to pay to park the car at the resort and theme parks once you have it. (Not to mention all the tolls and the high cost of fuel!) There's plenty of free shuttles to take you all over the place once you just get to your hotel. So I kept looking.
This is the photo from a nationwide rental company web site - wanna guess what they charge for just 5 days rental? A whopping $465.32 (that includes the pre-pay discount! Otherwise it's $505.20)
In desperation, I finally called a cab company just to see what their rates were to get from MCO to any of these resorts..."60 bucks each way, plus tip". Ouch!
It turns out, some of the local limo and bus companies have shuttles that they run -- and there are some decent deals to be found, if you look hard enough. The tricky thing is, though, a lot of the local transportation companies have extra hidden charges for the highway tolls (every highway is a toll road around Orlando!), plus there's airport fees, parking fees (why?), fuel surcharges, and so on. Sometimes the webpages have small print – somewhere – that tells you one or more of these fees will be added. "How much?", you ask. You have to call to find out, then the guy just wants to bargain with you -- starting high and seeing if you give in.
In the end, we spent more than $160 extra to stay at one of Disney's cheapest hotels, the Pop Century Resort, so we could get there using Disney's Magical Express. Not exactly "Free", but it was convenient. We had a great time on our vacation -- as you would expect.
A better mousetrap
That experience got me thinking, though. There surely has to be better ways to get cost-effective transportation from the airport to hotels in Orlando.
So, I did what any motivated web-geek would do, I started compiling all the rates from the most reputable transportation companies in Orlando including Priceless Transportation, Mears and others into a fully searchable database including all of their fees so that you can compare rates and find the best deal. And we added a secure and convenient way to book online -- all without adding any fees of our own.
Today, OrlandoHotelShuttles.com makes it easy for you to find the best companies in the area -- with the best rates and no hucksters -- who will give you a private ride from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Sanford International Airport (SFB) to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios area hotels (plus SeaWorld, Port Canaveral cruises, and more). The rates on our site are the same or lower than you'd pay if you booked on that company's own website. I have personally met with the owners of each of these companies, and my staff closely monitors their operations on an ongoing basis.
Verified Best Price rates with no booking fees
We offer verified, all-inclusive rates from the best priced transportation firms in Orlando and book them securely right on our web site. Since our launch we have become Orlando's most comprehensive independent booking web site for private shuttles and private rides to more than 400 Orlando hotels as well as Port Canaveral cruises. And here's a secret: some of our rates are 'exclusive' lower rates than the companies offer on their own sites.
We have grown into a registered travel agency focused exclusively on hotel and cruise shuttle bookings in Orlando. Our customer service team handles countless reservations daily. We regularly update our hotel listings and the low rates of Orlando's best transportation companies, over and over, to figure out how their final rates actually compare -- and we identify which companies offer reliable service -- just so I can save a few bucks on my next trip. And you can, too! Find your best deal right here.Thanks for using our services! Have any questions? Email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
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