Getting Around Fort Lauderdale

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    Inside the Sun Trolley
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    Causeway to Port Everglades
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    Flying into Miami

    by Dabs Updated Jan 14, 2013

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    In 2013, we flew into Miami instead of Fort Lauderdale because I could use my frequent flier for Miami but all the seats were gone for Fort Lauderdale. It's not that far between the two airports, originally I thought we would take the inexpensive Tri Rail service between the two airports, it costs only $5 and takes about 35 minutes, but there aren't that many trains. Since we were coming in kind of late and I wanted some flexibility for Saturday and Sunday, we ended up renting a car instead. Miami's airport wasn't great, the luggage took a long time coming out and it took a fair amount of time to get to the car rental facility but I suppose I would consider it again depending on the difference in the price of the fares. On the bright side, a one way car rental from MIA to FLL was cheaper than a FLL rental.

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    Getting to Port Everglades cruise port

    by Dabs Updated Jan 22, 2012

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    From the Hyatt Pier 66 we could see Port Everglades and our Princess ship but to get there you had to walk over the causeway and with the hot sun and luggage that didn't seem like a great idea. And when I asked the hotel staff if we could walk, you would have thought I asked if we could swim to Cuba. From our hotel we could take a taxi which they said would run $10-15 which seemed like a ridiculous amount for a distance I could easily walk or we could take a shuttle for $7 each. We opted for the shuttle, since the taxis are metered and you pay for wait time, we figured at least it was a set amount.

    As we were waiting in this giant line of cars to squeeze into Port Everglades, a cabbie cut in front of us and then hopped out and said that we hit him. He 1st tried to extort $60 from our shuttle driver and when he wouldn't pay, he called the police. Our shuttle driver waived the fee and we walked the rest of the way since Princess was at the 1st dock, it was only about 5 minutes on foot.

    When we came back to Ft. Lauderdale, we checked our bags to the airport at the dock and the walk from the Princess dock back to the Hyatt wasn't bad at all

    Causeway to Port Everglades Port Everglades

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    Sun Trolley Las Olas & Beaches

    by Dabs Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    The Sun Trolley is an excellent way to get around, the two routes for the tourist areas are the Las Olas-Beaches and Convention Connection which runs Friday-Monday from 9:30am-6:30pm every 15-20 minutes. It cost 50 cents per ride and they come frequently, there always seemed to be one when we wanted to ride it. You can also get an all day pass for $2, exact change is required. In addition to the marked stops, you can also wave one down.

    There are two routes for tourists, the Las Olas line runs from the beach to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the beach line runs from the Harbor Shops near Port Everglades where the cruises leave from to the Galleria Mall on Sunrise Blvd.

    There are three other routes that run during the week, you can view the schedule and routes here.

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    Public buses

    by Dabs Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    I'm guessing that most tourists to Fort Lauderdale don't ever get on a public bus but we wanted to go somewhere outside the tourist zone so we ended up taking the bus there and back. The buses don't run all that frequently, every 20-30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday, every 15 minutes during the week. The fare is $1.75 per ride, exact change required. There is a $4 all day pass which would have saved us a little money but I hadn't realized that we would even be taking the bus much less riding it three times.

    When we were getting ready to leave for the airport, we thought about taking a taxi and then thought to check the bus schedules since we didn't have luggage and sure enough there was the #1 bus that went there.

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  • Shuttle to port

    by marlonw Written Aug 6, 2011

    We took agreat shuttle from FLL to the Port Everglades for our cruise last month.
    we didnt have to ride with strangers! Since we were a group we got a "free upgrade" and got our own private car.
    www.fllshuttles.com for sure will use them again

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    HPN to Ft Lauderdale

    by cjg1 Updated May 3, 2011

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    I thought that flying from HPN would be easy since it's less than ten minutes from where we live. After this experince, I would rather drive to JFK or La Guardia. This airport is rinky dink and poorly operated. There is not enough space to accomodate all the passengers and their small gate area was a mess of people laying about on the floor for lack of seats and space.
    Yeah, wouldn't reccomend this airport.

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    Driving

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Getting around the area by car is very easy with well labeled road signs and easy to follow highway systems. The only thing that is bad about car travel is the traffic due to construction and car accidents along the way. I don't mind the construction traffic but the accidents around this area are way too frequent.

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    Take a Taxi

    by cjg1 Updated Nov 9, 2009

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    Our last trip to Fort Lauderdale we had considerably more luggage than usual so we decided to skip the free shuttle and take a taxi. It was easy to find a taxi from the airport since there are plenty just standing by waiting for passengers. We found a nice driver and hopped into his sedan after the luggage was secured. The ride was only 8 minutes and rather comfortable. The fare came to $20 including tip.

