You’ll find non-stop service into Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) from about a dozen major cities in the U.S. (plus Toronto) via airlines including Delta, Air Canada, JetBlue, AirTran and US Airways. The airport is about six miles north of downtown Sarasota, and if you need transportation, you’re bound to find plenty of Diplomat Taxis just outside of the baggage claim area. If the scheduled service into SRQ doesn’t match up with your plans, consider flying into Tampa International Airport—which has non-stops to dozens of cities—pick up a car and drive the hour or so to Sarasota from there. There are limo services and a shuttle bus service to and from the Tampa airport to Sarasota as well.
AmTrak has bus connections to Sarasota from its Tampa station, which is served by the Silver Service and Palmetto trains, the Silver Meteor and Silver Star (New York-Washington, DC-Charleston-Savannah-Jacksonville-Orlando-Tampa/Miami). Coach class and business class service are available, as are Viewliner Sleeping and Dining Car accommodations. For updated schedules, detailed information on fares and other frequently asked questions, go to the website or call 800.USA.RAIL (800.872.7245). Note that the drop-off point in Sarasota is curbside; there’s no station or covered shelter.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is a great bargain at 75 cents per adult for a single ride on a fixed route, and up to two children under five (per one adult) ride free. There are 7-day passports available for $15 and 30-day passports for $40, so depending on how long you’ll be in town you can find a plan that works for you. Routes are listed on the Sarasota County Government’s website
along with schedules and other pertinent information, or you can call 941-861-5000 if you don’t find what you need online.
offers cabs, sedans and limos for hire 24/7, and they’re the main taxi company you’ll find at the airport when you get past baggage claim (877-859-8933). Yellow Cab of Sarasota
also has passenger vans, Lincoln Town Cars and limos, and service to all airports (941-955-3341). Other than at the airport, it’s unusual to find taxis standing and waiting so if you need one, call in advance and make a reservation.
Also operated by SCAT, The Sarasota Trolley
fleet consists of bright-red Ford and Chevy open-air trolleys (they can be enclosed if the weather takes an inclement turn) with wooden bench seats and an old-fashioned feel. Each one has 34 seats, and they can be rented for special occasions; for example, if you want to go out in a group and not name a designated driver, or do a bachelorette outing. (941-346-3115). Siesta Key Island Trolleys has four trolleys, each with a capacity of 25-34, and coolers are allowed onboard. Fees depend on how you want to use them and how many riders are in your party; for more information, go to www.siestatrolley.com