Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando (2023)

  • 10 hours (approx.)

  • Mobile ticket

  • Offered in:

    English

Overview

Take an out-of-this-world day trip to the awe-inspiring Kennedy Space Center from Orlando. Spend hours exploring the NASA world-class facility, launchpads, and rocket exhibits like Saturn V. You have a chance to participate in the simulated Shuttle Launch Experience, see stellar IMAX films, and get first-hand space stories at Astronaut Encounter. Upgrade to have lunch with a veteran astronaut and other sightseeing experiences.

  • Kennedy Space Center tour from Orlando with optional upgrades

  • Tour NASA's launch headquarters and the Shuttle Launch Experience

  • Explore the Rocket Garden, Apollo/Saturn V Center and see two IMAX films

  • Get up-close-and-personal with veteran astronauts at the Astronaut Encounter show

  • Upgrade your tour for an unforgettable opportunity to have lunch with an astronaut!

  • Upgrade to Space Pass Plus to visit the Vehicle Assembly Building and other intriguing sights

  • Pickup and drop-off from selected locations in Orlando

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What's Included

  • Transportation to Kennedy Space Center from centralized pick up locations

  • Admission to Kennedy Space Center

  • Local Taxes

  • Gratuities

  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)

  • Rocket Launch admission tickets (Extra charge may be required)

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

07:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Spend a day marveling at the magnificence of space travel at the Kennedy Space Center. Your full-day tour begins with early morning pickup from select Orlando locations. Grab a seat on the coach and relax for the ride to the space center.

Upon arrival at the KSC Visitor Complex, you're free to tour the stellar visitor complex at your leisure. Board the NASA bus for a quick trip to one of the many mind-blowing exhibits like the Early Space Exploration exhibit featuring stories and artifacts from missions like Gemini, or the Rocket Garden to view the first NASA rockets. Kids (and adults!) love getting interactive at the Children’s Play Dome.

Continue to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you relive Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, touch a moon rock, and get a close-up view of the giant Saturn V rocket—the largest rocket ever made at 363 feet (110 meters) tall. Then take in a complimentary showing or two at the IMAX Theater. And don’t leave without getting a full-sensory space experience at the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, featuring more than 60 interactive experiences!

Between stops, engage in savvy interactive displays, remember fallen astronauts at the Astronaut Memorial, and take needed snack breaks (own expense) in the Rocket Garden or Orbit Cafe.

At the end of your tour, a coach returns you to the departure point in Orlando.

Upgrade Options:
• Lunch with an Astronaut: Enjoy an unforgettable lunch with a veteran NASA astronaut. Help yourself to a fresh buffet meal, and spend some quality time with an expert space traveler to ask your burning space questions and get an autograph!

• Space Plus Pass: Includes ‘Lunch with An Astronaut,’ followed by an expert guided tour NASA Causeway to view a space shuttle launch pad, A/B Camera Stop—a camera bunker used during space shuttle flights—and the countdown clock at Press Site.

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Your Kennedy Space Center tour begins after an approximate 45-minute drive from Orlando. From the Visitor Complex, view rockets from all eras of space exploration in the Rocket Garden, and see an actual Gemini program capsule on display in Early Space Exploration. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V rocket, one of the most powerful ever built, at the Apollo/Saturn V Center and relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and experience the thunderous rumble of a rocket lift-off! Continue with two IMAX space movies viewed on five-story screens – IMAX® A Beautiful Planet and Journey To Space 3D, which takes you on a virtual trip to the International Space Station. Check out the Astronaut Encounter to hear actual astronauts discuss their experiences and get photos of these heroes.

6 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Don't miss the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, where more than 60 interactive experiences highlight the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s Space Shuttle program, which launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station. See what it's like to be a real astronaut! Take the helm at the shuttle cockpit; experience the sensation of floating in space; explore a replica of the ISS; and experience the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch! Travelers can take a private guided tour of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit for no additional charge.

1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Stroller accessible

  • Infants must sit on laps

  • Post COVID-19 Safety Updates - We politely request that you refrain from taking this tour should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are at a high risk of contracting the disease. Face masks are recommended but not mandatory, so please bring your own if you wish to wear one.

  • Most travelers can participate

  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.

  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.

  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Make sure NOT to be late or you will not be allowed into events once they start.

