Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is located at Dania Beach, 5 km southwest of central Fort Lauderdale and 8 km from the nearest beaches. It is very close to Hollywood and 40 km north of Miami. It is the fastest growing major airport in the United States thanks to its proximity to the cruise terminals at Port Everglades, making it popular for travelers to the Caribbean.
To get to Fort Lauderdale Airport which connects to the Florida Turnpike, I-95, I-595 and US Route 1, take State Road 84 or I-595 and turn onto SW 29 Avenue for the Park N Save parking lot, or follow US Route 1 South to Perimeter Road Airport for economical parking.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has four terminals and a car rental center with more than 5,400 rental cars. Most of the major car rental companies are found there. When you arrive at the airport, you will be located on level I in one of the four terminals. Terminals 1 to 3 handle domestic flights and Terminal 4 International. All terminals have an information / customer service desk and are relatively small, so there are no long walking distances to the baggage claim and arrival halls.
Passengers arriving at Terminal 1 who plan to rent a car should follow the signs for the Concourse B pedestrian bridge. All other terminals have a baggage claim shuttle service that takes passengers to the car rental center.
Taxis are available outside the arrivals area and Yellow Cab taxis are available on request 24 hours a day from the transport podium located outside the baggage area on the lower level at edge of the sidewalk of each terminal. Price comparison tables are displayed on each podium and taxis can accept up to five people for the price indicated on the meter.
Shared shuttles that offer door-to-door service from the airport to most local destinations can also be reserved at the transportation offices located in each of the terminals.
Buses and tri-rail (commuter train) buses run daily from the bus stops outside the terminals at Fort Lauderdale Airport. Bus stops are located at the west end of the airport between terminals 1 and 2 and between terminals 3 and 4. There is no railway at the airport terminal Airport, but a TriRail shuttle runs to the nearby train station where trains leave Fort Lauderdale Airport train station heading south to Miami about 30 minutes apart Monday through Friday and every two hours on weekends.
There is plenty of parking available next to the Fort Lauderdale Airport terminal with parking for nearly 12,000 cars located minutes from most terminals and accessible via a covered walkway. There are also thousands of additional spaces in remote parking lots accessible by a free shuttle service.
Departures from all terminals are on level II with escalators and elevators (suitable for wheelchairs) on all floors. There are a wide range of restaurants to choose from at the airport, most of them are located after security and those before security are open to the public.
Shopping at the airport is quite limited, but you can buy newspapers, magazines, books and gifts as well as duty free items, including cameras, perfumes and jewelry.
There are ATMs and a business center with fax and photocopying machines at each terminal at Fort Lauderdale Airport. The disabled facilities are good and passengers with special needs should contact their airline in advance.