Sarasota is a popular city on the Gulf Coast of Florida , known for the restaurants , shopping, beach and arts community. Tampa , just 50 miles to the north, offers plenty of things to do, as well, ranging from visiting museums, to spending time in the botanical garden or the zoo.
Given the short distance between the two cities, it makes sense not to fly between Tampa and Sarasota. In fact, travelers can either fly into Tampa International Airport (TPA) or Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) regardless of which city they plan to visit.
If you do not fancy renting a car and driving the 50 miles between Tampa and Sarasota, your only option is the shuttle bus from Tampa Airport to Sarasota. Unfortunately, there isn’t a public bus connection between the two cities.
Tampa to Sarasota by bus
While there is no public bus between Tampa and Sarasota , there are private bus companies (such as this one ) offering shuttles between Tampa International Airport and Sarasota. They offer three departures per day from Tampa’s airport and four departures per day from Sarasota. The adult fare is $40 one way.
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Tampa to Sarasota by car
You can rent a car and drive the 50 miles (or 60 miles, depending on the route) between Tampa and Sarasota in about an hour. If you choose the shortest route (52.5 miles) , you’ll be driving by the coast, so the views are an added delight.