How to Get From Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure

There are two ways you can travel between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure:

  1. Take the Hogwarts Express
  2. Walk across CityWalk

You will need a park-to-park ticket to visit both theme parks in one day or ride the Hogwarts Express.

Hogwarts Express

The best way to go between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure is on the Hogwarts Express.

Hogwarts Express steam train pulling into Hogsmeade Station at Universal's Islands of Adventure at the Universal Orlando Resort

The Hogwarts Express is a steam train used in Harry Potter to travel to Hogwarts. However, at the Universal Orlando Resort, the train takes you between the two theme parks.

Taking the Hogwarts Express from Universal Studios Florida to Islands of Adventure:

  1. Head to Kings Cross Station, located outside Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.
  2. Get your park-to-park ticket scanned by the ticket agent.
  3. Wait in line for the Hogwarts Express.
  4. Ride the Hogwarts Express
  5. Arrive at Hogsmeade Station outside of Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure

Taking the Hogwarts Express from Islands of Adventure to Universal Studios Florida:

  1. Go to Hogsmeade Station outside of Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure
  2. Get your park-to-park ticket scanned by the ticket agent.
  3. Wait in line for the Hogwarts Express
  4. Ride the Hogwarts Express
  5. Arrive at Kings Cross Station outside of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida

Some things to note about the Hogwarts Express:

  • Two Hogwarts Express trains are running at all times.
  • Each train cabin holds up to six people.
  • The Hogwarts Express journey is not scary. However, there is a Harry Potter inspired ‘show’ displayed within the cabins.
  • The journey between the two theme parks on the Hogwarts Express takes eight minutes.
  • Children of all ages (including babies) can ride the Hogwarts Express.
  • Wheelchair users can go on the Hogwarts Express.
  • Wheelchairs and pushchairs can go on the Hogwarts Express. However, children can not sit in the pushchair during the journey.
  • You can use a Universal Express Pass to skip the line for the Hogwarts Express.
  • Standard wait times for the Hogwarts Express can often be over an hour. Especially over lunchtime and in the afternoons.
  • The Hogwarts Express is the best way to travel if you want to experience both Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Walk

Walking is often the quickest way to travel between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

To walk between the two theme parks, you’ll need to head back to the entrance since there’s only one walkable entrance and exit at each theme park.

Walking back to the entrance could take up to ten minutes, depending on where you are within the theme park. However, you will find signposts located across the park to help direct you to the exit.

Waking from Universal Studios Florida to Islands of Adventure:

  1. Exit the theme park, then turn right.
  2. Walk across CityWalk with the water on your left and the Hard Rock on your right.
  3. Keep walking past Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.
  4. Turn right to the entrance for Islands of Adventure.

Walking from Islands of Adventure to Universal Studios Florida

  1. Exit the theme park, then turn left. 
  2. Walk across CityWalk with the water on your right and Toothsome Chocolate Emporium on your left. 
  3. Keep walking past the Hard Rock on your left and the Universal Globe on your right. 
  4. At the arches, turn left to the entrance to Universal Studios Florida.

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  1. What I wish they would do is have a path to walk alongside the path the hogwarts express is taking. They have already checked your tickets to get in line so instead of waiting an hour or more for a 7 minute ride from one park to another, I could walk through a tunnel or along a walled path or something which would be much faster than the train and much easier than walking. While you are correct it is about a ten minute walk between parks- that is from gate to gate. If I am in Universal Studios and the Harry Potter section though…add another ten minutes to just get out of the gate. And another ten minutes to walk from gate of islands of adventure to Harry Potter in the back of the park. Without a line to get into the park it’s actual 30 minutes just to get from one point to another. Not that everyone is there for Harry Potter…I’m just giving an apples to apples time frame that if you are at hogwarts train ride in either park, it will take you at least 30 minutes to walk to those exact spots in the other park without counting for any line to get in the new park.

    Since they have the train ride built to go from park to park, it would just make sense to create a walking path along the same route for people who don’t want to wait 90 minutes for the train ride. Once you’ve ridden the train in each direction there is really nothing to see by riding it again so if you go to the parks multiple times…it’s not a thrill ride or interesting but you still must wait and wait and wait to take a 7 minute hop to the other park or walk in and and out of the parks and wait in line to get in.

    The convenience of my walking path from hogwarts express to hogwarts express just makes too much sense.

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