There are a few Tampa Airport transportation choices to pick from when flying into the Tampa International Airport. Some options are more common than others, although they may be more expensive.
You have to decide on the most important factors regarding transportation during your stay. Do you want convenience, a cost effective option, or a combination of both?
Your options for airport transportation basically boil down to about 5 choices. Those choices are:
- Car Rental
- Pickup by Associate
- Public Transportation
It is no coincidence that the most convenient options of transportation are also the most common options. These would include renting a car and being picked up by an associate.
Having someone pick you up from the airport and drive you around wherever you need to go is of course the best means of getting around since it is free and convenient. However, since many people do not have this obvious option I will move on to the next best choice.
Renting a car would be my suggested means of transportation if you have the funds to do so. Why is that, you may ask? Well, that is because getting around Tampa without a car is quite the challenge.
Tampa is working to improve its public transportation system but until then you definitely need a car to get around.
Your car rental choices on-site include
Dollar, Thrifty and Enterprise are usually the cheapest out of the bunch. However, since they all are located close to one another in the Red Baggage Claim Area you can easily quote them all.
The cheapest option out of all the transit choices from the airport, not including someone picking you up would be the shuttles, if you are staying in a nearby hotel. Many of the hotels near the airport offer complimentary shuttles to and from the airport. Some even provide transportation to the malls and restaurants in the Westshore area not far from the airport.
You definitely want to take advantage of this if cost efficiency is the most important to you. Just keep in mind that if you need to go somewhere out of the area that you are staying you would need to catch the bus or a cab.
Public transportation is usually the least utilized option for getting to and from the Tampa airport. This is of course because of the inconvenience factor.
So the bottom line is if you have the money rent a car. However, if you are pinching pennies then use the shuttle at the hotel if they have one available.