Ground Transportation

A variety of ground transportation options makes it easy to access surrounding areas from Tampa International Airport.



Taxi service by Yellow Cab is available at the curbside outside the Baggage Claim Level at the Ground Transportation Areas, Red 1 and Blue 2. The fares are: $3.50 for the first 1/5 of a mile or part thereof , plus $2.50 per mile. The minimum fee from the airport is $20. There is a flat rate fee of $35 to downtown Tampa and the cruise terminal.

Listed below are the approximate distances from Tampa International Airport to popular locations.

For more information, contact Yellow Cab at (813) 253-0121

Tampa - Downtown 9 miles
Tampa - Cruise Port 9.5 miles
New Tampa 29 miles
Busch Gardens 16 miles
USF 19 miles
Westchase 14 miles
St. Petersburg 20 miles
St. Pete Beach 27 miles
Clearwater 20 miles
Clearwater Beach 20-25 miles
Brandon 25 miles
Sarasota/Bradenton - Downtown 45-65 miles
Saddlebrook Resort 31 miles
Sun City Center 25 miles
Tarpon Springs 26 miles
Disney World 76 miles
Orlando International Airport 92 miles
Orlando 85 miles

Rental Cars

Access to on-airport rental car providers is available by taking the SkyConnect train from the Main Terminal. Remote bag check is available for most domestic passengers. Service is available Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Passengers must arrive at least 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

Local residents picking up or dropping off customers at the Rental Car Center should do so at remote curb located in front of and adjacent to the Rental Car Center.  Look for signs which read, “Customer Drop Off”. Waiting is not allowed at the remote curb.  If waiting is required, please use the free Cell Phone Lot located near to the Rental Car Center.

Alamo (888) 826-6893
(813) 396-4140
Avis (800) 831-2847
(813) 396-3500
Budget (800) 527-0700
(813) 396-3126
Dollar Car Rental (800) 800-4000
(813) 396-3640
Enterprise (800)  736-8222
(813) 396-4000
Hertz (800) 654-3131
(813) 210-8634
National Car Rental (888) 826-6890
(813) 396-4140
Thrifty Car Rental (800) 847-4389
(813) 348-0607
Ace Rent A Car (813) 636-8999
American Rent A Car (734) 494-2444
Fox Rent-A-Car (855) 849-4215
NextCar (813) 706-6990
Payless (813) 289-6554
Sixt (813) 666-8606
Zipcar (866) 494-7227

Courtesy vehicle service to off-airport rental car companies is available at either end of the Red and Blue Baggage Claim. Drop-off and pick-up at the Commercial Curb in front of the Rental Car Center with transportation to/from the Main Terminal by the SkyConnect.

Carl's Van (​800) 565-5211
Florida Van (866) 322-4400
Easirent (888) 901-5121
GreenMotion Tampa (877) 342-0999
One Switch (866) 436-9044
Priceless (813) 820-4141
Via (321) 441-0111
U-Save (800) 272-8728

Bus Service/Public Transportation

Please visit the website of the service provider for the current schedule and fare information.

Public Bus

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus stop is located at the Rental Car Center. Follow signs to Remote Curbside. The route map and schedule are posted at the bus stop.

For more information visit HART online or call (813) 254-4278.

For more information visit PSTA online or call (727) 540-1900.

Chartered Bus Service

The Departure Level's west crossover drives is now closed to buses. Pickups and drop offs are located in all four ground transportation quad lots located on level 1.

Ride App Pickup (Uber, Lyft, Wridz)

Guests departing the Airport using Uber, Lyft or Wridz can be picked up by the service provider at Red Baggage Claim, the Blue Express Curbside, or the Remote Curbisde at the SkyCenter One office building. A service fee of $5.00 will be added to the cost of the fare.

Guests may be dropped off at any public access location including Ticketing, Baggage Claim or the Remote Curbside at the SkyCenter One office building.

Peer-to-Peer Vehicle Sharing

Access to peer-to-peer vehicle sharing providers is available by taking the SkyConnect train from the Main Terminal to the Economy Parking Garage. Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing parking is available in the Economy Parking Garage.  For quick pick-ups or drop-offs, the remote curb located in front of and adjacent to the Rental Car Center is available. Look for signs which read, “Customer Drop Off”. Waiting is not allowed at the remote curb.


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