St. Augustine Travel Guide

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Getting Around St. Augustine

The easiest way to get around St. Augustine is on foot and by trolley. Most of St. Augustine's top attractions are located within the city's historic downtown, while other sights like the Old Jail and Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park can be reached by the local sightseeing trolley. To get to and from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), the area's closest major airport, visitors can drive or take a taxi. The Northeast Florida Regional Airport (UST) is a closer option, about 5 miles north of the city, but offers limited flight options through just a few carriers. The city's Sunshine Bus Company can be used for half of the journey, but travelers will need to use two or more Jacksonville Transit Authority buses for the other part of their trip. The Sunshine Bus Company can also be used to get around central St. Augustine. Driving within St. Augustine is not recommended due to limited street parking.

On Foot Many of St. Augustine's shops, restaurants, art galleries and attractions sit within the historic city center, making it easy to get around the city on foot. At the northern edge of the downtown area, travelers will find the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center, plus must-see spots like the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. The Lightner Museum and Flagler College are located in the southern part of the neighborhood. Connecting both ends of the area is St. George Street, which can only be accessed on foot. To make walking on St. Augustine's cobblestone streets a bit more comfortable, pack a sturdy pair of shoes.
Trolley

Old Town Trolley Tours – an independently operated hop-on, hop-off trolley service – stops throughout St. Augustine. The trolley makes 23 stops at or near popular destinations like the Old Jail, the Colonial Quarter and Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Two stops are situated along St. George Street. A beach shuttle, which is free for trolley ticket holders and takes visitors to St. Augustine Beach, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, can be boarded at the No. 16 trolley stop.

Trolley tours depart every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tours are offered every day except Christmas. Basic trolley tours cost $25.74 per adult and $10.30 for children ages 6 to 12 and include three days of unlimited rides and complimentary admission to the St. Augustine History Museum. Trolley tour packages are also available, which start at $38.58 for adults and $20.95 for kids and include tickets for popular attractions like the Lightner Museum, the Old Jail and Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Children 5 and younger ride for free. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center, the Old Jail, the Old City Gates or one of two Old Town Trolley Tours welcome centers. Discounted standard tickets can also be bought on the Old Town Trolley Tours website.

Bus

The Sunshine Bus Company operates six lines and a connector route in and around St. Augustine. Key routes for central St. Augustine include the red, teal and purple lines and the connector route. The purple line will take travelers halfway to Jacksonville. To get to the northern part of St. Augustine Beach, visitors can take the red, blue or yellow line to the Depot stop and walk a mile east. Hopping on the green line at the Depot stop and getting off at the Anastasia Publix stop will bring people within walking distance of the southern tip of St. Augustine Beach.

Buses are offered through the St. Johns County Transit Service and cost $1 per ride. One-day passes can be purchased for $3. All bus routes operate between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Extended hours are available for the purple line and connector route. Service is not offered on Sundays and select holidays.

Taxi

Several taxi companies service St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Taxis can be hailed by phone or on the street. A one-way taxi ride to St. Augustine from Jacksonville International Airport will cost about $95. The Uber ride-sharing service also operates in St. Augustine.

Car If you plan on staying outside of central St. Augustine or traveling throughout Florida, consider renting a car. You'll likely also want a car on travel days to help you get to and from the airport. Keep in mind that the city's narrow cobblestone streets and limited street parking will make it a challenge to park downtown. For those who decide to drive, your best parking option will be at your hotel or the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Visitor Information Center's Historic Downtown Parking Facility, which is open 24 hours a day and sits within walking distance of St. George Street. Parking in this garage costs $12 per vehicle, per entry. A few metered street parking spaces are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental cars can be found at Jacksonville International Airport or the Northeast Florida Regional Airport.

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