Port Canaveral Parking

Port Canaveral Parking 

Port Canaveral parking is one of the most discussed topics for cruisers. The good news is there are options for every budget and need!

Cruise Port Canaveral Parking – There are 3 available options:

  1. SHIP-SIDE PARKING AT PORT CANAVERAL (online or drive-up rates are the same)
  2. COMMERCIAL OFF-SITE PARKING (lots are near the Port)
  3. HOTEL PARKING

NOTE:

If you arrive in the area on the morning of your cruise then the hotel parking options are not applicable. 

What is best for some may not work for others so ultimately you have to pick what fits your budget and needs!

Port Canaveral Parking Ship-side: The most convenient and expensive option

Officially the parking garages open at 10:30am for entry. In reality you can arrive earlier but then you have a longer wait until the Terminal opens for entry.  And if you arrive too early then you have to deal with vehicles slowly departing the current cruise meaning you may not get a spot near the elevators (yet)!

  1. You simply drive up to the cruise terminal, drop your family and/or luggage at the porters, then
  2. Drive around to park your vehicle in a nearby undercover or open parking lot, and
  3. Walk back to meet your family.
Shipside Parking Map Port Canaveral
Shipside Parking Map Port Canaveral (click to enlarge)

No hassles, no crowds and no waiting on shuttle buses especially after your cruise when the family is tired and a bit grumpy!

This convenience cost more ($17 per day – you must include your departure and arrival days)

3 NIGHT CRUISE – $68
4 NIGHT CRUISE – $85
5 NIGHT CRUISE – $102
6 NIGHT CRUISE – $119
7 NIGHT CRUISE – $136
8 NIGHT CRUISE – $153

Credit cards only. Attendants are available in case you need assistance.

 

Specific Terminal Notes:

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 Parking
Terminal 1 Parking Enter at the Drop Off sign (click to enlarge)

You drive up and into the garage drop off area and drop your luggage in front of the entrance (you hand your luggage to handlers). Then you drive out and back into the garage – this time to the first level where you pay at the entrance (attendants are available to assist you). You continue to drive higher until you find a place to park.

You then take the stairs or elevator down to the terminal entrance (where you dropped your luggage) and enter the main building where you clear security, etc.

In the meantime, the luggage handlers will have placed your luggage onto the conveyor from where it travels to the ship via x-ray security.

Terminal 1-parking entrance
Terminal 1-parking entrance (click to enlarge)

 

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Terminal 1-parking – On the right is the pick up (load) area (after your cruise), in the middle is the ramp to parking and on the left is luggage drop off with the attendants (click to enlarge)

 

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Terminal 1-Luggage Conveyor used by luggage handlers (not for public use!) –  (click to enlarge)

As shown below, commercial companies (vans/buses) load to the right (green) and drop to the left (blue) of the garage. Public, licensed taxis and Uber drive inside as shown in orange.

Terminal 1-parking plan
Terminal 1-parking plan (click to enlarge)

Terminal 8 – Disney

Two parking lots – the covered multi-level garage (with open surface area for large vehicles) and the open surface preferred parking lot a little bit closer to the terminal.

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TerminalA-8 (preferred parking in the open surface triangle in front). You can see the 3rd level walkway.  (click to enlarge)

Upon arrival there will be staff to direct you. It is recommended to drop your luggage at the attendants in front of the terminal, and perhaps your passengers. After you dropped your luggage (and passengers) drive to the parking garage (you pay upon entry) then walk down to meet your party before entering security.

TIP – If you stay together after the luggage drop you can use the walkway on garage level 3 to pass through security (the line is often shorter) on your way to the terminal check-in!

Next time you see your luggage will be in your stateroom in the late afternoon!

Terminal 5 – Carnival

A covered multi-level garage and the open surface next door for over-sized vehicles.

Follow the directions from Orlando or Melbourne to Terminal A and look for signs with your ship name. Terminal 5 is the last terminal and you turn right just before reaching the ship docked almost next to the road!

Enter the garage marked Terminal 5. There are lanes for drop-off. Stop and hand your luggage to an attendant who will place it in a cart to be delivered to the ship.

