Orlando, FL (ORL)
A fine example of Mission Revival style architecture, the Orlando station is a popular destination for those visiting central Florida's numerous theme parks and attractions.
1400 Sligh Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32806
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 138,359
- Facility Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Parking Lot Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Platform Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Track Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Mission Revival style Orlando station was built for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) in 1926 at a cost of $500,000, and was later used by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad following the 1967 merger of the ACL and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. At the station’s opening in January, 1927, more than 6,000 visitors came to tour the new facility.
One of the area’s best examples of Mission Revival style architecture, the stucco-faced station includes two domed towers flanking the entrance and a long, shady arcade. The sign that announces the city’s name, Orlando, is one of its finest features, having been hand-designed by the station’s architect, A. M. Griffith. The city designated the station a historic local landmark—a structure that represents Orlando’s history, culture and/or heritage—in 1978. In 1990, the city undertook a major building renovation.
Twenty-five years later, in June 2015, the city cut the ribbon on another significant station rehabilitation project. Skilled craftspeople repaired the tile roof, twin domes and stucco surfaces, while original light fixtures, wood doors and windows were restored. Replacement fixtures, windows and doors were crafted to blend seamlessly with their counterparts. By relocating the air conditioning system, the city was able to reopen a side entrance for better circulation. New sidewalks and ramps meet ADA requirements. A fresh coat of paint, based on historic color schemes, gives the building a bright and welcoming appearance, as does lush landscaping.
The project was made possible through a partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the city of Orlando. A $3 million FDOT Strategic Intermodal Systems (SIS) grant funded the design and improvements to the station. The SIS program focuses on transportation facilities and services of statewide and interregional significance. The city and Orlando Health subsequently partnered to provide a $3 million soft match utilizing the value of projects already built in the surrounding area.
A SunRail commuter rail station is located just north of the historic Orlando depot, and a transit plaza allows travelers to easily transfer between Amtrak, commuter trains and Lynx buses. SunRail Phase I, a 32 mile segment running from Sand Lake Road to DeBary, opened for service in May, 2014. Work is now underway on extensions south to Poinciana and north to DeLand. In preparation for the start of SunRail service, the city spent approximately $4 million to enhance streets, parking and sidewalks in the blocks near the Amtrak and commuter stations. The campus of Orlando Health and the Downtown South Main Street District are also within easy walking distance of both transportation facilities.
Orlando, Florida’s largest inland city and seat of Orange County, was originally a settlement of cattlemen known as Jernigan, named after its first homesteader along Lake Holden. Most pioneers did not arrive until after the Third Seminole War in the 1850s. The name, “Orlando” is said to have originated from a tree carved to commemorate a soldier in the Third Seminole war, and the area was called “Orlando’s Grave” and then just “Orlando.”
Though the town suffered under the Union blockade, it prospered during Reconstruction, when it became the hub of Florida’s citrus industry. However, the Great Freeze of 1894 and 1895 forced many independent growers to give up their holdings, which were consolidated in the hands of a few “citrus barons” who shifted operations south into Polk County. During the Spanish-American war, Orlando became a popular resort destination. In the 1920s, the city grew extensively during the Florida land boom, which died off during the Depression of the 1930s. During the 1940s the establishment of Army Air bases brought the military to the area, including many training facilities for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Most critical for the area’s economy was the announcement in 1965 of plans to build Walt Disney World. The renowned vacation resort opened in 1971, ushering in a period of explosive business and population growth for the Orlando area. Tourism is now the centerpiece of the Orlando economy, as the region sees some 52 million visitors a year, and is host to the second largest number of hotel rooms outside of Las Vegas. Downtown Orlando, though several miles away from the main attractions, is undergoing a major redevelopment with a number of residential projects, commercial towers and major public works.
Amtrak provides both ticketing and baggage services at this facility, which is served by four daily trains.
Image courtesy of the city of Orlando.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- Shipping Boxes
- Ticket Office
- Wheelchair Lift