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There are 6 ways to get from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach Brightline
  2. Take the train from West Palm Beach Amtrak Station to Tampa Silver Star

$47 - $66

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Bus  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa 2421 / ...

$35 - $50

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Drive  •  4h 16m

  1. Drive from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa 239.3 miles

$23 - $35

Fly Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Tampa, bus  •  3h 42m

  1. Fly from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) to Tampa (TPA) FLL - TPA
  2. Take the bus from Airport Rental Car Facility to Florida Ave @ Polk St

$39 - $186

Bus to Miami, fly to Tampa, bus  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport
  2. Fly from Miami (MIA) to Tampa (TPA) MIA - TPA
  3. Take the bus from Airport Rental Car Facility to Florida Ave @ Polk St

Fly Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Orlando, bus  •  5h 39m

  1. Fly from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) to Orlando (MCO) FLL - MCO
  2. Take the bus from Orlando International Airport to Tampa

Fort Lauderdale to Tampa by train and bus

The journey time between Fort Lauderdale and Tampa is around 10h 50m and covers a distance of around 235 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 6h 50m. Services are operated by Brightline, Palm Tran and Amtrak. Typically three services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
10h 50m
Fastest journey time:
6h 50m
Services per week:
3
Cheapest price:
$47
Carbon emissions:
19 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
10:23
Last service departs at:
22:23

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Fort Lauderdale to Tampa train and bus schedules

Fort Lauderdale → Tampa
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The cheapest way to get from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa is to drive which costs $23 - $35 and takes 4h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa is to fly and bus which costs $35 - $190 and takes 3h 42m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Fort Lauderdale and arriving at Tampa. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 15m.

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The distance between Fort Lauderdale and Tampa is 191 miles. The road distance is 239.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa without a car is to train which takes 5h 47m and costs $45 - $70.

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It takes approximately 5h 47m to get from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa, including transfers.

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Fort Lauderdale to Tampa bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from Fort Lauderdale station.

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The best way to get from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa is to train which takes 5h 47m and costs $45 - $70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $35 - $50 and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Tampa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 2m.

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Fort Lauderdale to Tampa bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at Tampa station.

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Map of how to get from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa.
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  • Distance: 191.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 47m

What companies run services between Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA and Tampa, FL, USA?

You can take a train from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa via West Palm Beach, QUADRILLE BLVD at CLEMATIS ST, WPB ITC at BAY J, and West Palm Beach Amtrak Station in around 5h 47m. Alternatively, FlixBus-us operates a bus from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa twice daily, and the journey takes 6h 15m. Greyhound USA also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Tampa
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Orlando
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $2,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Miami to Tampa
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $370
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Tampa
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Orlando
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $240
Silver Airways
Website
silverairways.com
Flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Tampa
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Orlando
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $240
Train operators
Brightline
Phone
+1 305-521-4800
Email
guestservices@gobrightline.com
Website
gobrightline.com
Train from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
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Brightline
SmartPlus
$15 - $21
Smart
$11 - $16
Select
$30 - $35
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from West Palm Beach Amtrak Station to Tampa
Ave. Duration
3h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Premium
$200 - $280
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Business Seat
$60 - $85
Bus operators
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from Orlando International Airport to Tampa
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Ft Lauderdale to Tampa
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $50
Flexible
$60 - $90
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit
Phone
+1 813-254-4278
Website
gohart.org
Bus from Airport Rental Car Facility to Florida Ave @ Polk St
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
HART
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
Phone
+1 727-540-1900
Email
ride@psta.net
Website
psta.net
Bus from TPA RENTAL CAR FACILITY westbound to Marion St N + Cass St E
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
psta.net

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Yes, the driving distance between Fort Lauderdale to Tampa is 239 miles. It takes approximately 4h 16m to drive from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa.

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Silver Airways, Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Tampa Airport.

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