Last Updated on January 10, 2024

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Are you looking for the best way to get from Orlando to Ocala? If so, you’ve landed on the right article.

In this post, I cover all the top ways to travel to Ocala from Orlando, whether you’re flying into MCO or have spent a few days at Universal Studios, the Magic Kingdom, or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

I discuss shuttles, bus services, and the top routes for traveling in your own vehicle, plus stops you can make along the way.

Choose the method that best suits your travel style and preferences.

cars in the road at Traffic Interstate in Orlando

 

 

 

 

red bus in the streets in Florida USA

 

 

 

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cars and traffic jam in Florida Turnpike

Route 2: Cheapest Route Via Interstate 4 East

Advantage: You don’t have to pay tolls

👎 Disadvantage: It takes longer than the toll road route

⌛️ Time and driving distance: 1 hr 58 min (87.7 miles)

If you don’t want to pay tolls and enjoy going the scenic route, consider traveling from Orlando to Ocala on Interstate Four East.

To start, get on I-4 E and continue driving for about 17 miles.

Next, use the right two lanes to take exit 101 B-101 C for FL-46 toward Sanford/Mt Dora.

Turn left onto FL-46 West/West Florida 46, following signs for Mount Dora. Continue for about 2 miles.

At each of the following three traffic circles, take the first exit and stay on West Florida 46.

At the fourth traffic circle, take the second exit to stay on West Florida 46.

When you reach the fifth traffic circle, take the first exit once again in order to stay on West Florida 46. After 0.9 miles, turn left to stay on West Florida 46.

After 8.2 miles, turn right onto Fl-44 West. Drive for 4.2 miles, then turn right onto County Rd 439.

In about 1.5 miles, you need to turn left onto County Rd 44A W/Burlington Ave.

In six miles, turn right onto County Rd 452. It will turn into SE Hwy 452. Keep driving until the road hits a T. Turn left onto left onto SE Hwy 42.

Continue on this road for approximately 12.7 miles, then turn right onto US-441 North/US Hwy 27 North.

Continue driving until you reach Ocala.

 

 

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