6 Ways To Go From the Swan Resort to Epcot (2024)

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How do you get from the Walt Disney World Swan Resort to Epcot?

If you are staying at the Swan or planning a future visit, you probably want to know the different ways to get to Epcot.

Below, I will detail SIX specific ways you can make this journey.

But before you start reading, please know that you CAN NOT take the Disney buses from the Swan Resort to Epcot. Many people mistakenly stand outside the Swan waiting for a bus to Epcot that will never arrive. 🙂

WDW Swan to Epcot:

Option #1. Take the FREE Friendship Boats to Epcot!

swan resort to epcot using boat transportation

A fun and relaxing way to get to Epcot from the Swan Resort is to take the FREE boat transportation using Disney’s Friendship Boats.

swan resort to epcot

To find the boat dock, walk out the back of the Swan Resort. Keep walking straight until you get to the walkway that connects the Swan Resort with the Dolphin Resort. The walkway has water on both sides.

As you are on the walkway, look to your right, and you will see the boat dock sticking out into the water. You can’t miss it. 🙂

Once you get to the boat dock, make sure to enter the line on the LEFT to go to Epcot. Boat transportation is also provided to Hollywood Studios, which boards on the RIGHT side. 🙂

swan resort to epcot using the friendship boats

And don’t worry if you have a stroller, as they are allowed on the boats, but you must fold them. The Friendship Boats are also accessible for wheelchairs and motorized scooters.

How long is the boat ride from Disney’s Swan Resort to Epcot?

You can expect to be at Epcot about 20 minutes after the boat leaves the Swan. Just a warning: you will make TWO stops before getting to the park.

  • First, the boat will go to the Yacht and Beach Club to let guests off and on.
  • Second, you will go across the lake to the Boardwalk
  • Finally, the boat will stop at Epcot to let you off.

The exact time it takes varies depending on how many guests are boarding or departing at these two stops.

The picture below is the dock where you get off the boat at Epcot. It’s also where you board the boat to return to the Swan.

friendship boats epcot sign

Please be aware that you are not entering Epcot at the front main entrance by the iconic giant ball.

Instead, you are entering the International Gateway, which is located at the BACK of the park. When you enter through the International Gateway, you will be near Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France area of the World Showcase.

Here is a map of Epcot so you can see where you will enter the park when you arrive on the boats from the Swan Resort.

The worst part about taking the boats to Epcot is that you have to WAIT for a boat to arrive. This can be especially frustrating if you walk out to the pier and see a boat just pulling away. I know our family has made multiple mad dashes on the dock, attempting to board a boat that is preparing to leave. 🙂

In my experience, you can expect a new boat to arrive approximately every 20 minutes.

Option #2. Walk from the Swan Resort to Epcot!

walking from swan resort to epcot

The best part about walking to Epcot from the Swan is that you don’t have to WAIT for a boat. Once we start walking, our family knows that in approximately 20 minutes, we will be setting foot inside the theme park.

And finding the pathway is incredibly easy to find and navigate.

  • First, you will walk out the BACK of the Swan Resort.

swan resort to epcot

  • Take a right and walk over the bridge, seen below.

  • Once you are over the bridge, take an immediate right. From there, you need to head to the Boardwalk and follow it. Crescent Lake will be on your left.

  • Keep heading straight until you cross over a bridge. When you can’t walk straight any further, turn right.

  • Now, keep heading straight until you reach Epcot’s back entrance (International Gateway). You will see multiple signs that tell you you are heading in the correct direction.

swan resort to epcot

How long does walking from the Swan Resort to Epcot take?

It depends on how fast you walk! The distance between the Swan and the park entrance is .8 miles (1.3 km). If you walk at an average pace, which is 3 mph, then it will take 16 minutes.

Option #3: Take an Uber from the Swan to Epcot

I think the best way to get to Epcot from the Swan is to walk there and enter through the International Gateway.

But if your plan is to do something towards the front of the park, like riding Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, then you have a pretty long walk to get there! It’s about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the Swan Resort to the front entrance of Epcot, which is roughly a 30-minute walk.

