If you want to experience all Orlando has to offer, the simple answer is yes! We love to promote our rental car partners (check them out for the best rates!), but the truth is rental cars are the less stressful, most cost-effective way to get around the city.
Cities like New York, Chicago and Boston have excellent walkability and awesome public transportation options. Orlando, not so much — there’s no metro or train, the attractions are spread out throughout the city and many of the roads don’t have sidewalks. Public transportation buses are available but unreliable and taxis are expensive and hard to find depending on where you are in the city.
Orlando makes up for its lack of public transportation and walkability with an excellent network of freeways, a huge fleet of rental cars and tons of free parking.
Rental cars companies are located all throughout the city, with huge fleets of vehicles from cars to vans to SUVs depending on your family’s needs. All the major companies — Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty — have hubs at the Orlando International Airport as well. Renting a car and returning it to the airport when you leave is not only the most convenient way to go, it’s also often the least expensive. Not only is there a large selection of rental cars, they often come cheap, starting at $19 a day at many rental spots.