Transportation FAQs

Which airports serve the St. Pete/Clearwater area?

The St. Pete/Clearwater area is served by two major airports: St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

Please note: a road construction project is underway around PIE in preparation for the Gateway Expressway Project (creating two elevated tolled roadways to reduce traffic congestion in the area), so plan a little extra travel time to and around PIE until the project is completed in late 2021.

What are the public transportation options in St. Pete/Clearwater?

There are several options to take public transportation in St. Pete/Clearwater including trolleys and ferries such as the Jolley Trolley, Suncoast Beach Trolley, Free Rides Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Ferry, Downtown Looper, Central Avenue Looper, Cross Bay Ferry and Coast Bike Share St. Pete. To learn more about specific routes, click here.

Are there any toll roads?

Yes. Tolls are charged on the Pinellas Bayway, which connects St. Petersburg to St. Pete Beach and Fort De Soto Park. Tolls are also charged on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which connects St. Petersburg to points south.

Where can I rent a car?

You can rent a car from common car rental agencies such as Avis, Alamo Budget, Enterprise and Hertz at either of the two main airports like St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) and throughout the St. Pete/Clearwater area.

How can I get from the Tampa or Clearwater Airport without renting a car or taking a taxi?

There are shuttle services available from each airport to specific hotel destinations.

Where can I find beach parking?

To find a parking spot near one of our beautiful beaches, check out our tips on where to park.

Can I take public transportation to the beach?

Yes. There are trolley services such as Central Avenue Looper and Suncoast Beach Trolley that will transport you to Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille.

Does St. Pete/Clearwater have bike share or scooter share programs?

Yes. If you’d rather bike around town, check out Coast Bike Share St. Pete. At this time, scooter-share programs are not available in St. Pete/Clearwater.

Are there walkable communities in St. Pete/Clearwater?

Yes. Walking is one of the best ways to explore the many charming neighborhoods in St. Pete/Clearwater such as Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, St. Pete, Pass-a-Grille and Gulfport.

How do I get to local islands?

St. Pete/Clearwater is conveniently close to many local islands and there are wonderful ferry services such as the Caladesi Connection Ferry to travel from Honeymoon Island State Park to Caladesi Island and back. You can take Tampa Bay Ferry to Egmont Key and Shell Key from Fort De Soto Park. Another option is to rent (or charter) a small boat to island-hop.

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