Dropping Off Passengers

Directions to TPA
TPA directions

Tampa International Airport is easy to find, just five miles west of downtown Tampa on the east shore of beautiful Tampa Bay.

Local? 
From Spruce Street: Take any local road to Columbus Drive or Spruce Street and go westbound. The airport entrance is west of Westshore Boulevard. 
From Highway 60: Highway 60 passes the airport entrance just east of the start of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. There’s plenty of signage to guide you in.
From the Veterans Expressway: The airport entrance is just south of the termination of the Veterans Expressway as you join Highway 60 eastbound.

Coming from out of town?
From St. Petersburg and the West: Take I-275 North to exit 39B and follow signs to the airport entrance.
From the North: Take I-75 South to I-275 South to exit 39 and follow signs to the airport entrance. 
From the South: Take I-75 North to I-4 West, then take I-275 South to exit 39 and follow signs to the airport entrance. 
From the East: Take I-4 West to I-275 South to exit 39 and follow signs to the airport entrance.

Drop-off and Parking options

Vehicles may pull up to the Departures area in front of the terminal when actively unloading passengers and luggage. No vehicles may be left unattended when dropping off passengers.  Unattended vehicles will be towed immediately.  If you want to accompany your departing passengers inside the Main Terminal, consider using the Short Term Garage. Parking under one hour is free. 

Security measures restrict access beyond the Main Terminal shuttle lobbies to ticketed passengers only. However, airlines may grant permission for persons with special needs to be accompanied by a healthcare assistant or guardian. If you want to accompany a special-needs guest to or from the gate, see a representative at the airline ticket counter for assistance.

  • Valet Parking: Drop your car off at the Blue Departure curbside from 5:30am to 5:30pm, or at the 24-hour drop off and pickup area on Level 5 of the Short Term Garage.
    Rates: $2/half-hour; $25 max per 24 hours
  • Short Term Garage: Open 24 hours with convenient elevator access to Main Terminal
    Rates: Parking under one hour is free, then $4 for the next 61-80 minutes and $2 each additional 20 minutes thereafter; $20 max per 24 hours 
  • Long Term Garage: This garage is open 24 hours and adjacent to the terminal; a monorail is located on Level 5 and pedestrian walkways are on Level 2.
    Rates: Parking under one hour is free, then $4 for the next 61-80 minutes and $2 each additional 20 minutes thereafter; $16 max per 24 hours 
  • Economy Garage and Lot: Shuttles to the terminal run 24 hours a day, typically every 7-10 minutes. Restroom facilities are available.
    Rates: $1 per 20 minutes; $9 max per 24 hours