Gulf Shores Travel Guide

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Getting Around Gulf Shores

The best way to get around Gulf Shores is by car. Gulf Shores does not have a public transportation system nor does it have a beachside boardwalk like other coastal towns. Using a smartphone to order an Uber or Lyft is also an option, though cars may not run frequently.

You can opt to fly into one of two airports to get to Gulf Shores. Florida's Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is the closest; it's located about 40 miles northeast of Gulf Shores. Alternatively, you can fly into Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), which is about 70 miles northwest of Gulf Shores. There are also several shuttle services that can get you from the airport to your hotel at the beach. If you choose to drive to Gulf Shores, be aware that you'll likely need to take the Baldwin Beach Express, a toll road just off Interstate 10 that takes you straight to the beach. Visit the Beach Express website for information about rates and how to pay.


The most efficient way to get around Gulf Shores is by car. Having your own vehicle will also come in handy if you decide to explore the surrounding area. The easiest place to rent a car is at one of the airports, however there are a few car rental companies stationed about 8 miles north of Gulf Shores.


Should you prefer not to rent a car, you can get around by calling for a taxi or by ordering a Lyft or an Uber from your smartphone.

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