The Best Shared Shuttles from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral – A Comparison

Cortrans Shuttle Van at Orlando Airport

You can join the crowds in large cruiseline buses to the cruise terminal and pay $35 per person or more one-way, or share a shuttle van (8 to 14 passengers) for as little as $14 per person!

In this article I compare a dozen or so companies who offer shared transportation to Port Canaveral. Most use smaller vans, but a few have standard buses thanks to their popularity (eg. GoPort).

If you prefer private transportation, please know most of these companies will happily accommodate you. Just call.

NOTE – The comparison is for a one-way trip for 2 adults between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and the cruise terminals at Port Canaveral. Other itineraries are available (eg. between airport hotels and the Port) but I will cover those in a different article.

Shared Shuttles versus Private Shuttles

A private shuttle is booked for your party ONLY at your convenience in terms of date and time. You will have the while van for yourself. Generally, expect to pay $120 upwards for a private one-way transfer. If you want to pay less, consider a rideshare such as Uber or Lyft.

A shared shuttle to/from Port Canaveral operates on a timetable (perhaps hourly as shown below) on CRUISE DAYS ONLY. If you arrive a day before your cruise just call the company and ask if they have a shared shuttle available to your hotel. They may say yes if there are othedr passengers! Shared shuttles accommodate 8-14 passengers per van. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It depends!

Shared shuttles offer no or little flexibility. For example, if you want to stop somewhere to buy wine you are out of luck unless all others in the van want to do the same! Do not expect special treatment!

Departure Locations

The out-of-town vans and buses depart from MCO parking areas A15 or B15 – generally when the vans are full. Always ask about wait-times before booking so you do not wait a long time. “Generally” loading begins at 9am or later with hourly departures until the last transfer at 1:30pm.

Orlando Airport - Easy Map
Orlando Airport – Make your way down to Level 1 for Shuttles (click to enlarge)

The Shuttle Companies

There are many transportation companies in Orlando and they come and go. The companies listed below are not immune to changes in the cruise industry and the current COVID situation may change the landscape once cruising return in late 2020.

NOTE – Some of these companies may not survive until September 2020 or whenever some normality return. Rates may change too. Please do your own research before booking.

TIP – I suggest to wait until the last moment to book a shuttle in case of cruise delays. The world is upside down right now and you may have a hard time with refunds from these smaller companies in the event of cruise changes.

I have seen all the companies listed below at Port Canaveral myself, so I know they are legit. Reviews are good and I know they try to deliver good service but as always – please do your own research!

Please know a 20% tip is expected for shuttle drivers; budget accordingly and have change available.

If you prefer to save this information, just “save as” the image below, or use the Links to each company’s website in the 2nd table below!

MCO to Port Canaveral Shared Shuttles
MCO to Port Canaveral Shared Shuttles (click to enlarge)
Shared Shuttle Rates (two adults one-way) Departure Times
     
Cortrans $40.00 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm
     
GoPort $36.00 10am to 1pm depending on bookings
     
Port Canaveral Connection $30.00 Booking dependent
     
Tryp $30.00 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
     
First Choice Shuttle $50.00 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
     
888-Transportation $50.00 Hourly – Booking dependent
     
Cocoa Beach Shuttle $58.00 Hourly – Booking dependent
     
Atlantic Transportation $60.00 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
(cruiseshuttles.com)    
Port Canaveral Quick Shuttle $30.00 Booking dependent
     
Florida Sunshine Shuttle $50.00 10:30am to 11am, 11:30am to noon
     
Orlando Express Shuttle $30.00 Booking dependent
     
LUX 2 Transfer $30.00 From 10am to 1pm
     
U Cruise Orlando Shuttle $40.00 Booking dependent
     
Cruise Control Transport $28.00  9:25am, 11:45am, 1:30pm
     
OPC Transportation $40.00  10am

Port Canaveral Hotels with Park and Cruise Packages

Port Canaveral Hotels Comparison

If you book a cruise from Port Canaveral it is best to fly in at least one day early and overnight near the Port. Fortunately, there are many Port Canaveral hotels with park and cruise packages to consider. You can choose from hotels in Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and further out in Titusville, Cocoa or Merritt Island. Hotels near Orlando airport are also popular.

In this article I provide an easy-to-use snooze-and-cruise comparison table for local hotels near Port Canaveral. I also provide a link to a local travel agency with excellent cruise packages.

Most cruisers look for one or more of the following when booking a hotel:

  • Breakfast
  • Free and/or safe parking
  • Shuttles to/from the cruise terminals
  • Airport transportation to/from Orlando, Melbourne or Sanford

It is a time-consuming process to contact each hotel and ask about these requirements because their websites are confusing and often inaccurate. I hope the comparison table below will simplify your search!

