Enjoy the thrills of your holiday before you arrive, by booking flights to Orlando with British Airways. Whether you’re looking for a wild time in a theme park resort, or a more lavish break away, you can expect a pleasant flight with our fantastic British Airways cabin crew. Soak up that holiday feeling during your flight, before touching down to The Sunshine State.
Go on an epic Orlando holiday. Enjoy every moment of relaxation on your journey to this exhilarating destination, before riding as many rollercoasters as you can. Savour the outstanding service and blissful comfort, as you unwind on your flight. Enjoy our selection of complimentary food and drinks, as well as a choice of entertainment. Make the most of your generous baggage allowance and remember to keep space in your case to bring home those outlet goodies.
Flights to Orlando
You can fly direct from London to Orlando with British Airways.
Flights to Orlando are daily and take around 9 hours. Choosing the flights for your time away is fabulously flexible, making your journey to The City Beautiful simple and sweet.
Fly direct from London Gatwick (LGW) to Orlando International Airport (MCO). Select the cabin to suit you, whatever your budget, taste or style, whether you travel in economy (World Traveller), premium economy (World Traveller Plus) or business (Club World).
Create your holiday your way – decide whereabouts to stay, how long for and how much you want to spend. Read our Orlando neighbourhood guide or our Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando™ for insider tips for exploring theme parks, the best tickets to buy and everything Orlando.
Everything you need to know about flying to Orlando with British Airways
What’s the cheapest time to fly to Orlando?
With over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year and an average temperature of 24°C, Orlando is an idyllic year-round destination. Peak season runs May – August, when the weather hits highs of 33°C and school’s out for summer. The cheapest time to visit Orlando is during the milder months between January – April, when you can avoid the bigger crowds and queuing is quicker.
Although hurricane season ranges between June to November, Orlando tends to only see some impact during July and September – which usually comes in the forms of epic thunder storms with the occasional golf ball-sized hail stones. This weather usually arrives in bursts and clears for more sunshine. To find our cheapest flights to Orlando, use our lowest fare finder.
How long is the flight from London to Orlando?
Around 9 hours. You can fly direct from London Gatwick (LGW) to Orlando International Airport (MCO). British Airways provides direct flights to Orlando from London. Choose from a variety of daily flights, with leisurely times to get you in the holiday mood.
How do I get from Orlando airport to my resort?
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is just six miles from the centre of Orlando. Hiring a caris the easiest way to make your way about the city. Car rental also gives you the opportunity to take road trips to see even more of Florida.
Lots of hotels run free shuttles from the airport, so it’s worth checking if your hotel does this before you pay for a transfer. You can hop on a local bus to most main theme park and resort areas from the airport, which will only cost you between $2-$4. A shuttle van will cost you anything between $15-$37, or a one-way taxi trip will charge $14-$68. If you want to ride in style, jump in a limousine for $50-$90. To make your trip to Orlando even easier, why not pre-book your shuttle or private transfer with us before you travel? Simply add it to you booking when prompted.
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Do I need a visa to travel to Orlando?
If you’re travelling on a British passport, there’s no need to get a visa in advance – but you do need to apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before you travel. There is a $14 fee for registration and, once approved, your ESTA is valid for multiple journeys for two years or until your passport expires.
Enjoy a generous baggage allowance when you fly standard economy or when you book a package holiday – you can check in one piece of luggage weighing up to 23kg. See our additional baggage allowances too. If you’re travelling premium economy, you can take two bags weighing 23kg each. Business class have the luxury of taking two bags weighing up to 32kg and first class can stow three bags weighing up to 32kg each.
Which cabins can I book when I fly with British Airways?
Our long haul economy class World Traveller cabins are great value if you’re looking for cheap flights. For an extra fee you can select your seats in advance – the quieter seats are towards the front of the plane. Sit directly above the wings to reduce the effects of any turbulence. Alternatively, select your seats for free 24 hours in advance* when online check-in opens.
Premium economy class World Traveller Plus has more legroom and a smaller cabin with greater privacy.
Our business class Club World cabin has fully flat beds for total comfort.
*Free seat selection 24 hours in advance is not available if you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare.
Three long-haul flight tips for Orlando
Travelling can be tiring, but you can arrive refreshed and ready to go if you follow some easy steps:
Keep hydrated during your flight. Drink plenty of soft drinks and water to help your body feel good. Moisturise your skin and use lip balm too. Remember to stretch your legs on a little walk down the aisle, to keep blood circulating.
Get ahead of jet lag by living on your new time zone as soon as you can. Orlando is five hours behind GMT. Use our jet lag calculator for advice from our sleep expert.
Look after your ears – you can chew on gum or sweets when you take off and land, so you don’t suffer with the pressure change. Yawning, as well as exhaling through your nostrils whilst gently pinching them, will help your ears to adjust comfortably.
Our insider Orlando tips will get you in holiday mode
When to tip
Tipping is customary in the USA. When you catch a cab, eat in a restaurant or have drinks in a bar, you should add 15-20 per cent tip to the bill. Hotel staff and bar staff usually expect $1-$2 for their services.
Free things to do
Discover another side of Orlando, with plenty of free things to do. Wander through the Harry P. Lieu Gardens, with free admission on the first Monday of every month. Stroll through the farmer’s market at Winter Park in the sunshine, or visit the Orlando Brewing Company, for its complimentary brewery tours Monday to Saturday at 18:00.
Weather in Orlando
The weather in Orlando offers over 300 days of sensational sun. With January lows of 8°C and scorching July highs of 33°C, there is a distinct difference between winter days and summer away. July is also the wettest month, with big thunder storms that can be unpredictable, with hurricane season throughout June – November. The rainfall is usually hard, and water rises quickly, so its best to keep a cagoule or waterproof poncho with you in case of showers.
Book now and pay later with our low deposits
Secure your holiday with a low deposit and flexible installments – you can decide when you make the payments and how much they are.
Whether you want to stay in the heart of the theme park action, hang out around International Drive, or enjoy a more secluded villa retreat, our carefully selected stays have something for every traveller – no matter your budget.