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Car hire at Tampa Airport

Car hire at Tampa Airport

Tampa Airport (TPA) is an international airport 9km away from downtown Tampa, in Florida. You can get to the airport on several roads, including the 589 toll road, the I-275 interstate and Route 41. Hiring a car at Tampa Airport will allow you to see western Florida at your own pace.

What I need to know

There are several car rental companies at Tampa Airport, which offer you a wide choice and a good deal. You can use our site to compare car hire and find out which of those companies is the best fit for you. Our customer support has helped more than five million customers in 170 countries so far.

Where to pick up my car

Most car hire desks are found inside the terminal at Tampa Airport, with a few set slightly away from the main building. If you’ve booked with one of these companies, you can get there on a free shuttle bus. Directions are well signposted, so it’s easy to find exactly where you should be.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

When you’ve picked up the keys to your hire car, you can begin to explore what Tampa has to offer. There are several golf courses where you can perfect your swing and boost your handicap. With Tampa being a bay city, there are plenty of beaches to relax on.

Nearby Tampa Airport

Just 45km away from Tampa Airport is the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve, where you can take long walks and admire the trees and flowers. You can also visit St Petersburg via Route 92 on the Gandy Bridge, which will take you over Old Tampa Bay.

Longer drives

After touching down at Tampa Airport, you can head along the I-4 to Orlando, where you can entertain yourself at the theme parks and resorts. If you enjoy driving, you can head even further east to Daytona Beach, where you can visit the Daytona International Speedway, a must for racing fans.

Eating and drinking

Being a waterside city, you can enjoy a huge variety of fresh seafood in Tampa. You can try all manner of food in Tampa, with international cuisine on offer everywhere. You can then spend your evenings in one of the city’s vibrant bars or night clubs, ensuring that your stay is as fun as you want it to be.

Things to do

You can’t visit Tampa and not enjoy a day (or five) at the beach. There are many to choose from, some quiet and others full of sun-worshippers. You can also head off to the aquarium or the zoo and learn about the animals native to that part of Florida.


You can visit the Wat Mongkolrata Temple, a unique cultural experience. The Thai Temple is a fantastic place to have a picnic and check out the lovely flowers for sale. You can then visit Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, which is right along the riverside and offers stunning views.