Why Rent a Bus in Port Canaveral?
If you bring a rental car or personal vehicle to Port Canaveral, you’ll have to pay to park it at the terminal while you cruise. Because most people don’t want to pay for parking for that long, many groups search for alternative ways to get to the cruise terminal. Here are a few potential options:
- Public transportation: Space Coast Area Transit offers buses throughout the Port Canaveral area. Although public transportation is affordable, it can take a long time, and you’ll have to get your group to a bus stop, which may not be near your hotel.
- Taxis and rideshares: Taxis or rideshares can pick your group up at your hotel and take you straight to the cruise terminal. However, if you have a large group you’ll need many vehicles, which can become expensive.
- Charter buses: Charter buses offer more privacy and convenience than public buses. Since you can divide the cost of the coach among dozens of passengers, a charter bus may also be more affordable than multiple taxis or rideshares. Shofur can help you find a full-size charter bus for up to 56 people or a minibus for up to 20.
Port Canaveral Cruise Departures and Arrivals
Port Canaveral provides a terminal for cruise ships from Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Disney. This means that Port Canaveral is visited by dozens of tour groups, religious organizations, and groups of senior citizens each year. A record 4.5 million cruise passengers passed through the terminal in 2016, so you’ll need to be careful when organizing your transportation to avoid sitting with your foot on the brake in traffic or driving in circles searching for parking.
When you book with Shofur, you can request a charter bus rental with WiFi or TVs to ensure your group won’t get bored if there’s a traffic jam on the way to the cruise terminal. You can also ask your driver to drop you off near the dock you’re embarking from so you don’t have to worry about finding a nearby parking spot.
Weddings in Port Canaveral
If you’re planning a wedding on a cruise ship, you may depart from Port Canaveral. But you can also get married in Port Canaveral itself or along the Space Coast. Many people choose to hold their celebration on the Victory Casino ship that floats around Cape Canaveral, and others opt for a wedding on the Indian River Queen paddleboat that travels around Cocoa, Florida.
Always longed for a beach wedding? Contact a resort in nearby Cocoa Beach, like Ocean Landings Resort and Racquet Club, to arrange a beautiful ceremony by the sea. Your charter bus can drop your guests off at the hotel and pick them up after the reception so they can enjoy themselves while knowing they’ll have a designated driver.
Victory Casino Cruises
Address: Terminal B-2, 180 Christopher Columbus Dr #2, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Charter bus parking: Victory Casino Cruises shares parking with other cruise terminals. You can either pay to park in one of the terminal lots or ask your bus to drop you off and return to your hotel.
Indian River Queen Paddleboat
Address: 90 Delannoy Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922
Charter bus parking: Your charter bus should drop you off at the beginning of the marina boardwalk. Your bus driver will then need to park at the SunTrust Bank on Highway 520, the Cocoa Public Library, or Lee Wenner Park in Cocoa Village.
Ocean Landings Resort and Racquet Club
Address: 900 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Charter bus parking: The resort has ample on-site parking.
Port Canaveral Corporate Events
If your company is planning a conference in Central Florida but wants to avoid the crowds in Orlando, consider hosting your event in Port Canaveral. Several area hotels have spacious conference facilities, and after all of the meetings have ended, your charter bus can easily take your team to Cocoa Beach, Universal Orlando, or Disney World. Here are a few area hotels that boast large, modern meeting spaces:
Radisson Resort at the Port
Address: 8701 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Charter bus parking: Radisson Resort at the Port offers on-site parking for $10 per day.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral--Cocoa Beach
Address: 9000 Astronaut Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Charter bus parking: The Homewood Suites provides on-site parking for $6 per day.
Field Trips in Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral hosts several popular field trip destinations, like the Exploration Tower, where your students can wander through 7 floors of interactive exhibits about everything from the Native people who once inhabited the area to the birth of America’s space program. The Exploration Tower also provides views of another popular field trip destination, the Kennedy Space Center.
At the space center, students can learn about the early astronauts at the Heroes & Legends exhibit and see the Space Shuttle Atlantis poised as though about to take flight. They can also walk among rockets from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs at the Rocket Garden and experience exhibits about the possibility of going to Mars in the future.
Address: 670 Dave Nisbet Dr, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Charter bus parking: Your bus can park for free in the lot next to the Exploration Tower.
Kennedy Space Center
Address: Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953
Charter bus parking: The parking lot for the visitors complex has space for oversized vehicles like charter buses, and the parking fee is $15.
College Tours in Port Canaveral
Although Port Canaveral itself doesn’t contain many universities, Shofur can provide a charter bus rental to take your high school students on college tours in nearby cities. If you know seniors who are looking for community college options, Eastern Florida State College lies about 20 minutes from Port Canaveral. Academic overachievers can tour the Florida Institute of Technology or the University of Central Florida, both located roughly an hour away.
Eastern Florida State College
Address: 1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922
Charter bus parking: You can request a temporary parking pass from the Security Office on the Cocoa campus. This pass will allow you to use any parking spaces on campus.
Florida Institute of Technology
Address: 150 W University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901
Charter bus parking: All group tours are temporarily suspended as of fall 2020, but you can split into small groups of a few students and sign up for guided tours through the Office of Admission. When you do this, you’ll be given a parking permit.
University of Central Florida
Address: 4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
Charter bus parking: Purchase your parking pass online at www.parking.ucf.edu. Your charter bus can then park at the Visitor and Parking Information Center.
Rent a Charter Bus to Explore Port Canaveral
Whether you need a ride to the cruise terminal or you’re planning a field trip to the Kennedy Space Center, Shofur can provide convenient, comfortable group transportation around Port Canaveral. Just give us a call at 1-800-436-8719 to book your charter bus on the Space Coast.
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Port Canaveral
$110 - $170
$105 - $160