OVERVIEW

DRIVING

The airport is five miles west of downtown Tampa and about 23 miles from downtown St. Petersburg.

PARKING

Cheapest: Daily rates are $9 in the remote economy lot and garage, with free shuttle service to the airport.

Most convenient: The short-term garage, with direct access to all airsides, charges $1 per 20 minutes to an $20 dailiy maximum. Note: All vehicles entering the short-term garage will be stopped for a security inspection. A monorail connects to the long-term garage. The first hour of parking is free in both the short-term and long-term garages.

Valet parking: $25 a day. Valet drop-off and pick-up is on level 5 of the short-term garage.

More parking information: Tune in to 1610 AM or call (813) 870-8790.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Bus: Hillsborough Area Regional Transit buses stop at the east end of the red baggage-claim area.

Route 30 connects to central Tampa for $1.50. Call (813) 254-4278 for more info.

Shuttle: SuperShuttle costs for door-to-door limo service vary widely by destination in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties; call (800) 282-6817 for a quote. Sarasota-Tampa Express (800-326-2800) buses stop outside both red and blue baggage-claim areas and serve the Sarasota area starting at $30 each way.

Cab: The flat rate to downtown Tampa is $22. A ride to downtown St. Petersburg will run about $42.

Get more information on ground transportation options.

RENTAL CARS

Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty are at the airport. Several others serve the airport off-site, including National, Alamo and Payless.

GETTING AROUND THE AIRPORT

Tampa's airport is comprised of one tri-level main terminal, or "landside," and four concourses, or "airsides." Most shops and restaurants are located on the third, or "transfer," level.

Get maps of the airport

A monorail system takes passengers between airsides throughout the terminal.

AMENITIES/USEFUL INFO

Lost and found: (813) 870-8760 (Option 2, Option 3)

Children's play areas: In airsides A, C and E.

Wi-Fi: Free wireless Internet service is available throughout the airport.

Hotel: Access the airport Marriott Hotel from the main terminal's third level.