Getting Around Key West
The best way to get around tiny Key West is on foot. Mopeds and bicycles are also popular, though mopeds can be dangerous. Taxis are available on the street, as well as in front of the Key West International Airport (EYW) in the middle of the island, plus the Key West Department of Transportation operates public bus routes around the island. Ride-hailing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, also service the island. Very few people drive around the island, but making the scenic nearly four-hour jaunt from Miami is a popular way to arrive in Key West.
Approximately 4 miles long and 1½ miles wide, Key West is extremely dense and walkable, especially in Old Town on the western side. That's also where you'll find the most attractions (and hotels). Sign up for one of the city's walking tours if you want a little guidance while strolling.
|Bicycles and Mopeds|
The over-romanticized notion of mopeds entices many tourists to rent one for a day or two (they cost approximately $35 per day), but the lack of helmet laws encourages them to ride with a bare head. Bicycles are much safer and can usually be rented at the same shops for as little as $10 a day. If you choose either, wear a helmet. Island Bicycles and We Cycle Key West are both well-regarded by previous travelers for bike rentals. SunShine Scooters and Pirate Scooter Rentals receive favorable reviews for mopeds.
For unnecessary stress, rent a car. You'll quickly discover parking is limited and expensive. Plus, the narrow streets are often crowded with pedestrians. If you have driven to the island, find a parking space and leave your car there.
Taxis meander the streets and position themselves near the bars and the airport. But why spend money on a taxi only to go a mile or two? Ride-hailing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, also service the island.
There is a small bus system that runs along the island's main thoroughfares. Recent travelers recommend that if you see the bus and are on your way to the opposite side of the island, hop on. Otherwise, it's not worth waiting for the bus. One-way tickets for the bus cost $2 per adult and $1 per child. You can also buy a one-day pass for $4. There is also a free bus called the Duval Loop that makes 16 stops, including near popular attractions, such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. It operates seven days a week and runs every half hour in the mornings, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. until midnight
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