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Tampa, FL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 123
Total Sleeping Rooms 19,509
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,026
Committable Meeting Rooms* 40
Convention Center Space 926,187 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 200,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $120
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $54
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $182
*Maximum for a single hotel

Tampa, FL Airport Information

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Approximate taxi fare: $33 USD

The Tampa International Airport ranks second in the nation for customer service and fifth in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. The 3,300-acre airport has 59 active gates and over one million square feet of airside terminals that service over 18.8 million passengers annually. TPA has undergone a one-billion dollar renovation to include a 2.6 million-square-foot consolidated rental car center, a 1.4-mile automated people mover, and an expansion of the main terminal. Resembling a spoked wheel, the first of its kind in design, the complex consists of separate airside terminals attached to one central landside building. This makes it fast and efficient to get from gate to curbside. Tampa International Airport has approximately 23,000 parking spaces and offers free shuttle service from the economy garage. A monorail – the world's first to be operated completely by computers – also connects to the short-term parking. For easy accommodations, a Marriott Hotel is conveniently attached to the airport with 295 guest rooms.

Airline carriers serving Tampa International Airport

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • AirTran Airways
  • America Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cayman Airways
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Jet Blue Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Silver Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines (seasonal)
  • United Airlines
  • WestJet
  • World Atlantic Airlines

Tampa, FL Train Information

Tampa Union Station

Tampa Union Station was built in 1912 and reopened in 1998 after $2.5 million spent in purchase and renovations. The station, which saw nearly 150,000 passengers in 2012, serves Amtrak’s New York-Miami Silver Star, trains 91/92, traveling between New York City, Georgia, and Florida. The station is open daily from 8:15 AM to 6:15 PM.

Tampa, FL Ground Transportation

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Bus Line

With ridership reaching 14.2 million in 2012, the HART line is one of the most popular and convenient ways to travel around Tampa Bay. Buses travel 27 local routes and 12 express routes to various locations around urban parts of Hillsborough County. One-way cash fares are $1.75 for local routes and $2.75 for express routes. Fare cards are available in one-day unlimited passes on local and limited express routes for $3.75 and in three-day unlimited rides visitor passes for $11.00.

In-Town Trolley

Also operated by HART, the In-Town Trolley is a pleasant way to see and travel the city's most popular spots. Trolleys operate on a purple line. The purple line travels from Marion Transit Center to Dick Greco Plaza/Harbour Island, making stops that include Tampa City Hall, the Tampa Convention Center, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Tampa Theatre. The green line travels from the Performing Arts Center to the Channel District, making stops that include the Florida Aquarium and Garrison seaport. Purple line trolleys run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. One-way cash fares are $0.25.

TECO Line Streetcar system

The first electronic streetcar lines in Tampa were built in 1892, and now electric streetcars are back, providing a unique and scenic way to travel in the city. A 2.7-mile route with 11 stops travels throughout downtown, Channelside, and Ybor City. The TECO line is expected to add a 1/3-mile extension running north on Franklin Street that will connect 35,000 people to every major downtown parking facility.

The streetcar system runs three vehicles: the air-conditioned standard car, the open-air Breezer car, and the Birney car, a fully-restored streetcar from the original Tampa line. The Birney car is available for special event rentals.

Streetcars run every 20 minutes Monday through Thursday from noon to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 am (1:30 AM northbound to Whiting Station) and Sunday from noon to 8:00 PM. Streetcars run every 30 minutes Friday and Saturday from 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM. One-way cash fares are $2.50. Fare cards are available in a one-day unlimited ride fare card for $5 and a three-day unlimited ride fare card for $11.00. Exact change is required.


Several taxi companies serve the Tampa Bay area, including Yellow Cab and United Cab. Travelers must call taxis to schedule or request a pick-up, except at the airport, where they can be found at the baggage claim area, or at special events. Taxi pick-up areas are also located in Ybor City near Centro Ybor. Sample taxi rates at Yellow Cab are $2.50 for the first 1/8 mile plus $0.30 for each additional 1/8 mile.

Rental Cars

Several rental car services are available to travelers in Tampa Bay. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar Car Rental, Enterprise, Hertz, National Car Rental and Thrifty Car Rental all have rental counters at the Tampa International Airport in the baggage claim area. Ace Rent A Car, Advantage RAC, Carl’s Van Rentals, E-Z Rent A Car, Fox Rent-A-Car, Payless, and U Save Auto Rental of Florida are located off the airport. New to Tampa, ZipCar, allows you to rent a car by the hour or day(s) in just four easy steps through your smartphone.

On the Water

Tampa offers transportation off the road ways and gets you out on the water. Pirate Water Taxi is a fleet of entertaining pirate themed water taxis in downtown Tampa. With over 14 stops conveniently located along the Riverwalk, Channel District and Davis Island, hop on and off wherever your destination awaits. eBoats allows you to be your own captain on the water with one of these easy to operate electric boats. Each boat fits 10 guests comfortably. After a quick lesson, visitors can set off into the Hillsborough River and the downtown water ways. Rent by the hour at the Tampa Convention Center Docks. Tampa Bay Water Bike Company operates along the Hillsborough River. With a quick tutorial, the water bikes let visitors power their way to sites along the Riverwalk.

Approximate Taxi Fares from Tampa International Airport


Downtown $25

Distance To...

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Miami, FL 280 mi 4 hr 15 min 1 hr USD $119+
Atlanta, GA 455 mi 6 hr 10 min 1 hr 25 min USD $45+
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