If you’re flying into Tampa to take your cruise, or simply driving in from the surrounding area, you can’t start your vacation without getting to the terminal first! Below we have all the information you need to get to the port by Uber, Lyft, taxi, or shuttle.
First, here is a map showing the Port of Tampa in relation to the city:
The port’s official address is 1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602 if you wish to map your route using GPS. It’s about nine miles from Tampa International Airport.
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Arriving at the Tampa Cruise Port Without a Car
If you’re flying into the Tampa airport, it’s very easy to get back and forth to the cruise port. The two best options are a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft, or to take a taxi. Both are fairly convenient.
If you are familiar with rideshare companies, then you’ll be happy to know that both Uber and Lyft operate in the Tampa area. If you don’t know these companies, they operate a service where you can request rides around a city from your smartphone. The entire transaction takes place through the phone — from requesting a ride to paying.
Uber/Lyft are a great option whether you are coming from the airport or anywhere else around town as they offer service in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, and surrounding areas. Thus, if you are staying in an area hotel or want to explore the city, you can rest easy knowing they can provide a ride.
You’ll likely find that Uber/Lyft also offer cheaper fares than taxis and better service than most taxis. For example, Uber estimates a ride from the Tampa airport to the cruise port would run $16-20, while Lyft estimates $11-18. Considering taxis charge a $25 flat fee from the airport to the cruise port, rideshare services are a cheaper deal.
That’s why we would have to favor using Uber or Lyft over a taxi if we were needing transportation to the Tampa cruise port. For more on using these services in Tampa, read our article here.
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The ride is short (less than 10 miles, or about 15 minutes) and the fare is very reasonable. Taxicabs leaving the Tampa airport have a set rate of $28 from the airport to the cruise port. Given that several people can ride for this amount, taxis are a reasonably convenient way to get to your cruise.
Cruise Line Transfers
The cruise lines will offer transfers from the Tampa airport to the cruise port, however, they can be expensive. For example, Carnival charges $20.50 for each person, one way, for a shuttle between the the airport and cruise port. So a family of four would spend $164 round-trip, just to go nine miles each way. Meanwhile, you are on the shuttle’s schedule and it is only available on the day of your cruise. If you come in a day early, you can’t use the cruise line shuttle.
For that reason, we recommend other forms of transportation.
Getting from Orlando to the Tampa Cruise Port
It may be that you find cheaper fares into Orlando International Airport, or maybe you want to visit Disney World while you’re in the area. Whatever the case, there are many people who need to get from the Orlando area to the Tampa port.
What most cruise passengers don’t realize is that the two cities are about 90 miles (1.5 hours) apart. For that reason, there aren’t a lot of options to get back and forth.
Uber and Lyft will provide rides for about $80-100 each way. There are some private car options, but the long drive makes them expensive. As well, taxis will run hundreds of dollars round-trip.
The best option we’ve found is a one-way car rental. We’ve found rates of about $55 one-way (and sometimes cheaper). Make that a round trip and add in taxi fare to and from the port and the rental car agency, and you can budget about $150 round-trip from Orlando to Tampa.
You’ll want to keep this expense in mind when selecting flights. While it might be cheaper to fly into Orlando, the extra transportation cost could make a costlier flight to Tampa worth it.
More on Cruising From Tampa
Getting to the Port of Tampa — Transportation options from airports and the area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Tampa Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Tampa Park and Cruise Hotels — If you plan to stay in the area the night before your cruise, look at this list of hotels that offer cruise parking with a one-night stay.