How to use the Hotel Comparison Table

The table represents hotels in Cape Canaveral (home of Port Canaveral) and Cocoa Beach (next door).

  • Column 1 – Port Shuttle Service – Cost per person in a shared van, one way from hotel to port or back
  • Column 2 – Airport Shuttle – If available, cost per person in a shared van, one way from or to Orlando Airport
  • Column 3 – Hotel parking cost per vehicle per night during your hotel stay (not while cruising)
  • Column 4 – Hotel parking cost per vehicle per day while cruising (if available)
  • Column 5 – Breakfast cost per person (if available)

Blank entries – information is not provided (perhaps the hotel is new or the service is under review). Call the hotel direct to check!

NOTE – Due to Covid-19, hotel services are constantly changing. These tables show normal services. Please call the hotel to check!

Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel Amenities Comparison Table

Port Canaveral Hotel Comparison Table
Port Canaveral Hotel Amenities Comparison Table (click to enlarge)
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Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel Map

The location of each hotel can be found on my Port Canaveral Map. Go here to Open the Map

Hotel and Transfer Packages offer by a Travel Agency

If you prefer to have someone else take care of your pre-cruise snooze-and-cruise arrangements, look no further than GoPort! Go here to read more about GoPort.

TIP – I think GoPort offers good value for money and will review this company in an upcoming post. However, not all their packages are necessarily cheaper than booking direct with hotels and arranging your own transport. If you are looking to pay the least for your pre-cruise stay, I recommend you do some price research!

Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Webcams

Port Canaveral Webcam

The Best Webcams near Port Canaveral

I absolutely love webcams and are always searching for the perfect Port Canaveral webcam! I enjoy seeing cruise ships in motion and I want to know the conditions at nearby beaches.

Fortunately there are a few webcams near Port Canaveral and in this article I list them for your enjoyment. If you know of other webcams to review please email me!

NOTE – Some webcams do not display on phones. They may require a subscription. This happens because some ads are blocked on phones and the webcam owners are losing revenue. Desktop views are fine.

My Port Canaveral Webcam Map

Please open my Port Canaveral map to see the location of each webcam – marked with a green or purple camera icon.

Port Canaveral Webcams

These are by far the most popular webcams because of the ship interest. My favorite webcam is mounted on top of Fishlips restaurant.

Every cruise day you can watch the cruise ships arrive before sunrise and depart between 4pm and 5pm. Unfortunately, due to its location you won’t see ships at Terminal 3 and Terminal 1.

Here is an image of a ship cruising by – the LIVE view is here

Fishlips Webcam
Fishlips Webcam Views

The Cocoa Beach webcams

As shown on my map there are several webcams pointing to Cocoa Beach and Atlantic ocean.

While a direct view is fine for checking surf conditions, my favorite is the webcam on top of the Restaurants at the Cocoa Beach Pier – perfect for watching the patrons at the Tiki Bar, the beach, the surf and the surfers! You may even see cruise ships in the distance.

Here is an image of the view of the Cocoa Beach Pier webcam – the LIVE view is here

Cocoa Beach Pier
Cocoa Beach Pier

Where is my Ship docked at Port Canaveral in Cape Canaveral – Cruise Ship Locator

Port Canaveral Terminals

You are driving to Port Canaveral and wondering where your ship is docked! In this article you can see a real-time location map of all the docked ships at Port Canaveral (those with location beacons enabled).

If this is your first time in Cape Canaveral, do not be concerned. Once you enter the Port Canaveral area there are plenty of sign boards to guide you.

Cruise Terminals and Parking Map

Cruise Terminals and Parking
Cruise Terminals and Parking (click to enlarge)

Planning Tip!

The Port Authority at Port Canaveral publishes a ship schedule valid for about 6 months. The PDF file shows all cruise ships visiting the Port with information such as date, docking terminal, arrival time, departure time, etc.

Unfortunately things do change so it best to check my real-time map below on your arrival day.

Here is a sample page – note the Terminal column. CT8 means Cruise Terminal 8:

Port Canaveral Cruise Ship Schedule
Port Canaveral Cruise Ship Schedule Sample (click to enlarge)

The Port Canaveral Cruise Ship schedule is here – Go to Cruise Ship Schedule.

Link to my Port Canaveral videos

I post videos on Youtube showing Port Canaveral! Go Here to Watch my Videos!

Ship Locator

This map is easy to use! Simply zoom in out out and hover over the BLUE ships for names and information. The BLUE ships are cruise ships.