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Tampa is the exciting heart of Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast. It’s a relaxed, wide-spreading city surrounded by some of the sunshine state’s best resorts. From the bay for a quiet day relaxing to the aquarium with over 20,000 aquatic animals, this is a city which keeps on giving.
To tour Tampa, and this prime stretch of west Florida coastline, it helps to have a hire car. We’ve got car-hire locations all over the area, including a very convenient pick-up location in the middle of Tampa International Airport complex.
We offer our famous best-price guarantee and, as usual, we won’t charge for cancellations or amendments*. There are no hidden extras to pay when you collect your car and we don’t even charge an extra fee for using credit cards.
*when the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.
Tampa Airport is the gateway to some of the most exciting resorts in Florida, so you’ll want to get on your way as soon as you can. The good news is that our pick-up location is very handy for getting in and out of the airport swiftly.
You’ll immediately find that the road system around the airport is very efficient. You can drive straight to Tampa on the I-275, or head the other direction to cross Tampa Bay on a spectacular causeway and reach the glamorous resort of St Petersburg - just under 30 miles to the southwest.
The I-275 and I-4 skirt the north of the downtown area, helping you bypass the busiest streets to reach other areas quickly. Follow I-4 east all the way to Orlando in Central Florida. And you’ll find the I-75 runs on a north-south axis through the east of Tampa. Head north on this all the way up to Georgia or south down to the resorts of Bradenton and Fort Meyers.
As soon as you drive from Tampa Airport you’ll find that driving in West Florida is simple. The roads are smooth, flat, well maintained and clearly signed, and the other drivers are relaxed and well behaved. And in this state that has been designed around cars and drivers, you’ll always be able to find a parking space.
And before you drive off into the West Florida road system rest assured that the driving rules and regulations are very similar to most other US states. You can read more details about driving in Florida here.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Tampa Airport is one of the main ways to reach the flourishing city of Tampa and the beautiful west coast resorts of Florida. Whether you’re visiting for work or a holiday, you’ll find that a hire car can help you get around both the city and the surrounding towns and beaches.
From Tampa Airport, the city’s own attractions are just a short drive away. A little to the north of the city centre you’ll find Busch Gardens, one of Florida’s most popular theme parks. Busch’s special feature is combining both animals and white-knuckle rides. So look out for a range of thrilling water-rides and roller-coasters amid lush gardens that also house creatures like tigers and gorillas.
Nearby is the family-friendly Lowry Park Zoo. This park near I-275 is home to more than 2,000 animals, ranging from rhinos to penguins. In true crowd-pleasing Florida style the zoo also features a log flume water ride that crosses the park’s crocodile enclosure.
And completing the acclaimed trio of animal attractions on the south side of downtown, is the world-class Florida Aquarium. This houses a huge collection of more than 20,000 fish, animals and plants.
It’s fun to explore the Ybor district of Tampa, just to the east of downtown. This was once a thriving area of cigar making and in 1929, around 500 million cigars were hand-rolled here. Today it has become a colourful neighbourhood with lively streets by day and a sizzling nightlife. And the Ybor City area is deemed a US National Historic Landmark.
Around the rest of Tampa the historic highlights include the 1914 City Hall, a ten-storey ornate brick landmark in the heart of the downtown. You’ll spot it by the huge clock on its tower. And don’t miss the Tampa Theatre. This beautifully restored symbol of the roaring twenties was once one of the US’s most modern and well equipped movie theatres. It still has an extraordinary ornate interior. Tampa Theatre is in the heart of the city and still makes a great spot to see a film.
From Tampa Airport you’ll find it’s easy to drive to the glorious sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast at resorts like St Petersburg, Bradenton and Sarasota. St Petersburg is just 20 miles to the southwest and is another major tourist destination with white sand beaches, calm turquoise seas and an inspiring dose of culture. Look out for the futuristic Salvador Dali Museum and the neo-classic Museum of Fine Arts.
Drive 40 miles due south and you’ll reach Bradenton on the far side of Tampa Bay. The glorious sand beach runs down a narrow offshore strip of land to Sarasota, another six miles south. At the northern tip of this are the millionaires’ beachside villas of Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton itself features a palm-fringed marina, a waterfront park and an intriguing collection of old Florida buildings in the Manatee Village Historical Park. At Sarasota you’ll find even more fine white sand beaches, a beachside botanical garden and another animal theme park. The Sarasota Jungle Gardens offer a mix of exotic vegetation and animals, including spider monkeys, parrots and alligators.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.