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There’s a new way to travel between Central and South Florida

Service begins this Summer!

Brightline unveils shiny new passenger station at Orlando International Airport

Orlandoans looking to hit the beach in South Florida will soon have a speedy new way to get to Miami, and South Floridians will be able to make the trip to Disney and Universal with ease.

The highly anticipated Brightline Orlando Station at Orlando International Airport (MCO) was officially unveiled today, marking the next step in connecting Central and South Florida with modern, eco-friendly rail travel. The private company known for fast trains, meticulously designed stations, and sleek lounges currently serves Miami, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Aventura. Orlando ticket sales will launch in May for future dates, with one-way fares starting at $79 for SMART and $149 for PREMIUM. SMART fare bundles for families of four will be available for less than $199 one way.

The new Orlando station is located in the Orlando International Airport’s new Train Station facility next to Terminal C. After purchasing tickets, checking bags and breezing through security, passengers will enjoy the expansive, two-story station featuring Brightline’s signature world-class amenities. Grab a hand-crafted cocktail and light bites at Mary Mary Bar, pick up last-minute gifts and sundries at MRKT PLACE or just enjoy watching the trains come and go as the iconic, nostalgic split-flap message board clicks away, announcing arrivals and departures.

As for the travel experience, Brightline offers two classes of service: SMART and PREMIUM. Brightline’s PREMIUM service includes complimentary meals, snacks and beverages, a dedicated first-class lounge, free checked luggage, priority boarding and a dedicated coach. All passengers have access to free high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations at every seat, 87 big-screen televisions and a BrightKids children’s play area located in the SMART lounge.

Service will begin in Summer 2023 and include 16 daily round trips with hourly departures between Miami and Orlando. Brightline’s non-stop trains have a run time between Miami and Orlando of two hours and 59 minutes. Regular service from Orlando to Miami stops at all Brightline stations with a run time of three hours and 30 minutes.

Gerrish Lopez  Time Out Contributor