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Getting to Sarasota

I-75 runs about five miles east of Sarasota, and driving is the number mode of transportation in the area. There is a Sarasota bus service or SCAT that offers transportation within the area. SCAT also offers a few links with Manatee County Area transportation. This is how some travelers get from Bradenton to Sarasota.

If you are headed north-south, take a bus or drive Tamiami Trail, US 41. This parallels the coast and even follows Bayfront Drive at one point. Another option is US 301, which parallels US 41 and I-75 at points. To travel east/west you can use SR-780, which intersects, and links US 41, I75, and US 301. Other north-south options include Cattleman Rd., Tuttle Ave, Honore Avenue, or Swift Rd. Other east-west options include University Parkway, Proctor Road, Bee Ridge Road, or Fruitville Road.

John Ringling Causeway, also known as SR789, takes drivers to Bird Key and Lido Key. To reach the other Keys, which is another word for islands, you will want the causeway with their name: Siesta Key, Longboat Key or Lido Key. The water is another way that people travel to Sarasota, thanks to the 3,000 mile Intracoastal Waterway. If you are traveling in a personal watercraft, you can dock at the city pier in Sarasota bay.

Getting to Sarasota from other areas in Florida generally requires time on I-75. From the north, take I-75 South. From the east, you can take I-75 west from I-95 in the Miami area. Another, more direct route for those coming south on I-95 is to cross the state on I-4. This takes drivers from through Orlando to the Tampa area, where they can pick up I-75 south to Sarasota. The Everglades swamp limits the roadways between the East and West coasts in this part of Florida.

If you are flying into the area, you can use Sarasota-Bradenton International. About 1.3 million passengers arrive via five airlines every year. There are other major airports nearby as well. These include St. Petersburg/Clearwater International, Tampa International, Southwest Florida International (Fort Myers), and Orlando International. From any of these, you can rent a car and drive to Sarasota. From Tampa, some travelers use an Amtrak through-bus service, which departs from the Tampa Amtrak station and drops off in Sarasota. Sarasota does not have light rail or Amtrak service.

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