Naples has an airport suitable for small private craft and commuter flights, but most visitors fly into the Southwest Florida International Airport located in Fort Myers, about 40 miles north. About 20 major airlines have scheduled service to Fort Myers, including JetBlue, Southwest, Delta, Spirit, American, Continental and US Airways, with nonstop service throughout North America, Canada and Germany (there are a passel of Germans living in nearby Cape Coral). Car rentals are available on site from the major companies; a list of telephone numbers can be found on the airport’s website. If you don’t have a ride and don’t plan to rent a car, many of the chain hotels offer free shuttle service (specific hotel names, hours and numbers are also on the website
) or you can grab a taxi from MBA Airport Transportation
. If you prefer to fly directly into Naples, there is an airport there; Naples Municipal Airport
is served by the commuter arms of American, but options are far more limited here.
There is no shortage of taxi service here, ranging from the standard yellow variety—like Taxi Time
(239-200-0000)--to those offering Town Cars and limos, like Prince Giovanni’s Taxi
(239-537-7488). A popular airport taxi service is Arkway Taxi
, which has been in business here since 1984 (239-777-0777).
From 8:30AM - 5PM, the trolley runs a scheduled service with 23 destinations in and around Naples every day. For more information, call 239-262-7300. At $25 per person for a two-hour tour, the trolley is pricier than the bus, but that fare buys you hop-on, hop-off privileges until 5PM.
The new transportation system that is part of Collier Area Transit (CAT) includes buses that operate nine scheduled services Monday-Saturday from 6AM - 7:30PM. They’re limited service on Sundays and don’t run on major holidays. It’s $1.50 a ride, or $4 for a daily pass; seniors, students and disabled persons pay half fare, and you can buy the passes right on the bus.
As with most towns in South Florida, having a car at your disposal makes everything easier. When the seasonal afternoon downpours descend out of nowhere while you’re at the beach, you’ll be grateful to be able to grab your gear and duck into an air-conditioned car. That said, there is public transportation available, and because Naples is a small town, getting from Point A to Point B is never a very lengthy endeavor, even in traffic.