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Getting to Sarasota & Siesta Key Florida

Domestic and international airlines serve several major airports in Florida: Jacksonville International (JAX), Miami International (MIA), Orlando International (MCO) and Tampa International (TPA).   Many smaller airports are located throughout the state.  The Sarasota/Bradenton Airport (SRQ) is located convieniently between two towns (Sarasota & Bradenton) and very close to Siesta Key and may be reached by calling (941) 359-2770 (Automated message) or (941) 359-5200.  Rental cars are readily available at the airport. Rental prices are among the lowest in the country. Ask about special fly-drive package rates. For rental car companies located in the airport see the table below.

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Amtrak stops in Lakeland, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sebring, Tampa, Miami, and Winterhaven as well as many other towns in the state. The trains that run between Los Angeles and Jacksonville cross the northern part of Florida, stopping in Pensacola, Tallahassee and other cities.  Amtrak’s Autotrain service, which will transport both you and your car by rail, runs from Lorton, Virginia (outside Washington, D.C.), to Sanford, Florida (about 20 mi/30 km north of Orlando).  Reservations are a must on the autotrain. Another car/train service is the Florida Fun Train that runs between Hollywood, Florida, and Kissimmee (near Orlando).  It includes special entertainment  cars for children and a wine bar and pub for the grownups. Telephone Number: 1-800-USA-RAIL

Greyhound provides bus service between Florida cities and to points outside the state. Their local address is 575 N. Washington Blvd. Telephone Numbers: Local: (941) 955-5735, Charter: (800) 454-2487

Three major interstate highways start (or end) in Florida: I-95 from the Maine-Canada border to  Miami; I-10 from Los Angeles to Jacksonville; and I-75 from the Canada-Michigan border at Sault Ste.   Marie to just outside Miami. The Florida Turnpike (a  toll road) splits off of I-75 northwest of Orlando and  runs to Homestead, south of Miami. I-4 runs from near Daytona Beach to Tampa.

Once on I-75, Siesta Key is easy to find by taking either exit #207 Bee Ridge Road, or exit #205 Clark Road, and heading west aprox 5.7 miles to the beaches (follow the signs).

Airlines that serve Sarasota:

Air Sunshine (800) 327-8900
Air Transat (800) 613-6160
American Eagle (800) 433-7300
American Trans Air (800) 225-2995
Atlantic Southeast (800) 221-1212
Comair (Delta) (800) 221-1212
Continental (800) 523-3273
Delta (800) 221-1212
Northwest (800) 225-2525
Sun Country (800) 743-7848
US Airways (800) 428-4322

Charter Planes:
Dolphin Aviation (941) 355-7715
Jones Aviation (800) 945-6637

Black Tie Limo (941) 927-1947
Longboat Limo (800)525-4661
Presidential Limo (888) 957-7444

Rental car companies in the Sarasota (SRQ) airport:

Alamo (800) 327-9633
Avis (800) 331-1212
Budget (800) 527-0700
Dollar (800) 800-4000
Hertz (800) 654-3131
National (800) 227-7368

Taxi companies:

AAA Best Car (941) 954-2066
Affordable Cab (941) 755-8181
City Cab (941) 346-8959
Courtesy Cab (941) 954-1970
Diplomat Taxi (941) 365-8294
Dolphin Cab (941) 387-7616
Emerald Green Taxi (941) 922-6666
Yellow Cab (941) 955-3341

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