Travel to the Florida Keys and Key West
Paradise Has Never Been Easier to Reach
The 120-mile-long Florida Keys island chain is linked to mainland Florida by U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway. Visitors can fly into Miami International Airport (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and from there can reach the Keys by airport shuttle buses or rental cars. Travelers can reach Key Largo, the gateway to the Keys, in about an hour from Miami or an hour and 45 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale.
- EYW - Key West International Airport
Visitors can fly to Key West International Airport via connections or direct flights from a host of Florida cities. The airport offers a host of ground transportation options, including local shuttle buses and rental cars. Getting around Key West is fun and easy! Taxis and Key West Transit buses serve Key West International and are conveniently located curb side at the terminal.
- FLL - Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International
- MTH - Florida Keys Marathon Airport
Visitors can now fly to Marathon, the small city at the mid-point of the island chain, aboard on-demand small charter aircraft such as Gold Aviation. Ground transportation is available in Marathon including airport shuttle buses, taxis and rental cars by Avis, Budget, Hertz and Enterprise. General aviation enthusiasts and corporate jet operators will also find plenty of services.
- MIA - Miami International Airport
Know Before You Go: New Florida Turnpike Toll Plaza Procedures in South Florida:
Florida's Turnpike Extension (FTE) has introduced an all-electronic toll system (no physical cash tollbooths) on the Turnpike between Milepost 0 in Florida City and Milepost 47 at the Miami-Dade/Broward County line.
What does this mean for U.S. and international visiting motorists who travel in and out of the Florida Keys?
The cash-less system is intended to continue making toll roads on this stretch of the Turnpike safe and efficient to drive, as well as more convenient for travelers. Most rental car companies have programs that allow customers to use lanes that utilize SunPass, a pre-paid toll program already in place for travel on toll roads. The tolls plus a minimal service fee are charged to the credit card used to rent the vehicle.
Resident motorists without a SunPass have an alternative method to pay tolls without stopping. Through the TOLL-BY-PLATE system, a picture will be taken of the registered driver's license plate and a monthly invoice will be mailed to the vehicle's registered owner. A $2.50 administrative fee will apply, per invoice which is billed on a monthly basis.
Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For more information about the all-electronic open road tolling on Florida's Turnpike, travelers can call the public information office at 1-800-749-PIKE (7453) or visit the website at www.FloridasTurnpike.com/all-electronictolling.
Driving Directions to the Florida Keys ...
From Miami International Airport, take LeJeune Road south to 836 West. Take the Florida Turnpike south toward Key West. The Turnpike ends at US 1 in Florida City. Follow U.S. 1 south about 22 miles to Key Largo and you are now in the Florida Keys.
From Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, exit the airport and follow the signs for 595 West. Take 595 to the Florida Turnpike and follow the signs for the Florida Keys.
From the north, take the Florida Turnpike south to just below Ft. Lauderdale, where Exit 4 joins the southern portion of the Turnpike. The Turnpike ends at US 1 in Florida City. Follow U.S. 1 south into the Florida Keys.
From Florida's west coast, take 1-75 Alligator Alley east to the Miami exit, and south to the Turnpike Extension.
A Scenic Drive Along An All-American Road
The Florida Keys Overseas Highway, from north of Key Largo to Key West, has been designated an All-American Road. The Keys highway is the only All-American Road in Florida. It's the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program established by the U.S. Congress in 1991. Only 30 other roadways in the nation have earned the prestigious title.
- What are Mile Markers?
Once you're in the Keys, U.S. 1 becomes the Overseas Highway, designated with little green mile-marker signs on the side of the highway. They begin just south of Florida City with number 127 and run all the way down to zero in Key West. Locals use them as address references — here's a quick guide:
||Approx. Miles from Miami
|Big Pine Key
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Travel Advisory for Florida Keys Motorists
State Road (SR) 5/US 1/Overseas Highway from Mile Marker (MM) 59.9 to MM 68.25
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is to begin this roadway improvement project April 15, 2013. The work is scheduled to be completed in approximately eight months to include:
- Repaving along a section of the highway within the projects limits
(no work will take place on the bridges within the project limits)
- Updating signage and pavement markings
- Installing guardrails along the project and at the bridge connections
- Widening of an existing northbound five-foot shoulder to a ten-foot paved shoulder
To complete this work safely, single lane closures will be necessary during non-peak night hours (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.), Sunday evening through Friday morning. Existing lanes will not be closed on a Saturday, a holiday, a Friday preceding a Saturday holiday or a Monday following a Sunday holiday. No lanes will be closed during special events or during peak tourist season (December 25, 2013 through April 20, 2014).
