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Getting Around Fort Lauderdale

The best way to get around Fort Lauderdale is by car. Despite an extensive network of waterways, the roads are still faster. The canals, in fact, can be confusing. As you travel closer toward the coast, streets may curve or simply end at waterways. Away from the Atlantic, much of the city adheres to a grid. Tired of driving? Take a water taxi to your next downtown destination. And if not by land or by sea, than arrive in Fort Lauderdale by air. Making the city easily accessible, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is just a 15-minute drive south of downtown Fort Lauderdale and handles many commercial airlines.

Travelers flying to Fort Lauderdale can also use Miami International Airport (MIA), located about 30 miles south of downtown Fort Lauderdale, or Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), approximately 45 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. Rental cars are available at all three airports.

Car If you're planning to spend more than a day in Fort Lauderdale, you should have a car to explore the city and surrounding towns. You'll find the freedom and ease of driving around town a joy. The majority of the city is on a standard north-south grid. Note: "avenues" run north-south and "streets" run east-west. If you have an extra day or two, drive down to Miami or up to West Palm for two very different atmospheres.
Water Taxi

Fort Lauderdale's web-like waterways (all part of the Intercoastal Waterway that runs from the ocean to the Everglades) provide a unique way of getting around, and sightseeing. A fleet of water taxis travel the 185 miles of canals.

Public Transport

If your destination is not near a waterway, Sun Trolley operates service with routes along the beach and through downtown, as well as to the Las Olas Riverfront. Broward County Transit also provides commuter bus service throughout the county.

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