Getting to and getting around Palm Beach
Most of the visitors to Palm Beach are probably going to arrive by air. Palm Beach International airport is the most convenient choice for travel to Palm Beach. Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports are other alternatives. There is a commuter train service called Tri-Rail between West Palm Beach and Miami. Travelers arriving at the Miami or Fort Lauderdale airports can use this service to get to Palm Beach. Other alternative transports to get to Palm Beach are Greyhound buses or Amtrak trains from elsewhere in the US. You can of course also drive from elsewhere in the US if you have a rental car and a lot of patience to drive the long distance. When you arrive to Palm Beach then a rental car is the best way to get around like in most places in the US. There is a public bus transport called Palm Tran that connects the cities in Palm Beach county. The web page is http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/palmtran. The web page for the Tri-Rail commuter train is http://www.tri-rail.com. There is a trolley service in Palm Beach that runs through the island. The web page is http://www.worth-avenue.com/trolley/index.php
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Palm Beach County is well-equipped to meet the transportation needs of businesses, residents and visitors. The county’s efficient, integrated transportation system includes expressways, rail lines, a major international airport, three commercial/executive airports and a fast-growing port that ranks among the state’s finest.
Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) is the major airport serving Palm Beach County. It is located 3 miles southwest of the West Palm Beach central Business District and is easily accessible from I-95. PBIA is one of the largest medium hub airports in the United States with a total of 24 airlines serving the airport. About 205 flights arrive and depart daily from PBIA with more than 5.8 million passengers going through the airport each year.
In addition, PBIA offers many other services including Customs Port of Entry, Immigration, private aircraft maintenance, air cargo and international air. For general airport information, call 471-7420, or http://www.pbia.org. There are also three local executive airports serving the Palm Beaches.
Boca Raton Airport - A 5,200-foot runway in South Palm Beach County with easy access to I-95.
Lantana Airport - A 3,500-foot runway in Central Palm Beach County.
North County Airport - A 4,300-foot runway in the northwest section of Palm Beach County.
Palm Tran, a countywide bus system, runs from Boca Raton to Palm Beach Gardens and into the Western Communities and the Glades. These clean, attractive pink and aqua colored buses provide residents and visitors with an affordable mode of transportation. For more information on specific routes and time schedules, call Palm Tran at 233-4BUS in the north county and 930-4BUS in the south county.
Palm Tran’s downtown Shuttle Loop System offers convenient, free transportation between office buildings, restaurants, businesses and parking facilities located within downtown West Palm Beach. The shuttle runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. along Clematis Street. Palm Tran makes numerous stops in downtown West Palm Beach with a vehicle scheduled to stop every 10 minutes. Palm Tran provides accessible, air-conditioned comfort in a fun, tropical setting. For more information, call the Downtown Development Authority at 833-8873.
The Greyhound terminal in West Palm Beach is located in the Seaboard Train Station at 201 South Tamarind Avenue. The station provides convenient access to passengers and easy connection with other modes of travel, including Amtrak, local public transit and Tri-Rail.
Greyhound offers approximately 25 schedules a day to destinations such as Orlando, New York City, Atlanta and other cities nationwide.
Greyhound is the only nationwide provider of inter-city bus transportation, serving more than 2,600 destinations with 18,000 daily departures. The company also provides package express service, charter service and food service at certain terminals. For schedule and route information, contact Greyhound at (800) 231-2222, or visit our web site at http://www.greyhound.com.
Several options are available for those who would like to take in some scenic sights of Palm Beach County by rail. Amtrak offers a comfortable ride on modern trains. Amtrak departs from the historic railroad station at 201 S. Tamarind Avenue, in downtown West Palm Beach, to a multitude of destinations throughout the United States. For further information, call 832-6169 or 1-800-USA-RAIL.
CSX Freight Lines and FEC, provide daily service to the Palm Beaches. CSX Freight Lines and FEC were Palm Beach County’s first method of mass transportation. South Florida developer Henry Flagler built the rail tracks at the turn of the century to deliver goods to the area and to bring homesteaders to work and become residents. FEC is Florida’s East Coast Railroad system.
Tr-County Commuter Rail Authority (Tri-Rail) serves Palm Beach, Dade and Broward counties with north and south bound train service seven days a week. The trains make 18 stops between Mangonia Park and Miami. Tri-Rail stations are served by dedicated shuttle buses, interconnecting county transit buses or Metrorail.
Tri-Rail is an enjoyable way to travel to many popular attractions and destinations in all three counties.
In addition to providing a commuter rail system, Tri-Rail offers service to all three county airports and supplies service to many special events, such as the Superbowl and the Coconut Grove Art Festival. With numerous festivals and sporting events throughout South Florida, Tri-Rail offers safe, comfortable and economical transportation to many of these events. For details, schedule information and rates, call 1-800-TRI-RAIL or visit our website at http://www.tri-rail.com.
There are several major highways that provide direct access through the Palm Beaches. The Florida Turnpike, U.S. Highway 1, Military Trail, State Road 7 and I-95 are heavily traveled, especially during peak traffic hours morning and evening.
The Port of Palm Beach ranks fourth among Florida’s deep water ports in container import and export activity. Docking facilities include 25 berths along 5,160 feet of bulkheading, two slips, four wharves and six Ro/Ro ramps. Storage includes nearly 200,000 square-feet of warehouse space for bulk and breakbulk cargoes, along with 43 acres of open storage and a 100,000 square-foot cold storage warehouse. The Port of Palm Beach is centrally located, giving Port users access to all major transportation arteries serving South Florida.
The Port of Palm Beach plays a dominant role in exporting high-value general commodities. For more information, call 842-4201.
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