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    Car hire at Sanford Airport - Discovering Central Florida

    Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is one of two airports serving the greater Orlando and central Florida area, along with Orlando International Airport (MCO). Located in the pleasant lakeside city of Sanford in the heart of Seminole County, it lies a very convenient 35-minute drive from Downtown and just 45 minutes away from many of the region's most popular theme parks, such as Disney World, Epcot and SeaWorld.

    Covering more than 3,000 acres, SFB has four extended runways and ranks amongst the world's top 30 busiest airports in terms of flight operations, largely on account of its flight training facilities. Located midway between the bustling city of Orlando and the pleasant seaside resorts of Daytona Beach, the airport is well placed for people visiting the area for leisure and relaxation.

    The city of Sanford is a peaceful place with a wide range of top-notch tourist sights, chiefly Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (one of America's best animal attractions) and the Museum of Seminole County History which depicts the region's long and very interesting history. With its lively night-life and vibrant find-dining scene, the central zone known as Historic Downtown Sanford is another highlight for visitors to the city.

    With a car hire at Sanford Airport you'll have the best of both worlds, namely the chance to see parts of the real Florida in the heartlands whilst enjoying the many thrills to be found at some of America's most popular theme parks. SFB is also within easy reach of the many wonderful seaside resorts lining Florida's spectacularly-beautiful Atlantic coast, most notably Daytona Beach, one of the most popular in the USA.

    With a cheap Auto Europe car hire you can take advantage of the best car rental deals at Sanford Airport and elsewhere across central Florida in just a few clicks of the mouse. We currently offer more than 24,000 pick-up locations in over 180 destinations, so you just need make a quick search for your preferred vehicle and supplier in our state-of-the-art booking engine before planning your trip to the Sunshine State.

    For help with your booking, feel free to call our rental specialists +44 123 3225 114 and they'll be very happy to assist you. You might also like to consult our USA Driving Guide for more information on local age restrictions, driving distances, road rules, motorway tolls, etc.

    Airport Information

    Located in close proximity to both Sanford and the world-famous entertainment city of Orlando, SFB (officially known as Orlando Sanford International Airport) is an excellent gateway for passengers bound for the local theme parks and the many vibrant seaside resorts that embroider Florida's long, sandy Atlantic shoreline. The airport was originally built as a base for fighter and reconnaissance aircraft during World War II and continued to serve the military until 1969. Since then it has operated as a general aviation facility and periodically hosted a series of civilian/military air shows and static displays before being upgraded and improved for commercial use. Today it is served by a growing number of local and international airlines, including Allegiant Airlines, Flair Airlines, Swoop Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and Surinam Airways with over 3 million passengers passing through its terminals every year.

    Sanford Airport (SFB)
    Address: 1200 Red Cleveland Boulevard, Sanford, Florida 32773
    Telephone: +1 407 585 4000
    Airlines operating at Sanford Airport: The growing list of airlines operating at Sanford Airport currently includes Allegiant Airlines, Flair Airlines, Swoop Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and Surinam Airways.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Sanford Airport

    With two very modern terminal buildings and a wide range of on-site passenger facilities and services to offer, Sanford Airport is one of the best places in central Florida to pick up a vehicle and visit the local theme parks. You can rent a car at Sanford Airport and pick it up at the on-site car rental centre by choosing from a number of prestigious suppliers in the Auto Europe booking engine. The centre is divided into two sections on both sides of Red Cleveland Avenue a short distance from the main passenger terminal.

    Car hire operating hours

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    Arrivals Hall
    Sanford, USA 32773
    +1 407 585 4427
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm
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    Arrivals Hall
    Sanford, USA 32773
    +1 407 585 4421
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm
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    Arrivals Hall,
    Sanford, USA 32773
    +1 407 585 4410
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 8am-11pm


    Orlando Sanford International Airport features two connected passenger terminals, one for international flights and the other mostly catering for domestic services. The former (Terminal A) is the international terminal with nine gates, of which some of the gates connect with Terminal B's domestic gates. Both terminals have planty of good dining and shopping options, with Starbucks located in Terminal B.

    Airport Facilities

    Sanford Airport offers a wide range of shops featuring a good selection of items, so whatever you need you'll be able to pick it up before your flight. Dining at SFB is always a pleasurable experience with many popular restaurants and bars located in both terminals, such as Blue Sky Express and Blue Sky Spirits in the Domestic Terminal (Terminal B), as well as the airport's famous food court and Chadwick's Pub that await passengers passing through the International Terminal (Terminal A). Shopping is another of SFB's specialities and travellers can find all sorts of high-quality items in the areas of fashion, electronics, souvenirs, books, etc. before catching their flight. Free Wi-fi is available throughout the airport and several ATMs are on hand for visitors en route to the local theme parks. Priority Pass and Dragon Pass holders can take advantage of the Royal Palm Lounge in the international departures terminal where complimentary drinks and à la carte meals are available.

    How to get to and from Sanford Airport

    With your car hire at Sanford Airport it's best to approach from the north on Interstate 4 by taking exit 50 and driving for around 10 miles to Lake Mary/Heathrow before proceeding east on Lake Mary Boulevard to the airport. Travelling from the south on State Road 417 (Central Florida Greeneway) means you'll need to exit at 49 and drive east on Lake Mary Boulevard to SFB. Please note that there are no public buses serving Sanford Airport and the closest bus-stop is located aprroximately 2 miles away, so you'll probably need to hail a taxi to get you there. Nevertheless, due to the proximity of Orlando's many theme parks, the airport has a designated pick-up zone for ride-shares, taxis and pre-arranged shuttles right across the street from the Terminal B baggage-claim area. Look out for Orlando Sanford Airport Shuttle, Orlando Sun Transportation and Super Shuttle which are among the most popular shuttle services operating in central Florida.

    Parking Tips

    After picking up your car rental at Sanford Airport, you'll have no problems getting around and finding somewhere to park near the city's top tourist attractions. You'll have plenty of free parking options available in and around the Historic Downtown Sanford area, which has many excellent bars, restaurants and trendy boutiques. Look out for Courthouse Parking on the north-western corner of Commercial Avenue and Palmetto Street in the heart of the city centre, which is spacious and well located. The centre of Sanford has many other good places to park, including the large public car park on 1st Street/Palmetto (which also caters for disabled drivers) and Seminole Boulevard along the RiverWalk, a short walk from Downtown.

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