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Tampa Intl (TPA):
Location: 8 km/5 Miles WNW of Downtown Tampa.
WebsiteTampa Airport
By Road:
To downtown Tampa 9 Miles, Tampa Cruise Port 9 Miles, Busch Gardens 16 Miles, St Petersburg 20 Miles, St Petersburg Beach 27 Miles, Clearwater 20 Miles, Sarasota 45-65 Miles, Disney World 76 Miles (90-120 mins), Orlando 85 Miles & Orlando Airport 92 Miles.
Airport Overview:
One large terminal divided into two sides: Red & Blue. The 2 sides are more or less identical. To get from one side to the other, cross over on the 2nd floor. Level 1 (The lower/ground level) of each side is for baggage claim and ground transportation.
Level 2 is for ticketing, check-in and reservations. Level 3 is for departures and the Airport Hotel, Lelel 5 is for the Monorail to the Long Term Parking Lot. Levels 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 are for Short Term parking. There are 4 Ground Transportation Areas at the extreme ends of the baggage claim areas on the lower level of each side of the terminal. These are labelled Red 1, Red 2, Blue 1 & Blue 2. Taxis and shuttles can be found at most or all of these. The Public Bus only calls at area Red 2. 

Airline Locations:
Check-In Locations: Red Side Airlines: AirTran, Continental, Frontier, Lufthansa, Midwest, Southwest, Spirit, Air Canada, United, British Airways, Cayman & WestJet. Blue Side Airlines: JetBlue, Delta/Northwest, Sun Country, American Airlines & US Airways.
Gate Locations: Airside A: AirTran, Continental & JetBlue. Airside C: Frontier, Midwest, Southwest & Spirit. Airside E: Air Canada, Delta/Northwest, Sun Country & United. Airside F: American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman, US Airways & WestJet.

By Taxi:
General: Taxis wait at the Ground Transportation area at the extreme ends of the baggage claim areas on the lower level of each side of the terminal. A Taxi Despatcher desk is there. In case there are no taxis or despatcher present, there is a courtesy phone to summon a taxi.
Costs: Meter Rates are as follows: $2 plus $2.25 per mile. Minimum fare from the airport is $15. To downtown Tampa $25 (maximum chargeable)/15-25 mins. To Clearwater Beach $50-55. To St Petersburg $35-45. To St Petersburg Beach $63. To the Port of Tampa $25 (maximum chargeable) 20-25 mins.
Taxi Companies: Yellow Cab (813) 253 0121 & United Cab (813) 253 2424.

By Limo: Find limo service, click here. Click here to find a locally based limousine company.
Execucar: Run a limousine service to and from the airport to Hillsborough, Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Contact: Tel 1 800 410 4444..
Action Sedans: Action Sedans serves primarily Tampa, St. Pete, but covers Florida. Website:

By Bus:
City Bus: Hartline bus 30: Hartline Bus 30 stops at the east end of Red Baggage Claim (Red 2). Close to Baggage Belt #20. Runs Eastbound to International Plaza, Marion Transit Center (MTC) and Downtown, and NorthWestbound to the NW Transfer Center. Change to other buses at the MTC.
Route: Northwest Transfer Center - Waters Ave - Hanley Rd - Hillsborough Ave - Kelly Rd - Memorial Hwy - Eisenhower - Tampa Airport (Red 2 Bus Stop Lower Level) - Airport Post Office - Spruce St - Westshore Blvd (Marriott, Intl Plaza, Quorom, Embassy Suites, Westshore Plaza & Westshore Hotels)- Westshore Plaza Transfer Center - Kennedy Blvd - University of Tampa - Whiting St (Downtown Tampa) - Marion St - MTC (Marion Transit Center).
Timings: Buses leave the airport heading towards Downtown Tampa Mon-Fri at 0514, then every 15 mins until 2142, 2237, 2312, 2337 & 0042. Saturdays every 30 mins 0738-2238. Sundays every 30 mins 0740-2240. Buses leave the airport heading towards the NW Transfer Center Mon-Fri every~30 mins 0513-0018. Saturdays & Sundays every 30 mins 0716-2216.
Cost: $1.75, exact fare needed. Pay the driver. Contact: Call (813) 254 4278 for details.
Hotel Buses: Many local hotels, including the Wyndham Westshore Hotel, run shuttle buses for guests. These depart from the Ground Transportation area at the extreme ends of the baggage claim areas on the lower level of each side of the terminal.

