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Transportation From the Airport to the Island

We often get questions from our international travelers asking how they can get to Anna Maria Island from the closest international airport. While we know that Anna Maria Island is a little piece of paradise, not all our guests from across the world know the best way to get here.

These are the four best ways to get from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to the island. We refer our customers to these transportation providers all the time. You can even get dropped off right outside any of our AMI vacation rentals.

  • Tommy Car
  • AMI Taxi
  • Paradise Airport Transportation
  • Uber and Lyft

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Tommy Car

Tommy Car is one of your main sources to and from the airport. There are different versions of the Tommy Car. The SUV is the most popular, as it easily accommodates bigger groups. You can avoid splitting the party up. There is also a sedan option.

To get a ride from Tommy Car, you only have to step outside in the main pick-up area and call or text Tommy Car at 469-394-9004. Be sure to state your current location. There may be a vehicle already present, so it’s possible the wait could only take a few minutes.

Tommy Car is one of the most accessible and affordable options out of the airport. It works in both arrivals and departures. It also runs through the entire island, up to the City of Anna Maria and into Bradenton. You can also get transportation to the surrounding areas of Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Petersburg.

Tommy Car accepts cash, credit, Paypal, Venmo, Google Pay, and Zelle.

AMI Taxi

If you feel most comfortable using a nice local resource, try the AMI Taxi. It is incredibly simple. Call the contact at 800-301-4816. Request a ride by providing your pick-up location as well as your drop-off.

AMI taxi accepts card and credit. It is a pretty effective and simple way to get to and from the airport. AMI taxi is mostly focused on transporting to Anna Maria Island. If you are heading elsewhere first, you may be better off using the Tommy Car, Uber, or Lyft.

Paradise Car Rental

Paradise Car Rental is a locally-owned and operated small transportation business. The local team offers some of the lowest rates in the city. A trip from the Sarasota/Bradenton area averages around $29 while a trip from Tampa International Airport is about $75.

Just like most other options here, all you have to do is call a number. Paradise Car Rental can be reached at 941-356-3758. For more on the rates and other specifics, you can visit the website at You can schedule your road in advance to secure timely transportation.

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Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft are two of the most popular transportation apps in the industry. Both apps are quite similar, though there are some subtle differences.

The first thing you do is download the app you want. Both require a smartphone to utilize. You make an account, add your card information, and request a ride. There is no cash involved, which helps make both options even more secure and safe.

When you request a ride, you input where you want to go. You then request the ride and wait for someone to accept it. At this point, you will likely see an estimation of the total cost of the ride.

Once the ride is accepted, a transport vehicle will head to your destination. You are able to see the vehicle make and model, color, and license plate. The live tracking will tell you exactly where the vehicle is.

Uber and Lyft both work internationally, though there may be some restrictions in certain areas. Both apps are very popular in the United States, and they work 24/7 as long as there are available driver vehicles on the road. You can open the app up any time and see an estimation of the pick-up and drop-off times.

These are some of the fastest and most efficient ways to get from any of the nearby areas to Anna Maria Island. Stay at any of our city of Anna Maria vacation rentals and get an in-road to the best island on Florida’s Gulf.