Where can I fly from Tampa (TPA)?
Over the last 2 years, we've sent Going members from Tampa (TPA) to 181 destinations. These are the cheapest flights we've found to each of those destinations.
Flights from Tampa (TPA) overview
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight out of Tampa (TPA)
Target the Goldilocks Window for booking flights
Last-minute bargain basement airfare is increasingly rare. In fact, the cost of a flight typically jumps 21, 14, and 7 days before the departure date (so you should definitely plan to buy your tickets before those points if possible). There are, however, periods before a flight when ticket prices are usually at their cheapest. We call this the Goldilocks Window.
If you’re taking a domestic flight, the Goldilocks Window is about 1-3 months beforehand. If it’s an international trip, the window is a bit longer, at 2-8 months in advance. There are caveats, though—if your trip happens to be during the peak travel season or over a big travel holiday, you should be looking at fares even further in advance.
Get creative with the Greek Islands Trick
Sometimes you need to think outside the box to find the best deals on airfare. If the itinerary from Tampa’s airport to your dream destination feels too expensive, you can try looking for fares from Tampa to a major international hub that’s closer to (but not in) the place you really want to be. From there, you’d book a short flight, train ride, or even ferry trip to close the gap. We call it the Greek Islands Trick, but don’t let the name fool you—this technique works for destinations all over the world. The Greek Islands just happen to be a good illustrative example.
Let’s say, for example, that you want to get to Santorini, but then you find the cost of tickets is $1,200 or more roundtrip. If you zoom out a bit, you may find a much better deal on a flight to London, with roundtrip tickets that can come in around $450. Combine that with the roughly $150 roundtrip flight from London to Santorini, and you’ve just saved a bundle on your trip. Sure, this method requires a bit more logistical juggling, but it’s hard to argue with the kind of money you can save.
Look at alternate departure airports
This is a bit like the Greek Islands Trick but in reverse. Rather than checking the fares from only one airport, this means you’d compare the fares from multiple departure airports to find the best one. In some cases, that may be really nearby (such as Orlando International Airport (MCO) being a little more than an hour’s drive from Tampa). In other cases, the best deals on airfare to the place you want to travel may be nowhere near you—and it may still be the right idea.
Consider that Going regularly finds absolutely spectacular fare deals that make an additional domestic flight completely worth it. We’ve seen a roundtrip fare from Los Angeles to Japan for $202 and a roundtrip fare from Atlanta to Chile for $63. Again, there’s a bit more planning that goes into an itinerary like this and… Did we mention the flight to Chile for $63?
Plan trips around when it’s cheaper to fly
Most travelers figure out when they want to take a trip, and only then do they start looking at airfare. Demand for flights is particularly high during peak travel seasons like summer when school schedules let the whole family travel and the weather is conducive to playing outdoors. But that kind of increased demand also means higher prices on lots of aspects of traveling, including airfare.
One of the best things you can do to save money on airfare is to do the planning in the opposite direction. First, look at the cost of flights to where you want to go. Then, choose your travel dates based on when the flights are cheapest. If you can’t be that flexible with your travel plans, however, you can still save a bit on airfare by aiming for shoulder seasons (the months on either side of a peak season, like spring and autumn instead of summer) and by avoiding the most expensive days to fly (Fridays and Sundays). Try to book flights on the days when it’s usually cheaper to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Sign up for airfare alerts
Rather than trying to become an expert in tracking the fluctuating cost of flights, you can put technology to work for you. When you’ve got an itinerary in mind, sign up for fare alerts for that itinerary. Then, when airfare goes down into the range you’re looking for, you’ll get an email letting you know it may be time to buy. If you’ve got more than one potential itinerary, you’ll have to set up multiple alerts. We recommend you do this at least a few months before you plan to fly so you stand the best chance of getting a great deal. On the other hand, you can also join Going and let us do all of the searching for you.
Tampa International Airport is a hub for Silver Airways and a focus city for Frontier and Southwest, with a total of 22 airlines operating out of TPA. There are only a few nonstop international flights out of Tampa, including the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and several cities in Canada. For many international destinations, though, you’ll likely end up with a connecting flight in a larger US airport like Atlanta, New York, or Chicago.
Frequently asked questions about flying from Tampa (TPA)
What is the airport code for Tampa International Airport?
The airport code for Tampa International Airport is TPA.
Does Tampa International Airport (TPA) have its own on-site hotel?
The Tampa Airport Marriott is the only on-site hotel at TPA. The hotel is connected to the terminal on level 3, so guests can walk from the hotel lobby right into the terminal. Hotel amenities include two restaurants, a coffee shop, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Rooms start at around $240 per night.
What lounges are available at Tampa International Airport (TPA)?
The A and C Airsides at Tampa’s airport don’t have any lounges.
There is a Delta Sky Club in Airside E, across from Gate 68 (open 4am-8:30pm). The lounge offers free food, drinks, and WiFi. Sky Club access is free for Sky Club members, Delta’s and Air France’s first-class or business-class ticketholders, SkyMiles Reserve cardholders, and AmEx Platinum cardholders with a Delta boarding pass.
