Orlando International Airport is most likely going to be your best bet as far as airports to fly into when coming to The Villages. In fact thousands (…and that’s no exaggeration!) of residents and visitors make the trip either to, or from, OIA every single day.
There are a few categories of travelers between The Villages and OIA. Among them you have prospective buyers coming in to check out the community and others nearby, Villagers flying out to visit family members, and family members flying in to visit Villagers.
This map shows the route you, or your driver will most likely take:
The easiest way to get to and from the airport might be to drive yourself. If you are visiting The Villages for the first time, you can rent a car from any of the rental car companies located right in the airport. The drive is not complicated and should take you around 60-70 minutes.
If, like so many first time visitors, you are taking advantage of the Lifestyle Preview Plan, the address you’ll want to program into your car’s GPS or your favorite navigation app on your phone is 2705 West Torch Lake Drive, The Villages, FL 32163. That’s the address of the Brownwood Paddock Square Sales and Information Center where you’ll check in for your stay.
Coming out of the airport’s North exit you will head west on Florida 528, then get on the Florida Turnpike heading North. Stay on that for just over 50 miles, take exit 304 for Wildwood, and follow your phone or car’s navigation from there.
But, if you’d rather not drive, there are other options available.
Workman Transportation (previously known as The Villages Transportation) offers non-stop transportation to and from Orlando International Airport (OIA), thirteen times per day, seven days per week. The service picks up at Lake Sumter Landing and Brownwood Paddock Square on a regular schedule that is published on their website. They also offer return trips that pick up at terminals A14-15 and B14-15 below the baggage claim.
Workman Transportation charges $35 per passenger each way if you book online, or $40 if you book over the phone. They will also pick you up from or drop you off at your house for an additional $15 charge.
In addition to the OIA shuttle service, they also offer a private car service that will take you to OIA, Orlando-Sanford Airport, and Port Canaveral (where several cruise lines are based). Rates are posted on their website.
Village Airport Van
If you’ve spent any amount of time in The Villages, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen the Village Airport Van’s signature white vans with yellow stripes. They offer a door-to-door shared ride service that allows Villagers to be picked up from their homes and taken directly to the airport. Because this is a shared ride service, there may be multiple stops on your ride, but they try to keep it to as few stops as possible.
Village Airport Van provides service to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando/Sanford (SFB). Their rates start at $40 per passenger, but they offer discounts for parties of 3 or more. One neat benefit, if you ever have any active duty military friends or relatives visiting you once you move to The Villages, they ride for free!