Note that if you are staying at a Disney property (Swan and Dolphin are NOT part of the WDW resort network) you will have to use or get your own transportation to the pick up point.

Reviews

4.5

733 reviews

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Amazing

Petrina_R,

Jan 2023

A must to do if your in Orlando. You could spend 2 days here. Very well organised and amazing things to do and see for the whole family

Response from Host, Jan 2023

They actually make a 2 day ticket now. Thank you for taking the time to comment. So glad you had a good day!

Fantastic tour, really loved it

Deandra_T,

Jan 2023

This tour was really enjoyable. Our tour guide gave us some really good tips and would recommend this for everyone.

Response from Host, Jan 2023

Thank you for commenting! Its great to hear you had a good day.

We had a great time. Bob...

Mark_B,

Jan 2023

We had a great time. Bob was very knowledgeable and offered us tips to make the most of our trip. The lunar theatre was our highlight.

Response from Host, Jan 2023

Thank you for commenting! We are glad to hear you had a great day!

Do not miss KSC

Maria_H,

Jan 2023

Its a long day but we enjoyed seeing KSC again and how much it changed. So much better with more exhibits especially going out to see launch viewing area.Favourite was the Atlantis short movie and the ending was amazing (no spoilers).Enjoyed Journey to Mars, overall recommend to all.

Response from Host, Jan 2023

Thankyou for commenting! We are glad to hear you had a great day!

Awesome and very smooth...

Michelle_N,

Jan 2023

Awesome and very smooth experience. Would def recommend to all friends and family. Tour operator was very helpful and nice

Response from Host, Jan 2023

Thank you taking the time to comment. We do appreciate your comments and do our very best each day to make sure all guest enjoy their day

Worth It!

Tariah_A,

Dec 2022

We had an amazing time. The bus guide and driver were great. My daughter and I had a great experience and Lear a lot.

Response from Host, Jan 2023

Thank you for taking the time to comment! We are glad you had a good time

1 traveler found this review helpful

Good ride from Orlando..except for technicalities

Dennis_B,

Dec 2022

The bus had a faulty microphone, so we can not hear what the tour guide was saying! To give credit to Bob, he tried to make his voice louder and accomodated most of passengers. Props to Bob's Valiant effort!Also, a little Late bus arrival for departure.Over-all ok experience!

Response from Host, Dec 2022

Thank you for commenting. We will have that microphone looked at

Great information!

IsabelB,

Dec 2022

Bob provided us with terrific information that helped us really get the most out of our day there. His information on the Rocket Garden made that place even more special for its human achievement.

Response from Host, Dec 2022

So glad you spent the day with us. Thank you for your comments

They delude you that the...

Saad_M,

Dec 2022

They delude you that the tickets include entering the center, and when you go, you find that you have to pay the tickets to enter, and the transportation prices are more than the entrance. I do not advise

Response from Host, Dec 2022

Thank you for your feed back. Its important to know that Kennedy Space Center offers many options. All guests are sent several confirmations before the actual travel date.

1 traveler found this review helpful

Day well spent and unforgettable.

Jose_C,

Dec 2022

Pickup at the agreed time, advice from the guide for the visit to the Kennedy space center ware a great help to make the most of it...Day well spent and unforgettable.

Response from Host, Dec 2022

Thank you for taking the time o comment. We are glad to hear you had a great day!

Great day but unfortunately the bus ride home nearly froze us

Hugh_W,

Dec 2022

Seeing a Rocket Launch Enjoyed Kennedy Space centre it had much to offer Enjoyed the IMAX theatre Heroes area Bus ride around the area

Response from Host, Dec 2022

So glad you enjoyed your day! Thanks for sharing

Great!

Annamelissa_A,

Dec 2022

Great and very informative. Will come back again. There are a lot of things to do. Its raining but still this trip is a good one!

Response from Host, Dec 2022

We are happy to hear that despite the rain, you were able to enjoy your visit. Thank you.

