Fast Facts About Orlando

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A trip to Orlando is always special, and we know you’ll want to make the most of it. Here’s how.

Getting Around Orlando

  • Taxis, shuttle vans, private car pick-ups and ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft are available just outside the door on the baggage claim level at both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).
  • Many Orlando hotels and resorts offer complimentary airport shuttles. Check to see if yours does before leaving home.
  • Guests staying at select hotels at Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™ can take advantage of complimentary, roundtrip service from and to Orlando International Airport.
  • Drivers using Orlando-area toll roads should note the “Exact Change Only” and “Change and Receipts” toll lanes, as well as those marked for use only by vehicles with SunPass and E-Pass transponders. Tollbooths do not accept credit cards, and transponder-only lanes will not accept cash.
  • This interactive map of Orlando will help you easily plan your trip around the destination.

Learn More: Orlando Transportation

Orlando Sales and Resort Tax

  • In Central Florida, taxes on purchases range from 6 to 7 percent on all merchandise except “necessary” grocery items and medicine.
  • In Orlando and Orange County, a 6-percent resort tax is imposed on all hotel rooms in addition to 6.5-percent sales tax.

Learn More: Places to Stay in Orlando

Tipping at Orlando Restaurants

  • At full-service restaurants in Orlando and throughout the United States, tipping is customary at 15 to 20 percent.
  • Additionally, many Orlando restaurants assess an automatic tip of 15 to 18 percent for larger parties.

Learn More: Orlando Restaurants

Orlando Weather

  • Sunshine and warm temperatures are hallmarks of an Orlando vacation, but keep in mind that afternoon rain is common during summer months.
  • Expect daytime highs around 69° F (21° F) from December through February, with June through September temperatures rising to 89° F (32° C).
  • In the event of severe weather, check Visit Orlando’s Severe Weather Updates for relevant information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Learn More: Orlando Weather

Orlando Events

  • Orlando hosts a wealth of annual events, including seasonal and holiday celebrations.
  • Visit Orlando’s full listing of events and free things to do in Orlando will help you easily plan your trip.

Learn More: Events in Orlando

Orlando Mobile Apps

Learn More: Visit Orlando Destination App

Orlando Phone Numbers

  • Orlando and its surrounding areas primarily use two area codes: (407) and (321).
  • Here are important phone numbers to keep handy during your visit to Orlando:
    • Emergencies (Police/Fire/Ambulance): 911
    • Directory Assistance: 411
    • Orlando's Official Visitor Center: (407) 363-5872

Orlando Safety

  • Orlando is a fun and safe place to visit, but it is still important to take precautions.
  • Refer to this list of important safety tips prior to your arrival.

Need More Information About Orlando?

  • Orlando’s Official Visitor Center on International Drive sells discounted theme park and attraction tickets, and provides currency-exchange services. Additionally, our friendly, multilingual Vacation Guides can answer questions and assist you with planning in person or via telephone at (407) 363-5872.
  • You can download our free Visitors Guide.
  • If you are a meeting planner wanting to find out more information about doing business in Orlando, please visit our Meetings & Conventions website.
  • If you are interested in sponsorship or membership opportunities with Visit Orlando, please visit our Members website.
  • If you are a travel agent or tour operator seeking information on promoting Orlando as a destination, please visit our Travel & Trade website.

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