Fort Lauderdale - Getting there & away, getting around
Fort Lauderdale - Getting there & away
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is home to some three dozen airlines, including a few with nonstop flights from Europe. Miami International, a much larger but less 'friendly' airport, is about 30 miles south of Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale's Greyhound bus station is on NE 3rd St at Federal Hwy, just north of downtown. There are frequent buses to Miami, from where you can catch buses to most parts of the US.
Tri-Rail trains run between Miami and Palm Beach with stops in Fort Lauderdale. They provide transportation to the Miami Arena for basketball and hockey games, to Joe Robbie Stadium (for Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins games) and to several other tourist attractions. The station is on SW 21st Terrace, east of central Fort Lauderdale, west of I-95.
Florida's Turnpike, the state's main toll road, runs north and south, from Miami to Longwood, a few miles east of town. I-595, the major east-west artery, connects the western suburbs with Port Everglades, the airport and downtown Fort Lauderdale. It also connects with I-95, Florida's Turnpike and the Sawgrass Expressway. The Sawgrass Expressway, a north-south toll expressway, links western suburbs and ties into I-95, the Turnpike and I-75. I-75 runs to Florida's west coast.
Port Everglades Authority runs the city's enormous cruise port, the second busiest in the world after Miami. If you're arriving in your own boat, head for the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.
Getting around Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is about 10 miles (16km) south of downtown. Shuttles, buses and taxis are always around for rides between the airport and downtown, or you can pick up a rental car upon arrival.
Frequent Broward County Transit (BCT) buses run between downtown and the beach, Port Everglades and surrounding towns and beaches, leaving from Broward Central Terminal, right in the heart of town. BCT's free Downtown Trolley loops through downtown, while the Wave Trolley Company's trolley service travels between downtown, Port Everglades and the beach.
Having a car is the easiest way to go, though parking is especially tight during Spring Break and you usually have to pay for it. Speed limits are enforced to such an extent that you may wonder if the local cops get a commission. Driving is on the right.
Fort Lauderdale's flatness makes it a great place to get around by bike or inline skates, and plenty of places rent them out. Water taxis are a full-fledged transportation option in the canals and waterways of Fort Lauderdale. You can call from any place with a dock, and they'll swing by and pick you up.