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Will You Take The Brightline From Orlando To Miami? Brightline, the Miami-based intercity rail company, has begun ticket sales for its highly anticipated Orlando to South Florida route. Although the official start date has yet to be announced, tickets are now available for late summer through early 2024. The company will finalize the opening date and inaugural rides after completing safety testing. Travelers can book trips for holidays and events such as Labor Day and Halloween.

Brightline’s expansion will offer Smart class and premium fare options. Smart class fares start at $79 for adults and $39 for kids, with a 25% discount for groups of four or more. Premium fare starts at $149 and includes priority boarding, a dedicated lounge, checked luggage, and food and drink. Parking at the Orlando station will cost up to $19 per day.

Once operational, Brightline plans to run 16 daily round trips with hourly departures between Miami and Orlando, with stops in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Aventura. The Orlando station, located at the airport, will have amenities such as a bar, retail shop, and lounge for premium ticket holders. The project, costing over $2.8 billion, is expected to reach substantial completion in May pending safety certification. Brightline aims to attract 4.3 million annual passengers between Orlando and South Florida once ridership stabilizes. The introduction of the route is anticipated to have positive economic impacts and contribute to the development of a multimodal transit system. TBBJ