Then drive forward, curve to the left and look for the parking sign as you exit the garage. The entrance is a sharp swing to the left. Enter the parking garage and take a parking ticket as you enter the ramp. After your cruise you must stop at a pay kiosk BEFORE retrieving your vehicle.

To pick up passengers, note the loading area is on the east side (just before you exit the garage). To exit the terminal you have to turn right after exiting the garage then right again as you loop around to the traffic light and highway.

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Terminal 5-Parking and flow (click to enlarge)

 

Terminal 6 – Carnival

Two parking lots – the covered multi-level garage and the open surface next door for over-sized vehicles.

Follow the directions from Orlando or Melbourne to Terminal A and look for signs with your ship name. On the map below you can see the northbound turn (to the right) when arriving from Orlando. Then turn right again to Terminal 6. You may have to present your tickets at a security kiosk as you complete the turn. Continue straight and look for the “drop passengers” sign or follow the directions from the attendants on duty. After dropping your luggage and/or guests you turn left and continue north to the parking garage (turn left to the entrance).

If you are not parking, you simple circle around and proceed to exit the port area back to Orlando, etc.

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Terminal 6- Parking and flow (click to enlarge)

Upon arrival there will be staff to direct you. It is recommended to drop your luggage at the attendants in front of the terminal, and perhaps your passengers. After you dropped your luggage (and passengers) enter the parking garage and take a parking ticket as you enter the ramp. After your cruise you must stop at a pay kiosk BEFORE retrieving your vehicle.

TIP – It is a bit of a long walk so do drop your luggage first!

Next time you see your luggage will be in your stateroom in the late afternoon!

Terminal 10 – Norwegian

A covered multi-level garage and the open surface next door for over-sized vehicles.

Follow the directions from Orlando or Melbourne to Terminal A and look for signs with your ship name. Terminal 10 is the first terminal you see and you turn right at the first exit after the draw bridge.

Keep to the right and follow the signs to Terminal 10. Just before the parking garage, turn right through the gates then swing left and drive through the garage where you will see the road sighs for drop off/ pick ups. Once your luggage is dropped you continue to the ramp and into the parking garage. Take a parking ticket. After your cruise you must stop at a pay kiosk BEFORE retrieving your vehicle.

To pick up passengers, the directions are the same but after the pickup, do not enter the garage. Instead, turn left before the ramp, circle around and exit as shown on the map below.

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Terminal 10-Parking and Flow (click to enlarge)

Port Canaveral Parking Off-site Near the Port – Shuttle bus services at a lower cost

There are seven viable commercial off-site Port Canaveral parking options – shown as LIGHT-GREEN icons on my map here. Lots of Honor use a section of the Park N Cruise lot.

Off-Port Parking Canaveral
Off-Port Parking Canaveral (click to enlarge)

If you drive up on the day of your cruise looking for discounted parking, off-site parking will save you money. You will use a shuttle bus to and from the cruise terminals – it is clearly not as convenient as ship side parking – but cheaper!

If you stayed at a hotel you will most likely park your vehicle at the hotel for the duration of your cruise. Generally speaking, the hotel security is not as good as the fenced & gated off-site parking facilities. So you have to consider more than just cost when comparing your parking options.

Cost Comparison:

High-season 2018 rates. Always check the websites for latest pricing because they change often:

Ship-side parking for 8 days – 7 night cruise – $136 

  • Park Port Canaveral. $10.95 per day when booked online + taxes = $93.17 for 8 days.
  • Park N Cruise. $10.95 per day when booked online + taxes + booking fee = $101.73 for 8 days.
    • Lots of Honor.  $7.95 per day when booked online + taxes + booking fee = $78.05. TIP – If you want to park at Park ‘N Cruise you can save money by booking with Lots of Honor; They have limited spaces but you get the same Park ‘N Cruise service.
  • 528 Port Cruise Parking. $5.95 per day when booked online + fees + taxes = $68.60 for 8 days.
  • GoPortCanaveral/Beach Line Transportation. or Beach Line – $9.95 per person each way shuttle with FREE parking regardless of the length of the cruise = $39.80 for 8 days (2 people)! By far the cheapest option at this time for small groups. Let’s hope it lasts!
  • Cruisetime Parking. $7 per day + taxes = $56
  • Port Canaveral Shuttle. $7.95 per day + fees + taxes = $73.05 for 8 days

