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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

Volkswagen Jetta

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 48.66 EUR/day
Volkswagen Jetta

7 Days rental at 340.64 EUR from 22/01/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 48.66 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 340.64 EUR from 22/01/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Kia Rio

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 49.90 EUR/day
Kia Rio

7 Days rental at 349.30 EUR from 22/01/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Useful to know about Tampa

  • A number of forts were set up in Tampa by the US army of the time to afford protection from the Seminoles in the area.
  • In 1862 martial law was declared in Tampa during the American Civil War after Florida became part of the Confederate cause.
  • Tampa is a very sporty city with a lot of well-known teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team.
  • Tampa has a humid subtropical climate but in 1899 the city experienced its only blizzard.
  • The high rise buildings that dominate Tampa’s skyline are an example of postmodern architecture.
  • Tampa was the host for the Republican National Convention in 2012.


Popular car hire destinations in Tampa

Best car rental companies in Tampa

based on 4009 reviews
15 min (average wait time)
No.2: HERTZ,
based on 1395 reviews
14 min (average wait time)

Tampa car hire information

  • 8.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Budget US Corporate
  • € 340.62
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 48.66
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 6
    Most Popular Type:
  • 2
    Most popular model:
    Chrysler 300
  • 30
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Tampa

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