Getting Around

by | Jul 1, 2019 | Insider's Guide | 0 comments

Getting Here

The three closest public airports are….

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

Sarasota/Bradenton Airport (SRQ)

Tampa International is the largest hub with most major airlines, is only about an hour’s drive from the island, and typically offers the most reasonable pricing, more flight options and direct flights.

St. Pete Clearwater is a bit closer than Tampa and is about 45-50 minutes from the island. This airport offers some lower priced airline options like Spirit or Allegiant, but may not have as many departure city options.

Sarasota/Bradenton Airport is the closest airport at about 25-30 minutes from the island. While closer this has fewer airline options and direct flights depending on departure city.


Parking can be tight on island at busy times and regulations are strictly enforced. Violations include, but are not limited to:

Signs Prohibit Parking

Parking on sidewalk

Parking on street (all tires must be off of the pavement)

Parked facing the wrong direction

Angle Parking

Parked within 30+ feet of stop sign

Parked within 20+ feet of intersection

Double Parked

Blocking Driveway

Parked between 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Handicapped parking only

Taxi & Shuttles – Please note we provide these as options as a courtesy and do not guarantee service

Uber & Lyft pick up on island (download apps)

Island Taxi – 941-778-6201 (nearest service)

Bruce’s Taxi – 941-755-6070 (based in Bradenton)

Yellow Cab – 941-383-8885 (based in Sarasota)

Airport Shuttle Service

Remember to book ahead for shuttle services – most require at least 24 hours

Shuttle Service AMI – 941-580-5777

The Transporter AMI

Local couple who provides private ride services from Tampa and St. Pete airports to island

Aaron Kerr – 941-224-3456

Tommy Car

Island Shuttle– Don’t drink and drive, call for a free ride!

Island Beach Monkeys (Monkey Bus) – 941-565-6542

7 days a week, 24 hours a day (service between 3a -12 noon needs 24 hours notice)

Free Island Trolley (MCAT)

Trolleys run every 30 minutes between Anna Maria Island and Downtown Sarasota, with stops on Longboat Key and St. Armand’s Circle. The trolley is free on Anna Maria Island down to Coquina Beach (south end of island). To go to Sarasota (cost), you will pick up connection at Coquina Beach – ask driver for instructions. Trolleys also offered from Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island to Downtown Bradenton (cost).