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    Taxi is My Way

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 26, 2009

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    The taxi's-many of them are all over the airport. They take you to downtown and the Port Everglades for cruise ships. With 3.4 million people jumping ship (on/off that is) in a year, they need hundreds of taxis. Cost is about $10.50 plus tip to Port Everglades, and around the same to downtown. To Miami airport, a taxi may be around $22.
    It is not cheaper than shuttles, but gets you there quicker and less hassle. The shuttles can take you to downtown, or Port Everglades, but it takes 4+ people and you may have to wait 30-45 minutes to get connected. If you do not want to wait for the van to fill up with people, costs can be very high, like $30 to Port Everglades, and $50 to Miami airport

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    Airport Shuttle to Port Everglades

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 28, 2009

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    The airport has a shuttle that takes passengers to Port Everglades. The shutles look like regular city buses from the outside but the interior space has luggage racks. The shuttle is a quick and easy way to get from the airport to the Port.

    We hoped on the shuttle after returning our rental car at the airport. The ride was a quick five minutes and dropped us off right at the Port Terminal.

    The shuttles also picks up passengers from the port and returns them to the airport. We utilized this service on the way back to the airport to pick up a rental car.

    Waiting for the shuttle Ready to cruise Our bus stop Riding to the Port Liz on the shuttle

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    getting around south florida by train

    by susiemargare Written Jul 21, 2006

    info about getting around the south florida area (palm beach county, broward county, and miami/dade county) by what is evidently a commuter train can be found at -- www.tri-rail.com/schedules_fares/train_schedules.htm. the customer service phone is 800/874-7245.

    a website with a "trip planner" option is -- www.sfrtp.cinrtosfl.com for general info -- and -- sfrtp.cinrtosfl.com/hiwire?.a=iTripPlanning&.s=2c2014a1 to enter a specific starting point and destination. what you will get is info on how to get from one place to the other by whatever public transit means are available -- train/bus/whatever.

    caution -- i did not try any public transit when i was in this area b/c i found these websites only after i got back!

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    getting around south florida by bus

    by susiemargare Updated Jul 21, 2006

    info about getting around the south florida area (palm beach county, broward county, and miami/dade county) on the bus systems can be found at -- www.sfrta.fl.gov. phone is 888/467-3782.

    a website with a "trip planner" option is -- www.sfrtp.cinrtosfl.com for general info -- and -- sfrtp.cinrtosfl.com/hiwire?.a=iTripPlanning&.s=2c2014a1 to enter a specific starting point and destination. what you will get is info on how to get from one place to the other by whatever public transit means are available -- train/bus/whatever.

    caution -- i did not try any public transit when i was in this area b/c i found these websites only after i got back!

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    Visiting Las Olas by car- bring your credit card!

    by sunlovey Written Apr 17, 2006

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    Should you visit Ft. Lauderdale by car, you'll appreciate the cool parking meters that line Las Olas. (That is, if you're like me, and never carry cash with you and even more rarely have loads of spare change on hand.) No need to scrounge around for loose change for the stupid parking meter my friends, Las Olas's meters take credit cards! Brilliant. Slip your card in, type in how long you'll be there on the key pad and a little receipt will come out that you put inside your car on the dash board. Easy as pie. :-)

    Las Olas Parking Meter

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    Water bus

    by arttrekker Updated Jan 25, 2006

    If you don't get a rental car or don't want to move it, try the Waterbus. For $5 a day you can get to quite a few shopping, dining and entertainment areas here in Fort Lauderdale.

    There are two directions. The short one goes up the New River to Las Olas shopping and Riverfront. The long one goes up the Intercoastal waterway to restaurants and the Galleria Mall. Both trips take you past mansions and yachts and are fun just for the ride. Our guests have spent whole days boating around Fort Lauderdale on the Waterbus and really enjoyed it.

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  • Buss, bike, train, water bus

    by JM_runs Written Dec 29, 2004

    If you are in Fort Lauderdale you don't need a car.

    If it's NOT mid summer, then get a bicycle and a big lock. It's the best way to get about, every thing is close. Some people just walk and bus but a bike is quick and fun. Some hotels lend or rent.

    Water Bus, a must ride! Runs from beach to Las Olas and down town. Get a day $5, three day, $10 or a week pass $20. Runs day and night, 9am to 12:30am next morning, so you can use it for partying and then get home. http://www.watertaxi.com/FortLauderdale/FLLMap.Asp

    City Cruiser shttle runs between the beach and Down Town, and its FREE !! funny times, check schedules. Last bus about 1AM http://citycruiser.org/schedules_maps.asp

    Normal Bus: Bus termiinal is only two blocks from RiverSide and Himershee village entertanement complexes. The number 11 runs from there, down Las Olas and up the beach (Weekdays every 30 min till 11pm). The #40 takes you to the supermarket and mall. #22 (from Terminal) Broward & Sawgrass malls.

    There is even special busses going from the beach to the swap shop.

    Taxi: Most things are close so fares should be low. But check distance before setting out. (Sawgrass mills shopping is MILES out west)

    Bikes: It's probably cheeper to purchase a 99$ one at wallmart and sell it on your last day then to rent by the hour. Bring lock and cable from home!

    Bus >> http://www.broward.org/bct/

    Fort Lauderdale Airport, Bus #1(from terminal) takes you right to your gate.

    Miami AIrport: City Cruiser (from bus terminal) connects to Tri-rail and then to Miami Airport >> ttp://www.tri-rail.com/

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