Kissimmee, FL (KIS)

Built in 1910 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, the depot is known for its cupola that sports a weathervane in the form of a steam locomotive. Easy connections can be made to SunRail commuter trains and local Lynx buses.

111 East Dakin Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (FY 2017): $2,701,332
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2017): 35,737
  • 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

Todd Stennis
Regional Contact
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The Kissimmee depot was built in 1910 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Travelers know the building for its cupola, which sports a weathervane in the form of a steam locomotive. In addition to Amtrak, the station is served by SunRail commuter trains and local Lynx and intercity buses, making for easy intermodal connections.

Renovations to the depot were undertaken in 1976 and again in 1988. As part of the second rehabilitation, which was led by the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, more than 120 workers and volunteers graded the parking lot to facilitate drainage, rebuilt the loading dock and decorated it with latticework, cleaned and painted the building, and installed landscaping such as shrubs and flowers. During the rehabilitation project, workers discovered a pot-bellied stove and an antique casket loader. Much of the construction material was donated, and additional monies were obtained through community fundraising. In 2004, the canopy along the south platform was severely damaged during a hurricane and was replaced from 2005 to 2006; the station roof was also patched.

In January 2014, the $1.3 million Lynx Kissimmee Intermodal Station opened adjacent to the depot. Funded through a Livability Grant from the Federal Transit Administration, it is the main bus transfer hub for Osceola County. The environmentally friendly design includes 14 solar-lit bus shelters and drought tolerant landscaping.

In preparation for the start of SunRail service in July 2018, new concrete platforms with brick insets in a basketweave pattern and broad canopies were built northeast of the depot. In a playful nod to the historic depot, the canopies feature cupolas. SunRail is being built in phases: a 32-mile segment running from Sand Lake Road to DeBary opened for service in May 2014, followed by the 17.2-mile extension south to Poinciana that includes the Kissimmee station. A future expansion north to DeLand is planned.

Though the Spanish had been in this part of Florida since the early 1700s, the community that became Kissimmee began as a small trading post called Allendale on the northern bank of Lake Tohopekaliga. Before the American Civil War, this area was included in a purchase of four million acres of marshland and plains by a Philadelphia lumber magnate, Hamilton Disston, for a total of $1 million. (This infusion of cash reportedly rescued the state of Florida from financial disaster at that time.) Disston contracted to drain the area and deepen the Kissimmee River, which would then serve as a major steam shipping channel to the Gulf Coast, bringing prosperity to the area for a time, shipping cypress lumber and sugar cane. Competition with the railroads and economic depression forced the steamship connection to finally close in 1893.

In 1883, while still a transportation hub for central Florida, the state legislature incorporated the town as Kissimmee City; it is also the seat of Osceola County. By 1895, along with the closure of the Disston’s steamship transport, bad freezes in back to back years, the local economy shifted to cattle ranching, where it remained the primary local industry until the opening of Walt Disney World in nearby Orlando in 1971. Today, Kissimmee depends greatly on tourism and the nearby resorts, located about 15 miles from Disney World.

Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this facility, which is served by four daily trains.

Station Building (with waiting room)

Features

  • Quik-Trak kiosks not available
  • Ticket sales office
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Unaccompanied child travel allowed
  • Vending Machines

Baggage

  • Amtrak Express shipping available
  • Checked baggage service available
  • Checked baggage storage available
  • Bike boxes for sale
  • Baggage carts available
  • Ski bags not available
  • Bag storage available
  • Shipping Boxes for sale
  • Baggage assistance provided by Station Staff

Parking

  • Dedicated accessible parking available

Accessibility

  • Accessible platform
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • No accessible ticket office
  • Accessible waiting room
  • Accessible water fountain
  • Dedicated accessible parking available
  • No high platform
  • Wheelchair available
  • Wheelchair lift available
  • Hours

    Station Hours
    Mon09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Tue09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Wed09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Thu09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Fri09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Sat09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Sun09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon09:30 am - 02:30 pm
    03:30 pm - 07:00 pm
    Tue09:30 am - 02:30 pm
    03:30 pm - 07:00 pm
    Wed09:30 am - 02:30 pm
    03:30 pm - 07:00 pm
    Thu09:30 am - 02:30 pm
    03:30 pm - 07:00 pm
    Fri09:30 am - 02:30 pm
    03:30 pm - 07:00 pm
    Sat09:30 am - 02:30 pm
    03:30 pm - 07:00 pm
    Sun09:30 am - 02:30 pm
    03:30 pm - 07:00 pm
    Passenger Assistance Hours
    Mon09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Tue09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Wed09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Thu09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Fri09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Sat09:30 am - 07:00 pm
    Sun09:30 am - 07:00 pm