Orlando , although for most people is associated only with Walt Disney World, has plenty more to offer, such as the museums, the gardens and the shopping opportunities.
Jacksonville is located on the Atlantic Coast of Florida. You can stroll in the historic neighborhoods , visit the museums or attend the festivals.
While both cities are served by airports, due to the short distance between the two cities, there isn’t the need to take a plane to cover it. And yes, connecting flights through Miami are available but they are not worth it (in terms of money or time).
It is cheaper to travel by bus than by train between Orlando and Jacksonville. Bus fares start at $27* one way and the travel time is from 2 ½ h.
Orlando to Jacksonville by train
Amtrack offers two trains between Orlando and Jacksonville. The Silver Meteor departs from Orlando daily at 1:35 p.m. and takes 3h 13 min to reach its destination. The single adult fare is $51. The Silver Star departs Orlando at 7:24 p.m. and takes the same amount of time to get to Jacksonville. The single adult fare is $39.
On the way back, catch the Silver Star from Jacksonville at 7:15 a.m. It will be in Orlando after 3 h 2 min. The adult single fare is $39. The Silver Meteor departs Jacksonville at 9:48 a.m. and arrives in Orlando at 3h 7 min. The adult single fare is $51.
Orlando to Jacksonville to bus
Greyhound offers 5 connections every day between Orlando and Jacksonville. The first bus leaves Orlando at 03:05 a.m. and the last at 10:15 p.m. The travel time is between 2h 30 min and 3 h 20 min. The advanced purchase fare is $21.00 one way and the web only fare is $27.00 one way.
On the way back catch one of the five buses from Jacksonville. The first bus leaves at 4:45 a.m. and the last at 10:30 p.m. The same travel times and fares apply.
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Orlando to Jacksonville by car
You can rent a car and drive the 140 miles between Orlando and Jacksonville on I-4 E and I-95 N. It should take about 1 1/2h.
Note: * at the time the article was written