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Transportation from the airport to Universal’s Portofino Bay Hotel?

Transportation from the airport to Universal’s Portofino Bay Hotel?

Just a quick and (hopefully) easy question!

Our family typically uses the Magical Express to and from Disney. For this trip, however, we are going to go to Portofino for 3 nights first so we need to figure out transportation from the airport to Portofino and then from Portofino to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

We’ll use the Magical Express for our return to the airport.

What would you recommend? (We don’t want a rental car)

Thanks for your great site and your help!!

Best, Stacey

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Whoever
Whoever

I have a question about this.  I read this post: http://www.orlandoinformer.com/2011/how-much-does-it-cost-to-take-a-taxi-from-orlando-international-airport-to-disney-universal/  which seems to show that taxi service is available for a flat fee no matter how many passengers you have.

We will need one-way transportation from MCO to Royal Pacific (we will get a rental car at the end of our stay to use for the rest of the week and will return it at the airport).

We have 3 adults and 2 children and need a wheelchair accessible vehicle (which rules out using the company that will stop at a grocery store - oh well).

I called Mears and they gave me a quote of $87 - 19/adult and 15/child for one-way transportation.

Is there a taxi service that would be cheaper with 5 people that has wheelchair vehicles?

OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer

Mears basically runs all the cab companies in Orlando. So if you want to take a cab, the price you get from Mears is going to be the best price out there. Really the only way to get a less expensive ride would be to use a shared shuttle service.

See our Transportation page for more info :-)

Whoever
Whoever

Oh - just FYI, even though we have reservations for a wheelchair accessible vehicle, Mears told us that for those vehicles we will have to pay cash to the driver.  The process is evidently a bit different for a wheelchair vehicle.  I appreciate that they made sure that I understood that I would need enough cash on hand for the trip.  The person I spoke to at Mears was very nice and helpful.

OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer

There are quite a few transportation companies that operate in Orlando. But when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B, I recommend two companies -- based on your budget.

For a Luxury Vehicle, my first recommendation is Orlando Airport Towncar Service. Here is a description of what they do from their website:

We are a professional transportation company that specializes in executive transfers in and around the greater Orlando area. Our vehicles are GPS equipped and we utilize mapping software to ensure that we have the correct address of your destination. Being at the correct location on-time is one of our top priorities.

We are committed to maintaining a long term relationship with our clients by having the dedicated level of service that is required. We provide a clean car with on-time service, and a driver that knows where you want to go.

http://www.orlandoairporttowncar.com/

Not only do I think they are a swell company to deal, but they some mighty fine reviews on Yelp:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/orlando-airport-towncar-service-orlando

If you are looking for a less expensive option, then I recommend Mears. They are the biggest transportation company in town.

Mears offers the following two levels of service based on your budget, both of which can be quoted and booked online. Here is a little more information provided by their website:

Taxis - Mears’ Orlando fleet consists of more than 600 recent model metered taxis within our three brands - City Cab Company, Yellow Cab Company and Checker Cab Company. Our taxi operators are highly trained and knowledgeable of the Central Florida area. Utilizing GPS technology, we ensure the quickest response times throughout the Orlando area.

All of our taxis are regularly cleaned and maintained, so you can count on reliable transportation wherever you go. Depending on your needs, Mears offers taxi sedans that serve up to five passengers and taxi vans serving up to seven passengers.

http://www.mearstransportation.com/index.php/services/taxi/

Shared Ride Shuttle - Since 1983, Mears has proudly served as the official shuttle concessionaire at Orlando International Airport, serving all of Central Florida and its attractions. Our more than 70 dedicated, full-time airport staff members provide reliable transportation service to individuals and families traveling to and from Orlando attractions.

Our fleet consists of 70 shuttle vans and more than 200 motor coaches, many of which are equipped with wheelchair lifts. All vehicles are regularly serviced and all highly trained vehicle operators are knowledgeable of the Orlando area.

With convenient pickup and return times, daily Mears shuttle service takes you to attractions including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Wet ’n Wild, to name a few. Reservations, dispatch and management are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

http://www.mearstransportation.com/index.php/services/shared-ride-shuttle/

If you are more the carefree type of person, then you don't necessarily have to plan your transportation ahead of time. Taxis and shuttles are always available at the airport and in front of Portofino Bay Hotel. If you decide to grab a ride on the fly, remember that it is always a good idea to discuss the fare before you load your stuff into the vehicle.

Hope that helps! If you think of it, let us know what you decided to use and how it went :-)

PS. Here's a shot of the entryway leading up to Portofino Bay Hotel:

OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer

I also wanted to mention that, when deciding which transportation option is the best for you, it is really important to follow the math all the way through. For example, according to Mears website the shared shuttle service is $30 roundtrip for an adult from the airport to Portofino Bay Hotel. So, if you are traveling by yourself, that isn't a bad price at all. However, if there are six adults in your group, that brings your total to $180. That's a lot of money, and in fact, you can get a luxury SUV from Orlando Airport Towncar Service that seats up to six passengers for $170 roundtrip. So not only is the SUV option less expensive, but it also is a private service, so you don't have to wait for other passengers to arrive and then make multiple stops on the way to your hotel.

So, be sure to run the math all the way through to ensure you're getting the best price and value!

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