There are 4 ways to get from Gainesville to Tampa by bus or car

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Bus  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Gainesville - UF to Ocala RedCoach
  2. Take the bus from Ocala, FL to Tampa, FL Atlanta route

$185 - $195

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Bus #2  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Gainesville - UF to Tampa Downtown RedCoach

$35 - $55

2 alternative options

Bus via Gainesville - Rosa Parks Station  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Gainesville - Rosa Parks Station to Ocala RedCoach
  2. Take the bus from Ocala, FL to Tampa, FL Atlanta route

$185 - $195

Drive  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Gainesville to Tampa 130.7 miles

$12 - $19

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Gainesville - UF and arriving at Tampa Downtown. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Gainesville and Tampa is 119 miles. The road distance is 130.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Gainesville to Tampa without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 48 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 48 min to get from Gainesville to Tampa, including transfers.

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Gainesville to Tampa bus services, operated by Red Coach, depart from Gainesville - UF station.

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Gainesville to Tampa bus services, operated by La Cubana, arrive at Tampa, FL station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Gainesville to Tampa is 131 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to drive from Gainesville to Tampa.

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There are 227+ hotels available in Tampa. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Gainesville to Tampa.
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  • Distance: 118.7 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 48 min

What companies run services between Gainesville, FL, USA and Tampa, FL, USA?

You can take a bus from Gainesville to Tampa via Ocala and Ocala, FL in around 2 h 48 min.

Bus operators
Red Coach
Phone
+1 877 733 0724
Email
webtickets@redcoachusa.com
Website
redcoachusa.com
Bus from Gainesville - UF to Ocala
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Book at
redcoachusa.com
First Class
$35 - $55
Business
$26 - $40
Bus from Gainesville - Rosa Parks Station to Ocala
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Book at
redcoachusa.com
First Class
$35 - $55
Business
$26 - $40
Bus from Gainesville - UF to Tampa Downtown
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Book at
redcoachusa.com
First Class
$45 - $65
Business
$35 - $55
La Cubana
Phone
+1 305-541-1700
Website
lacubanabus.com
Bus from Ocala, FL to Tampa, FL
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$159
Schedules at
lacubanabus.com

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