Fort Lauderdale Transportation

South Florida is served by four airports. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a major airport, a popular low cost carrier destination, and the most convenient airport to Fort Lauderdale. Spirit Airlines maintains a hub here; JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Continental Connection all also have substantial operations here. FLL is South Florida's main domestic airport. It is also an emerging hub for Latin America and the Caribbean. There are limited charter flights to Europe. Miami International Airport (MIA) is located 25 miles south of Fort Lauderdale. It is the major international airport in South Florida, and is known as "The Gateway to the Americas". American Airlines Latin American hub is located here. There are also frequent flights to Europe and many direct flights to the US West Coast; it is a 20 to 30 minute drive from Fort Lauderdale using I-95. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) primarily serves the Palm Beach area with flights to the Northeast Corridor. Fort Lauderdale Executive Aiport (FXE) is one of the ten largest general aviation airports in the country. It is located in the Cypress Creek area of the city.

Amtrak provides service to cities up the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Amtrak has two stops in the Fort Lauderdale Area, one in Fort Lauderdale located on Broward Boulevard and I-95, and another one in the suburb of Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard and I-95, the train then continues onto Miami going south or Boca Raton going north. Tri-Rail is a commuter rail line linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, Florida. It is run by the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. The 72-mile system has 18 stations along the South Florida coast. The rail connects to the Metrorail in Miami at the Tri-Rail/Metrorail Transfer Station.

Interstate 95 (I-95) is the major North-South artery along the East side of the city. It connects Fort Lauderdale with the downtowns in Miami and West Palm Beach and goes north to Jacksonville and beyond. Florida's Turnpike runs North-South west of the city. To the south it connects to Homestead and the Florida Keys. It runs north to Orlando and North Florida. I-595/I-75 connects Ft. Lauderdale to Florida's West Coast, including: Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area.

The easiest way to get around Fort Lauderdale and South Florida is by car. If renting, it is substantially less money to rent a car from a location outside of the airport. The city is set up on grid system, and is fairly easy to navigate. Downtown is roughly 2 miles west of "The Strip," or main beach area. Broward County is served by three major Interstates (I-75, I-95, I-595) and some U.S. Highways including U.S. Highway 1, US 27 and US 441. It is also served by Florida's Turnpike and State Highway 869, also known as the Sawgrass Expressway.

Taxis are generally expensive, but available at almost any time and place. Yellow Cab (+1 954-777-7777) is the largest company in the city. The Water Taxi, via the Intracoastal waterway and New River is sadifferent way to see the city, its beautiful waterfront mansions, and stately yachts.

The county bus system, BCT, provides for connections with the bus systems in other parts of the metropolitan area: Metrobus in Miami-Dade County and Palm Tran in Palm Beach County. Buses are available, but often slow and inconvenient. Sun Trolley is an inexpensive trolley serving the downtown, beach, and convention center areas. It also provides a link from downtown to the Broward Blvd. Tri Rail station