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Airports in Florida

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Overview

One of the main air travel hubs in the US, Miami International Airport is located eight miles (13km) northwest of central Miami. The main gateway to Florida's wildly popular tourist attractions, nearly 36 million people come in on flights to Miami International Airport each year, making it the 28th busiest airport in the world.

The semicircular terminal at Miami International Airport has one linear concourse (Concourse D) and five pier-shaped concourses (Concourses E - J). Baggage claim and ground transportation take up Level 1, while ticketing, shops and restaurants, and concourse access make up Level 2. The airport is unfortunately not well-signed, and many staff members speak only Spanish, meaning it can be easy to get lost. When combined with chaotic procedures at baggage claim and long queues at customs, the situation at Miami International requires passengers to allow plenty of time when making connections.

Flights to Miami International Airport come in from all over the world, including major international hubs like Cancun, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Toronto, Paris, seattle, Rome, New York, São Paulo, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow and Lisbon.

Location

The airport is located nine miles (15km) west of central Miami.

Getting to the city

The airport is well connected to the greater Miami area by numerous services offered by the Miami-Dade Transit Department. These include the scheduled, local Metrobus (the bus station is on Level 1 of Concourse E); a mass-transit Metrorail system; a fixed rail system designated specifically for downtown Miami and Brickell; and the TriRail commuter train, reaching Broward and Palm Beach Counties from the Airport Station to the east of the airport on NW 21st Street. Taxis and shuttles are available from the arrivals level, outside the baggage claim areas. Car rental agents operate outside the terminal building and can be reached on a shuttle service.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 305 876 7000.

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Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Overview

Orlando International Airport is a quick drive from downtown Orlando and just a few minutes from key attractions such as Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Disneyworld. It is the 29th busiest Airport in the world and the second busiest airport in Florida.

The airport is easy to navigate and has a wide selection of shops and restaurants as well as loads of other passenger amenities. Many domestic and international airlines offer flights to Orlando International Airport, making it a great gateway to the sunshine state.

Location

The airport is situated nine miles (11km) southeast of Orlando.

Getting to the city

Public transport facilities are to be found on the Ground Transportation Concourse on Level 1 of Terminal 1. Lynx buses numbers 11, 41, 42 and 51 depart every 30 minutes, between 5:30am and 11:30pm, for downtown Orlando, the trip taking about 40 minutes and costing $1.50. Many hotels provide free shuttles for guests. Taxis are available on Level 1 on both the A and B sides of the Main Terminal, and may carry up to 9 passengers with metered rates. Cruise passengers may also check with their cruise line, as some offer direct transfers to the port.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 407 825 8463.

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Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Overview

Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport is located three miles (5km) southwest of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The facility is one of the busiest airports in Florida, serving more than 22 million passengers each year.

The airport's location, a convenient distance from the beaches and theme parks of Florida and an easy 21 miles (34km) from Miami, makes it a great alternative to the even busier Miami International Airport.

Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport has four terminals are spread far apart, but friendly staff and free shuttle service make transfers much easier. The airport is known for its efficient processing times, and though shopping and restaurants offer limited choices, the airport is a popular travel hub for connections to the Caribbean with flights to Nassau, Port-au-Prince, Cancun and Kingston.

Location

The airport is located 25 miles (40km) north of Miami and five miles (8km) from the beaches of Fort Lauderdale.

Getting to the city

Shared shuttle vans with GO Airport Shuttle & Executive Car Service can be booked at the transportation desks located in each terminal. They offer a door-to-door service from the airport to most local destinations. Broward County Transit (BCT) bus services and TriRail feeder buses operate from bus stops outside the terminal buildings. The TriRail train service connects the airport with Miami International (MIA). Taxis are available 24 hours a day from the lower level outside each terminal. All major rental car companies are located at the Car Rental Centre.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 954 359 1200, +1 866 435 9355

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Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

Overview

Located 13 miles (21 km) north of downtown Jacksonville, Jacksonville International Airport is a busy facility serving more than 5.6 million passengers each year. Conveniently located for flights to northern Florida and southern Georgia, the airport is served by most North American airlines, and there are flights to Jacksonville International Airport from cities across the continent, including New York, Washington DC, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Boston. Despite its name, there are currently no international flights to Jacksonville International Airport.

The facility has a single terminal with two concourses, and is fairly easy to navigate. The selection of shops and restaurants is good (though not on a par with mega-facilities like New York and London), and the airport provides entertainment in the form of live music in the summer and dvd (and dvd player) rentals.

Jacksonville International Airport has expansions planned in 2013 to add a new concourse.

Location

The airport is situated 18 miles (29km) north of downtown Jacksonville.

Getting to the city

All ground transportation services, including rental car agencies and taxi and limousine services, are located on the lower level of the terminal building, adjacent to baggage claim. Some hotels offer pick-up services and shuttle van companies offer a door-to-door service to nearby destinations; if possible, they should be booked in advance. Taxis are also available.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 904 741 2000.

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Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Overview

Located in Hillsborough County, seven miles (11km) from Tampa, Tampa International Airport offers passengers easy access to the sunny beaches of Florida. The airport has a great selection of shops and restaurants as well as a duty free section in the satellite terminals handling international flights.

From the air, or the Marriott Hotel's revolving restaurant, Tampa International Airport resembles a wheel with four spokes. It's an easy airport to get around and offers passengers a friendly welcome to the sunshine state.

Location

The airport is located four miles (6km) west of downtown Tampa.

Getting to the city

Interactive Ground Transportation information kiosks are available in the baggage claim area near the escalators. There are shared passenger van services as well as several city buses that travel to Tampa and other destinations. The local HARTLine bus stop is at the east end of the Red Baggage Claim. The journey to downtown Tampa takes about 25 minutes.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 813 870 8700.

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Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)

Location

The airport is located 22 miles (about 35km) northeast of Orlando.

Getting to the city

Lynx bus #33 serves the airport, stopping right outside the terminal buildings.

Time

Local time is GMT -5 (GMT -4 between March and November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 407 585 4500

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Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)

Overview

GMT - 6 and GMT - 5 in daylight Saving time.Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is the gateway to the gateway to the sunny beaches of Florida's west coast. The airport is relatively small and comprises one terminal which houses both arrivals and departures.

Over one million passengers transit through this each year. However, because it is such a small airport, flights to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport are quite expensive.

Location

The airport is 10 miles (16km) south of Bradenton and 4 miles (7km) northwest of downtown Sarasota.

Getting to the city

Buses heading into Sarasota leave from the west end of the baggage claims area. The journey takes about 30 minutes. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT –6 (GMT – 5 between March and November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 941-359-5200.

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Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH)

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) southeast of Tallahassee.

Getting to the city

Buses, hotel shuttles, limousine shuttles, rental cars and taxis are available from the airport.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

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Pensacola International Airport (PNS)

Location

The airport is situated six miles (10km) from Pensacola.

Getting to the city

The Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) bus route 63 services the airport, departing roughly every hour on weekdays, between 6am and 5pm. On weekends the bus runs less frequently. Shared shuttles, taxis and limousines can also be hired at the airport and cars can be rented.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 between early March and November)

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Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)

Location

The airport is situated 16 miles (26km) from Destin, and eight miles (13km) from Fort Walton Beach.

Getting to the city

No public transportation services the airport, but numerous bus, shuttle and taxi companies operate at the airport and rental cars are available.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).

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Miami International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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