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The best way to get to Siesta Key

Updated: Feb 19

From Airport, Car and Free Trolley there are transportation options to make your trip stress-free

When you're planning a vacation, you want everything to go smoothly and without any hitches. That's why choosing the best transportation option is key. In this blog post, we'll share how to plan a Siesta Key beach vacation - choosing from the closest airports and tips for transportation on the island. We'll also tell you about the free trolley to have a stress-free trip. So, read on and enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

Choosing an airport near Siesta Key

No matter which airport you choose, getting to and from Siesta Key can be a breeze. With four airports within 90 miles of the island, you won't have to worry about your vacation being disrupted by a stressful trek back home.

The nearest airport, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), is a mere ten miles north of Siesta Key. Other good options include Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Southwest Florida International (RSW) Airport in Fort Myers. Major airlines fly into these airports.

Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ) is the most convenient airport with a short 20-minute drive it's the quickest access to Siesta Key. The airport is easy to navigate, and you can find low fare by watching and planning in advance.

Tampa Airport (TPA) and Southwest Florida Airport (RSW) are equally about 1.5-hour drive away from Siesta Key. Tampa is the 4th busiest airport in Florida. Located to the north, it offers more flight times

How to get to Siesta Key from the airport

Getting to Siesta Key from the airport can be a daunting task, but it's definitely doable with a little planning. For those arriving in a car, the options include rental car, shared ride services (Uber or Lyft), taxi, or pre-arranged transportation services.

Pre-arranged car services can make your trip stress-free. If you're looking for a more relaxed and hassle-free experience, try taking advantage of the free trolley on Siesta Key. You can find many options to accommodate any size group or ADA needs. Here are a couple contacts:

  • Blue Ribbon Transportation. Make a reservation on their website. Contact 941-404-0458 or email:

  • Driver’s Seat Sarasota. Make a reservation on their website. Contact 941-271-0079 or email:

  • Eddie Ward Airport transportation and day trips (Sedans, SUV and Limousines). Contact 941-735-4732. Specializing in helping elderly, handicap and are pet friendly.

  • Donna Hix Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ) transportation. Call 941-400-4240

  • Barbara Ward Transportation. Call 828-507-7250

Visit Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce for additional resources.

Arriving in Siesta Key by car

Getting to Siesta Key by car is pretty easy. Located off I-75, you can access the island from one of two bridges in Sarasota. The Siesta Key North bridge and Stickney Point bridge allow access from either end of the island. On average, both bridges open six to seven times a day, for about five minutes, and let one or two boats through each time. You should plan extra travel time on a good boating day and especially during high season January to April.

The quickest way to get there is by taking I-75 to take exit 207 for State Hwy 758. Continue along State Hwy 758 until you cross the Siesta Key North bridge. After crossing the bridge, take a slight left onto Midnight Pass Rd which is the main street and will take you to Siesta Key Village or the beach!

Getting around Siesta Key with the free trolley

The Free Trolley runs seven days a week, Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday extended weekend hours till Midnight. Siesta Key Breeze, the free trolley service operated by Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), is a great way to get around the island. Look for the SCAT signs along the island to identify trolley stops.

The “Siesta Key Breeze” Trolley app is very helpful to see the map of stops and actual arrival times. The trolley also accepts cash tips, which can be easily done through the app or by tipping the driver in person.

In addition, the Frog Hop and Jonny’s Original Free Ride are also options for a cash tip with the added convenience that you can for pick up at a specific location or flag them down if you see them anywhere on the island. Call the Frog Hop at 844-376-4467. Hours are 10am Monday - Thursday, Friday - Sunday at 9 am until late. Call Jonny’s Original Free Ride at 941-928-9200. Hours 10 am to 2 am daily. Wait times are less than 15-20 minutes, depending on current traffic. Many of the drivers also accept venmo for tip payment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get to Siesta Key from the airport?

The easiest way to get to Siesta Key from the airport is by taking a taxi or rental car.

Are there any other transportation options available that might be better for getting around on vacation in Sarasota County?

What airport is closest to Siesta Key?

Is it worth it to rent a car on Siesta Key beach vacation or should I take public transportation instead?

Is it possible to take a free trolley from the airport to Siesta Key?

What's the best way to get to Siesta Key by car?

After reading this blog, you should be well-equipped with the best way to get to and around Siesta key, whichever route you choose. Whether you're flying in, driving, or taking the free trolley, we've covered everything you need to know! So, what are you waiting for? Get on your way to some beach time and relax in the beautiful Siesta Key! You can also check out some of our available rentals!

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