Ocala travel guide

Ocala Tourism | Ocala Guide

You're Going to Love Ocala

With a population of 56,315, Ocala is a must-see destination in Florida, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Ocala has to offer.

Where to Eat in Ocala

If you’re looking for affordable options, Sky Fine Dining (3600 SW 38th Ave. Sixth Floor) and Mesa de Notte (2436 E. Silver Springs Blvd.) are great picks.

When to visit Ocala

Ocala in December
Estimated hotel price
$108
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ocala in December
Estimated hotel price
$108
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Ocala in July, when the average temperature is 80.6 °F, and the highest can go up to 91.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 46.4 °F, with an average temperature of 57.2 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 8.3″. In contrast, November is usually the driest month of the year in Ocala, with an average rainfall of 1.6″.

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How to Get to Ocala

Plane

Although Ocala doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Daytona Beach (DAB), which is located 65 miles from Ocala. Tampa Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air France, JetBlue, Delta and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Ocala departs from Richmond and takes around 2h 08m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Ocala, followed by Brightline. The train journey from Ocala to Tampa takes 1h 49m and costs around $12 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Fort Lauderdale, expect to pay about $39 for a 2h 55m trip. The train station in Ocala is called Ocala, and is located 0.5 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Ocala is to pick up a car rental from Orlando, which is about 64 miles from Ocala. You’ll find branches of Fox and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ocala, including RedCoach, Jet Set Express and FlixBus. From Sky Lake, the bus ride to Ocala takes 70 miles and will cost you around $19. From West Palm Beach, the ticket costs about $50 for a journey of 145 miles. The most popular bus station is Ocala Pilot Travel Ctr - 2020 135th St, located 11 miles from downtown Ocala. Ocala is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city center.

Plane

Although Ocala doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Daytona Beach (DAB), which is located 65 miles from Ocala. Tampa Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air France, JetBlue, Delta and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Ocala departs from Richmond and takes around 2h 08m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Ocala, followed by Brightline. The train journey from Ocala to Tampa takes 1h 49m and costs around $12 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Fort Lauderdale, expect to pay about $39 for a 2h 55m trip. The train station in Ocala is called Ocala, and is located 0.5 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Ocala is to pick up a car rental from Orlando, which is about 64 miles from Ocala. You’ll find branches of Fox and Routes Car & Truck Rentals, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ocala, including RedCoach, Jet Set Express and FlixBus. From Sky Lake, the bus ride to Ocala takes 70 miles and will cost you around $19. From West Palm Beach, the ticket costs about $50 for a journey of 145 miles. The most popular bus station is Ocala Pilot Travel Ctr - 2020 135th St, located 11 miles from downtown Ocala. Ocala is also a commonly used station, and is 4 miles from the city center.

Airports near Ocala

Airlines serving Ocala

Lufthansa
Good (4,574 reviews)
KLM
Good (850 reviews)
SWISS
Good (919 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,399 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,597 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,274 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,543 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,921 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,117 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,482 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,654 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (222 reviews)
Finnair
Good (887 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (833 reviews)
LOT
Good (683 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,151 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (914 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,448 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ocala

Average rates range from around $196 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $386 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include avid Hotel Ocala Downtown, an IHG Hotel and Candlewood Suites - Ocala I-75, An IHG Hotel.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ocala

Most booked hotels in Ocala

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Silver Springs - Ocala, An IHG Hotel
2 stars
Excellent (8.7, 621 reviews)
$130+
Equus Inn
2 stars
Excellent (8.4, 2299 reviews)
$83+
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center, An IHG Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 1283 reviews)
$118+
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ocala
2 stars
Good (6.7, 686 reviews)
$67+
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Ocala FL
3 stars
Good (6.7, 1529 reviews)
$64+
Super 8 by Wyndham Ocala I-75
2 stars
Good (6.6, 1036 reviews)
$54+

Renting a car in Ocala

Renting a car in Ocala costs $54 per day, on average, or $161 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Ocala is the Hertz branch at 970 Sw 6th Ave Suite 107, which is 1 mile from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 26% more expensive than at Orlando.

Expect to pay $3.86 per gallon in Ocala (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $46.33 and $61.78. The most frequently booked car type in Ocala is Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Chevrolet Spark or similar) are, on average, 68% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Ocala costs $54 per day, on average, or $161 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Ocala is the Hertz branch at 970 Sw 6th Ave Suite 107, which is 1 mile from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 26% more expensive than at Orlando.

Expect to pay $3.86 per gallon in Ocala (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $46.33 and $61.78. The most frequently booked car type in Ocala is Intermediate (Hyundai Elantra or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Chevrolet Spark or similar) are, on average, 68% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.