There's an Admirals Club near Gate 85 (open 5am-8pm) at Airside F . The lounge offers free food, drinks, and WiFi. Access to the lounge is free for Admirals Club members, American Airlines travelers flying first or business class, Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard cardholders with an AA boarding pass, ConciergeKey members with an AA boarding pass, and AirPass members with Admirals Club privileges. Day passes are also available for $59.
Does Tampa International Airport (TPA) have facilities for those traveling with pets?
Service animals must be leashed at all times inside the airport. Pets must be kept in a carrier at all times except when in a pet relief area (when they must be leashed).
Pet relief areas at TPA are located:
- Outside baggage claim of the main terminal
- Near Gate 18 of Airside A
- Near Gate 45 of Airside C
- Near Gate 75 of Airside E
- Across from Gate 87 of Airside F
How many terminals are there in Tampa International Airport (TPA)?
The Tampa airport technically has one “terminal,” but there are four “Airsides” where all the gates are located: Airside A, Airside C, Airside E and Airside F.
Airside A is served by JetBlue, Silver Airways, Spirit Airlines, and United. Restaurants include Pei Wei, Bay Coffee and Tea, and Burger 21. Shopping options include Ron Jon Surf Shop, Stellar Bay, and The Apartment. There is a nursing room across from Gate 11.
Airside C is served by Alaska Air, Avelo, Breeze Airways, Southwest, and Sun Country Airlines. Dining options include Bavaro’s, Cafe con Leche, Ulele, Rumfish Grill, and Louis Pappas. Shops include Stellar Bay and News Channel 8. There is a nursing room across from Gate 38.
Airside E is served by Air Canada, Delta, and Frontier. Restaurants include Four Green Fields, Illy, and Beers of the World. Shops include Corsa, Tampa Bay Times, and Tampa Duty Free. The nursing room is opposite Gate 75.
Airside F is the primary international concourse, served by American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Edelweiss Air, EW Discover, WestJet, and Virgin Atlantic. Dining options include The Cafe by Mise en Place, The Eatery, and The Gasparailla Bar. Shops include MIXX, Stellar Bay, Bay to Bay News, and World Duty Free. The nursing room is located near Gate 84.
Does TPA have CLEAR?
No, Tampa does not have CLEAR at the airport.
Does TPA have TSA PreCheck?
TSA Precheck is available at all security checkpoints in each of TPA’s four Airsides. The enrollment center is in the baggage claim area of the main terminal, opposite carousel 13.
Does TPA have Global Entry?
Global Entry is available for international arrivals at Tampa’s airport. The Global Entry enrollment center is in the baggage claim area of the main terminal.
How early should I arrive to Tampa International Airport (TPA) before my flight?
The Tampa Airport echoes the general recommendations for travelers about when to get to the airport before a flight: two hours before departure for a domestic flight and three hours before for an international flight. Depending on the specifics of your itinerary, however, you may not need as much time.
How big is the airport, and where is your gate? The Tampa airport isn’t huge, but it still takes time to get from the doors of the main terminal to the right concourse and your gate. The terminal is connected to the airsides by automated shuttles that run regularly back and forth, and each of the Airside buildings is small enough that walking from one end to the other typically takes no more than a few minutes, but it may be a good idea to look at airport maps and find out where your gate is.
Do you need to check in or check luggage at the airport? If you can check in online and have no luggage to check in, that saves a great deal of time at the airport. Not only that, each airline has cutoff times after when you can’t check in for a flight or check any bags. It’s usually around 30-60 minutes before departure for the former and 45-60 minutes beforehand for the latter.
How busy will the airport be? The airport’s website says that security wait times are usually about 20 minutes during “non-peak times” and 45 minutes during “peak times,” so take your itinerary into account. If you’re flying on a busy day or during a busy season, allow for more time to get through the checkpoint.
Overall, we’d recommend getting to Tampa International at least one hour before a flight, although (depending on your specific trip) 1.5-2 hours may be a better idea.
How far is Tampa International Airport (TPA) from downtown Tampa?
Tampa’s airport is only nine miles from downtown Tampa via the usual route. When traffic is light, it can take less than 15 minutes. During rush hour, it’s advisable to allow for at least 30-40 minutes.
What are the different transportation options for going from the city center to Tampa International Airport (TPA)?
Travelers have a few options for getting to TPA from the city.
By taxi or ride share: The airport is close enough to Tampa that it’s a pretty quick taxi trip, and there’s a flat fee of $35 from downtown to Tampa Airport. The average cost of a rideshare trip is around $20-25, depending on traffic and demand.
By public transportation: Two local public bus companies serve the airport. HART bus lines 10 and 30 link downtown Tampa with the airport, stopping at the Rental Car Center, and fares start at $2. The PSTA 300X Airport Express runs from downtown Tampa to the airport, also stopping at the Rental Car Center. Fares for this bus start at $1.10.
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