Travel and Accommodations
The Florida Institute of Technology (Google Maps link) is located near Interstate 95 along the east coast of Florida, five minutes from the Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and about an hour southeast of Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Transportation and transfer to either the MCO or MLB airports can be conveniently, as well as cheaply, organized with the Melbourne Airport Express shuttle service. When making your reservation, mention that you are with with the "FIT Conference Group" to get a special discounted rate.
Travelling between Orlando and Melbourne, as well as to other cities around Florida, can easily be arranged via the Greyhound Bus System.
The Space Coast Area Transit is a bus system that strictly serves Brevard Country, providing particularly easy access to coastline attractions including: Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay, and Cocoa Beach.
We strongly advise moving around Melbourne via either Uber or Lyft. Uber and Lyft are cellular applications that can easily be downloaded onto any smartphone device, and allow for cheap as well as reliable taxi-like transportation. Please note that both applications require you to enter creditcard / debitcard information to process payments online. In addition, the applications require wifi or cellular data connection to connect with Uber / Lyft drivers around you, as well as to use Location Services to direct drivers to your pick-up location.
Official taxi cab companies are available, although they typically prove more expensive and time-consuming when compared to Uber and Lyft. Nonetheless, below are a few local companies:
- Black Diamond Express Shuttle & Taxi: +1 (321) 216-6055
- Melbourne Shuttle & Taxi Services: +1 (321) 221-1111
- American Cab Co: +1 (321) 725-2222
While the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place is inland, it is very conveniently located just 7 minutes away from both the Florida Iinstitute of Technology and downtown Melbourne. Please use this hyperlink: "Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place" for reservations, as it will direct you to a page with the special rate specifically for Tech Con attendees.