Amazing Day

Margaret_H,

Nov 2022

Bob and Wendy couldn't have done enough for us, extremely Informative Bob had a lot of knowledge and you could feel the passion in his voice The day was amazing we were very lucky as we saw a rocket launch, it was out if this world 🌎 One of our bucket lists ticked offWould definitely recommend viator

Response from Host, Nov 2022

Bob is a rock star for sure. We are proud to have him on our team. Thank you traveling with us and allowing us to share in your day

Viator know their business

Sandra_M,

Nov 2022

Learnt so much about the space program. Loved the simulations. Bus driver Wendy and guide Bob were experts with their driving and commentary. Thanks too to Joseph in the office who helped us with the booking. Everything was perfect

Response from Host, Nov 2022

Thank you for taking the time to comment. We are glad to hear you had a good day.

Kennedy Space Center Day Tour was Excellent!

Larry_S,

Oct 2022

Bob our tour guide & driver were Excellent! On the bus ride out to the Kennedy Space Center Bob gave us a map and talked about the best itinerary to follow! That worked out Perfect for us! A person can not see everything in one day but I believe we saw & experienced the best!

Response from Host, Oct 2022

Bob is a wonderful man and guide. So glad you has a great day! Thank you for commenting

Enjoyed not driving…...

Steven_C,

Oct 2022

Enjoyed not driving…The Space Center is amazing and very patriotic . Makes me proud to be an American…

Response from Host, Oct 2022

Thank you! Its is an amazing place isn't it!

Amazing place

Omar_I,

Oct 2022

It is better to go by car if allowed as bus will add more time to your trip. Plan your day early as you will not be able to visit all attractions. It is amazing .

Response from Host, Oct 2022

Thank you for your comments. Please note reservations can be made with or without transport from the Orlando area.

Great day.

Katherine_C,

Oct 2022

We really enjoyed Spaceshuttle Atlantis experience . We also enjoyed the Apollo exhibit. Awesome day all the way around.

Response from Host, Oct 2022

Kennedy Space Center is awesome! They really do have a lot to offer

Awesome

Veronica_B,

Oct 2022

While the space center itself is awesome and definitely worth the trip, our driver and tour guide made the tour. The advice we got on how to navigate the center was invaluable. Will definitely take this trip again next time we’re back

Response from Host, Oct 2022

Thank you for commenting. We are glad to hear you had a good time and look forward to seeing you next time!

NASA space experience

Jeffrey_P,

Oct 2022

I had a great time at the space museum, not too crowded and the attractions are informative and fun.

Response from Host, Oct 2022

Thank for taking the time to comment! This is a good time of year to go

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Questions?

Product code: 2855KENNEDY

FAQs

Is there a shuttle from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center? ›

Is transportation available from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex? The visitor complex does not provide transportation to and from Orlando. For suggestions regarding Orlando transportation options, please call the reservation office at 1.866. 737.5235.

How do I get from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center without a car? ›

The best way to get from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 1h 15m and costs $40 - $65.

Is there a shuttle from Port Canaveral to Kennedy Space Center? ›

We also offer one way or round trip transfers from Port Canaveral cruise terminals or Cocoa Beach to KSC.

Is the Kennedy Space Center bus tour worth it? ›

Regardless, Kennedy Space Center insiders will always recommend you take the time out of your day for the bus tour. The visitor complex is a full day experience, and this tour is a long-time guest favorite. Plus, you never know what's new out there and you may be the first to see it!

How much does it cost to uber from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral? ›

The average trip price to get from Orlando International Airport to Cape Canaveral FL is $74.00 - $141.00. Please keep in mind when requesting a ride that trip prices can vary, depending on a number of factors.

Are there shuttles from Orlando to Cape Canaveral? ›

Shared shuttles from the Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral run regularly between 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM and will drop you off right at your ship with plenty of time to board. If you also need transportation from Port Canaveral to the Orlando Airport, simply book our round-trip option.

Can you Uber to Kennedy Space Center? ›

Both the entire Walt Disney World Resort and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex are UberX areas. Walt Disney World is also an UberPool area if you're interested in sharing on the way out.

How much does it cost to shuttle from MCO to Port Canaveral? ›

The average price of a shuttle ride from MCO to Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal is $28.00 per person. Our price is only $25.00 per person and we offer so much more than the average transportation service.

How much does a rocket shuttle cost? ›

Adjusted for inflation to 2020 dollars, NASA spent approximately $49 billion to develop and launch the first space shuttle.
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How Much Did it Cost to Create the Space Shuttle?
STS ComponentOriginal $2020 $
Total$10,606$48,760
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Can Uber pick up from Port Canaveral? ›

Yes, Uber will pick up at the Port Canaveral cruise terminals. However, it is important to note Cape Canaveral is a smaller city with a limited amount of drivers available.