If you want to avoid such a long walk, it’s easy and inexpensive to use a rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft, to drive you to the front entrance of Epcot.

The easiest place to meet your driver is outside near the Swan Resort’s front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for them to stop and for you to get in the car.

swan resort to epcot - rideshare pickup

The driving distance from the Walt Disney World Swan to Epcot is 2.5 miles (4 km), and the drive should take under 10 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic.

The one-way fare from the Swan averages under $15.

If you have limited time to travel to the front of Epcot, I think it is money well spent!

TWO rideshare companies operate in Disney World – Uber and Lyft. Between them both, there are a lot of drivers cruising around. Almost every time I’ve used a rideshare to the parks, I’ve had to wait less than 10 minutes to get picked up.

Option #4: Ride in a MINNIE VAN to Epcot

One fun thing about using the rideshare service Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans! 

swan resort to epcot using a minnie van

A big benefit of using a Minnie Van from the Swan to get to Epcot is they are driven by DISNEY CAST MEMBERS. I know many people like this fact because the drivers are Disney employees, which provides additional peace of mind.

While using the Lyft app inside the resort, choose Epcot as your destination. Then, order the Minnie Van to come and pick you up.

While this option is fun, as you can see above, it is more expensive than a regular Lyft vehicle. But in addition to a Disney Cast Member driving, here are a few additional benefits of a Minnie Van.

  • They can fit up to SIX people.
  • Includes two car seats, which your driver will install for you.
  • These vans can fit scooters and wheelchairs, but please pre-arrange your ride if you need this service.

Option #5: Take a TAXI to Epcot

I know some people don’t like using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving or don’t feel comfortable using the app. If this describes you, calling a traditional taxi company for a ride is easy.

If you want to take a taxi from the Swan, I recommend calling Mears Taxi, a well-known and trusted company in the Orlando area. You can even schedule and book your ride online.

Option #6: Drive yourself to Epcot!

Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from the Swan Resort to Epcot. It’s probably the fastest way to travel since you don’t have to wait for someone to pick you up. 🙂

The distance between these two locations is only 2.5 miles (4 km). The drive takes under 10 minutes, depending on traffic.

And here is the BEST news about driving yourself to Epcot…

As long as you stay at the Swan, the parking at Epcot is FREE! Unfortunately, many guests don’t realize (or forget) that parking at any of the parks does not cost anything if you stay here.

Getting FREE parking at the theme parks is an incredible benefit of staying at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort, as parking costs a minimum of $25 per day at each park.

Don’t forget!

Remember that there are TWO entrances to Epcot. First, there is the main entrance, which is where you enter near the iconic white ball. The second entrance is near the back of the park and is called the International Gateway.

Where you enter Epcot depends on which transportation method you use from the Swan Resort:

  • Main Entrance: Use a Rideshare (Uber/Lyft), Minnie Van, Taxi, or drive yourself.
  • International Gateway: Use the Friendship boats or walk.

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Can I take the Disney buses from the Swan Resort to Epcot?

No, Disney does not provide bus transportation to Epcot from the Swan. You must use one of the other methods described above!

It’s possible that you may find someone at the bus stop, waiting patiently for a bus to Epcot. Please inform them of their other options if you see this happening. 🙂


Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Swan Resort to Epcot?

No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at the Swan. If you want access to this transportation option from your hotel, you must stay at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Polynesian Village Resort.


Can the Disney Skyliner take me from the Swan Resort to Epcot?

No, the monorail has no boarding station at the Swan. If you want a Skyliner boarding station at your hotel, stay at the Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation, or Pop Century.

What is your favorite way to travel from the Walt Disney World Swan Resort to Epcot?

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Scott K
Scott K

Scott is the owner and creator of Resort Rat. He and his family were bitten by the Disney bug in 2017 on their first DW visit with kids. They have been on a Disney bender ever since, visiting the park numerous times per year. He loves writing about Disney, especially the incredible resorts. You can learn more about him on his author page. Or hear more about the Resort Rat story on this page.

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