Could the Train to Disney World Cost LESS Than $8 Each Way?

A big part of planning any Disney World trip is the transportation that’ll get you to the hotels, parks, and anywhere else you need to go.

Disney World bus

If you’re not driving (and you’re staying at a Disney World hotel), you can instead make use of Disney’s free transportation in the form of the Monorails, Skyliner, buses, and ferry boats. But if you’re flying to Orlando, you’ll still need to get from the airport to your hotel. Disney is discontinuing their Magical Express service, which used to transport guests from the airport straight to their hotel. One option for its replacement is the upcoming train that will connect the airport to Disney Worldbut how much will this option cost?

The Magical Express service was a free perk given to guests staying at Disney World hotels. You would need to reserve your spot on the bus, but there were no extra fees for using the buses.

Disney’s Magical Express

The replacements for this service (a bus ride from the Orlando International Airport to your Disney hotel) include Mears Connect and Sunshine Flyer, both options that will cost an additional fee.

Mears Coach Bus

If you’re looking for some alternatives, you might consider a ride share, taxi, or maybe a high-speed train that takes you directly from the airport to Disney Springs.


Brightline is a railway company that already has trains and routes in Florida. Currently, their trains travel through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. They have started work on a new line that travels from these areas to the Orlando International Airport.


From there, Brightline plans to build a line that goes from the airport to Disney World, with the Disney World stop likely being in the Disney Springs area. So when could we expect to see this line open for guests?

What’s Going On With the Train Now?

As you might expect with recent world events and the nature of huge construction projects, the Brightline train to Disney World has been delayed several times.

Brightline Train Construction

Originally, we were expecting to see the line to the Orlando International Airport open in 2022, with the line to Disney World from the airport opening in 2023. That timeline has changed, and now we’re expecting the connection from West Palm Beach to the Orlando airport to be completed in 2023, and the line from the airport to Disney World could open as late as 2026.

Brightline Train Route Concept Art ©Orange County Convention Center

We’ve seen a few small updates on the construction process, such as one of the trains that will service this route being delivered to the area this past fall.


But for at least the next few years, you’ll need to make alternate plans to get from the airport to Disney World. And once the train does open, how much will it guests to ride it?

How Much Do Normal Brightline Tickets Cost?

Note: These prices are based on specific dates. We used January 11th, 2022, for this example, but the prices may vary depending on when you’ll travel.

Right now, you can get tickets from Miami to Fort Lauderdale (a 36 mile trip) for as cheap as $17 each way. The round-trip would cost $34. For a premium service, you would pay $27 each way, with a $54 round trip. With the standard service, each mile costs about $0.47. (That’s not an official policy; we just got that number by dividing the cost — $17 — by the miles — 36.)

Ticket Cost from Miami to Fort Lauderdale ©Brightline

The route from Miami to the Orlando International Airport will cost about $100 each way, which means that this trip is about $0.42 per mile.

Orlando International Airport

We’ll average these numbers to get an estimate for how much the train might cost to get passengers from the Orlando International Airport to Disney World.

How Much Could It Cost to Get to Disney World?

The Brightline stop in Disney World is planned to be somewhere in the Disney Springs area.

Possible Disney Springs Stops ©Orlando Business Journal

It’s about 17 miles from the airport to Disney Springs.

Disney Springs

If we average the cost per mile from the other Brightline train tickets, we can guess that a ticket costs about $0.45 per mile. With this logic, the cost for a ticket from the airport to Disney Springs should be about $7.65 each way.

Disney Springs

This is already much cheaper than a ride share or even the Mears Connect service, which are currently the other transportation options for that route. (Ride shares are usually between $30 and $60 for this trip, and the Mears Connect service is currently $32 for a round trip.)

Mears Bus transportation at the Swan and Dolphin

This is only an estimate based on other Brightline train tickets. It’s possible that Disney will work with Brightline to make this service free to Disney World guests, like Magical Express was. But it’s also possible that the high demand for this route will drive prices up and make the trip more expensive. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes when the train gets closer to its opening date.

Keep following AllEars, and we’ll let you know as soon as we hear any more news about the Disney World train.

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Would you take the train from the Orlando airport to Disney World? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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6 Replies to “Could the Train to Disney World Cost LESS Than $8 Each Way?”

  1. So now our first opportunity to ride an attraction at Disney that dumps you off into a gift shop will be the Brightline Train dumping us off into the grandest Disney gift shop of all, Disney Springs. Just when I was convinced Disney had thrown tradition out the window.

  2. If Brightline partners with Disney to offer luggage service for resort guests at the same level as Magical Express, they will be unstoppable.

  3. So why would I want to take a Train to Disney Springs when arriving at the Airport with all my families luggage in tow? Once I get to DS how does Disney expect guests to get to thier hotels? Walk across DS with kids struggling with luggage in tow to take a Bus which is not equipped to handle luggage? Until Disney answers this question adequately the train to Disney Springs to useless

  4. A couple things. Onsite Disney transportation is free for anyone. If you stay off site and get a shuttle to Disney Springs or take an Uber to the closet Disney hotel, you can ride all day on Disney buses for free. The other thing about DME was it was really not free. The reason it was ‘free’ was to get you to stay on Disney property at a hotel or resort far more expensive than off site places. I guess Disney figured they don’t have to lure guests to stay on property any more. The train may be cheaper than say buses, but if you are traveling with children think of how convenient the train will be. You have to gather up the kids and all the luggage, get to the train, take it to Disney Springs, get off the train, walk to the proper bus stop. wait for a bus to your resort, load up the luggage and the kids on the bus, go to the resort and get off. And then you get to repeat the process in reverse when it’s time to leave and everyone is exhausted from their stay. Certainly sounds like fun to me. Why it’s almost magical.

  5. Has anyone guessed or anticipated how guests would get from Disney Springs to their hotel after getting off the train? Lot of possibilities. Disney could work with Brightline and have a shuttle. Brightline could have their own shuttle. What would the costs be? I can’t see folk using the current Disney buses as they are not set up for guests hauling a lot of luggage. Hopefully as the years go by Disney changes their ways and tries to inject magic in whatever way this will work.