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    Car hire at Tampa Airport - Gateway to Tampa Bay

    Situated just 8km (5 miles) west of the city centre, Tampa International Airport (TPA) ranks among the busiest transport hubs in the state of Florida. Set right in the heart of Tampa Bay, it is only 15 minutes from Downtown and less than 30 minutes from the some of the region’s best beaches. TPA offers over 90 non-stop flights and 260 daily departures to destinations throughout North America, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, making travel to and from the Tampa Bay area easier than ever before.

    The airport's history goes right back to the beginning of commercial air travel when the first flight of the St Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line landed there in 1914, marking the beginning of aviation travel as we know it today. Today it caters for over 22 million air passenger movements each year carried by dowzens of major international airlines, including Air Canada, Ameican Airlines, British Airways, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spiri Airlines and United Airlines, among many others.

    One of the great entertainment capitals of the world, Tampa is known for its many theme parks, beaches, museums and restaurants. Busch Gardens, a 335-acre African-themed attraction is a must for families with young kids, as too is the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) which has more than a hundred high-tech interactive exhibits. And you can't leave Tampa without experiencing the Florida Aquarium where visitors can mix with sea turtles and penguins!

    With a car hire from Tampa Airport you can explore the region by driving to nearby St Petersburg, home to a replica of the HMS Bounty (which has featured in many Hollywood films). St Petersburg is also famous Salvador Dali Museum which feature more of the great artist's paintings than anywhere else in the world. Other top attractions in the area include the Boyd Hill Nature Park which houses many rare birds and endangered species and the Tampa Bay History Center with some of it exhibits dating back 12,000 years.

    With Auto Europe you're guaranteed the widest choice of vehicles and cheapest prices on the market when visiting Tampa and the rest of the Sunshine State, including Orlando. By working with all the world’s leading car rental suppliers, we can always find you the right car for your Florida trip, whether it's a few days' city sightseeing or an extended road-trip to Orlando and back.

    For help planning your trip or making a booking, please feel free to call our rental specialists a call on +44 123 3225 114, who are always more than happy to find you the best deal and/or answer any car hire questions you might have. For added peace of mind, please take a look at the user ratings and comments posted by some of our previous customers in the city on our Tampa car hire reviews page.

    Airport Information

    Publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority (HCAA), Tampa International Airport was called Drew Field Municipal Airport until 1952 when it was developed into major air transportation hub for the central Flirida area. Operating with three runways, Tampa International Airport covers an area of 3,300 acres (1,300 hectares) and lies at an elevation of 26 feet (7.9 metres) above sea level. It consists of a unique landside terminal surrounded by four airside satellites structures. Each Airside connects to the landside terminal through an elevated people mover (APM) known as a monorail.

    Tampa Airport (TPA)
    Address: 4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607, USA
    Telephone: +1 813 870 8700
    Airlines operating at Tampa Airport: The list of the most important airlines operating at Tampa Airport currently includes Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Edelweiss Air, Frontier, Jet Blue, Lufthansa, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Swift Air, United, WestJet and World Atlantic Airlines, among others.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Tampa Airport

    Picking up a car rental at Tampa Airport couldn't be easier thanks to the many improvements that have been carried out in recent years. Access to the on-site suppliers is by taking the SkyConnect train from the main terminal, many of whom now operate at the modern Rental Car Center which has space for over 5,000 vehicles. The new combined service and maintenance facility is located near the southern edge of the airport and is connected to the terminal via the SkyConnect service.

    Car hire desks' operating hours

    Avis Car Hire at Tampa Airport Avis at Tampa Airport
    5409 Airport Service Road,
    Tampa, USA FL 33607

    +1 813 396 3500
    Opening Hours:
    Open 24 hours daily
    Budget Car Hire at Tampa Airport Budget at Tampa Airport
    5409 Airport Service Road,
    Tampa, USAFL 33607
    +1 813-396-3126
    Opening Hours:
    Open 24 hours daily
    Enterprise Car Hire at Tampa Airport Enterprise at Tampa Airport
    5405 Airport Service Rd
    Tampa, USA FL 33607

    +1 833 892 9213
    Opening Hours:
    Open 24 hours daily
    Hertz Car Hire at Tampa Airport Hertz at Tampa Airport
    5405 Airport Service Road
    Tampa, USA/span> FL 33607
    +1 813 874 3232
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 6am-1am
    Sixt Car Hire at Tampa Airport Sixt at Tampa Airport
    5405 Airport Service Road
    Tampa, USA FL 33607

    +31 204 059 089
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 7am-11pm


    Tampa International Airport's main terminal building comprises three levels. Level 1 is the baggage-claim area with a ground transportation information desk and some of the main rental car counters. Level 2 mostly caters for passenger ticketing and serves some of the larger airlines, such as Air Canada, British Airways, Delta and Lufthansa. Level 3 is the transfers’ area and provides access to all the gates of the airside satellites.

    Airport Facilities

    Tampa International Airport offers a true taste of the Tampa Bay region with local favourites such as Columbia Café, Café by Mise en Place and Ulele, to name just a few. Other highlights for passengers include free Wi-fi in the main terminal and airside sections, specialised gift shops, a large Duty-free store, newsagents, fast-food outlets, smoking areas, banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, a good selection of cafés and bars and several charging booths for mobile devices. The airport also has a modern spa, chapel and a large conference and business centre is located at the nearby Marritt Hotel. Facilities for disabled travellers include dedicated toilets, lifts and ramps, as well as TTY/TDD telephones for hearing-impaired passengers.

    How to get to and from Tampa Airport

    Getting around with a car hire at Tampa Airport is quick and easy due to its close proximity to the city's Downtown district just five miles to the west. Access to and from the centre of Tampa couldn't be easier with Highway 60 passing the airport's entrance, after which it carries on across the bay to Clearwater. Interstate 275 branches off from Highway 60 at exit 39 and connects northwards to North Tampa and southwards to St Petersburg. Furthermore, a variety of ground transportation options makes it easy to access the city's surrounding areas from Tampa International Airport, with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus-stop being located at the Rental Car Center. With a journey time of around 40 minutes, the number 30 bus runs to destinations in central Tampa every 30 minutes (its stop is located at the Red baggage-claim section), while the Greyhound bus terminal is located in Downtown Tampa on 610 Polk Street near the corner of Pierce Street and is accessible by bus from the airport. Taxis are also plentiful with Yellow Cab and United Cap being the two authorised companies operating at Tampa Airport, with average transfer times to the city centre around 20 minutes outside the rush-hour.

    Parking Tips

    There's a wide range of parking options (including valet) for visitors who rent a car at Tampa Airport, including short-term and long-term car parks loctaed close to the main terminal (note that pre-booking is generally not necessary as there are plenty of spaces available). You can park your car hire at one of the many car parks available throughout the city, with underground, overground or on-street parking options all available in the Downtown district of Tampa. In fact, there are more than 24,000 parking spaces in the centre, including thousands of spaces in conveniently-located car parks close to the many of the city's main tourist attractions, shopping centre, restaurants and night-life areas. Please note that most car parks or on-street parking spaces in the heart of the city centre will require some kind of payment, so please make sure you have plenty of change with you in case your plastic is rejected!

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