Tampa Airport Taxis (TPA)
Tampa International Airport is located approximately 6 miles, or 11km west of central Tamp, in Hillsborough County, Florida. It is quite a large international airport handling around 16 million passengers per annum, and is known by its official airport code of TPA. This American airport has been rated a number of times as being the ‘Best Overall US Airport’, and is one of top ten most loved airports in the world. It has a unique and efficient design, a large number of facilities and its passengers can travel by bus or taxi, to or from the airport. The Tampa International Airport taxis are especially popular, as they are a quick and convenient form of transport.
TPA is a hub for Silver Airways, an airline company that operates under the United Express brand, and has a main, or central Landside/Airside terminal building. The main building houses the ticketing counters, check-in areas and baggage claim halls, and is where passengers on departure flights will begin their journey through the airport. From the central terminal’s third level, which is the Transfer Level, passengers will take the automated people mover system to one of four satellite buildings, where the airline gates are located. Similarly, arriving passengers will disembark at one of the satellites (A, C, E or F), and continue through to the main terminal via the airport train. Once all security regulations and customs procedures have been completed, and baggage items have been claimed, passengers can move to their chosen form of ground transportation.
The Tampa International Airport taxis are found at the Commercial Ground Transportation Quadrants located in all four corners of the baggage claim level (Level 1). There are usually taxis available, but advanced reservations could be recommended for passengers who are arriving on early morning flights. Passengers with disabilities may travel by taxi, as there are accessible vehicles available that are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Although a number of equipped vehicles are available, passengers may need to wait for their special vehicle to arrive, and a reservation may therefore be useful. The drivers of the vehicle will assist such passengers with their luggage items.
The two taxi companies that serve Tampa Airport are Yellow Cab and United Cab, and they both charge the same fare rates. Taxis in the United States, Florida, operate with a meter, which is a device that records the length of the journey. The fare for the trip is then calculated accordingly. Certain popular trips, however, could have set rates or a maximum flat rate fee, for example, all trips by taxi to Downtown Tampa and the cruise port are charged a maximum fee of $25.00.
Yellow Cab and United Cab will charge their customers $2.00 per trip, plus $2.25 per mile travelled. There is also a minimum charge of $15.00 from the airport. Sometimes taxis may also charge additional fees over and above the metered rates for extra luggage loaded or extra passengers in the vehicle. However, these additional charges are minimal. The following is a list of the approximate distances to some popular areas nearby the airport: Downtown Tampa – 9 miles, the Tampa Cruise Port – 9.5 miles, New Tampa – 29 miles, Westchase – 14 miles, Clearwater Beach – 20-25 miles, Brandon – 25 miles, St. Petersburg – 20 miles, Busch Gardens – 16 miles, USF – 19 miles, S. Pete Beach – 27 miles, Clearwater – 20 miles and the downtown area of Sarasota/Bradenton is between 45 and 65 miles from the airport.
Yellow Cab has been offering professional taxi services for many years, and it has always been their goal to offer affordable prices to their customers. Their door-to-door airport service is especially popular, and all their drivers are fully licensed and trained individuals who have a great knowledge of the area. They will drive safely and get you to your destination on time. Yellow Cab’s fleet of vehicles is in good condition, and all vehicles are clean and air conditioned. Information regarding Yellow Cab’s services is available online, at http://www.yellowcaboftampa.com, or the company can be called anytime at 813-253-0121.
United Cab is considered as a leader in the taxi industry, and was established over fifty years ago. They have received a number of honours in recognition of their services in the Tampa Bay area, and have a fleet of over three hundred vehicles. There are vans, taxi cabs and wheelchair-accessible vehicles available. The company is also a member of Gulf Coast Transportation, which is one of the larger of transportation companies found along the west coast of Florida. United Cab’s website can be found at http://www.unitedcaboftampa.com, or passengers may call for more information and reservations at 813-777-7777. Operators are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
A Tampa International Airport limousine is possible to hire, which is a form of transport ideal for anyone who requires a more elegant form of transport. A limousine may require an advanced reservation, and will have a set rate for the journey planned. It is not metered as in the case of conventional taxis.
Contact one of the Tampa International Airport taxi companies for further details regarding your journey to or from the airport, and for the latest taxi rates. Taxis will often accept a credit card for payment as well, which may be easier than carrying cash.