Fort Lauderdale Transportation
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a major hub airport. Spirit, JetBlue, Southwest, Delta and US Airways dominate its many flights from North America and the Caribbean. Recent runway expansion allows FLL to handle the largest jets. The large passenger concourse includes a wide range of restaurants, lounges, gift shops, WiFi, business services and passenger amenities, yet is easy to navigate. It is located only seven minutes away from downtown Fort Lauderdale and three minutes from Port Everglades, the second largest cruise port in Florida. Uber/Lyft pickup service is roadside between Terminal 3 and 4.
For convenience, many savvy travelers prefer to transfer at FLL for Caribbean vacations and pre-cruise activities in Fort Lauderdale. FLL TERMINAL MAP.
Car Rentals: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar and Hertz are readily available at FLL Airport, just across from Terminal 1.
Taxi stands are located at each airport baggage claim and major hotels (Yellow Cab/Checker, 954-565-5400). Super Shuttle fare within Broward and Dade Counties costs $9 to $100, but $20 should get you from FLL to downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Amtrak Fort Lauderdale Station is located at 200 SW 21st Terrace. The small station is shared with a Tri-rail commuter train and serves a 2-times daily, Amtrak route:
Silver Meteor: DC-Richmond-Raleigh-Jacksonville-Orlando-Fort Lauderdale-Miami
Brightline Phase 1 opens in Q1 2018. The attractive Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station at 101 NW 2nd Avenue features many patron amenities. Unlike Amtrak Fort Lauderdale Station, Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station is located in downtown. Brightline trains have giant windows, comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets and relatively quiet cabins. Do not confuse Phase 1 service with High Speed Rail, which requires a minimum of 125 mph top speed. Brightline will only reach 79 mph between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Brightline will however, feature frequent service from downtown Fort Lauderdale to downtown Miami in 30 minute trip time and to downtown West Palm Beach in 30 minute trip time, making it a better commute alternative than Tri-Rail.
In a few years, Brightline Phase 2 will proceed from West Palm Beach non-stop up to the Space Coast at 79 mph. For the last 20 miles to Orlando Intermodal Terminal Facility, planned grade separations from roadway will enable Brightline to safely reach 125 mph. The good news is Brightline service from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando will feature 2 hour 30 minute trip time competitive with trip time for flying and driving.
Tri-Rail, a 67-mile, 15-station commuter rail line through Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Tri-Rail features WiFi, double-decker cars and stops at Miami Central Station, FLL Airport Station and Palm Beach Airport Station. Tri-Rail’s FLL Airport Station is shared with Amtrak, rapid buses, shuttles and taxis.
Sun Trolley is a free on most routes and $3/day on two routes trolley service. Running a=every 30 minutes from morning to 6pm, it runs throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard, Sunrise Boulevard and Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Fort Lauderdale begins constructing a Downtown Streetcar in 2018, scheduled to open by 2020.
Port Everglades Cruise Center is a shared junction of portside land between Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach. Cruise lines depart year round to the Bahamas, Key West, Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean. More passengers are considering this award-winning, 5-star cruise port, which now handles over 3 million annual passengers via these major cruise lines:
Royal Caribbean Celebrity International. Offers cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean; enjoy 3, 4, 7, 10 and 11-night routes on the following homeported ships:
Freedom of the Seas
Grandeur of the Seas
Majesty of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Vision of the Seas
Carnival Cruise Lines: One of the world’s most popular cruise lines with its family of “Fun Ships” operating voyages to the Bahamas, Eastern and Western Caribbean. Home-ported ships include:
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruises throughout the Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Homeported ships include:
Club Nautico Boat Rentals
Rent a 20-33 foot powerboat for diving, snorkeling or cruise the Intracoastal or fishing in the ocean; or better yet rent a 24-foot boat for a PARTY of nine
ADDRESS: Pier 66 Marina
This popular past time along Fort Lauderdale’s famed Intracoastal waterway for great sightseeing, dining at the many waterfront restaurants or shopping along Las Olas Blvd. One-way tickets for the popular service costs $5 for all day pass; the water cabs will go anywhere within seven miles of Intracoastal Waterway, between Port Everglades and Commercial Boulevard. Guided tours and private charters of the Historic New River are also available
ADDRESS: 651 Seabreeze Blvd
Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises
Three hour narrated sightseeing cruises 10am and 2pm. Sightseeing cruise with variety show and all-you-can-eat barbecue and seafood dinner. Departs nightly at 7p; $27, children under 10 $12; Adults $12.50, under 10 $8.25; All-day cruise to Miami Bayside on Wed and Sat for $15.50
ADDRESS: A1A Highway in Bahia Mar Yacht Center
Billie Swamp Safari
Learn about the land, history and culture of the Seminole Indians. Skim over glittering waterscapes in an airboat, experience a swamp buggy eco-tour, paddle a canoe, walk the Swamp Trail and come face-to-face with the resident alligators
ADDRESS: 30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston, FL
Everglades Day Safari
A trained guide discusses the past, present and future of this unique natural resource. Includes a jungle cruise, nature walk, tram ride and airboat ride. You will see alligators, flocking birds, feral pigs, large turtles and many other reptiles. Lunch is served. Safaris depart Fort Lauderdale each morning at 7:45a and return about 5:30p; Adults $100, Seniors $90, Children under age 12 $80
PHONE: 239-472-1559 or 800-472-3069
Freeways & Tollways
Fort Lauderdale Freeway & Tollway Network is congested during commute hours. Otherwise, the modern highways are enjoyable to ride. If you plan to rent a car, have $4 ready before leaving the airport. Several elevated highways give a view of the Everglades to the west and Atlantic Ocean to the east. Until they build High Speed Rail, between Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, most travelers will continue to use the Florida Turnpike traveling to northern Florida.