The Brightline Orlando Premium Lounge: Is it Worth the Splurge?

by joeheg

On our first two trips with Virgin Voyages, which departed from the Port of Miami, we opted to drive from Orlando the day before our cruise. Driving to your port has advantages over flying, as you don’t have to worry about the weight of your luggage or packing travel-size toiletries. However, parking at the port is an added expense, especially for cruises that are longer than a weekend.

For our most recent cruise, we took a different approach and took the Brightline train from Orlando Airport to Miami. We splurged and upgraded to Premium Class, which includes a larger seat on the train, free drinks and snacks onboard, and access to the Premium Lounge. A one-way premium ticket from Orlando to Miami ranges in cost from $139 to $299.

I didn’t get to spend as much time in the lounge as planned because I had to drive home to get my passport, which I left on my desk. Sharon helped by taking most of the lounge pictures.

Brightline Orlando Premium Lounge

people sitting in a lounge area

There are no illusions here; this isn’t the KrisFlyer Lounge at Changi Airport or the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. However, it is a nice place to wait for your train. There was no fighting for seats, and we easily grabbed a corner for our group.

The first decision to make was what to drink. Alcoholic beverages are not complimentary in the lounge. The bar is self-serve and has scanners on the wall. Initially, you need to register with your ID and a credit card, but after that, you can unlock the tap with your phone.

a beverage dispenser and a dispenser on a walla sign with beer taps and numbers

Soft drinks were free in the lounge, along with Lavazza Coffee. “No Coke, Pepsi.”

a refrigerator with cans and bottles of sodaa machine with a glass door

There were plenty of food options, from pastry items to meats, cheeses, salads, and the random chafing dishes of hot foods—pretty much everything you’d expect from lounge food.

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There are monitors in the lounge area to let passengers know the status of upcoming trains. As the only route served is on the way to Miami, there’s no confusion about how to get to the train.

a sign with a train on it

Final Thought

The Premium Lounge at the Orlando Brightline Station is a benefit of purchasing a premium-class ticket. If you have access to the lounge, you can enjoy free non-alcoholic drinks and a decent selection of snacks before your trip. Although the lounge provides comfortable seating, charging ports that actually work, and snacks, it’s not an extraordinary experience. The station offers a variety of seating options even if you don’t have access to the lounge, and there are also places to buy food and drinks.

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Ben March 15, 2024 - 2:42 pm

I’m guessing the charging for alcohol is new, when I was at Fort Lauderdale Station in December, the beer and wine on top was free.

Aron Anderson March 15, 2024 - 10:45 pm

Alcoholic beverages were complimentary in the Miami Central Premium Lounge when I last rode Brightline, but I’ve admittedly not departed from Orlando yet. I’m surprised to hear they charged for alcohol in the Premium Lounge. I’m riding from MCO tomorrow and have now reset my expectations — but will report back if my experience differs from yours, Joe & Sharon!


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