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getting around in FL without a car

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11 years ago, April 9th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #68923  
We're on a short break (16dys) and wondering if someone ever travelled with local transport from Orlando to Miami and/or around.

Thanks in advance,
Roel Reply to this

11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #68944  
Hi Guys,


I did it back in 1994...

Ok, Orlando without a car is a nightmare! You will depend on shuttle buses to go anywhere...and the shuttle buses run on THEIR time, not yours! Not much to see in Orlando downtown. So the question is what you want to see, if it's the parks only, you may be ok with shuttle buses.

For Miami, I start to know the place pretty well...and it's the opposite...you don't want a car! The buses are running cheap all over the place...and a car in South Beach is a none sense...

Hope this help,

Peter Reply to this

11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #69015  
Hi, thanks Peter.

As for me I'll would pass Orlando but my girlfriend want's to visist Disneyworld.
After some research I found that there's Amrak, a train that takes you from Orlando to Miami in 6hrs.
Maybe I can find a cheap hostel to stay in Miami. Amrak also can take us from Miami to Tampa. So many great things in a short time...
And greyhound busses runs trough FL.

We're going around the world in feb2010, and i'm trying to get some stuff that I can buy mutch cheaper in the US other than europe.

Are you still travelling now?

Adios, Roel Reply to this

11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #69020  
Hi Roel,

Ok, for Orlando...give a pass on Disneyworld...if you live in Europe, Paris one is way better.

BUT do Epcot...it's a mix of a kitchy universal expo and some great science stuff...great for adults too!

Try to do also Universal Studio....they have great stuffs for adults too.And if you can, Cirque du Soleil have a permanent show there...Nouba....really great stuff and on the cheap if you compare what they do in places like Las Vegas. You'll love it!

You don't drive because no licence, or too expensive...I know below 25 years old it's not that easy.

For travel, if you do a lot, get a pass...and compare prices...

Sorry, won't be able to help you much on cheap hostels around Miami...maybe some other readers have an idea. There are many buses who run along the beaches...so you don't have to stay in the best place to enjoy it.

Well...for the moment in Shanghai ( our home)...just back from a last trip, check my blog...and next entry in 3 or 4 weeks...

Enjoy the shopping till the euro is up...may not last for ever!

Have fun!

Peter Reply to this

11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #69030  
Kennedy Space Centre is in the area as well - it is east of Orlando. I haven't visited it, so cannot speak from personal experience, but their attractions sound enticing if you are into the sciences! Reply to this

11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #69038  
Hi Shane,

I did the zero gravity flight out of there...we took of and landed on the runway use by the shuttle, and used the NASA airspace for 90 minutes.

Ok, put it simply, it was my kid-dream...and it didn't come cheap. I've got an entry on it, "I can fly...I did fly", back in November 2007.

I had a round of all Cape Canaveral, pretty cool stuff. But this is not next door from Orlando, around an hour drive if I remember well.

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11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #69043  
Now that would be a fantastic experience - a zero gravity flight!

I forgot to say earlier that I have also been looking at the attractions in this area, and thought that the car was probably the best method of getting around unless the hotel you stay at has some sort of shuttle service. Reply to this

11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #69044  
Yes, but that's valid for both of us...old guys...premium to rent a car if you are below 21 or below 25 can be really ard to stomach if you are a student...or just out of it...and than the only way is tours...not cheap either...Florida is not Europe for that...sadly... Reply to this

11 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #69107  
hmpf... I dont even have a driver license and i'm 26... bought flighttickets instead. 😊
I'll see what greyhound can do for us... or the amtrak.

later,
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