Getting to Port of Tampa

Train travel to the Port of Tampa is an option thanks to the Amtrak station located in downtown Tampa. The fastest and most reliable line in and out of Tampa is Amtrak's Silver Service, which offers daily trips between Miami and New York City, with Tampa serving as a stop in between. However, it is important to note that there are several miles between the downtown Tampa station and the actual Port of Tampa. Visitors traveling between the two may need to take a bus or taxi.

The vast majority of travelers heading to the Port of Tampa come by car. Coming from either the North or the South, travelers will need to drive on Interstate 75. Coming from the East, however, will require drivers to take Interstate 4. Since the Port of Tampa is such a popular cruise destination, there is lots of long term parking available for travelers. Keep in mind that this parking can be expensive if it is not booked in advance.

A convenient way to get to the Port of Tampa is to arrive by plane. The largest nearby airport is the Tampa International Airport, located just a few miles from the port itself. Although this airport is the most popular in the area, travelers may want to look out for discounted flights to the nearby airport of Saint Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, just 15 minutes away and boasting a number of shorter flights throughout the Southern United States, and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, which is less than one hour from the Port of Tampa.

Travelers can choose to get to the Port of Tampa by bus thanks to the Greyhound service that arrives in downtown Tampa. Catching a bus to Tampa can be convenient and affordable, but visitors need to note that just like train service, they will need to take additional transport between downtown Tampa and the Port of Tampa. Typically, a short taxi ride will be the best option for travelers.

One of the most enjoyable ways to get to the Port of Tampa is by boat. Tampa is a major destination for cruise ships, and it the departure point for thousands of cruises to the Caribbean and Mexico each year.

A unique way to get around Tampa and to travel from the downtown area to the port is via the TECO Line Streetcar. These historic streetcars are open-air and serve as a fun way to get around the city.