Our Daytona Beach Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help you plan your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Florida. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from Daytona Beach International Airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need?

    We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips. You’ll also learn about the most popular landmarks in Daytona Beach such as the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, Daytona International Speedway, and the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. It’s all compiled in this Daytona Beach Travel Essentials. After going through this short and easy-to-read guide, you’ll be a little more prepared to start your trip to Daytona Beach.

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    When is the best time to travel to Daytona Beach?

    • Daytona Beach’s humid subtropical climate brings long and hot summers and cool and windy but short winters. Temperatures throughout the year vary from 50°F to 89°F.
    • It’s wet year-round in Daytona Beach. The wettest month is September with about 13 days of rain. The driest month is April with only 5 rainy days.
    • The warmest time of the year in Daytona Beach is between late May through September, with July being the hottest month. The usual peak season for events and visitors is December–February, though it can also get quite crowded over Spring Break (March–April).
    • March to May is the best time of year to visit Daytona Beach. Though you might want to be there for the NASCAR Speedweeks before that, this period offers pleasant weather and lower, post-race season rates.
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    Daytona Beach basics

    • Plug type: A and B
    • Electricity: 120 V
    • Currency: United States Dollar (US$)
    • International dialling code: +1 386
    • Emergency telephone number: 911
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    How to get to my hotel in Daytona Beach?

    Daytona Beach International Airport is your main international gateway to the city. Though it’s Daytona Beach’s closest airport, you can also fly to Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) first, then drive northeast to the city within 1 hour.

    If you’re already in the USA, you can easily reach Daytona Beach by car– the city is where the 2 major interstates, I-95 and I-4, intersect. Amtrak’s Auto Train service and Greyhound buses are other means of getting to Daytona Beach.

    Daytona Beach International Airport

    Daytona Beach International Airport is served by Delta and American Airlines mostly for domestic flights from major cities within the USA. It is also served by Canadian low-cost carrier Sunwing. Depending on which country you’re flying from, overseas flights often require a stopover at other airports such as Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) or Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

    From Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), it’s a 15-minute drive northeast to downtown. Here are ground transport options to get you to your hotel:

    • Taxis are available at the east end of the terminal, just outside Baggage Claim. Limousine services are also available. Among the taxi services available are 4 Leaf Clover (+1 386-252-9999), American Taxi (+1 386-253-0303), DCSI (+1 386-299-9999), Tri-Star (+1 386-860-8888), and Yellow Cab Co. (+1 386-255-5555.
    • You can use rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber.
    • Shuttle services include Groome Transportation (+1 386-257-5411), DoShuttle (+1 386-947-9947), and Pierre Shuttle Service (+1 386-255-5595)
    • Votran or the Volusia Transit System (+1 386-761-7700) can pick you up at Dayton Beach International Airport.

    Orlando-Sanford International Airport

    From Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB), the quickest and most convenient way to get to Daytona Beach is by taxi – though it’s not the most economical. The ride would take just under an hour. You can also take the direct bus from SFB to Daytona Beach, which arrives at the Bethune Cookman-White Hall bus stop near downtown.

    Amtrak and Greyhound Bus

    Amtrak’s Auto Train can get you to Daytona Beach. The daily service carries cars and regular passengers, so if you’re with your car, you can easily drive into Daytona Beach after arriving at the service’s southern terminus in Sanford, about 45 minutes away.

    Greyhound buses travel between Daytona Beach and cities like Miami and West Palm Beach, as well as points along the I-95 and I-4 freeways. The bus station is at Ridgewood Ave in downtown, 10 minutes’ drive east of Daytona International Speedway.  

    Megabus and Votran have bus stops at the southeast corner of the Tanger Outlets Mall parking lot, 12 minutes’ drive west of downtown. Megabus buses connect Daytona Beach with Atlanta to the north via Jacksonville and Orlando to the south-west.

    Halifax Harbor Marina

    Private boats can cruise into Daytona Beach’s Halifax Harbor Marina via the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The marina provides boaters year-round docking, together with seasonal and overnight accommodation options.