By Shuttle Van:
Shuttlefare: On-line shuttle van reservations to and from this airport. Click here to make a reservation. runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to various locations. Click here to make a reservation.
Super Shuttle: Runs vans all over the Tampa Bay area including Hillsborough, Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Timings: Shuttles depart every 20 mins or so. Shuttles depart from the Ground Transportation area at the extreme ends of the baggage claim areas on the lower level of each side of the terminal.
Cost: Residential: (The second passenger in your party, to the same residential destination, goes for half price).
Hillsborough County:
Apollo Beach $37, Brandon/Valrico $32, Dover $37, Gibsonton $32, Lutz $29-32, Plant City $47, Riverview $37, Ruskin $37, Seffner $37, Sun City Center $37 & Tampa $12-32.
Pinellas County:
Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor & St Petersburg $25, Tarpon Springs $25-26 & All Beach Communities $26.
Pasco & Hernando Counties:
Brooksville $82-88, Holiday $32, Hudson $38, New Port Richey $34, Spring Hill $62, Land O' Lakes $40, Wesley Chapel $47 & Zephyrhills $57.
Cost: Hotels & Resorts: St Petersburg Hotels $23-25, Don Cesar $25, Vinoy, Hilton Bayfront, Tradewinds Island Grand, Hampton Inn & Suites, Sheraton Sand Key, Marriott Sand Key & Clearwater Beach Hilton $25. Prices for transfers to hotels are per person.
Contact: Tel (727) 572 1111 or 1 800 258 3826.
Sarasota Express: Runs to Sarasota from Area Blue 1 and Red 2 (the Ground Transportation areas at the extreme ends of the baggage claim areas on the lower level of each side of the terminal).

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: HERTZ (813) 874 3232, AVIS (813) 396 3500, Dollar (813) 396 3640, Enterprise (813) 396 4000, Budget (813) 877 6051 & Thrifty (813) 348 0607, all have desks in the Rental Car Center, on the lower level, across the roadway from baggage claim.
Off-Airport Rental Car Providers: National/ALAMO (Off-Airport-Shuttle bus available. Shuttles depart from the Ground Transportation area at the extreme ends of the baggage claim areas on the lower level of each side of the terminal). ACE Rent-a-Car (813) 282 8619. E-Z Rent-a-Car (813) 287 9787. PAYLESS (813) 289 6554.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Car Parking:
Valet Parking: $2 per half hour, with a $5 minimum. Daily max $25. Drop off at the blue departure curbside 0530-1730 or 24 hrs a day on level 5.
Short Term: First hour free, then $1 per 20 mins, daily max $20. Parking is on levels 4 to 9.
Long Term: First hour free, then $1 per 20 mins, daily max $15. The monorail to the long term parking is on level 5.
Remote Economy Lot: $1 per 20 mins, $9 per day. Returning passengers should board parking shuttle buses at Ground Transportation Areas Blue 1 or Red 2.
Cell Phone Parking: Cell phone parking lots, located within 5 minutes of major airport terminals, are intended to reduce airport congestion. Motorists coming to the airport for arriving passengers can go to one of the cell phone parking lots. Once the arriving party reaches the terminal sidewalk with luggage in hand, he or she makes a call. The waiting motorist can be curbside within minutes to quickly pick up the traveler and be on their way. At Tampa airport, the cell phone parking area is near the post office at the airport entrance. Flight info and free WiFi at the lot.

Money Services: ATMs/Cash machines are on level 3 near the shops.
Baggage Carts available for rent at $4. There are hotel booking boards with courtsey phones in baggage claim. Free WiFi Internet available in the terminal.
Airport Hotels:
The Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel is at the Airport. Several other hotels are close by including: Quality Inn (813) 254 3005, Hampton Inn (813) 289 6262 or 287 0778, La Quinta (813) 287 0440, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay (813) 874 1234, Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore (813) 877 6688

Airport Website:

Airport Tel No: 
+1 (813) 870 8700.
Updated Dec11 ADV. Last Visit Nov09. [back].[top]

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