How long is shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral? ›

Normally takes less than 45 minutes, that's 45.6 mile, to ride our shuttles from MCO to the terminals at Port Canaveral to board your cruise ship. Our transportation service provides a clean, air conditioned and professionally driven sedans, van, SUV's, limousines, mini-buses and coach buses.

How much is an uber from Port Canaveral to Disney? ›

Trip prices can vary a bit depending on a number of factors. The average trip price to get from Orlando FL to Cape Canaveral FL is $69.00 - $138.00. You can also use Uber's price estimator tool to check a real-time estimate.

How early should I get to Kennedy Space Center? ›

The best time to visit the Kennedy Space Center is on a weekday around 9 or 10 AM, when the Visitor Complex opens. Additionally, the months of May and October are the best time to plan a visit as the temperature is pleasant and crowds are less during this time.

How long is the Kennedy Center bus tour? ›

Allow 2 hours for the return bus tour - it stops after about an hour at the Saturn V exhibition which you can visit and then get another bus back which takes 15 minutes You can spend as long as you want at the Saturn exhibition as there is a lot to see.

What is the best way to see the Kennedy Space Center? ›

#1 Take the Bus Tour

If you want to see NASA's genuine launch pads and official facilities, you will need to take the bus tour. Likewise, if you're going to visit the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you'll see the largest rocket that's ever been in the air (Saturn V), then you need to hop on this bus tour.

Is there transportation from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral? ›

There are 3 different transportation options available when travelling from Orlando International Airport MCO to Port Canaveral; you can either take a taxi, a private shuttle, or a shared shuttle bus.

Is Uber or taxi cheaper in Orlando? ›

Ubers are significantly cheaper than using a taxi and much more practical than renting an entire car. You won't need to pay for packing and you really have no need for a rental car because Disney Transportation is free and readily available throughout the park.

Is Uber cheaper than a taxi in Florida? ›

Is Uber cheaper than a taxi? Uber is usually a little bit cheaper than taking a traditional taxi. In most cases, Uber fares can be up to 40% cheaper than traditional taxi fares. In some cases, though, Uber fares can be almost double what they are for taxis, when you factor in extra costs.

Is there a train from Orlando to Port Canaveral? ›

The SUNRAIL is the first Train that goes to Port Canaveral in Orlando.

How to get to NASA from Orlando? ›

From Orlando, travel east on SR 528 for approximately 50 miles/80 km to SR 407 exit on left for Kennedy Space Center and Titusville. Continue on SR 407 to end at SR 405. Turn right/east onto SR 405 and follow signs for Kennedy Space Center for approximately 7.5 miles/12 km on SR 405.

Is there a shuttle from Disney to Port Canaveral? ›

​​Enjoy our Port Canaveral Shuttle Connection

We provide Shared Shuttle Service Daily to and from Port Canaveral and Disney World. We also offer Port Canaveral Shuttle Service to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Is taxi cheaper than Uber JFK? ›

Is it cheaper to take a taxi or Uber in NYC? Uber/Lyft and Taxis charge using a different rate calculation so the pricing varies. Because of this taxis are cheaper in New York City when traffic is slow, while Uber is cheaper in most other cases.

Does NASA have any shuttles? ›

The retirement of NASA's Space Shuttle fleet took place from March to July 2011. Discovery was the first of the three active Space Shuttles to be retired, completing its final mission on March 9, 2011; Endeavour did so on June 1.

Does NASA have a shuttle program? ›

The Space Shuttle program finished with its last mission, STS-135 flown by Atlantis, in July 2011, retiring the final Shuttle in the fleet. The Space Shuttle program formally ended on August 31, 2011.

How much is Uber or Lyft from MCO to Disney? ›

The average price for this trip is $46.00 - $84.00. Open the Uber app and input Walt Disney World Dolphin in the “Where to?” box. The price estimate for each ride option will appear; scroll to see what's available. Prices will vary based on time of day and how many riders are making requests.