Generally speaking, the following rules apply when parking off-site:

  • Lots are secured behind a fence with security lighting except Beach Line.
  • Port shuttles are free for up to 4-6 passengers. Extra charges apply for larger families.
  • Do not arrive before 9:30am. The staff will be busy helping returning cruisers until then.
  • Unless valet parking is required, YOU drop YOUR passengers and luggage, then park the vehicle and walk back to the check-in point.
  • Early boarding privileges may not apply! The first shuttles depart for the cruise terminals between 10am and 11am. They run continuously every 15-45 minutes (depending on bookings) until 3pm.

Considerations when choosing an off-site parking facility:

Location – 

  • Park Port Canaveral – Under 3 miles from the cruise terminals on the road to Cocoa Beach. Easy in-and-out location. Minutes from the Port.
  • Park ‘N Cruise – Under 4 miles from the cruise terminals on the road to Orlando. Easy in-and-out location. Minutes from the Port.
  • Lots of Honor rents a section of the Park N Cruise lot under a special agreement.
  • Port Canaveral Shuttle – Under 4 miles from the cruise terminals on the road to Cocoa Beach. Easy in-and-out location but watch the oncoming traffic along A1A. Minutes from the Port.
  • GoPortCanaveral/Beach Line – About 6 miles from the cruise terminals along the road to Cocoa Beach. Parking in the open lot of the Doubletree Hotel. Easy in/out.
  • 528 Port – About 10 miles from the cruise terminals BUT on the road to Orlando if you are heading that way! A bit further away (12-15 minutes to the cruise terminals) but easy to get to.
  • Cruisetime – On Merritt Island near the Mall about 9 miles from the Port. Easy in and out along a side road near the Mall.

Shuttle Schedule –

  • Not much to choose between Park ‘N Cruise & Park Port Canaveral. They are large companies with many shuttles running every 10-20 minutes starting when the ships clear (about 10:30am) until 3pm.
  • 528 Port is newer and smaller with a few shuttles running every 45 minutes between 11am and 3pm.
  • Park ‘N Cruise, Lots of Honor and 528 Port are located along the road to Orlando! If you are heading in that direction then your shuttle is driving the same direction!
  • Port Canaveral Shuttle and Park Port Canaveral are located to the south, meaning you will be doing a bit of backtracking when driving to Orlando but for less than 3 miles or so.
  • GoPortCanaveral/Beach Line is a different arrangement. There are 3 shuttles at 11am, 12pm and 1pm, then several on the return from the ships. It is located further to the south, meaning you will be backtracking when driving to Orlando.
  • Cruisetime is out of the way for most cruisers who travel from/to Orlando but good for those driving from the south.  Their schedule is still unknown but they have at least 3 shuttle vehicles.

Costs – Shown above, Park ‘N Cruise and Park Port Canaveral are generally the most expensive and GoPortCanaveral is cheapest. Online prepay can save you money so try and book ahead of time!

Parking Lot Arrangement –

  • Park Port Canaveral has the best parking lot. All tarmac with clearly marked spaces and easy in/out. Gated security. Your keep your car keys.
  • Park ‘N Cruise – packed gravel & tarmac with clearly marked spaces. Gated security. The lot is divided into two sections – a self-park (you keep your keys) and a valet section (they park and keep your keys in order to  extract your vehicle). The valet is popular because the driver sends your info to the lot after pickup at the Port so when you arrive your car is waiting with the trunk open and cool A/C running after a week in the hot sun!
  • 528 Port  – gravel/grass parking. Gated security. Bookings are managed via ParkJockey and phone support can be slow/inconsistent.
  • Port Canaveral Shuttle – tarmac behind a fence. Indoor waiting area and a covered pickup area. They keep your keys.
  • GoPortCanaveral / Beach Line – park in a marked area of the Doubletree Hotel tarmac parking lot. It is not gated nor secure despite claims, but hotel security cameras are present. You keep your keys.
  • Cruisetime has a congested grass lot behind a fence.
  • Most lots offer car covers are extra costs.

