Getting Around Pensacola
The best way to get around Pensacola is by car, especially if you want to bounce between beaches and other top things to do on your own timetable. If you'd rather rely on public transportation, you can take an ECAT bus or seasonal trolley, which operates for free on Santa Rosa Island, but keep in mind that its routes and hours of operation are limited. Taxis are another option, but they're not the most affordable way to get around.
Many visitors to Pensacola make the drive from their hometowns to this spot on the Gulf Coast, but you can also fly into Pensacola International Airport (PNS), located about 5 miles northeast of the city center. A rental car or a taxi are good options for reaching your accommodations.
Having your own set of wheels gives you the most freedom on your Pensacola vacation. Plus, parking doesn't tend to be much of a problem with ample lots around many of the beaches and best things to do. You can rent cars at the airport or at several locations throughout Pensacola.
The Escambia County Area Transit offers bus service throughout the Greater Pensacola region, but most of the routes are geared toward commuters. Still, some lines are open on the weekends and make drops at some of the top things to do. For instance, Route 64 is known as the "Beach Jumper" and travels from downtown Pensacola to some of the area's most popular beaches, as well as the Naval Air Station Pensacola. A single fare costs $1.75 while a one-day unlimited pass costs $5.25. You can purchase bus tickets online, at the main bus terminal or with exact change directly on the bus. ECAT also operates a seasonal trolley on Santa Rosa Island, but recent visitors said that although it's a fun way to get around, it's by no means efficient.
A taxi is a good option to get to and from the airport or after a night on the town. A taxi from the airport to downtown usually costs about $20, while reaching the beach from the airport will run you about $35. Uber and Lyft also operate in Pensacola.
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