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Transportation Infrastructure

St. Petersburg is served by a remarkable network of airports, ports, and Interstate highways that provide easy access to freight, shipping and multi-modal transportation.

International Airports

  • Tampa International Airport – Less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg and just 10 minutes to the Gateway Business Region, TIA serves more than 17 million passengers and 88 tons of cargo. Frequently ranked among the best airports in the world, carriers with international flights include British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Edelweiss, Luftansa, and WestJet.  
  • St. Petersburg – Clearwater International Airport – 20 minutes north of downtown St. Petersburg and convenient to the city’s Gateway Business Region, PIE serves more than 1 million passengers and 19 tons of cargo.
  • Sarasota – Bradenton International Airport – 45 minutes south of St. Petersburg, SRQ serves more than 1.3 million passengers a year. Seven carriers provide service from the airport, including USAirways/American, Air Canada, Delta, jetBlue, United and WestJet.

General Aviation Airports

  • Albert Whitted Airport – Located along St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront, the birthplace of commercial aviation, this city-owned 110-acre general aviation facility handles approximately 97,000 operations a year and is home base to 185 aircraft. Its modern terminal building and new FAA tower position the airport (located across the street from the city’s port) for future multi-modal transportation options.  It was the original home to National Airlines, which grew to prominence as Pan American Airways.


  • Port Tampa Bay – one of the largest ports in the United States, the Port of Tampa ships more than 35 million tons of cargo and nearly 1 million cruise ship passengers from its growing downtown Tampa Cruise Port.
  • Port St. Pete – This port in downtown St. Petersburg’s Bayboro Harbor is adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the active marine and the city’s oceanographic research cluster. With this ideal location, it is home to visiting research vessels, and is positioned to attract world class mega yachts with its proximity to the adjacent Albert Whitted Airport.
  • Port of Manatee – Just miles off the St. Petersburg’s southern shore, Port of Manatee ships 3.5 million tons of cargo.

Major Roadways

Downtown St. Petersburg is surrounded on three sides by Interstate highways – I-275 to the west, and two Interstate feeders, I-175 to the south of downtown and I-375 to the north.

Driving Times:

St. Pete Beaches  10 minutes
Tampa 30 minutes
Clearwater 30 minutes
Sarasota  45 minutes
Orlando 90 minutes
Daytona 150 minutes 
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale  250 minutes 

Public Transit

The city is served by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Agency (PSTA), which provides safe, convenient, accessible and affordable transportation services county-wide and connects with HARTLINE, the transit agency serving Tampa/Hillsborough County. More than 200 vehicles transport 14.5 million riders annually – or 44,664 a day.

In addition:

  • Downtown St. Petersburg is served by two trolley systems, the St. Petersburg Trolley and the Central Ave. The trolley, or “The Looper,” provides 50-cent rides around downtown’s hotels and attractions with service also to the St. Petersburg Beaches.
  • In late 2016, the city launched its bike share program in downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • The Cross-Bay Ferry debuted in November 2016 connecting downtown St. Petersburg with downtown Tampa. After a successful 6-month pilot program, the city is looking to establish the ferry as a permanent transportation option.

City Trails

St. Petersburg has been ranked Florida’s most walkable community and also a bike-friendly city. The CityTrails program has created the most extensive network of bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout all areas of the city with more than 100 miles of trails, including the award-winning Pinellas Trail, a 48-mile trail that can connect a cyclist from St. Petersburg to the south to Tarpon Springs, the northernmost city in Pinellas County.


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