If you are planning to fly to Lakeland, FL, then you need not worry about how you'll get to your hotel from the airport. Car rentals in Lakeland from Orlando International Airport are both cost-effective and convenient. Even if you plan to move around the city and visit some nearby attraction sites, such as the Kennedy Space Center, we've got you covered.
At the Orlando Airport, there are about 10 car rental companies, including Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Priceless, Enterprise, Dollar, and Easirent, all with a wide selection of cars to choose from. From the exit terminal, simply pick up your baggage and head over to the A-side of the terminal on level 1 where you'll pick up your Lakeland rental car.
Like most major cities in Florida, Lakeland experiences heavy human and vehicle traffic on its roadways. There are bike lanes on most streets, but many cyclists still prefer to share the main streets with motorists. It is advisable to be wary of other road users, especially bike riders and pedestrians, who are notorious for jaywalking. It is also advisable to play your part to fulfill your duty of care. Always maintain the stipulated speed limit of every given highway and interstate to avoid dangerous incidences.
Lakeland experiences rush hour during early mornings and evenings. Between 6:30am and 9am and 4pm and 7pm most highways experience heavy traffic gridlocks as people rush to and from their respective workplaces. One such busy street is Interstate 4. It is the main route to Lakeland, serving both local commuters and tourists passing through Lakeland, and is one of the most congested roads during rush hour. However, the local government recently unveiled the new Polk Parkway, which has since improved the traffic situation in the Hub City. Polk Parkway provides easy access to Interstate 4 through the exit US 98. Snow, hail, and rain can also derail your trip, so make sure you are prepared in accordance with the time and season you plan to travel to Lakeland.
Book your rental car in Lakeland at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy rental cars in Lakeland are around 35% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Lakeland
The average gas price in Lakeland is C$ 5.78 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 69 and C$ 92, depending on the car size.
Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Lakeland.
A Economy car rental in Lakeland costs C$ 61 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Lakeland costs C$ 63 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Lakeland costs C$ 76 per day, on average.
Lakeland has a number of narrow lanes and sloped sidewalks on some of its busy streets. This makes small cars, such as Economy, Premium, Luxury and Convertible, more ideal for driving around the city. When booking your car rental in Lakeland, only opt for a minivan or full SUV if there are more than five people in your group.
The maximum speed limit in Lakeland is 70mph on freeways, including interstate highways and urban highways. All rural and urban four-lane highways, tollways, and freeways have a maximum speed limit of 65mph, while rural two-lane roads have a speed limit of 55mph.
Downtown Lakeland provides some of the most flexible, convenient, and cheap parking options where you can park your car for anywhere from 15min to 2h, or even a whole day. Parking in the Rose Street Lot near Holz Garden and street parking west of New York and Main Street is absolutely free. Parking lots, like the Main Street Parking Surface Lot and the Heritage Plaza Parking Garage, provide flexible and more affordable parking options. Here you can park your car free of charge for the first 2h, then pay $1 per additional hour. Paid parking services are available from 9am to 5pm, after which you can park for free in the evenings. Weekends are also free.