Transportation Options, Key West
Key West is located around 120 miles (maybe I´m wrong) from Miami and it takes time to get there. There are many tour companies that offer different options of transportation with or without additional activities in key West. I took a tour with my family from Miami to Key west and we had some hours to spend in the town and walk around and afterwards we went snorkeling. This was a good and easy way to check out Key west. I could have stayed a bit longer though. If you´re not on a tight budget, check Gray Line´s key west options. We were happy with the tour. They´re not expensive either, but a normal price to pay for an organized tour. It took some 4 hours one-way to go there.
There is a public bus system connecting Key West to Marathon and another bus connects Marathon to Florida City. For the hardcore budget traveler you can get from Searstown in Key West to Florida City (Wall Mart) for a grand total of three dollars and eighty-five cents. It's a good way to meet the local working folks as well. I have not personally taken the bus from Marathon to Florida City. Check the Website listed to learn more about both busses. Monroe County Transit 305-292-4422 and Lower Keys Shuttle 305-292-8160.
Yes there is a public bus system in Key West, and it is pretty comprehensive. A map of the routes is as http://www.keywestcity.com/egov/docs/1209991161_463653.pdf
They provides public transit services throughout Key West, Stock Island on 8 routes, the earliest of which begin operation at 5:30 am and run as late as 11:30 pm.
There used to be shuttles that went around to the various hotels and dropped off, but apparently those services have shut down because so many of the hotels have closed.
There are several big grocery stores. We usually go to the commissary, but if that is closed we go to Publix which is on Roosevelt Blvd in Searstown. There's also a WinnDixie.
There *IS* public transporation in Key West and it is CHEAPER than any other way of getting around except walking or riding your own bike. You can park at the city garage and take the bus. There are 6 routes and they go all the way out to Stock Island, and are not just limited to tourist areas. You can download the routes from the website below.
1-Day $3.00/Unlimited Use (MUST be purchased from bus driver)
3-Day $6.00/Unlimited Use (MUST be purchased from bus driver)
7-Day $12.00/Unlimited Use
31-Day Rolling (Full Fare) $25.00/Unlimited Use for 31 Days
31-Day Rolling (Reduced Fare) $15.00/Unlimited Use for 31 Days (Senior Citizens, Students or Disabled Citizens)
WHERE TO BUY PASSES:
The Mail Spot 819 Peacock Plaza (Searstown)
The Mail Spot, 1075 Duval Street (Duval Square)
KWDoT Office, 627 Palm Ave Albertsons (Key Plaza)
ALL BUS OPERATORS
$0.50/trip Senior Citizen: (a person 55 years or older) must have an ID ($2.00) issued by the KWDoT office, or a valid Driver's License or Florida State ID.
$0.50/trip Student: A person with a valid school ID.
$0.50/trip Disabled Citizens: any person who receives a reduced fare ID from our office, based on documented permanent disabilities.
Children under 5 ride free with paying adult
Reduced fare passengers must present proper ID when boarding (seniors, disabled citizens and students).
Transfers are available free of charge.
Fare boxes and bus operators will not give change - you must have exact change.
There is also a FREE program to allow Bikes On Buses
"KWDoT's "BOB", Bikes On Buses Program, allows customers to take a bicycle on the bus by securing it onto a bicycle rack, attached to the front of every city bus. "
Taxis are very expensive in Key West. They charge per person per trip. It cost us $14 to go from the Historic Harbor to the airport ($7 each). The possible means of transportation are - from cheapest to most expensive:
1) Walking - free
2) Bicycling - we bring a folding bike on our boat, so that's free for us - otherwise you can rent bikes. Biking is easy on the island.
3) Public transport
4) Bone Island Shuttle
6) Motor scooter/Moped rental - you need one for each person and can be hazardous.
7) Car rental
8) Electric car rental.
We have used 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.
Let your dog drive while you enjoy the views! Seriously though, you can get around by scooter, taxi, bike, feet and boats. Do look out for cool animal sightings - they act like people, and walk around like they own the island!
Greyhound from Miami is about $35.
Most of the old town is in an area of about 1 x 2 miles. Walk or rent a bicycle, scooter or electric car. I parked my truck and didn't use it for days on my first trip here.
Key West Airlines
Cape Air 800-352-0714
Gulfstream Int'l Airlines 800-992-8532
Pan Am Air Bridge 305-295-0165
Sea Coast 800-742-6278
US Air Express 800-428-4322
Key West Airport Shuttle
Shuttle between Key West,
Marathon & Miami Airports 800-875-4555
Key West Car Rental Agencies
Alamo Rent-A-Car 305-294-6675
Avis Rent-A-Car 305-296-8744
Budget Car & Truck Rental 305-294-8868
Dollar Rent-A-Car 305-296-9921
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 305-292-0220
Hertz Rent-A-Car 305-294-1039
Tropical Rent-A-Car 305-294-8136
Value Rent-A-Car 305-296-7733
Key West Sightseeing Tours
Conch Tour Train Mallory Square 305-294-5161
Old Town Trolley Mallory Square 395-296-6688
Perfect Pedicab Duval Street 305-292-0077
My usual tip in America: public transportation is decidedly a joke in most of the USA. Few metros in city centers, a national bus system thats archaic and a national train system that is late, goes few places and frankly is an embarassment. In Florida its even worse than the 'norm'. SADLY...Dispite a public voting mandate that bullet trains ply between Jacksonville/Orlando/Tampa/Miami..we are still waiting for any progress on that event. Miami does have a metro that will get you a fair number of places..but the rest of Florida you have little choice but to rent a car.Believe it or not..there was once a trainline to Key West but a hurricane wiped it out and its never been recostructed. Bummer.