When it comes to finding cheap flights from London to Orlando, you’ve got plenty of choice. There are 2,171 flights between the two cities every week. You can actually fly to Orlando from three London airports – London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR) and London City (LCY). Plus, you have two different arrival airports to choose from – Orlando International (MCO) and Orlando Sanford (SFB). Having multiple routes available gives you a better chance of finding cheap flights to Orlando, so it’s best to compare all your options.
That said, if you have a specific airport in mind, there are still ways to search for the best deals. Try looking at different airlines to compare as many prices as possible. A number of airlines fly from London to Orlando, ranging from big names like Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, to budget-friendly options like Aer Lingus and Lufthansa.
Another way to find a good deal on Orlando flights is to travel during a less popular time of year. You’ll find the cheapest flights in January – Orlando’s coldest month. But there are also some good offers available between March and May, as long as you avoid the Easter Holidays. As you might expect, summer is the most expensive time to fly to Orlando, thanks to the toasty temperatures and school holidays. If you do need to fly to Orlando during summer, it’s best to book as far in advance as possible. October is also pretty pricey due to Halloween events at Florida’s theme parks but, if you fly in early November, you could still get a good deal.
FAQs about flights from London to Orlando
Which airlines fly from London to Orlando?
Several major airlines provide flights from London to Orlando. But if you’re looking at flying direct, you’ll have to fly from London Gatwick. You can fly from Gatwick straight to Orlando International with Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Delta, KLM or Thomas Cook Airlines. But, if you want to save some money, you could consider having a stopover – indirect flights are available with Lufthansa, United Airlines and Air Canada. Alternatively, you can fly direct to Sanford Orlando from Gatwick with TUI Airways.
Flying from Heathrow to Orlando is another option. There aren’t any direct flights available, but you can still compare a range of airlines. You could fly to Orlando International via Dublin with Aer Lingus. Or, if you’d like to have a layover in an American city, you can fly via New York with Austrian Airlines or Air Canada, or have a stop in Washington DC with United Airlines. Flights are available from Heathrow to Sanford, but you’d need to fly with at least two airlines and make at least two stopovers.
There’s one more possibility. Cheap flights to Orlando are also provided from London City Airport. You can’t fly direct, but can fly to Orlando International via Dublin with Aer Lingus, stop in Amsterdam with KLM, or fly via Zurich with Swiss Air.
Which airlines have the cheapest flights to Orlando?
Usually, you’ll find that Delta, Air France or Thomas Cook Airlines have the cheapest flights – so look out for their deals.
Can I fly direct from London to Orlando?
You can fly direct from London to Orlando, but only from London Gatwick. Direct flights are available to both Orlando International and Orlando Sanford Airport.
Which London airport offers the cheapest direct flight to Orlando?
Direct flights are only available from London Gatwick.
How long is the flight from London to Orlando?
A direct flight from London to Orlando takes roughly nine and half hours. But if you opt to have a stopover, your journey will take at least 11 hours.
How do I get into Orlando from Orlando International Airport?
Orlando International is just six miles away from the city centre, so getting into Orlando is very easy. The cheapest way to travel is the local bus. Look out for Lynx buses – numbers 11 or 51 will take you to Downtown Orlando, while number 42 goes to International Drive. All the buses depart regularly from Terminal A, and the 45-minute journey will cost you just a couple of quid.
Or, you could book a shuttle bus. It’ll cost you more – and the price varies depending on where you’re heading – but you’ll have a quicker journey, lasting around 30 minutes. Getting a taxi is another option. It’s the quickest way to get to your hotel, but also the most expensive. A taxi to International Drive or Downtown will cost roughly £30, while heading to the Disney Resorts will set you back around £60.
How do I get into Orlando from Orlando Sanford Airport?
Orlando Sanford Airport is 18 miles north of the city, but getting into Orlando is straight forward. By road, the journey takes around 30 minutes. You can get a taxi for around £70 or book a shuttle bus – it’ll usually cost between £25 and £55, depending on where your hotel is. Looking for a cheaper option? You can take the 46E bus from outside the airport to Sanford SunRail Station – the journey takes 20 minutes and the buses are hourly. At the train station, you simply hop on to SunRail train to Church Street in Downtown Orlando. The whole journey takes up to 90 minutes, but it’ll cost you just £5.
What are the top things to do in Orlando?
Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. You can meet your favourite characters at Walt Disney World Resort, ride the rollercoasters at Universal Orlando Resort, and go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Florida. But you can also get your thrills elsewhere. Shop ‘til you drop at the Florida Mall, have a cold beer at the Orlando Brewing Company, or visit the city’s incredible art galleries. After a busy day, you can sit back and relax at one of Orlando’s famous dinner shows. From pirate adventures to Medieval tournaments, there’s something for kids and adults alike.
Do I need a visa to travel to Orlando?
If you're travelling on a British passport, you don't need a visa to fly to Orlando. But you will need to sort out an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to allow you to enter the country under America’s visa waiver programme. The process is very straightforward – you just need to fill out the application form online. We’d recommend doing it at least four weeks before you fly.