The Palmetto and Silver Service trains (the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star) run daily from New York City to Fort Lauderdale and other Florida cities. The duration of the trip is 28 hours or more. Business class service that includes complimentary beverages, newspapers and audio entertainment is available. Fares depend on which station you’re leaving from, dates of travel and age of the passenger, so check the website www.amtrak.com or call 800.USA.RAIL for information and details. 200 S.W. 21st Terrace, Fort Lauderdale 800-USA-RAIL (872-7245)
Most major airlines and a number of private planes fly in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) every day, with nonstop service to more than 55 U.S. cities and international service to the Bahamas and other parts of the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America. Four main terminals house restaurants, shops and business centers, with free Wi-Fi throughout the building, to make life easier for harried travelers. Rent a car on site at one of 13 counters, or you can get there aboard taxis, buses or the Tri-Rail System, which links Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach (check the website http://www.tri-rail.com/index.asp
Broward County Transit operate 41 bus routes on weekdays and 39 routes on weekends, with nearly 300 buses going through one of the area’s major bus transfer centers on weekdays. Regular fare is $1.50 and an all-day pass is $2.35, but if you plan to be on-and-off repeatedly during your visit, you can purchase a cost-savings pass for daily unlimited travel for a specific period of time—7-day, 10-day or 31-day — or for 10 rides. For more information, visit the website at www.broward.org/bct.
This is a great way to see why people still flock to this city. The streetscape is one thing, but houses along the canals are oriented to the water, not the street, and the docks are lined with million-dollar yachts, go-fast boats and everything in between. The Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale—there’s a fleet of six vessels, each with a different passenger capacity—runs between Oakland Park Boulevard and Southeast 17th Street along the Intracoastal Waterway, and west along the New River into downtown as far as Esplanade Park. You’ll find the route map and schedule, fares, special services and advisories on their website. One $15 ticket gets you unlimited boardings from 13 stops from 10AM to midnight, so it’s an excellent way for water lovers to see the sights while getting around. 954-467-6677 www.watertaxi.com
The Tri-Rail System is an easy, air-conditioned, hands-free alternative to driving that will get you most places you want to go while on vacation in Fort Lauderdale during the daylight hours. You can hit the major shopping malls, downtown, all the museums, the airport and most tourist attractions, plus travel south to Miami or north to Palm Beach. All the information you need about routes, stations and schedules is available on the website, http://www.tri-rail.com/index.asp