The State of Florida is served by a variety of transportation options: airports, interstate highways, roads, national railways, commuter railways and ports. So whether you need to travel to the State or within the State, you’ve got plenty of options for any budget.
Arriving and Departing Florida
The major airports in Florida are: Orlando International Airport (MCO), Miami International Airport (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). Secondary , regional and other smaller airports also serve the State.
Orlando International Airport is the busiest in Florida and a hub for AirTran Airways. It is focus city for Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways. It handles traffic to/from Europe, other cities in the Americas and US destinations.
Miami International Airport is hub for American Airlines and American Eagle and a focus city for LAN Airlines. It is the gateway into Latin America and handles connecting traffic between Europe, North America and Latin America. It also handles traffic to the Caribbean.
Amtrack provides connections to the rest of the country by railway, while Greyhound handles the transportation by bus. A network of interstate highways connects Florida to the other US states.
Florida’s ports are gateways into the Caribbean.
Getting Around Florida
From the airport to the city center
In Orlando , the public bus service offers direct connections to Downtown.
In Miami , the bus service provides links from the airport to all areas of Miami-Dade County. The fixed rail system service connects MIA to Downtown and Brickell areas, while the mass transit fixed rail system connects to areas in the entire county.
From one city to another
Driving in Florida
Renting a car and driving between the cities in Florida is a good idea as there are excellent roads connecting the cities. Especially if you travel with several friends , it can be a way to save money , as well.
Aside from Greyhound , which also provides links between the cities in the State, there are other bus lines which provide links between certain cities. Usually these are charter companies or luxury bus companies.
Train travel in Florida
Amtrack , aside from linking Florida to other States, also provides connections between some of the major cities in Florida.
Flying in Florida
Thanks to the many airports serving Florida, it is possible to fly between major cities, especially when the travel distance is long. Look for low-cost carries but don’t expect the fares to vary during the year.
In Miami, the Metrorail , a single-line elevated rail system serving Miami and the surrounding cities, connects most of the tourist areas. In Downtown, Metromover connects to two Metrorail stations.
Orlando is served by the LYNX bus service. Lymmo Bus is a free circuit in Downtown , while the I-Ride Trolley serves mainly the tourist area.
In Fort Lauderdale , the Broward County Transit connects the city to other parts of the metropolitan area, while Sun Trolley serves the beaches, the Downtown and the convention center areas.