If you're taking a Caribbean cruise out of Port Canaveral, Florida, there are many reasons why you may want to book a rental car. Depending on your pre- or post-cruise plans, you may want to spend a few days exploring Florida's Space Coast or simply get to and from Orlando International Airport.
There are no on-site rental car offices at the Port Canaveral cruise port, but you have several options nearby. Taxis and shuttles are available to bring you from the pier to nearby rental car locations.
Rental Car Options: Orlando MCO Airport to Port Canaveral
Will you be coming just for the cruise or will you also spend a few days pre- or post-cruise exploring Central Florida?
Just in Florida for the Cruise
Many cruise passengers arrive in Orlando International Airport (MCO), which is about 45 miles from Port Canaveral. If you are only flying there for the cruise, check out one of the many shuttle companies specializing in transportation between the airport and Port Canaveral. Most shuttle services charge between $15 and $30 per person, each way. By comparison, taking a taxi, Uber or Lyft can cost between $60 and $85, depending on the time of day. This can end up being cost effective if you've got several people traveling together.
The trip between Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral normally takes about 50 minutes to an hour, but largely depends on traffic. Make sure to leave plenty of time to catch your cruise, as the ship will not wait.
Pre- or Post-Cruise Exploring
If you're coming to Orlando for a cruise but also to explore the theme parks before or after you sail, it makes sense to rent a car at Orlando International Airport and drop it off at Port Canaveral or pick up a car at Port Canaveral and drop it off at the airport. The rental car companies have shuttles at the pier that can bring you to and from their Port Canaveral locations.
Rental Car Locations Near Port Canaveral
Many rental car companies have locations near the pier at Port Canaveral and provide shuttle service to and from the port:
Alamo: Location close to ships. Shuttle buses offered to and from cruise port. Check shuttle times with company.
Avis: Location in Port Canaveral with shuttle service to and from the pier.
Budget: Port Canaveral location exclusively for cruise ship passengers. Shuttle service to and from the pier.
Dollar: Closest location is in Cape Canaveral, and shuttle buses offered to the cruise port. Check shuttle times with company.
Enterprise: Location is close to ships, and shuttle buses offered to the cruise port. Check shuttle times with company.
Hertz: Closest location is in Cape Canaveral, and shuttle buses offered to the cruise port. Check shuttle times with company.
National: Location close to ships, and shuttle buses offered to the cruise port. Check shuttle times with company.
Thrifty: Closest location is in Cape Canaveral, and shuttle buses offered to the cruise port. Check shuttle times with company.