Cape Canaveral juts out into the Atlantic Ocean along, what is commonly called, Florida’s space coast. It lies due east from Merritt Island, separated by the Banana River. Cape Canaveral’s name was changed briefly between the years, 1963 to 1973 to Cape Kenney, to honor the late President John F. Kennedy. Since 1973, it has retained the name Cape Canaveral. Cape Canaveral is the site of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and lies in close proximity to the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island. Cape Canaveral has become synonymous with the launching of U.S. spacecraft; however, the actual city of Cape Canaveral, is located just a few miles south, and is part of the Titusville, Palm Bay, Melbourne metropolitan area.
Cape Canaveral lies just 45 miles east of Orlando, Florida, and can be reached by shuttle, Greyhound bus, city bus, or automobile.
Port Canaveral By Shuttle
Hopping a shuttle from Orlando to Cape Canaveral is probably your best option for getting exactly where you want to go in the least amount of time. Most shuttle services operate out of the Orlando International Airport. You’ll find the shuttle van service area on both the A and B sides of the main terminal on the ground transportation level (level 1). If you are staying at one of the many major hotels in Orlando, you can arrange to be picked up by calling the shuttle service in that area. Your hotel concierge will help with the arrangements. Otherwise, you can pre-arrange your shuttle pick up either from your home or the airport by calling one of the many shuttle services in the area. Shuttle prices vary depending on whether you choose to share a ride, or hire a personal vehicle for the trip. Costs for sharing a shuttle will cost around $35 per person one way, or $60 per person round trip. If you choose to hire a personal shuttle, you’ll pay anywhere from $95 one way and $180 round trip for a sedan to $190 one way and $375 round trip for a limousine.
By Rental Car
You can rent a car from any one of the many car rental companies located within and adjacent to the Orlando Airport. It will cost you anywhere from $45 to $60 a day, or a little less if you rent for a longer period of time. One major downside is that you must return the car to the original place of rental in order to get the best deals. Renting in one location and dropping off in another may cost you substantially more. The upside is that you will have that vehicle at your disposal the entire time you are in the area and won’t need to depend on other modes of transportation to get around.
To get to Cape Canaveral from Orlando, simply follow signs when exiting the airport for Toll Road 528 East. Once on Toll Road 528 East, continue for approximately 33 miles until you see signs for Cape Canaveral.
You can purchase a bus ticket from Greyhound Bus to travel from Orlando to Titusville, the closest nearby city, either by phone, internet or in person. The trip takes approximately one hour. No reservations are necessary when traveling by bus, as long as you show up at the terminal at least one hour before the scheduled departure time to buy your ticket. Tickets will cost you anywhere from $15 for a one-way or $30 roundtrip non-refundable ticket from Orlando to Titusville. The price for a refundable ticket is only a few dollars more either way. Note, however, unlike the shuttle service, the bus will not take you directly to Cape Canaveral and is therefore, not your most convenient form of travel.