worst part of trip- looking for transportation

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  1. momtoleasawav

    momtoleasawav Mouseketeer

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    I have two transportation needs- for airport to cape canaveral hotel and after cruise to disney. any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. 3-MER

    3-MER Wayne

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    We use Budget car rental, good prices and one way rental with no drop off charges!
     
  4. sambycat

    sambycat DIS Veteran

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    We use dcl transport and stay accordingly to make it easy.
     
  5. shburks

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    Us, too! There's only two of us going, though, so private transfers are just as expensive. Like the ease of DCL transfers...
     
  6. mom2aredhead

    mom2aredhead DIS Veteran

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    Definitely Budget. Pick up at MCO, drop off at the Port Canaveral location w/no surcharge. Free shuttle or quick cheap taxi ride to the port. Do the same thing going back. We were 3 people, and out budget rental and taxi were under $100. DCL r/t transfers would have been $210.
     
  7. kkbutterfly

    kkbutterfly Mouseketeer

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    We did DCL transportation. Allowed us to experience Disney "magic" the entire trip. It was no hassle, got off the ship and walked right onto a Disney bus and were at the world in about an hour!
     
  8. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

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    We did a 1-way car rental from MCO to Cocoa Beach the day before cruising. Car rental deals come and go so check frequently until you find one that fits your budget, could be any of the agencies.

    We used DCL transport from port to WDW. More expensive than a car rental but definitely easy and stress-free!

    Enjoy your cruise!
     
  9. Illini_Fan

    Illini_Fan Mouseketeer

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    Another vote for the rental car. We did that last cruise and will do it again for this cruise.

    Search for best rates using Kayak or Expedia (or similar) and then get a coupon code from a variety of possible sources (frequent flyer, mousesavers, AAA, etc...).

    No taxi needed with Avis - they have a shuttle in Port Canaveral. For our upcoming cruise, out estimate total costs for the two one-way rentals is $85. Will will obviously have a small charge for refilling the tank, but all-in we should be under $100 for a family of four.
     
  10. Terapin

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    We used FL Tours and had no problems. Was much cheaper for 6 of us than DCL by half. The van itself was not new, and not luxury, but it was a pretty short trip. The driver was very nice on one leg, and the other driver was quiet but courteous. I liked being able to name what time we wanted to be picked up, and only waited about 15 minutes to be picked up when we got off the cruise. My only suggestion to them would be nicer vehicles. It was a very utilitarian multi-passenger van that was older and a bit grubby from being in service for a long time. Not gross-dirty, just worn-grubby.
     
  11. PrincessShmoo

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    It depends a little on how many people you have in your party. We've always traveled with just 2 of us, so DCL transfers are the easiest/cheapest. If you have 3 or 4 people, DCL transfers or private transportation would be a toss-up. Over 4 or more, you'd do better arranging private transportation (shuttle, rental car, limo service).

    :cutie:
     
  12. momtoleasawav

    momtoleasawav Mouseketeer

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    we have a family of five. Budget rent a car is very cheap for the airport to the cruise. still looking into cruise to disney. We only have one day in disney so we want to make the most of it.
     
  13. bbwex

    bbwex Earning My Ears

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    I was up in the air on this one too, but finally checked out some towncar limo services and ended up selecting Tiffany Towncars. We won't physically use them until Jan. 2nd (WDW to port) and the 6th (port to airport), but the entire reservation process was a snap. I will be glad to post a report after we use them.
     
  14. mickeynut1

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    We haven't used Tiffany Town Car from MCO to PC, but we have used them many times for R/T transfers between MCO and Disney resorts and they are great :thumbsup2. The drivers have always been on time, they have always been very friendly and courteous, and the cars always clean. Every once in awhile we get a rental car, but the times we don't, Tiffany Town Car is always our choice for a car service and we won't use anyone else. The reservation process is quick and easy and the staff/drivers are personable and very helpful.
     
  15. MISSREBECCA76

    MISSREBECCA76 "Hello, My Name is Rebecca, and I have a Disney Pr

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    We are using Noble Transportation to get to the port and we are renting cars to get back to WDW- but it is more expensive than I imagined :worried:
    I think the cheapest we can find is about $165 for a full size and we only need it for 36 hours- I wish there were an easier/cheaper way.
     
  16. kcashner

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    Lots of variables--when are you flying in? Do you prefer to overnight near MCO or near the port if coming in a day ahead? If you aren't coming in a day ahead, you should be.

    Budget rental--check out discounts thru rentalcodes.com and mousesavers.com. We typically can get a one way car rental for $35 to $50 including all taxes and fees.

    There are lots of good shuttle/towncar companies--some named above. Also, Cocoa Beach Shuttle, RJ's, etc.

    If coming in the night before and staying in the MCO area, the Hyatt Place NW has a stay/breakfast/round trip cruise transportation package. We paid $121 for 2; recently they are showing different rates for "up to 2" and "up to 4." I priced a couple of nights at $159 and $189 for 4 people. They have a shuttle to/from MCO 24/7. NOTE this is not the Hyatt MCO. They Wyngate has a similar package but it costs more and is less reliable.
     
  17. bheyman

    bheyman Earning My Ears

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    Do you recall the name of the shuttle service from Hyatt Place NW to the port?
     
  18. momtoleasawav

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    we are staying at the comfort suites inn on friday night. I think a rental from budget is the cheapest. I did call cocoa transportation and never heard back from them so they are out. I am going to look into tiffany transportation for the ride to disney.
     
  19. lanejudy

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    For what it's worth...WDW does have a couple of rental agencies on-site. I'm not sure which ones, maybe National and Alamo, though I'm fairly certain it isn't Budget, Dollar or Thrifty. You might be able to do a one-way rental from port to WDW.

    We also never heard back from Cocoa Beach Transportation after a couple of calls to them.
     
  20. bumbershoot

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    Have you scoured mousesavers.com for codes and coupons for various rental car agencies? You're looking at what is officially a two day rental (we'll be in the same boat if we decided to cancel DCL transportation to the port), which can be more expensive than a week sometimes, but you should be able to get it down a bit with codes/coupons.
     
  21. Billinaz

    Billinaz Waiting to spend time in our home away from home..

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    The Budget is in the Doubletree at DTD.

    We are taking a minivan from there to the port and on the return to MCO.

    Both legs are $60 (one way rentals) each way using codes I found on flyertalk.

    We have 5 people, so its definately the best way for us to go. The shuttle to and from the port is free......
     

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