Driving Directions – How to Get to Port Canaveral

If you live on Florida’s Space Coast, driving directions to Port Canaveral are simple.  Located in the middle of Florida on the east coast, Port Canaveral is an easy drive from any direction, if you know the area.

Maybe you’re driving south from Atlanta or Raleigh.  Or due east from Tampa or Orlando.  When you finally get into Brevard County, that’s where highway signage gets goofy.

Map to drive to Port Canaveral from anywhere in Florida
You can see the highways that lead to Port Canaveral. Once you’re on 528 or A1A, the port is straight ahead.

It can also be confusing because most cruise booking sites advertise “Cruises from Orlando”.  In fact, Orlando is 60 miles due west of the port.  If you fly to Orlando for your cruise and rent a car, you need driving directions to the port.

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Driving directions to Port Canaveral

Several roads lead to Port Canaveral. They are State Road 528, known as the Beachline Expressway, S.R. 520 and S.R. 50, all running east and west.  The state roads also connect with Highway 1, the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95, and Interstate 4.

From the North or South on Interstate 95

Watch for Exit #205, Beachline Expressway (S.R 528 East) and drive east for approximately 12 miles toward Port Canaveral.  Follow signs to either Cruise Terminal A (the North Terminal) or if your ship is docked at Terminal B, continue a little further east on 528.  The turn-off is on your right.

Driving to Port Canaveral from Tampa

Take I-4 East and exit at the Beach Line Expressway (S.R. 528 East).  Continue east toward Port Canaveral.  Follow signs to either A Terminal (the North Terminal) or if you ship is at B Terminal, continue a little further on 528.

Orlando International Airport – MCO

Allow about an hour east-bound drive to Port Canaveral.  From the airport, be sure to take the North Exit and stay to the right.  Follow the signs for S.R. 528 East – the Beachline Expressway.  S.R. 528 runs straight towards Port Canaveral.

Melbourne International Airport – MLB

This is a wonderful local airport.  It’s located about 25 miles south of Port Canaveral. Turn left when you exit the airport onto NASA Boulevard and keep going to U.S. Highway 1.  At Highway 1, turn left and go north.  About 25 minutes later, after driving through Rockledge and past the intersection of S.R. 520 in Cocoa, watch for signs for State Road 528, the Beachline.  Veer right onto 528 and continue east for approximately 10 miles.  You’ll go over bridges for the Indian River, Merritt Island and the Banana River.  In the distance on your left, you’ll start to see cruise ship funnels slowly come into view.

Sanford International Airport – SFB

This airport is about 1 hour northwest of Port Canaveral.  When you leave the airport, head south to Toll Road 417, the Central Florida Greenway.  Continue south for about 23 miles until you reach S.R. 528, the BeachLine and take the eastbound exit.  It’s easy to miss this one-lane turnoff.  Continue on the Beach Line for 37 miles until you reach Port Canaveral.

Parking for Royal Caribbean at Port Canaveral
At the top of the parking structure for a Royal Caribbean Cruise. It’s a short walk to the terminal.

Parking at Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral does not offer pre-paid parking.  You’ll pay to park at your cruise ship designated parking area.  All parking lots are secure and patrolled 24-hours/day.  Parking is close to the terminal and only a short walk on even pavement to the entrance.  There is also parking for RVs at each terminal.  You can drop off passengers and luggage in front of the terminal and then go park your car.  And the same for pick-up after your cruise.

Parking Cost at the Port

Parking is $17.00 per day for all vehicles, including day of arrival until departure.  Note that rates are subject to change.  Disabled parking spaces are available.  You may pay with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

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2 thoughts on “Driving Directions – How to Get to Port Canaveral”

  • Hi Liz,
    I like that idea that you’re thinking to stay over here on the Space Coast rather than the Orlando Airport. There’s Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach that gets good reviews. And they’re on the beach so that’s a plus, and only a 10-minute ride to the port. There are a couple of newer places to stay just a little further north on A1A – Homewood Suites and Residence Inn. I’m not endorsing any hotels. I think that the closer to the port, the better. And since I’m not familiar with the non-namebrand hotels, I’m sticking with brands I know. If you stay in Cocoa Beach, do take a walk onto the pier. It’s not fancy but provides a great view. Have fun!

  • Thank you for your articles. Always helpful! Do you have any suggestions as to Port Canaveral hotels? We have stayed at the Orlando Airport Hyatt,but was hoping to do something different and closer to port next time.

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