The SAPPHIRE NOW & ASUG Annual Conference 2019 is edging ever nearer, and if you are attending it’s now time to start thinking about the practical side of your visit to Orlando. If you have never been to the city before, it’s always useful to know the best methods of transportation on offer to make every aspect of your stay easier. Here are a few handy tips to get around Orlando, whether you’re travelling straight from the airport to SAPPHIRE NOW, or if you fancy discovering the city!
The least expensive way to explore Orlando, the Lynx Bus is Central Florida’s bus system. There’s a daily service with 77 routes and each bus stop is marked with a pink bus or paw sign, making it easy to spot and accessible for all. Each route has wheelchair access too. It costs $4.50 for an All-Day Pass, which are valid from 4am on the day of purchase to 3am on the following day. Perfect for any early morning or late night flights!
The ‘I-Ride’ Trolleys serve Orlando’s popular International Drive Resort area, which is where you will find many hotels and attractions. A three day pass for the Trolley is only $7.00 per person, making it a convenient and cheap way to travel during your time in the city. They run seven days a week from 8am to 10:30pm, with stops every 20 minutes. This is just the thing if you want to avoid traffic in one of the busiest areas of Orlando!
Once you land in Orlando, you will no doubt be looking for a simple, stress-free way to reach your accommodation. This is where the Orlando Shuttle Van comes to the fore, particularly if your hotel doesn’t offer a complimentary travel service to and from the airport. Cheaper than taxis, they travel from the airport to downtown Orlando and all the main tourist destinations. Prices start at $13.00.
Usually, the first option for Orlando tourists is a taxi. There are over 500 cabs in the city, which means booking or hailing one is a fairly easy process. There are eight taxi companies in Orlando, all of which have differing rates, so don’t be surprised if your fares aren’t similar! Most vehicles have calibrated meters, but only those picking up customers from the airport are required to use them. It’s always a good idea to do some research on approximate fares before your trip to Orlando, or to insist on a calibrated meter.
For anyone in downtown Orlando, the LYMMO bus is the only way to travel! It’s a free, air-conditioned circular bus with a direct service to many of Orlando’s cultural delights, including the Amway Center, Bob Carr Arts Center, the vibrant Wall Street district and much more. There is a service every 5 minutes during work hours and every 10 minutes in the evenings.
If you’re attending SAPPHIRE NOW 2019, we wish you an easy and pleasant trip! If you would like to meet any of our K2 team while you are at the event to find out why K2 is the choice for leading SAP customers and partner, visit here!
Ottilie Wood, Marketing Executive based at K2 Partnering Solutions HQ in London.