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Jacksonville International Airport

Enjoy a full-service terminal building and outstanding ground transportation options.

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Jacksonville River Taxi

Downtown and need to cross the St. Johns River? Board the River Taxi for an affordable fare.

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The St. Johns River Ferry

Save yourself time as you wheel onto the St. Johns River Ferry, which runs Monday-Sunday.

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JAX Sky Bridges Art Work

Jacksonville is full of rich arts and culture, check out the Sky Bridges at JIA.

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The Skyway

Ride in the Sky on the Jacksonville Skyway, it's FREE!

Getting Around

One of Jacksonville’s advantages is its convenient location in the South Eastern United States, easily accessible by air and land.

Jacksonville, the “River City by the Sea” is located in the southeastern United States on the northeast coast of Florida. Air travel and traveling by car are convenient ways to visit, meet and play here.

Let's Fly: Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is the “Fifth Best Airport” in North America for airport service quality, according to the Airports Council International (ACI) (2013).  JAX provides non-stop flights to more than 30 major U.S. cities. The airport offers 100+ daily arrivals and departures on all major domestic air carriers and a network of regional carriers. Enjoy a full-service terminal building and outstanding ground transportation options. The airport offers comforts like free Wi-Fi, rocking chairs, live music, an art gallery and a wide array of shopping and dining options. Carriers servicing JAX include Air Tran, American, Aligent, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Silver,  Southwest, US Airways and United Airlines. Various charter flights also operate into JAX.

Let’s Drive: Jacksonville is at the crossroads of two major Interstate Highways – 95 (north/south) and 10 (east/west) – and four U.S. Highways – 1, 17, 90 and 301. The metropolitan area is served by an efficient network of thoroughfares, including Interstate 295, which circles the city and connects I-10 and I-95. Jacksonville is 130 miles from Orlando and 345 miles from Miami.

Let’s Hit the Rails: Daily railroad passenger service to and from Jacksonville is provided by Amtrak, connecting the city with all other locations in the Amtrak system. The Jacksonville Amtrak station is located 20 minutes north of downtown, on the city’s Northside.

Getting Around In Town:

  • River Taxi: The Jacksonville River Taxi provides transportation across the St. Johns River in the heart of downtown. Take the water taxi for convenient transportation to and from the North and Southbank in downtown, as well as to take in the breathtaking views of the Jacksonville skyline. It’s a fun and unique travel option for visitors. Service is also available during special events to the Jacksonville Sports Complex, as well as the Riverside Arts Market.
  • Skyway: The 2.5-mile Skyway is an automated transit system operating on an elevated track throughout the week and during special events. This convenient, free service provides transportation to the North and Southbank of downtown, as well as the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
  • St. Johns River Ferry: The only public car ferry left in Florida crosses the St. Johns River at Mayport, connecting it to Fort George Island. Mayport offers access to the beaches communities and Fort George Island is home to dozens of outdoor activities and historical attractions, like Kingsley Plantation and Talbot Island State Parks.
  • Buses and Trolleys: The Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) offers bus services to make getting around without a car affordable and easy. Three trolley routes provide transportation around the downtown area, including transportation to the Sports Complex and the historic Riverside neighborhood.

Pedestrian Friendly: Jacksonville’s Downtown core is safe and easy to walk from place-to-place. The city also offers a variety of riverfront jogging/walking paths for those looking to be active while in town.

  • Bike: Rent a bike from the Hyatt Regency for an easy pedal along side the St. Johns River.  Take a ride on the wide, white sandy beaches that also offer a great way to relax on a bike. Biking is a preferred method of transportation at the beaches too. You will often find full bike racks outside the beaches most popular watering holes. For a more vigorous biking adventure, hit the mountain biking trails at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park or the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail-Trail.

By Car:

  • Jacksonville is at the crossroads of two major Interstate Highways – 95 (north/south) and 10 (east/west) – and four U.S. Highways – 1, 17, 90 & 301.   The Metropolitan area is served by an efficient network of thoroughfares, including interstate 295, which circles the city and connects I-10 and I-95.  Jacksonville is 130 miles from Orlando and 345 miles from Miami.

By Train:

  • Daily railroad passenger service to and from Jacksonville is provided by Amtrak, connecting the city with all other locations in the Amtrak system.  The Jacksonville Amtrak station is located 20 minutes north of Downtown, on the city’s northside.

In Town:

  • Water Taxi - The S.S. Marine Taxi provides transportation across the St. Johns River in the heart of Downtown. Why not hop on the water taxi at the Jacksonville Landing and cruise to a four-star restaurant overlooking the water? The Water Taxi offers breathtaking views of the Jacksonville skyline, making this a fun and unique travel option for your meeting guests. Service is available during special events to the Jacksonville Sports Complex.
  • Sky Way - This 2.5-mile skyway is an automated transit system operating on an elevated track throughout the week and during special events. This convenient free service provides transportation to the North and Southbanks of Downtown as well as the Prime Osborn Convention Center. It also connects to quaint neighborhoods like San Marco where you’ll find chic boutiques and some of the finest dining in the city.
  • St. Johns River Ferry - the only public car ferry left in Florida crosses the St. Johns River at Mayport connecting it to Fort George Island. Mayport offers access to the beaches communities and Fort George Island is home to dozens of outdoor activities and historical attractions.
  • Buses and Trolleys - The Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA) offers bus services to make getting around without a car affordable and easy. While three historic trolleys provide transportation around the Downtown area, including transportation to the Sports Complex.
  • Pedestrian Friendly - Downtown Jacksonville’s compact core is safe and easy to walk from place-to-place. Take a mid-day stroll on the downtown Riverwalk alongside the St. John’s River, or challenge yourself to a morning run over the downtown bridges.

Let's Walk:

  •  A ranking of 50 major metropolitan cities by Walk Score, a website created to promote walkable neighborhoods, places Jacksonville 50th in its walkability, with a score of 32.6. Scores were based on the following criteria: A main street or public space where people can gather, a strong enough population to sustain local businesses, affordable housing near businesses, parks and public places that are abundant and flourish and public transportation. (2013)

For more information on Transportation in Jacksonville, click here.