Port Canaveral Parking Images

528 Port

528 Port Cruise Parking from the air
528 Port Cruise Parking from the air (click to enlarge)

 

 

528 Port Parking
528 Port Parking (click to enlarge)
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528 Port Parking (click to enlarge)
528 Parking
528 Parking (click to enlarge)

Park Port Canaveral

Park Port Canaveral from the air
Park Port Canaveral from the air (click to enlarge)
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Park Port Canaveral Shuttle Bus (click to enlarge)
Park Port Canaveral Signage
Park Port Canaveral Signage
Park Port Canaveral Entrance
Park Port Canaveral Entrance

ParkNCruise

Park N Cruise Parking from the air
Park N Cruise Parking from the air (click to enlarge)
ParkNCruise Shuttle Van
ParkNCruise Shuttle Van (click to enlarge)
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ParkNCruise (click to enlarge)

Goportcanaveral

Goportcanaveral Parking from the air
Goportcanaveral Parking from the air (click to enlarge)
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Beachline-GoPortCanaveral-Parking (click to enlarge)
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Beachline-GoPortCanaveral-Park (click to enlarge)

Cruisetime

Cruisetime Office
Cruisetime Office (click to enlarge)
Cruisetime Grass Parking
Cruisetime Grass Parking (click to enlarge)
Cruisetime Shuttle Van 1
Cruisetime Shuttle Van 1
Cruisetime Shuttle Van 2
Cruisetime Shuttle Van 2

Port Canaveral Cruise Shuttle

Port Canaveral Shuttle
Port Canaveral Shuttle (click to enlarge)
Park-Canaveral Cruise Port
Port Canaveral Shuttle (click to enlarge)

Port Canaveral Parking At Hotels Near The Port

We think you will find excellent parking deals at the hotels! You can expect daily parking rates starting around $6 including a return Port shuttle for at least 2 persons.

Most hotels near Port Canaveral offer Park & Cruise packages with free (not really!) or discounted parking for the duration of your cruise. Park & Cruise Packages cannot be used with other discounts and there are limitations such as holiday blackouts.

The Sheraton 4 Points is the only local hotel with covered parking. You may want to bring a car cover if you want to protect your vehicle during your cruise.

Please know driving (and parking) to/from the Port Area is a stress-free event! There are no complex highways here, or major traffic congestion or difficult road navigation! It is a straight shot from/to the airports and hotels and port with clear road signs.

Cruisers even stay near Disney or Orlando Airport and drive one hour or so to the Port the next morning. If you have a car, it is not important to stay as close to the Port as possible – anywhere within an hour drive will work because the nearby roads are good and rarely congested and you have a lot of time since the terminals rarely open before 11am.

TIP – Do not worry about parking until much later in the booking process. First book the perfect hotel for your family, then start to think about your parking options.

For example, if you have young kids who like pools then pick a hotel with a fun pool design. If you want to watch the cruise ships come and go then pick another. Or do you want to overlook the ocean and beach, or just hoping to stay as cheap as possible anywhere within 30 minutes or so from the port?

So how do you know if you are getting a good hotel deal?

A] Ask the following questions:

– Is breakfast included?
– Are airport transfers included? You may not need this service.
– Is the Park & Cruise Package available for your stay and cruise dates?
– Cruise terminal shuttle transfers should be included but usually only for 2 persons (adult or child). How much will it cost for others in your family? On average expect to pay between $5 and $10 extra per person EACH WAY!
– If you do not book the package, how much is parking per day for the duration of your cruise?
– How long is the shuttle drive to the cruise terminal and how often do the shuttles run? Many hotels offer only one free shuttle to the cruise terminal per day – around 10:30am – and a few return shuttles from the ships at specified times.

B] Use hotel booking sites to find the best rates for your hotel for your travel dates.

This will give you a good idea of the discounted room rate. Then you have to add the parking costs and shuttle costs in order to compare packages and deals.

Please read our Hotel Guide for Port Canaveral Cruisers for rates and comparative information