For most travelers, Orlando is synonymous to Walt Disney World. But Downtown Orlando has absolutely nothing to do with Mickey Mouse and the likes. It is filled with bars, clubs , theatres, restaurants and concert venues. The city is also home to gardens and museums. And let’s not forget the excellent shopping.
Tampa , the largest city in West Central Florida , is home to an aquarium, a lot of museums and an excellent entertainment district.
The most important airport in the Greater Orlando Area is Orlando International Airport (MCO). But the area is also served by four other airports , including Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Whether you choose to travel by train or bus between Orlando and Tampa, the travel times are similar. Price wise, it’s slightly cheaper to travel by train ($11* one way) than by bus ($15 one way, advance purchase).
Orlando to Tampa by train
Amtrack operates the Silver Star which connects Orlando to Tampa. The train leaves Tampa daily at 5:17 p.m. and arrives in Orlando after about 2 hours. The single fare is $11. From Orlando, catch the train at 10:31 a.m. The same fare applies.
Orlando to Tampa by bus
Greyhound operates 5 buses per day between Orlando and Tampa. They depart from Orlando at: 5:15 a.m., 8:40 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. The travel time is 1h 40 min to 2h 5 min, depending on the time of departure. The advance purchase fare is $15.00 one way, while the web only fare is $19 one way.
On the way back, catch the bus from Tampa at 8:55 a.m., 3:10 p.m. , 5 p.m., 7:35 p.m. or 10:10 p.m. The same travel times and same fares apply.
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Orlando to Tampa by car
You can rent a car and drive the 85 miles between Orlando and Tampa in about 1 ½ h.
Note: * at the time the article was written