General Orientation, Jacksonville
I-95 runs right through Jacksonville for about 30 miles. I-10 starts in the middle of Jacksonville and heads west. I-295/9A Loops around Jacksonville for people wanting to go round the city.
Note that Jacksonville has 7 bridges: Dames Point (9-A), Hart Bridge, Matthews Bridge, Acosta Bridge, Main Street Bridge (US 1), Fuller Warren Bridge(I-95), and the Buckman Bridge (I-295). Whenever driving somewhere, always ask which drive you have to drive on because one wrong move could land you in the ghetto. Generally speaking if you see that you are in a neighborhood with brightly colored, but run down houses with dirt on sidewalks, you are in the wrong side of town. W. Moncrief Rd., New and Old Kings Rd. and most streets with West something to it are rough. This is off of I-295 and US 1. Some parts of I-10 and 295 run into the rough parts of town.
Overall, Jax is a big but rather safe city, so don't be scared.
By Air, in to Jacksonville internatonal.
By Road, Jascksonville is is stuated on I95
Train / Bus Jacksonville has a large train station as well as buss terminal.
Would higly advise a rental car as the public transport in unreliable at best.
Jacksonville is a BIG city, in land area. I lived in Jacksonville for 5 years and it is the best city I have ever lived in. Depending where you live, either fly or drive
JTA's Airport Flyer
Cost-conscious travelers have an affordable and comfortable option making their way between the airport and Jacksonville's downtown and southside. The JTA Airport Flyer operates weekdays every hour on the hour from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm, starting at the airport and then picking up at downtown businesses and hotels and Southpoint hotels. This downtown to Southpoint connection will also serve as a 'shuttle' for hotels guests and employees to ride downtown or connect to existing JTA routes during the day.
The Airport Flyer costs only $7 per trip to the airport and the subsequent downtown to Southpoint service is only $1 each way.
Downtown stops include Omni, Hilton, Radisson, and Hampton Inn Hotels, CSX Transportation, Barnett Bank and BellSouth buildings, the Jacksonville Landing, FCCJ downtown transfer station and the Greyhound Bus Station. Southpoint stops include 13 southside hotels.
Using the service couldn't be easier. Airport pick-up is located on the terminal's lower level at the north end curb. Bus stop locations are clearly posted at or near each stop, no reservations are required and wait time is minimal. The bus will drop passengers at the airline of choice providing efficient door-to-door service.
Annett Bus Lines Motor Coaches and East Coast Transportation limousines and minibuses offer full-service guided transportation, including meet & greet, airport transfers and sightseeing for meetings and groups.
Individual transit needs are met by operations such as Gator City Taxi and Yellow Cab Company.
Jacksonville offers all the major car rental agencies at the airport as well as other locations throughout the city. At the airport, car pick-up and delivery can be arranged right at the main terminal without having to be shuttled to an off-site location. For reservations and more information, contact car rental companies.
Water taxi service across the St. Johns River to the Jacksonville Landing, Metropolitan Park, various restaurants and to special events is provided by two companies. Boarding locations can be found at the Jacksonville Landing, Hilton Hotel, Crawdaddy's Restaurant, and the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel.
One way fees are $2 per adult, $1 per child/senior.
Daily service from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
An integral part of Jacksonville's bus/light rail transit system, the Skyway's quiet, non-polluting cars glide above the busy streets. Mobility within the downtown area is greatly increased as climate-controlled vehicles depart from stations every three minutes during peak periods. The Skyway services the Convention terminal (Prime Osborn Convention Center), Central (Omni Hotel, Jacksonville Landing) and Hemming Plaza (City Hall at St. James) stations on the Northbank and the Dupont Station on the Southbank. (904)630-3110. Southbank service will begin in late 1998.
Monday - Thursday, 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday, 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Weekend service only for special events.
Greyhound Bus Lines
Greyhound Bus Lines operates from downtown Jacksonville at #10 Pearl Street. For fares and schedules, call (800)231-2222.
Amtrak offers twice daily northbound and southbound passenger train routes and thrice weekly eastbound/ westbound routes. The station is located at 3570 Clifford Lane. For more information and reservations, call (800)872-7245.
Take a fun, unique ride in a Ped-L-Taxi in downtown Jacksonville. At $1 per block, you can take a Ped-L-Taxi to lunch, a meeting, or shopping downtown. This is a great way to get to the Jaguar games or to add a little interest to weddings or birthdays. Special tours and courier services also available. (904)354-3557