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How to get to Walt Disney World from Sanford Airport

by Leigh

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We are staying at All-Star Movies and will be flying into Sanford Airport. How can I get to Walt Disney World from the Sanford airport. I realize the Magic Express does not go to this airport, but we chose Sanford because it was a direct flight with no layovers which we liked. Would you recommend a cab, Uber or renting a car to get to our resort? We will be there a whole week. Thanks!”

Watching the EPCOT fireworks from the parking lot

You might get a great view of the fireworks at EPCOT with a rental car – Photo by Judd Helms

I would be driving myself around. I’m big about having my own car at Walt Disney World. I have a whole page about a car at Disney World.

Dad’s Car at Disney World page

I like having a car at Disney World. We went in October, November. I rented the car because I’m from Oklahoma where you drive everywhere. It’s just one of my pet peeves. I want to be in charge of the driving, so I would rent a car.

Yes, I know, if you fly into Orlando International Airport, Disney’s Magical Express is free to and from the airport, but me, I like having a car.

Dad’s Disney’s Magical Express page

About Sanford. There are several ways you can get from Sanford to Walt Disney World, but one of them is not Uber. Uber is not allowed to go to Sanford Airport.

Sanford International Airport

By the way, Sanford is a town just north of Orlando. It’s about 50 miles from Walt Disney World. Only a couple of airlines go into Sanford. Usually you find cheaper prices into the Sanford Airport, but Magical Express doesn’t go there. Uber doesn’t go there, but Lyft does. You can look at Lyft. You can look at shuttles. There are a bunch of shuttles that run from Sanford to Walt Disney World.

The shuttles will cost you about $100 to $150 each way for a family of four, depending on what kind of shuttle you want. If you want a little fancier shuttle, it might be a little more than that for a town car or something like that. About $100 to $150 each way, so $200 to $300 round trip. Lyft is about $50 each way. You can get that depending on how many people you have, between $100 and $300.

Dad choses Alamo

Let’s talk about renting a car. I typically go with Alamo Car Rental. They are usually the cheapest of the majors, and at Orlando they are right across from the terminal.

They have cars for about $350 a week. I priced it out, $350 a week for a mid sized car. That includes taxes and fees, so it’s $310 plus taxes and fees. It’s a total of about $350 a week.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is, you can’t do Uber, but you could do Lyft, you could do a shuttle, or you could do a rental car. I prefer a rental car. I like being able to drive myself around and not being dependent on Disney transportation, but whichever you prefer.

If you’re fine with Disney transportation during the week, then just do Lyft or something. Save the money and do the Lyft. That’s what you gotta look at.


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Comments for

Jun 18, 2019 Lyft Sanford to Universal hotel after 9pm
by: Anonymous

3 of us flying into Sanford arriving June 30th at 9:15pm. Do you think we could get a Lyft or Uber to take us from that airport to our hotel across the street from Universal that time of night? Understand about an 50-minute drive. Shuttles reliable but pricey and would like to just use Lyft during our stay in Orlando. Thanks!

Dad Answers

I have no direct knowledge, but my guess is yes.

Jun 11, 2019 Help for a mother
by: Julia

I am going to Sanford because it was the only direct flight from Tennessee… however, my husband, an infant and a toddler are at Contemporary resort and won’t need a car during our 4 days stay (2 days of parks). Do you think if we rent at Alamo, could we return it same day inside the Disney? does anyone know if Lift has a choice of a large car, for 2 car seats, 3 pieces of luggage and a stroller?
I called a car company it was $200 each way!!!

Thank you for your page!!!

Nov 14, 2018 Parking at Resorts
by: Anonymous

Now that you have to pay to park at the resorts, do you still think a rental is the way to go?

Dad Answers

I do, but I’m a drive a car all around guy.

Sep 04, 2018 need to get from Disney to sanford
by: Marjorie

I need to get from disney to sanford- all the comments seem to deal with sanford to disney- can you help me with how i can get info to get a ride from disney to sanford- thank you

Dad Answers

It’s the same thing. Rental car, taxi, shuttle or Lyft. They go both ways.

Jul 26, 2018 Rental
by: Erin Hicks

We were in the same boat, got a rental car for one day through Alamo, with tax it was $66 for 4 of us and quite a few bags. We’re staying Disney all star and you can drop off car at the resort

Jul 02, 2018 Uber
by: Anonymous

We have taken Uber several times from the Sanford Airport. When did they stop Picking up there? Do Lyft to Orlando International and then take the Magical Express.

May 21, 2018 omg thank you!!!!!
by: Anonymous

OMG THANK YOU!! I recently realized there were two Orlando airports and I was worried when I found that the Disney shuttles don’t go to the airport I am flying into and didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg!!

I just scheduled my Lyft for next week for only $45. AMEN!

Thank you so much!

Dec 14, 2017
by: A Walker

Here is something else to consider. If you plan to Sanford Airport to save, say $110-300+ on your flight. Then spend $110-300+ for transportation to WDW, what have you saved? Other than a direct flight, which we have been able to find with some airlines. Just a thought.

Dec 13, 2017 Sanford to Orlando/Disney
by: MG

We flew into Sanford. Took lyft to a nearby , non airport ,car rental.We rented a car with a FL sunpass for paying tolls.There is either the toll road or freeway to and from Sanford/Orlando. Consider time of day. During peak hours its worth the toll. Late night go the highway. Enjoy. Disney springs offers parking decks and transfer transportation

Dec 06, 2017 Thanks!
by: Leigh

Great hints! Thank you very much. Your comments are very helpful.

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