When is the cheapest time to go to Orlando?
The cheapest time to visit Orlando is winter. But if you want the most pleasant weather (between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius most days) it's best to go between March and May. As long as you avoid the Easter holidays, you'll find that flights are fairly cheap. Use Netflights to compare prices, avoid public holidays and find the best deals.
September to mid-November offers comfortable temperatures and reasonable flight prices. But it's also worth noting that autumn's months make up the active part of Florida's hurricane season, which falls between June and November. So you should check the weather forecast before you fly and be prepared. On the plus side, you may be able to grab a last-minute offer on your Orlando flights.
If you want to visit Orlando during summer, search for flights as far in advance as you can, particularly if your travel dates are fixed. Thanks to the school summer holidays, flights are more expensive and the hotels are very busy. Once you're there, you can expect hot, humid weather with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.
Which UK airports offer flights to Orlando?
You can fly direct to Orlando from both London Heathrow and London Gatwick with British Airways – there are flights every day. Direct flights to Orlando are also available from Manchester Airport with Virgin Atlantic and Delta.
Flights to Orlando are available from other UK cities, like Birmingham and Edinburgh, but your flight will involve at least one stopover. Although this means your journey will take longer, you could land a great deal on a cheap flight. You can fly to Orlando via Paris with Air France, stop off in Amsterdam with KLM, or have a layover in Reykjavik with Iceland Air.
How long is the flight from the UK to Orlando?
If you fly to Orlando direct from London, you can expect to spend just under nine hours in the air. But if you add a stopover into your journey, it'll take longer.
Alternatively, if you can't find Orlando flights that work for you, you could search for cheap flights to Miami instead.
Flying to Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a major public airport, just six miles southeast of Orlando, Florida. The airport is also a major international gateway for the mid-Florida region with flights to and from all the major international destinations. At 13,302 acres, MCO is one of the largest commercial airports in the USA.
Getting around the airport
Orlando International Airport has a hub-and-spoke layout with a large main terminal building and four airside concourses accessible via elevated people movers. The main terminal building is divided into two sides: A and B. There are passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities on both the building's north side (A), and on the south side (B). Both sides share two security checkpoints.
Getting to the city from the airport
Car hire when visiting Orlando is recommended. When booking last-minute flights or return flights with Netflights, you can also compare car hire prices. Metered taxis are also available and using the local bus service is an affordable option. Check with your hotel as most of the large hotels offer a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Why visit Orlando?
Book a cheap flight to Orlando and discover Walt Disney World, Orlando’s largest attraction. It is comprised of The Magic Kingdom, Epcot Centre, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and Disney Springs. The resort covers over 27,000 acres and features four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort and other entertainment venues including the Disney Springs outdoor shopping centre. Universal Studios Orlando is also a major attraction – and it doesn't end there. ICON Orlando 360 on International Drive features the ICON Orlando, Madame Tussauds and Sealife Aquarium.
Don't forget before you fly
UK passport holders travelling to the USA will need to get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) which will allow you to stay in the USA for up to 90 days. We'd advise you to apply for your ESTA at least a week before you fly. The visa waiver costs a small fee, but it's valid for two years.