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Bradenton, FL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 16
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,292
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 161
Committable Meeting Rooms* 5
Convention Center Space 60,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 32,400 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 4,085 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $86
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $404
*Maximum for a single hotel

Bradenton, FL Airport Information

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)

Approximate taxi fare: $26 USD

Serving more than one million passengers each year, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is the gateway to the southwest Florida Gulf Coast. The airport, located 10 miles south of downtown Bradenton, features regular nonstop service to Toronto, Washington, DCW, New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis and Milwaukee, as well as seasonal international and domestic charter service. Airport amenities include short- and long-term parking, as well as retail and dining services. Groups may reserve the 20-person conference room for meetings and events. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport provides direct access to Manatee County Area Transit buses; the buses stop at the airport Monday through Saturday.

Airline carriers serving Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

  • Air Canada
  • AirTran Airways
  • Continental Airlines/Cape Air
  • Delta Air Lines/Comair
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwestern Airlines (Spring 2012)
  • US Airways

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Approximate taxi fare: $113.99 USD

Located just 45 miles outside of Bradenton, the Tampa International Airport provides nonstop service to more than 70 domestic and international locations. Tampa International serves an average of 22,000 daily passengers; airport amenities include shopping and dining options, as well as short- and long-term parking and the on-site, 295-room Marriott Tampa Airport.

Airline carriers serving Tampa International Airport

  • Air Canada
  • AirTran Airways
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cayman Airways
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Sky King
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United
  • US Airways
  • WestJet

Bradenton, FL Ground Transportation

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT)

The Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) bus system operates 11 routes throughout Manatee County, serving downtown Bradenton and such attractions as DeSoto Square Mall, Manatee Convention Center and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, as well as area theaters, sporting arenas, restaurants and beaches. MCAT also operates a free beach express shuttle on Sundays and holidays, as well as the free Island Trolley, which provides daily serve to Anna Maria Island and Coquina Beach. MCAT connects with the Sarasota County Area Transit. MCAT buses run Monday through Saturday from 5:40 AM to 8 PM, while the Manatee Trolley runs daily from 6 AM to 10:40 PM. One-way adult fare is $1.25, while transfers are $0.25 each. Passengers may purchase one-day passes for $4 and seven-day passes for $15.


The Bradenton Amtrak curbside bus stop is located at the Manatee County Courthouse, at 1114 Manatee Avenue West.


The Bradenton Greyhound station is located at 4028 1st Street West. Station hours are from 6 AM to 9 PM daily.

Rental Cars

Both Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and Tampa International Airport feature rental car counters for Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.


Passengers traveling through Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and Tampa International Airport can access several taxi companies outside of the airport. Travelers should pay a taxi fare of approximately $26 from Sarasota Bradenton International to downtown Bradenton and approximately $105 from Tampa International to downtown Bradenton.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Fort Myers, FL 92 mi 1 hr 48 min 4 hr 44 min USD $642+
Orlando, FL 125 mi 2 hr 15 min 4 hr 30 min USD $548+
Melbourne, FL 186 mi 3 hr 14 min 5 hr 22 min USD $530+
Fort Lauderdale, FL 218 mi 3 hr 33 min 4 hr 40 min USD $593+
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