Can I rent a car at Orlando Airport and return it to Port Canaveral? ›

National car rentals Orlando Airport offers a 24/7 service for those requiring car rentals to Port Canaveral cruise port. Prices start from $47.55 per day. There will be a small surcharge for drop off in Port Canaveral but it saves on expensive cruise parking while you are away.

How much is a space shuttle ticket? ›

They cost $450,000. On Tuesday, the aerospace company announced plans to sell tickets to the general public to snag a seat for a future spaceflight.

How much does a toilet on the space shuttle cost? ›

NASA Has Just Unveiled a Brand-New Space Toilet—And It Costs $23 Million.

How much does it cost to ride a space shuttle? ›

Bezos said that the company has sold $100 million in tickets for future flights. Back in 2018, Reuters said that Bezos had planned to charge between $200,000 to $300,000 per ticket for a spaceflight. Meanwhile, Virgin Galactic said it's reopened ticket sales for flights at $450,000 a pop.

How much is a limo from Orlando to Port Canaveral? ›

Orlando Airport To Port Canaveral

Travellers who are arriving at Orlando Airport (MCO) can get transportation to and from Port Canaveral starting at only $360 for a round-trip reservation. To book your transportation from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral instantly, you can book online in less than a minute.

How far is Kennedy Space Center from cruise port? ›

The world-famous Kennedy Space Center is located just 15 minutes from the Port Canaveral Cruise Port and only 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport.

Are taxis allowed in Port Canaveral? ›

With our transportation services available at the Port Canaveral, you get to hire best vehicles as taxis for your transportation. You will not get late for your shuttle cruise ever again with our transportation services in the region. Hiring our taxi service to get to the port Canaveral is very convenient and smooth.

How much is a taxi from Orlando Airport to Cape Canaveral? ›

Taxi – (1-4 passengers) To get a taxi at MCO walk out from the baggage claim, go to the taxi line, and pick your taxi. The taxi rate to Port Canaveral will be about $120.00. Private Car/Limousine – (1-16 passengers) Private Car or Limousine need to be scheduled as per GOAA.

How do I get from Orlando to Cocoa without a car? ›

The best way to get from Orlando to Cocoa Beach without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 1h 35m and costs $90 - $120. How long does it take to get from Orlando to Cocoa Beach? It takes approximately 1h 35m to get from Orlando to Cocoa Beach, including transfers.

How often does the Goport shuttle run? ›

Shuttles run on a regular basis from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Shuttles run on a regular basis from 7:00 AM until the ship has completed debarkation. Packages include parking for 1 vehicle for the duration of your cruise.

What is the cheapest transportation from Orlando Airport to Disney World? ›

The cheapest way to get from Orlando International Airport to Disney World is by using the Orlando public transport system for your transfer, however, this is also the longest travel option as you will need to take two different buses to get to the park.

Are there shuttles from Orlando to Disney? ›

Orlando Airport Shuttle

The airport shuttle service is an economical transportation option that connects you from the airport to your Disney Resort hotel.

Can Uber pick you up at Orlando Airport? ›

All Ride Share companies (such as Uber, Lyft and Wingz) may pick-up passengers on the Arrivals Curb at: Terminal A (Level 2) and on Level 3 between 9:00pm and 2:00am. Terminal B (Level 2) and on Level 3 between 9:00pm and 2:00am.

Is Uber cheaper than taxi in Orlando? ›

Ubers are significantly cheaper than using a taxi and much more practical than renting an entire car. You won't need to pay for packing and you really have no need for a rental car because Disney Transportation is free and readily available throughout the park.

How much is uber XL from Orlando to Port Canaveral? ›

Trip prices can vary a bit depending on a number of factors. The average trip price to get from Orlando FL to Cape Canaveral FL is $69.00 - $138.00. You can also use Uber's price estimator tool to check a real-time estimate.

Where are the 3 space shuttles located? ›

Retired Space Shuttle Locations
  • Shuttle Atlantis - Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • Shuttle Discovery - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
  • Shuttle Endeavour - California Science Center.
  • Shuttle Enterprise - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Mar 22, 2017

What are the disadvantages of space shuttles? ›

The complicated system added greatly to risk and cost. Lack of modernization - or lets call it.. "Ageing". Elon Musk stated that the very reusability of Shuttle prevented from evolving at the same rate as other rockets. There were very few real design changes.

What is the order of space shuttles? ›

Six orbiters were built for flight: Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

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