North Roosevelt Boulevard Enhancement Project in Key West
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is continuing work on a 2.5-mile-long roadway improvement project on North Roosevelt Boulevard from U.S. Highway 1 entering Key West to Eisenhower Drive.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has begun a 2.5-mile-long roadway improvement project on North Roosevelt Boulevard from U.S. Highway 1 entering Key West to Eisenhower Drive.
For the safety of motorists traveling in Key West, here are some basic facts:
- When will the project begin?
Construction is underway, and the project is expected to continue in a number of phases to lessen the impacts on traffic flow through mid-2014.
- Why is this project happening?
For improved safety and beautification, the project includes rebuilding, repaving and re-striping the roadway, new sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic lights, enhanced street lighting and landscaping as well as an expanded seawall and promenade along the waterfront for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project also features a new drainage system to greatly reduce the opportunity for road contaminants to enter the region's marine ecosystem.
- What does this mean for motorists?
Travelers may experience detours, lane closures and sidewalk closures, and are encouraged to use caution when driving, biking or walking around any construction zone.
Two lanes of inbound traffic from U.S.1 to Palm Avenue are to be open at all times. From Palm Avenue to Eisenhower Drive (Phase 1), the roadway is to be reduced to one lane of traffic open in each direction.
Phase 1A: July 2012 - Feb. 2013
Work: North Roosevelt Boulevard between Palm Avenue and Eisenhower Drive
Traffic flow: One lane open in each direction
Phase 2A: August 2012 - March 2013
Work: North Roosevelt Boulevard between Kennedy Drive and Palm Avenue
Traffic flow: Two inbound lanes open. Two outbound lanes closed.
Phase 3A: Sept. 2012 - April 2013
Work: North Roosevelt Boulevard between U.S. 1 entrance to Kennedy Drive
Traffic Flow: Two inbound lanes open. Two outbound lanes closed.
Outbound motorists are encouraged to use South Roosevelt Boulevard.
Additional phases, through 2014, are to be further outlined as details become available.
- Allow extra time to reach your destination, especially during daily morning and afternoon drive times
- Observe all posted signs and obey speed limits
- Watch for informational signs regarding upcoming traffic & work conditions
- Always wear a safety belt, a requirement of Florida State law
- Where Can I Find More Information?
Motorists are encouraged to check often for updates as construction work phases are completed and/or new phases begin during this road improvement process. Updates on conditions and more information can be found at www.fdotmonroe.com/keywest.
- Greyhound Lines
This bus service makes scheduled stops along the route between Miami International Airport and the Florida Keys and Key West. Phone: 1-(800) 231-2222 or (305) 296-9072.
- Keys Shuttle
The company provides door-to-door service between the Keys and the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airports. (305) 289-9997 or 1 (888) 765-9997.
- Florida Keys Express Shuttle
Florida Keys Express Shuttle provides shuttle service from the Florida Keys to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale airports. Mercedes full size vans are equipped with free WiFi for a relaxing commute with the best technologies available. (Maximum 11 passengers) Open Monday â€“ Sunday, 24/7. Phone: (305) 743-7454
- Train Services
Amtrak takes you as far south as Miami, where you can transfer to the Keys Shuttle bus discussed above. Amtrak: 1-800-USARAIL.
- Key West Express
This company operates high-speed passenger ferries from Ft. Myers Beach and Marco Island. The ferries dock at the Key West Bight Ferry Terminal in the heart of the Historic Seaport District with its many fine restaurants, bars and shops. Passengers can walk to Duval Street, the heart of old town Key West, in about 15 minutes. The ferry ride takes approximately 3.5 hours.
- Private Boaters
Experienced boaters can navigate to Key West along the Atlantic side of the Keys or by traveling on the Gulf of Mexico side. The first part of the trip takes you through the specially-marked Intracoastal Waterway. After Long Key, however, international markers apply. Consult the appropriate Coast Pilot and Light List manuals. Numerous marinas are waiting to entertain you, but you should make reservations ahead.