Ocala travel guide

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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. Consider staying at least one whole day in Ocala to see all of its attractions.

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. For delicious green meals, Katya Vineyards (11 E Silver Springs Blvd) and Celebrity’s Soul Food - Ocala (2237 SW 19th Ave RD Suite 102) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Ocala.

When to visit Ocala

Ocala in December
Estimated hotel price
$179
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ocala in December
Estimated hotel price
$179
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Ocala in July, when the average temperature is 27 °C, and the highest can go up to 33 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 8 °C, with an average temperature of 14 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 210 mm. In contrast, November is usually the driest month of the year in Ocala, with an average rainfall of 40 mm.

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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 105 km from Ocala.

Train

The train station in Ocala is called Ocala, and is located 0.7 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Ocala is to pick up a car hire from Orlando, which is about 103 km from Ocala. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ocala, including RedCoach, Tornado Bus and FlixBus. From Orlando, the bus ride to Ocala takes 177 km and will cost you around $35. From Sky Lake, the ticket costs about $99 for a journey of 290 km. The most popular bus station is Ocala Pilot Travel Ctr - 2020 135th St, located 18 km from the city centre of Ocala. Ocala is also a commonly used station, and is 6 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Ocala doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Daytona Beach (DAB), which is located 105 km from Ocala.

Train

The train station in Ocala is called Ocala, and is located 0.7 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Ocala is to pick up a car hire from Orlando, which is about 103 km from Ocala. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ocala, including RedCoach, Tornado Bus and FlixBus. From Orlando, the bus ride to Ocala takes 177 km and will cost you around $35. From Sky Lake, the ticket costs about $99 for a journey of 290 km. The most popular bus station is Ocala Pilot Travel Ctr - 2020 135th St, located 18 km from the city centre of Ocala. Ocala is also a commonly used station, and is 6 km from the city centre.

Airports near Ocala

Airlines serving Ocala

Lufthansa
Good (4,680 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (945 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,747 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,178 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,443 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Air France
Good (976 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,602 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,103 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,941 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,364 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,213 reviews)
LOT
Good (665 reviews)
Finnair
Good (771 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,178 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (928 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (848 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,929 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ocala

Average rates range from around $314 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $422 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

Equus Inn Ocala
2 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$131+
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center, An IHG Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$171+
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ocala
2 stars
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
$102+
Super 8 by Wyndham Ocala I-75
2 stars
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
$84+
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Ocala FL I-75
3 stars
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
$104+
Motel 6 Ocala Conference Center
2 stars
Okay (4.4, Okay reviews)
$74+

Hiring a car in Ocala

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Ocala is the Hertz branch at 970 Sw 6th Ave Suite 107, which is 1 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.67 per litre in Ocala (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.99 and $26.65. The most frequently booked car type in Ocala is Mini (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Ford Focus or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Ocala is the Hertz branch at 970 Sw 6th Ave Suite 107, which is 1 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.67 per litre in Ocala (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.99 and $26.65. The most frequently booked car type in Ocala is Mini (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Ford Focus or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.