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Brightline Orlando station coming online Sept. 22

Brightline stations provide access to three cruise ports in South Florida. And with the new Orlando station opening, Brightline plans to unveil a transportation partner for transfers to/from Port Canaveral
Brightline's Orlando International Airport service will begin Sept. 22, creating a high-speed rail connection between Orlando and South Florida.

Further stations are West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura and Miami, providing proximity to cruise ships sailing from the Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades and PortMiami. With the Orlando station opening, Brightline also plans to unveil a transportation partner for transfers to/from Port Canaveral.

3.5 hours Orlando-Miami

Brightline will cover the 230-mile Orlando-Miami trip in 3.5 hours.

'Opening Orlando fulfills our ultimate business model. We have seen incredible enthusiasm from the business and tourism industries eager to travel between Central and South Florida,' Brightline President Patrick Goddard said. He encouraged travelers to reserve seats on Brightline's website or app.

Smart and Premium fares

For a limited time, Brightline is offering one-way Smart fares starting at $79 for adults and $39 for kids. Groups of more than four will automatically save an additional 25% on Smart fares. Smart service offers a business-class option with leather seats, complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi, multiple power and USB outlets and an array of food and beverages available for purchase.

One-way Premium fares start at $149, a first class experience with added amenities including a dedicated Premium lounge, priority boarding, checked luggage and complimentary snacks and beverages throughout the journey.

Premium tickets also include Brightline’s first and last mile service to get to and from the station with complimentary Uber rides anywhere within a five-mile radius in South Florida.

Brightline also offers corporate rates. Royal Caribbean Group is a corporate partner, with employees — including some very high-profile executives — commuting daily. 

Travel advisors

Travel advisors can sign up now for information on discounted rates. Brightline expects to offer commissionable fares in the near future, and to be bookable on GDS by the end of 2023.