Travel to Florida

Flying to Florida

Flights to Florida's major airports (Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville) are served by all major U.S. carriers, including Delta Air Lines ( and United Airlines ( Miami and Orlando are also served by European carriers, including British Airways ( and Virgin Atlantic Airways (

As Florida is a year-round vacation destination, airfares can be just as high during summer and ‘Spring Break’ (generally late-February to mid-April) as during the Christmas holidays. Tickets are lowest in the off-peak periods: February-May (excluding Spring Break and Memorial Day weekend) and September-beginning of December (excluding Thanksgiving weekend).

Major airports are: Miami International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Daytona Beach International Airport, Jacksonville International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Air notes:

Consider flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is around 48 km (30 miles) from Miami Beach, as an alternative to more expensive Miami International Airport (MIA).

Flight times:

To Orlando from London: 9 hours 45 minutes; from New York: 2 hours 50 minutes.

To Miami from London: 9 hours 50 minutes; from New York: 3 hours.

Air passes:

The three major airline alliances, Star Alliance (Air Canada, Lufthansa, United Airlines and others;, OneWorld (American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and others; and SkyTeam (Air France, Delta Air Lines, KLM and others;, offer various air passes for North America. Visit their respective sites for more information.

Departure tax:


Airport guides

Airport Code: FLL. Location: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is situated 8km (5 miles) south of Fort Lauderdale... Money: ATMs are available throughout Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Bureaux de change... Read more

Airport Code: JAX. Location: Jacksonville International Airport is situated 24km (15 miles) north of Jacksonville. Money: ATMs are available on the lower level after baggage reclaim and on the upper level before the... Read more

Airport Code: MIA. Location: Miami International Airport is located 14km (9 miles) northwest of Miami. Money: ATMs and bureaux de change are located in every terminal. A full-service bank is situated on level... Read more

Airport Code: MCO. Location: Orlando International Airport is located 14.6 km (9.1 miles) southeast of Orlando, in central... Money: ATMs are available within the airport buildings, including the four satellite terminals. Banks and... Read more

Airport Code: PBI. Location: Palm Beach International Airport is located 6km (4 miles) west of Palm Beach in Florida. Money: The Traveler Service Center on level 2 has ATMs and bureau de change facilities. ATMs are also... Read more

Airport Code: RSW. Location: Southwest Florida International Airport is situated 16km (10 miles) southeast of Fort Myers. Money: Currency exchange services are available from Travelex and the business centre on level 2 of the... Read more

Airport Code: TPA. Location: Tampa International Airport is situated 8km (5 miles) west of Tampa. Money: There is a bank, a bureau de change and several ATMs at Tampa International Airport. Read more

Airport Code: DAB. Location: Daytona Beach International Airport is located 3km (2 miles) west of central Daytona Beach. Money: There are ATMs on the first floor of the domestic terminal and in the departure gate areas. Read more

Airport Code: SRQ. Location: Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is situated 6km (4 miles) northwest of central Sarasota. Money: An ATM is available on the second floor of the terminal building. Read more

Other airports in Florida

St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport

Airport Code: PIE. Location: Website: Public transport description: Limousines, taxis and bus services are available.

Orlando Sanford International Airport

Airport Code: SFB. Location: Orlando Sanford International Airport is located 29km (18 miles) to the north of Orlando. Website: Public transport description: There are several car hire companies operating here, including Alamo, Dollar and Hertz, and another more based beyond the airport, while there are numerous taxi and shuttle companies offering round-trip transportation to the hotels, including Mears.

Travel by rail

Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245 or +1 215 856 7924 for international visitors; is the rail service provider. Amtrak's Miami Station is located approximately 16 km (9.9 miles) northwest of the city centre. The station is the southernmost and final stop on the network running along the East Coast. Amtrak also serves Jacksonville with services running through Orlando and Tampa.

Rail passes:

Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245 or +1 215 856 7924 for international visitors; offers multi-day rail passes for travel throughout the United States. The prices for youth (ages 13-15) and adult (16+) tickets are $459 for the 15-day pass, $689 for the 30-day pass and $899 for the 45-day pass. Child (ages 2-12) tickets are significantly cheaper.

Driving to Florida

Driving to Florida is relatively easy for those coming from within the US due to its extensive interstate network. Three interstate highways lead to Florida; the I-10 from the west and the I-75 and I-95 from the north.

There are plenty of motels and resting places along these highways for your convenience if you need to take a break. The traffic can be dense closer to large urban areas, so it is recommended that drivers avoid getting to these areas during rush hour traffic.

Getting to Florida by boat

Miami, Orlando (Port Canaveral), Tampa, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) and St. Petersburg are the state's major ports of call. Additional information can be found at

Cruise ships:

The port of Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world; hence, its reputation as the 'Cruise Capital of the World'. Another key cruise port in Florida is the port of Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades). The cruises that sail from these two ports generally offer itineraries ranging from weekend getaways to extended luxury cruises. Other important cruise ports located on the east coast include Port Canaveral, the Port of Palm Beach and the Port of Jacksonville. On the west coast, the major cruise ports include the Port of St. Petersburg and the Port Tampa Bay.

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