The Monorail to EPCOT: A Complete Guide

The Monorail to EPCOT opened along with the park in 1982. It has almost 15 miles of track, and over half of that is on the EPCOT line! The Monorail is a fun and convenient way to travel, and it drops you off right outside the main entrance. It’s also a great way to get some great views of EPCOT from up high!

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT where the Monorail passes by.

Disney Monorail Route

The Disney Monorail has three lines; The Resort Monorail, the Express Monorail and the EPCOT Monorail.

EPCOT is only on the EPCOT Monorail line. The Resort Monorail and the Express Monorail do not stop at EPCOT.

  • The EPCOT Monorail runs between EPCOT and the Transportation and Ticket Centre (TTC).
  • The Express Monorail runs between Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Centre.
  • The Resort Monorail is on a loop. It circles around the Seven Seas Lagoon, stopping at Magic Kingdom, the TTC and three Disney resorts.
A list of stations on the Disney Monorail system, including the EPCOT line.
The Monorail Stations for each Monorail line.

As you can see, all three lines stop at the Transportation and Ticket Centre, so this is where you transfer lines to get to EPCOT.

Monorail to EPCOT from Magic Kingdom

Board the Express Monorail at Magic Kingdom. This line goes straight to the TTC. Here you get off the Monorail and switch to the EPCOT line. This Monorail will take you directly to EPCOT.

The Magic Kingdom to EPCOT Monorail route.

Alternatively, you can get on the Resort line at Magic Kingdom, but you will make a brief stop at the Contemporary Resort before continuing on to the TTC. Again you will need to switch lines at the TTC to the Epcot line.

Monorail Tip: The Transportation and Ticket Center is a busy station and can get crowded. Not only does every Monorail stop at this station, but it’s also used by visitors parking at Magic Kingdom. If you’re heading to Magic Kingdom from EPCOT, and the queue at the TTC for the Express Monorail is long, you can hop on the Resort line instead. The Monorail ride might take a little longer, but it can save queuing time!

Monorail to EPCOT from Polynesian Village Resort

The Polynesian Village Resort has its own Monorail Station on the Resort line. You can use this line to get to EPCOT by transferring at the TTC to the EPCOT line. However, there’s a quicker way! The Polynesian Village Resort is right by the TTC. This means you can walk straight to the TTC station and get the Monorail directly to EPCOT.

The Resort Line to EPCOT

There are three monorail hotels on the Resort line – Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort and Grand Floridian Resort. This line stops at Magic Kingdom, but it does not stop at EPCOT. Again, you have to change from the Resort line to the EPCOT line at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

The Monorail to Epcot line and stations.

Monorail Tip: The monorail is a great way to resort-hop and visit the three deluxe monorail hotels on the resort line!

EPCOT Monorail Hours

The EPCOT monorail does not run on a specific schedule – there is no timetable. It begins service 30 minutes before EPCOT opens and ends 2 hours after it closes. The monorail regularly runs between these times.

How often does the monorail come to EPCOT?

How often the Monorail runs can depend on the time of day. During peak times when it’s busy, such as park opening and closing, the Monorail will be more frequent, around every 5-10 minutes. During quieter times when not all the Monorails are running, you can expect to wait 10-15 minutes between trains.

The Monorail at EPCOT.

Where does the monorail drop you off at EPCOT?

The EPCOT monorail station is located at the front of the theme park, just before the main entrance. This means the Monorail drops you right outside the front gate!

Do you need a ticket to EPCOT to ride the Monorail?

Nope! You do not need a ticket to EPCOT to ride the Disney Monorail. The EPCOT station is outside the park entrance, so you do not enter the park on the Monorail.

Monorail Tip: The monorail is completely free! You do not need a ticket to ride the monorail.

EPCOT Monorail FAQ

Does the monorail go to EPCOT?

Yes, the Monorail goes to EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. It also stops at the Transportation and Ticket Centre and three Disney Resorts; Polynesian Village, Contemporary and Grand Floridian.

How long is the monorail ride from Magic Kingdom to EPCOT?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, as there is no direct Monorail between the two parks. The journey on the Express Monorail between Magic Kingdom and the TTC is around 10 minutes. Once you’ve switched at the TTC, the ride to EPCOT takes 15 minutes. So that’s approximately 25 minutes without factoring in queuing or wait times.

It also depends on which line you take. You can get to the TTC from Magic Kingdom on the Resort Monorail. It will stop at the Contemporary Resort on the way and add a few minutes to your journey.

The Monorail to EPCOT heads right by Spaceship Earth.

Can you take the Skyliner to the Monorail?

The Skyliner and the Monorail are on different ends of the EPCOT park. The Skyliner is near the International Gateway, and the Monorail is outside the Main Entrance. Therefore to reach the Monorail, you need to cut through the park.

Monorail Tip: The Monorail is wheelchair accessible and a cast member will help you board.

Can you cut through EPCOT to get to Monorail?

Yes, if you’re staying at one of the Disney Resorts near the International Gateway or are arriving by Skyliner, you can cut through EPCOT. You will need a valid park ticket and have to go through security. It will take 10-20 minutes to walk from the International Gateway entrance in World Showcase to the main entrance, where the Monorail station is located.

There are some limitations. You can only cut through the park when it’s open, and you will need a park reservation, which is limited to one park per day. If you have a park hopper ticket, you cannot enter another park until 2 pm. This means boat, bus or Skyliner transport may be a better option.

Does the Monorail go from EPCOT to Hollywood Studios?

No. The Monorail does not go to Hollywood Studios. If you want to get to Hollywood Studios from EPCOT, there are plenty of other options! You can walk or take a bus, boat or Skyliner. You can find the walkway, boat and Skyliner through the International Gateway.


The Monorail is an easy and fun way to get around Walt Disney World. If you’re planning to go to EPCOT from Magic Kingdom or a Monorail Resort, it’s a convenient way to travel! However, if you plan on going to the BoardWalk or nearby resorts, or you want to travel from this area, then Skyliner, bus or boat is a better option. This is because cutting through EPCOT requires a park ticket and reservation, using your ticket for the day.

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