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Tampa/St. Petersburg Transportation

Getting There

Airport

Other than the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), the only major airport serving the Tampa Bay area is Tampa International (TPA). It’s a pretty quick and easy affair with a blue and red side based on your flight. A monorail moves everyone from the spokes to the central terminal. Shuttle services for hotels or the SuperShuttle will get you to your destination if not renting a car or getting picked up

Train

Tampa Amtrak offers a single ridership north all the way to New York and south to Miami, while the Greyhound connects to and from every major city.

Getting Around

Driving

Three Interstate highways serve the region: I-4 to Orlando/Daytona, I-75 to points north and south, and I-275 from downtown Tampa to St. Petersburg. The Veterans Expressway runs 15 minutes west of Tampa through most of Hillsborough County while the Suncoast Parkway picks up north from the Veterans Expressway for 42 miles into Hernando County. Tampa is a big city—more than 2 million people in the metro area—and it has big city traffic. The intersection of I-4 and I-275 is called “malfunction junction” if that gives you any idea. Don’t plan on getting anywhere fast during rush hour, but off-peak, it’s pretty easy to access the different areas of the metro by road.

City Bus
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, also known as Hartline, operates 30 bus routes throughout Tampa Bay; HART also operates a streetcar around downtown Tampa. PSTA, or Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, covers more than 30 routes in the St. Pete-Clearwater region.
Taxis

Plenty of taxi companies abound throughout the area including Yellow Cab and United. If you’re accustomed to more luxurious transportation—including those way-cool Hummer stretches—try Tampa Limo Service.

Public Transit

 

Several trolley lines serve Tampa. These neat little modes of transportation zip along the Gulf beaches and through historic districts. Besides a unique experience, trolleys are easy on the pocket. The TECO Line Streetcar System in Tampa connects Downtown and Channelside to the Ybor City district. The Clearwater Jolley Trolley moseys along Sand Key and North and South Beach every 30 minutes. Scheduled stops include hotels, motels and shops throughout the area. The Suncoast Beach Trolley provides service outside of the Clearwater Beach that allows you to travel to a variety of other Gulf beach locations along Gulf Boulevard from Clearwater Beach south to St Pete Beach. The city of Gulfport (south of St. Petersburg) has two trolleys: the Connector Trolley, decorated with pink flamingos, connects Gulfport to St. Pete Beach and the red trolley, a special-event route, lets you explore downtown Gulfport for free. Hop aboard the St. Petersburg Trolley for an easy way around downtown and the Grand Central district. Look for the bright red and yellow trolleys, hop aboard for just a quarter and connect to all the city's major museums and attractions on two routes—the Downtown Looper and the Central Avenue Shuttle.


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