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Guide to Hiring a Car in Tampa, Florida


Tampa, where the sun shines bright over the shimmering bay, presents an eclectic mix of urban dynamism and seaside tranquility. If you're looking to explore this gem on Florida's west coast, renting a car might be your best bet. Here's a comprehensive guide to making the most of your Tampa journey with a rental vehicle.

1. Benefits of Hiring a Car in Tampa:

Flexibility & Freedom: Tampa is sprawling. Having your own car ensures you can move seamlessly from the business district to the beautiful beaches or from historic Ybor City to contemporary shopping districts.

Cost-Efficient: Especially for groups or families, renting a car can be more economical than relying on taxis or rideshares for multiple trips.

Convenience: Tampa's extensive urban spread can mean significant distances between attractions. A car allows you to navigate these distances comfortably.

2. Distance to Nearest Airport:

Tampa International Airport (TPA): Located just about 6 miles west of downtown Tampa, the drive is typically under 15 minutes via I-275 N, barring heavy traffic.

3. Tolls, Road Conditions, and Traffic:

Tolls: Tampa and its surrounding areas have toll roads, including parts of the Selmon Expressway. Investing in an electronic toll payment system, like SunPass, can be handy for seamless travel.

Road Conditions: The majority of Tampa's roads are in good condition. However, due to continuous development and occasional weather impacts, stay alert for temporary roadworks or detours.

Traffic: Tampa's main arteries, especially I-275 and I-4, can experience congestion during peak hours. It's advised to check traffic conditions, particularly if you have time-sensitive plans.

4. Recommended Attractions & Distances/Routes:

Busch Gardens: An iconic theme park located about 10 miles northeast of downtown Tampa. It's roughly a 20-minute drive via I-275 N.

Ybor City: A historic neighborhood less than 3 miles northeast of downtown. Easily accessible via N Nebraska Ave or E Palm Ave.

Tampa Riverwalk: A scenic waterfront path, stretching 2.6 miles, starts right in downtown.

Clearwater Beach: About 23 miles west of Tampa, a drive of approximately 40 minutes via FL-60 W. Known for its pristine sands and vibrant beach life.

5. Key Tips for Drivers:

Parking: Tampa offers a range of parking options from street parking to public garages. Ensure you're familiar with parking regulations in areas you plan to visit.

Stay Updated: With various events, from sports games to concerts, traffic patterns can be impacted. Being aware of local events can help in planning your drives.

Navigation: Tampa is expansive and multifaceted. Using a trusted GPS or navigation app can ensure you reach your destinations efficiently and enjoyably.


Renting a car in Tampa is akin to unlocking the treasures of the city and its surroundings at your own pace. Whether you're here for its rich history, theme parks, business hubs, or serene beaches, a personal vehicle ensures a holistic Tampa experience tailored to your desires.

Current Rental Rates in Tampa

Kia Soul

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 46.23 EUR/day
Kia Soul

7 Days rental at 323.62 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Mazda CX-5

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.62 EUR/day
Mazda CX-5

7 Days rental at 326.35 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Ford Edge

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.06 EUR/day
Ford Edge

7 Days rental at 329.47 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Tampa: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Here are some recommended places to visit in or around Tampa with a hire car:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Experience thrilling rides, live entertainment, and animal encounters at this popular theme park.
  • Clearwater Beach: Relax on the white sandy beaches, enjoy water sports, or visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • Ybor City: Explore this historic neighborhood known for its vibrant nightlife, Cuban heritage, and eclectic dining scene.
  • Tampa Riverwalk: Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, dotted with parks, public art, and waterfront restaurants.
  • The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg): Drive across the bay to visit this unique museum showcasing the works of surrealist artist Salvador Dali.


Tampa - Popular Destinations

  • Clearwater Beach: Approximately 25 miles away.
  • St. Petersburg: Around 25 miles away.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Approximately 10 miles away.
  • Sarasota: Around 60 miles away.
  • Orlando: Approximately 85 miles away.

Best car rental companies in Tampa

based on 4463 reviews
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No.2: HERTZ,
based on 1395 reviews
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Tampa car hire information

  • 8.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Budget US Corporate
  • € 323.61
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 46.23
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 6
    Most Popular Type:
  • 2
    Most popular model:
    Chrysler 300
  • 28
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Tampa

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