17 Tampa Hotels with Shuttles & Transportation to the Cruise Port

Tampa is so much more than a cruise port. From amusement parks to casino gambling to aquariums, to beautiful beaches, there’s a wide variety of things to do in the area. It’s no wonder that many people choose to spend a day (or several) in the Tampa area before their cruise.

Of course, if you decide to stay at a Tampa hotel then there is the question of actually getting to the port. Tampa has a number of options for getting around, including taxis and Uber/Lyft. However, these options can all cost you money. And depending on how far you are from the port, it can be a considerable amount to get to the port.

Terminal and parking at Port of Tampa

Instead, many people opt for cruise hotels that offer shuttles or other transportation to the port, which is almost always cheaper and more convenient. That’s why we’ve rounded up a number of hotels in the area that offer these services.

While this isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, it should give you a good start on those hotels that can offer transport to your cruise ship.  Prices will vary depending on when you stay. Click each link to read reviews of each hotel on TripAdvisor.

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Downtown/Ybor City Hotels Near Trolley Service to the Port

If you are staying in downtown or near the historic Ybor City area, then you can use Tampa’s TECO Streetcar service, which runs between Ybor City and downtown, and stops right by the cruise terminals. Fares are free, and routes run every 15-20 minutes seven days a week. You can view the service here. All of the following hotels are in the area and their staff can assist you in catching a ride to the port.

Aloft Tampa Downtown
Modern, hip, trendy, stylish…  they all describe the Aloft Tampa Downtown. But one more word is convenient. It’s right on the water and only a block or two from the Whiting Street Station where the streetcar picks up.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hilton Tampa Downtown
Just a block from the streetcar station, you can stay here to enjoy your time in Tampa in a nice hotel downtown and get to the cruise port easily. The reviews are great, and not just because the Hilton offers a cool rooftop pool. The TECO Streetcar can get you to the port or other spots on Ybor City or the Florida Aquarium

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1 mile
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown
Embassy Suites is known as a higher-end hotel and this version doesn’t disappoint. It’s well-reviewed and the location is hard to beat. It sits right next to the convention center and a 2-minute walk from the Amalie Arena. A TECO stop is right next to the hotel to take you to the cruise port that’s only three stops away.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.6 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Tampa Marriott Waterside
The closest hotel to the cruise port is obviously one of the most convenient for cruise passengers. It’s only a 15-minute walk to the port, but only a few minutes if you take the free streetcar that has a stop right outside the hotel. Best of all, the hotel is rated 4.5 our out 5 on TripAdvisor.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.6 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hampton Inn & Suites Ybor City
Hampton Inn often ranks as one of the most popular hotels, combining a nice mix of comfort and affordability. Add to that list the fact that this particular hotel is right near Ybor City — the neat historic district of Tampa with lots of restaurants and shops that’s a hotspot at night. Also, this hotel is right near the TECO Streetcar line, so you can get to the port in just a few minutes.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 1.3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hilton Garden Inn Ybor City
Right in the heart of Ybor City, it’s hard to go wrong with the Hilton Garden Inn. You can stay in a prime location (just a block off of the main street in Ybor), plus when it’s time to head to the port there is the streetcar stop just a short walk away.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1.6 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

View of Port Tampa Bay

Tampa Hotels with Shuttles to the Cruise Port

While taking a trolley to your cruise is a memorable and unique experience, it’s usually cheaper to stay in hotels that are a little farther from the port. The good news is that many hotels cater to cruise passengers and offer shuttle services as a perk.

Quality Inn Airport/Cruise Port
This hotel is about a 15-minute drive to the cruise port and a 15-minute drive to the airport. The best news? It offers transportation to both with a “Stay & Cruise” package. The shuttle is included for two people and $8 for each additional person. In addition, if you are driving to the port it also offers parking packages. The hotel also offers breakfast, a business center (for printing last minute documents), and fitness center.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 4 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
The Sheraton is actually one of the few hotels located in downtown with shuttle service to the port. So you can still take the TECO Streetcar if you like, but the quick (and free) shuttle service is a no-brainer. Located right on the river, the Sheraton is an upscale hotel with nice views of both downtown and the river.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1.1 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Holiday Inn Express Rocky Point
With this hotel you’ll be staying about 10 miles from the port, but you can still get a shuttle provided for transportation on cruise day. With the hotel’s “Tampa Cruise Package” you can get a room for a night with shuttle to and from the cruise port included. As well, discounted parking is also available if interested.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 10 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hampton Inn Rocky Point
Near the Holiday Inn Express mentioned above and about 10 miles from the port, the Hampton Inn offers simple and comfy accommodations and a $10 shuttle per person, each way to its guests. There are also parking packages available to cruisers if you are driving in and don’t want to pay higher prices at the port.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 10 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport
As the name suggests, this hotel is right near the Tampa Bay Airport. La Quinta is about 6.5 miles from the cruise terminals, and offers free daily shuttle service to the port. Rates start at $89 per night, but expect to pay more for weekend stays or during peak season. The hotel is also across the street from a mall if you need to do any last-minute shopping.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 6.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore
Less than 7 miles from the cruise port, Holiday Inn is a quick drive from the ships. The hotel offers transportation to the Port of Tampa terminals for $10 per person. In addition there is also a shuttle to the nearby airport, making it convenient if you are flying into the area for your cruise.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 6 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Residence Inn Tampa Downtown
The Residence Inn isn’t that far from the TECO Streetcar stop (half mile), but we think it’s a little farther than most people want to want. No worries because the Residence Inn offers shuttle transportation to the cruise port. It’s “Fly Here, Cruise There” deal includes a room, breakfast, wi-fi, and a shuttle to the port for two guests.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 1.7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Courtyard Tampa Downtown
The sister property to the Residence Inn listed above, the Courtyard Tampa actually has complimentary shuttle service to the cruise port each hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s no package to book. Simply let the front desk now when you check in that you’d like a ride and they will reserve your spot.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1.7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa/Brandon, FL
Sitting about 8 miles east of the cruise port, Country Inn & Suites has shuttle service for passengers heading to the port. (They also have a parking package if you are driving in.) Through a third-party service, the hotel can arrange a ride that’s $12 per person, each way — $24 roundtrip. That’s a little pricey if you are going with a larger group, but the hotel is relatively affordable for those looking for an inexpensive place to sleep before their cruise.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 8 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa East – Ybor City
Holiday Inn Express is a well-known brand name that you can assure will offer you a comfy place to stay. But this location goes above and beyond for cruise passengers. Specifically it offers a free shuttle that heads out to points within five miles of the hotel. This radius includes the cruise port. Simply let them know that you want a ride when you check in to get your free ride.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Quality Inn & Suites Near the Fairgrounds
If affordable is what you’re looking for, then the Quality Inn may be right up your alley. We found rates right around $100 during a recent search for a Saturday night stay. Need a ride to the port? They offer a parking package, or also a package with just a cruise shuttle. The rate for the shuttle is about $30 higher than the regular room rate and includes roundtrip transportation to the port.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5


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