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    How to get around Daytona Beach?

    Travel tips

    Daytona Beach, big on motor racing, apparently is a city that’s best enjoyed on 4 wheels or 2 wheels. This is even more apparent with its wide roads and the 23-mile Atlantic Avenue that runs parallel along the beach. The wide beach itself is drivable November–April and May–October.

    Besides driving your own car or bike, a cheap way of getting around the city is by using the Votran bus service. And of course, you can use taxi services offered by various companies. Some areas of Daytona Beach are very walkable. Cyclists will find pleasure riding along the compacted beaches and many trails.

    Taking a taxi

    You can’t effectively hail a taxi down in Daytona Beach – it’s best to call and arrange for one. Among the taxi companies in Daytona Beach are Daytona Beach Taxi Cab (+1 386-333-2222), Kings Transportation Group Inc (+1 386-255-5555), and Daytona Taxi (+1 386-868-0832) to name a few.

    Besides getting to downtown from the airport using ride-hailing apps such as Lyft or Uber, they’re also great for getting around Daytona Beach.

    Travelling by bus

    Volusia County's public transport system, Votran, operates over a dozen bus lines with various bus stops throughout Daytona Beach. They’re a cheap way for getting around Daytona Beach with all-day passes week passes also available.

    Votran runs along the A1A North route, which is super convenient for getting around spots along the Atlantic Avenue, parallel the beach.

    Renting a car in Daytona Beach

    You can find all major car rental companies near and around Daytona Beach International Airport as well as around downtown. Among them are Budget Car Rental (+1 386-255-7799), Enterprise (+1 386-252-1224), Avis (+1 386-252-0159), and Thrifty (+1 877-283-0898) among others.

    Getting around by car is easy in the city, thanks to wide and well-signposted roads. Note that traffic jams may occur during rush hours and around the time of the Speedweeks, with redirected traffic possible. The 23-mile Atlantic Avenue runs parallel along the beach and the wide beach itself is drivable from sunrise to sunset, November–April and May–October.

    Cycling around Daytona Beach

    Cars and motorbikes are much fitted for Daytona Beach’s reputation, but the city is just as friendly for cyclists. The 23-mile coastal stretch of compacted sand is great for cruising and various cycling trails lead you through scenic waterfronts, historic sites, and beautiful state parks.

    Among the bike rentals in Daytona Beach are Daytona Adventures (+1 855-553-2453), Beach Carts Daytona (+1 386-566-2325), The Hub Cycling (+1 386-456-3938), and Daytona Electric Bikes (+1 386-214-2452) with its fleet of e-bikes which are super convenient.

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    What are the main annual events in Daytona Beach?

    Daytona 500

    • Mid-February
    • The 500-mile-long NASCAR race that the city’s best known for, held annually since 1959 when the landmark Daytona International Speedway first opened.
    • Where: Daytona International Speedway

    Spring Break

    • March–April
    • This great time-off period for students in the States is a big deal in Daytona Beach when colourful beach parties are held and various resorts throw wild pool parties.
    • Where: various venues in Daytona Beach

    Daytona Turkey Run

    • March and November
    • A gathering for automobile lovers with thousands of rare and collector cars descending upon the Daytona International Speedway’s infield for exhibitions and trade.
    • Where: Daytona International Speedway
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    What are the main landmarks in Daytona Beach?

    Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier

    The place in Daytona Beach that offers amusements, thrills and non-stop entertainment with a colourful and bustling boardwalk, arcades, shops, and 2 Ferris wheels.

    Daytona International Speedway

    A mecca for motor racing and home to the annual Daytona 500 races. There’s also plenty of other events taking place at the grounds each week.

    Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

    The tallest lighthouse in Florida offers fantastic views of Daytona Beach and the surrounding area at 175 feet high.

    Jackie Robinson Ballpark

    A historic minor league baseball park that dates back to 1914, where African American player Jackie Robinson first played professionally.

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