Inside the Brightline Train Station in Orlando
The Brightline high-speed train will connect travelers from Orlando to Miami when it starts running this summer. Today they showed off the brand new train station at the Orlando International Airport. Surprisingly, this is the only intercity passenger rail station of its kind to be located in an American airport.
More than 300 invited guests took part in the Brightline Orlando Station reveal. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Kevin Thibault joined Brightline CEO Mike Reininger, President Patrick Goddard and Brightline teammates to celebrate the historic occasion.
Orlando ticket sales will launch in May for future dates starting this summer, with one-way fares starting at $79 for Smart (economy) and $149 for Premium. Smart fare bundles for families of four will be available for less than $199 one way.
Brightline Orlando Station Experience
The new 37,350 square foot station is located in Orlando International Airport’s new 80,000 sq. ft. train station facility next to Terminal C. The train station connects directly to the airport’s Parking Garage C, which will have more than 350 parking spaces branded for Brightline guests. The train station provides direct access to the other airport terminals A and B via the airport Terminal Link (automated people mover) in under five minutes.
The guest journey begins at the main entrance, located off the airport’s expansive two-story glass atrium. Once inside the station, passengers can purchase tickets from guest services or one of several self-service kiosks, and check luggage before proceeding through touchless turnstiles and security screening.
Once through security, guests are greeted by a two-story station space, featuring amenities such as:
Mary Mary Bar, serving handcrafted cocktails and light bites. The sit-down bar is positioned at the far end of the station with a panoramic view overlooking the train platforms where guests can watch as trains arrive and depart. The bar gets its name from Florida pioneer Henry Flagler, who was married three times, and two of his wives were named Mary.
MRKT PLACE is a retail experience with in-station shopping for last-minute gifts, sundries and refreshments.
Brightline offers two classes of service, Smart and Premium. Brightline’s Premium service includes complimentary meals, snacks and beverages, a dedicated first class lounge in the station, free checked luggage, priority boarding, and a dedicated coach onboard with larger seats.
Throughout the station, all guests will have access to free high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations at every seat, 87 big screen televisions and a BrightKids children’s play area. There’s also a meeting room that can be reserved.
Passengers will access trains by escalator, stairs, or elevator to first level platforms. These platforms are 1,000 feet long and can accommodate a train with up to 10 coaches and two locomotives.
Orlando to Miami Train Schedule Details
Service will begin in summer 2023 and will include 16 daily round trips with hourly departures between Miami and Orlando. Brightline’s non-stop trains have a run time between Miami and Orlando of two hours and 59 minutes. Regular service from Orlando to Miami will stop at all Brightline stations including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Aventura with a run time of three hours and 30 minutes.
Weekdays will have hourly southbound departures from Orlando to Miami starting at 5 a.m. until 8:50 p.m. The first southbound train from Orlando arrives in Miami at 8:30 a.m. Hourly northbound departures from Miami to Orlando start at 6:50 a.m. until 9:45 p.m.
The first northbound train from Miami arrives in Orlando at 10:15 a.m.
On weekends, hourly southbound departures from Orlando to Miami starting at 5 a.m. until 8:50 p.m. and the first southbound train from Orlando arrives in Miami at 8:30 a.m. Hourly northbound departures from Miami to Orlando run 5:45 a.m. until 9:45 p.m. The first northbound train from Miami arrives in Orlando at 9:15 a.m.
Earlier this year, Brightline made history as the fastest train in the Southeast, reaching speeds of 130 mph and unveiled the most advanced train maintenance facility in the country, Basecamp.
Brightline currently serves Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. They plan to connect additional city pairs and congested corridors across the country that are too close to fly and too long to drive, with immediate plans to connect Las Vegas to Southern California. For more information, visit gobrightline.com.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) has a station inside San Francisco International Airport and serves many cities including SF, Berkeley, and Oakland. It is a “rail system”. Bright line is not “the only intercity passenger rail station of its kind to be located in an American airport”.