If you are planning a trip from New York to Florida by car, you will need to take into consideration the distance you will travel and how long the trip will take.
I have driven to Florida from New York many times and it is a perfect drive if you are looking to get away for a shorter period of time.
It’s longer than a day trip but it won’t take you several days either.
With GPS now available on cell phones and installed in many vehicles, planning this trip is a breeze.
A few things to consider when planning this drive is to schedule times for rest breaks, fuel stops, eating, and any other stops you may need to do along the way.
Let’s look into the route planning for a drive from New York to Florida.
For reference purposes, we will use New York city for departure and Orlando, Florida for arrival.
How long does it take to drive to Florida from New York?
If you were to drive the fastest route available, which is the I-95, it will take you 15 hours and 7 minutes to drive from New York to Orlando Florida.
This includes the driving time only and does not include scheduled stops.
Most people will take 2 days to drive this route.
For example, you could drive 8 hours the first day and 7 hours the next.
The following Google Maps image shows the I-95 South as the fastest route taking just over 15 hours of driving time.
What is the distance from New York to Florida?
The total distance to drive from New York to Florida can vary depending on the route taken, departure location, and destination location.
If you are driving to South Florida, West Palm Beach, for example, the distance traveled will be longer than if you only traveled to Jacksonville with is in North Florida.
According to Google Maps, the driving distance from New York to Orlando Florida is 1,725 kilometers or 1071 miles.
New York to Florida – route planning
As mentioned, Interstate 95 is the fastest and more direct route to take when driving from New York to Florida. Looking at the map, the route follows the east coastline going south with a few detours around cities and other attractions.
Here are the exact directions to take for this trip.
Take the exit for I-95 South, New Jersey Turnpike South towards Trenton
Keep left to merge onto New Jersey Turnpike South
Take a slight left to merge onto the New Jersey Turnpike South
Continue onto the New Jersey Turnpike South
Continue onto I-95 South
Keep left on I-95 South
Take a slight right turn to merge onto I-895 South towards Annapolis
Keep left on I-895 South
Take Exit 4 onto MD-295 South
Keep left on Baltimore Washington Pkwy toward I-295 South, US-50 East
Continue onto Kenilworth Ave NE
Take exit 1B-C to merge onto I-695 West towards I-395
Continue onto I-395 South
Keep left on I-395 South towards Richmond
Keep left on I-395 South towards Richmond, SR-644
Continue onto I-95 South
Keep left on I-95 South towards Lumberton, Florence
Take exit 362A to merge onto I-295 toward Beltway East, Jax Beaches
Keep left on I-295 South
Take exit 58 on left to merge onto SR-9B South toward I-95, Daytona Beach
Exit left to merge onto I-95 South
Take the exit to merge onto I-4 West
Keep right to merge onto I-4 West
Take exit 83 onto Anderson Street
Welcome to downtown Orlando Florida!
Can you drive to Florida from New York in 1 day?
Yes, you can drive to Florida from New York in 1 day but it is not recommended. As this drive will take you over 15 hours, it’s important to stop for rest and other necessities along the way. Driving while tired is a safety hazard and it’s best to divide the trip into 2 or more days.
If you have other people traveling with you, they could share the driving duties to save time.
When is the best time to drive from New York to Florida?
As the I-95 is one of the busiest Interstates in the country, it’s important to plan your drive during the less busy days which will save you a lot of time on the road.
The best time to drive from New York to Florida is on the weekends. You can leave on Saturday morning and arrive on Sunday.
Driving on the weekend will reduce the amount of rush hour traffic that is heavy during the week.
Also plan to leave early in the morning when there will be less traffic. In certain areas of the I-95, traffic can be very heavy and can cause long delays if you don’t plan accordingly.
The I-95 is also famous for construction zones and toll stations so take this into consideration as they can add time to your trip.
How much will I spend on gas to drive from New York to Florida?
The amount of money spent on gas for the trip will vary depending on the type of vehicle you are driving. But on average, you can expect to spend around $150 for the one-way trip.
If you are driving 1071 miles from New York to Orlando, in a vehicle that gets 25 Miles per gallon, you can expect to burn 42.84 gallons of gas.
At the current price of $3.50 per gallon, it will cost $149.94 for the trip.