A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Fort Lauderdale vs. Orlando

Should you visit Fort Lauderdale or Orlando?

Should I visit Fort Lauderdale or Orlando? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is located in the state of Florida along the Atlantic coast. It has a population of more than 170,000 people and is famous for its beaches and boating culture. There is also an elaborate system of canals in the city. Fort Lauderdale proper is considered to be part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area that has a population of more than 5.5 million people.

Orlando

Orlando is a haven for tourists from the entire United States and abroad. The most famous sight in Orlando, Walt Disney World, is not actually located in the city at all, but in nearby Lake Buena Vista. The area attracts over 50 million visitors a year and the city's sprawling development has created amenities and entertainment options for tourists of all ages.

Which city is cheaper, Orlando or Fort Lauderdale?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Fort Lauderdale is $146, while the average daily cost in Orlando is $240. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in more detail.


Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $154 for a double occupancy room in Fort Lauderdale.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $224 in Orlando For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Fort Lauderdale $77
    Orlando $112
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Fort Lauderdale $154
    Orlando $225


Food

The average traveler spends about $39 per day in Fort Lauderdale for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

In Orlando travelers spend around $50 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Fort Lauderdale $39
    Orlando $50
Typical Food prices in Fort Lauderdale

Some typical examples of dining costs in Fort Lauderdale are as follows:


  • Quick Lunch
    $12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Fort Lauderdale

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Mai-Kai Dinner and Polynesian Show: $47
  • All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise: $60

Typical Food prices in Orlando

For Orlando, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two at Epcot
    $29

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Orlando

For Orlando, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • WonderWorks and Outta Control Dinner Show VIP Combo: $64
  • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show: $34
  • Cowboy Rodeo Adventure Tour & BBQ Dinner from Orlando: $89
  • Mango's Tropical Cafe Dinner & Show Tickets: $50
  • Downtown Food Tour: $60
  • Audubon Park Garden District Food Tour: $85
  • Dinner with Disney Characters by Limousine: $119
  • Chef Mickey Dinner with Round-Trip VIP Limousine: $119
  • The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, Orlando: $34
  • Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando Dinner and Show Ticket: $50


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Fort Lauderdale is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $41 per person, per day, on local transportation in Fort Lauderdale.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Orlando than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $48 on transportation in Orlando on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Fort Lauderdale $41
    Orlando $48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Fort Lauderdale

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Fort Lauderdale:

  • Transfer From Fort Lauderdale to Airport/Port: $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: Fort Lauderdale Int. Airport (FLL) to Fort Lauderdale: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale Int. Airport (FLL): $28
  • Fort Lauderdale Airport to Miami Cruise Port Transfer: $34
  • Private Arrival Transfer: FLL Fort Lauderdale Airport to Fort Lauderdale City: $41
  • Private Departure Transfer from Fort Lauderdale City to Fort Lauderdale Airport: $41
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Fort Lauderdale Airport to Miami City or Miami Beach: $55
  • Transfer in Executive Private Vehicle from Fort Lauderdale Airport to City: $57
  • Transfer in Executive Private Vehicle from Fort Lauderdale City to Airport: $57
  • Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) to Port Everglades - Arrival Private Transfer: $62

Typical Local Transportation prices in Orlando

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Orlando:


  • Parking
    $14
  • Taxi Ride
    $45

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Orlando

Also for Orlando, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Orlando International Airport Shared Shuttle Transfers: $15
  • Orlando Airport - Private Transfer to City Center or Disney: $174
  • Orlando Attractions Roundtrip Transfer: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer to Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB): $24
  • Private Arrival Transfer - from Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB): $24
  • Shared Orlando Cruise Port Transfer: Airport to Port: $32
  • Shared Orlando Cruise Port Transfer: Port to Airport: $32
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Orlando to Orlando International Airport (MCO): $39
  • Private Airport Transfer: Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Orlando: $39
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Orlando Int. Airport (MCO) to Walt Disney World: $39


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Fort Lauderdale typically cost an average of $12 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Sightseeing expenses in Orlando, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $163 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Fort Lauderdale $12
    Orlando $163

Tours and Activities in Fort Lauderdale

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Fort Lauderdale are as follows:

  • Jungle Queen Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise: $29
  • Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park: $25
  • Florida Keys: Full-Day Kayak and Snorkel Reef Adventure: $239
  • Beach Cruiser Bike Rentals in Fort Lauderdale: $11
  • Fort Lauderdale Historical Walking Tour: $12
  • 1-Hour Interactive Pirate Adventure Cruise in Fort Lauderdale (Family-Friendly): $23
  • 90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruises: $23
  • Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise - On the Venice of America: $27
  • Everglades Airboat Tour & Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Show from Fort Lauderdale: $37
  • Island Time Boat Cruise: $45

Typical Entertainment prices in Orlando

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Orlando are as follows:


  • Universal Studios for Two
    $110

Tours and Activities in Orlando

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Orlando are as follows:

  • Disney World: Magic Your Way 5-Day Ticket: $380
  • Disney World: Magic Your Way 3-Day Ticket: $337
  • 2-Park 2-Day Universal Orlando™ Theme Park Tickets: $275
  • 2-Park 1-Day Universal Orlando™ Theme Park Tickets: $174
  • Kennedy Space Center and Launch Control Center Tour: $139
  • Kennedy Space Center Admission Ticket: $54
  • Disney World: 1-Day Magic Kingdom Ticket: $167
  • Disney World: Magic Your Way 2-Day Ticket: $261
  • Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour: $18
  • 1-Hour Airboat Tour: $52


Alcohol

The average person spends about $27 on alcoholic beverages in Fort Lauderdale per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Orlando per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Fort Lauderdale $27
    Orlando $24
Typical Alcohol prices in Fort Lauderdale

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Fort Lauderdale are as follows:


  • Beer
    $7.30

Sample the Local Flavors in Orlando

Also in Orlando, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Florida Craft Beer & Brewery Tour: $65



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, we can see that Orlando is more expensive. And not only is Fort Lauderdale much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Fort Lauderdale would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Fort Lauderdale and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Orlando would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Orlando than you might in Fort Lauderdale.

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