Florida sees a high tourist season from October through to April. Orlando is the major spot though so expect flight tickets to be rather expensive during these months. You’ll also struggle to find cheap flights to Florida during any UK school holidays or half-term periods. If you book your flight tickets in advance you’ll have to best chances of securing cheap flights to Florida.
June to September is typically classed as the low season, however, cheap flights to Florida can still be incredibly difficult to find. This is in part due to the fact UK schools break up for Summer and a lot of tourists flock to the theme parks.
You’ll struggle to find the cheapest flights to Florida without some forward planning. The best way to ensure you find the cheapest flights to Florida is to be very flexible with your dates. If you aren’t governed by school holidays then you can easily compare the price of flight tickets for a range of different months. Booking your flights to Florida early is key to saving money too, aim for at least 2 or 3 months in advance, if not more if you can. Once you’ve settled on a general location for your flights to Florida you can start researching the cheapest months to visit and even the best side of the plane to sit on. For example it’s best to try and sit on the right side of the plane if you’re visiting Orlando as you’ll get landscape and coastal views.
Flights from London to Orlando, Florida: 9 hour 35 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Fort Myers, Florida: 12 hour 45 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Fort Myers, Florida: 12 hour 50 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Orlando, Florida: 14 hour 40 minutes.
Delta, Virgin Atlantic, American and British Airways all provide flights to Florida, along with a few others. They all have their own pros and cons although ultimately it’ll boil down to the price. Virgin provide a high standard of comfort and service with all of their flights to Florida, as well as having an extensive range of media content to watch during the flight. British Airways also provide good levels of comfort with the added bonus of complimentary food and drinks for the entire flight, providing stocks last. Both airlines do provide reasonably cheap flights to Florida depending on the time of year so it’s worth comparing a few dates to see what prices you can find.
There are several bus routes you can take to get from the airport to the city, all of which take different journeys so it’s worth figuring out which one you need to get to wherever it is in Orlando you need to be. There is also a shuttle service that can take you from Orlando to Miami as well as other big cities. If you have a lot of luggage and would rather not use public transport then you can opt to get a taxi from outside of the airport. These are more costly than the bus counterparts but if you can split the fare with a friend they can be more worthwhile, especially if you’re in a rush.
Fort Myers airport:
One of the easiest ways to get from the airport to the city is via the LeeTran service. It operates from 06:40 until 21:25 during the week, with slightly shorter times throughout the weekends. The timetable does change depending on the season though so it’s worth double checking before you book your flights to Florida, especially if you land very early or late. Once you’ve booked your flights to Florida it’s worth choosing a hotel which provides free shuttle transfers to and from the airport as this can make your journey a lot easier. Lastly you can hire a car or take a taxi from outside of the airport however this will cost a lot more than the bus option available.
(prices quotes are from London)