People who live in Florida will soon have a new way to get to Orlando.
Ticketing and Train Information
Last month, Brightline unveiled its Orlando train station, a 37,350-square-foot terminal conveniently located adjacent to Terminal C at the airport. Its expansion into Orlando took a significant step forward on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
The South Florida-based high speed rail line started selling travel tickets as early as September along a 170-mile extension from West Palm Beach to Central Florida.
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Currently, the in-service speed is limited to 79 mph. According to a recent statement, the company has set Labor Day, September 4, as the earliest anticipated travel date. Preparations are underway to meet the expected demand from eager travelers.
“Once we have an opening date, we will make that announcement as well, and then Guests can book for the inaugural ride,” said Director of media relations Vanessa Alfonso.
Types of Fares
While customers will have an approximate timetable for the new route, which runs north along the Florida East Coast Railway to Cocoa and then heads west on a newly constructed rail bed to the Orlando International Airport station, there’s excitement surrounding the forthcoming service. Brightline is now offering “limited one-way SMART fares,” with prices starting at $79 for adults and $39 for children. Additionally, groups of four or more people can automatically save an extra 25% on SMART fares.
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The SMART category provides a comfortable business-class experience onboard, featuring hand-stitched leather seats, complimentary Starlink WiFi, multiple power and USB outlets, and a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase.
For those seeking a more luxurious journey, one-way PREMIUM fares begin at $149. This exclusive option offers a first-class experience, including amenities such as a dedicated lounge, priority boarding, checked luggage service, and complimentary snacks and beverages.
Management believes there is significant enthusiasm among members of the traveling public to start sales now for a service expected to begin in the latter part of this summer.
“Brightline guests and the travel market have spoken loudly, and we want to respond by opening ticket sales from late summer through the beginning of next year,” Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline, said in a statement. “While we are finalizing an official launch date, guests can now book travel for Labor Day, Halloween and holidays through the new year.”
Although the Brightline track doesn’t directly connect Guests to Walt Disney World or Universal theme parks, it provides an alternative and easy way to travel, especially for those who don’t prefer to drive or fly.
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