Directions: How to Get to Sanibel Island
Now that you have decided to visit Sanibel Island, you need to know how to get here! Whether by car or air we have information to help you reach your destination.
TRAVEL BY CAR
When coming from the northern states take Interstate 75 south into the state of Florida and remain on this interstate until you reach Ft. Myers. Then take Exit 131 (Daniels Parkway) and head west (turn right at the end of the exit ramp) to Summerlin Road. Take a left on Summerlin Road and follow until you reach the Sanibel Island Causeway and Toll Plaza. Remember, it will cost $6.00 to cross over to Sanibel Island. There is major road construction on these roads at the moment, so take special care when driving.
Interstate 95 Take Interstate 95 into Florida and then turn west onto Interstate 10 (near Jacksonville) the proceed south on Interstate 75.
Interstate 4 From Orlando head west on Interstate 4 and then proceed to take Interstate 75 south.
DRIVING TIMES AND DISTANCES
To help you determine how long your drive may be to Sanibel Island, we have compiled some mileage numbers for you to help you determine your trip time. These are distances between certain selected cities and Sanibel Island. Hopefully these mileage numbers will help you determine the type of travel you chose when traveling to Sanibel Island.
|Starting City ||Miles |
|St. Augustine ||270 |
|Daytona Beach ||230 |
|Gainesville ||250 |
|Jacksonville ||305 |
|Miami ||158 |
|Orlando ||175 |
|Tallahassee ||375 |
|Tampa ||145 |
|Atlanta ||630 |
|Boston ||1478 |
|Chicago ||1290 |
|Cleveland ||1215 |
|Detroit ||1298 |
|New York ||1264 |
|Philadelphia ||1174 |
|St. Louis ||1129 |
|Washington, D.C. ||1029 |
TRAVEL BY AIR
The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is the main airport servicing the Ft. Myers/Sanibel Island/Naples area. Most of the major airlines serve this airport. This airport has been recently renovated and enlarged. A Visitor Service Center is located near the baggage claim area if you need assistance. This is a good place to pick up a map if you will be renting a car. Please find below a list of the airlines that serve Southwest Florida International Airport and their phone numbers:
|Airlines ||Phone |
|Air Canada ||1-888-247-2262 |
|AirTran Airways ||1-800-247-8726 |
|American/American Eagle ||1-800-433-7300 |
|Cape Air ||1-800-352-0714 |
|Comair ||1-800-221-1212 |
|Condor ||1-800-524-6975 |
|Continental Airlines ||1-800-525-0280 |
|Delta Airlines ||1-800-221-1212 |
|Delta Connection ||1-866-221-1212 |
|Frontier Airlines ||1-800-432-1359 |
|LTU International Airways ||1-866-266-5588 |
|Midwest Airlines ||1-800-452-2022 |
|Northwest ||1-800-225-2525 |
|Southwest Airlines ||1-800-435-9792 |
|Spirit Airlines ||1-800-772-7117 |
|Sun Country ||1-800-359-6786 |
|United Airlines ||1-800-241-6522 |
|US Airways ||1-800-428-4322 |
|USA 3000 Airlines ||1-877-872-3000 |
|WestJet ||1-888-937-8538 |
The airport is located off Daniels Parkway on Terminal Access Road. When leaving the airport proceed on Daniels Parkway and follow the above driving directions to Sanibel Island. It should take you about 30 minutes (with no bad traffic) to reach Sanibel Island. To contact the airport directly, please call 239-768-1000.
Nearly all the major car rental agencies are available at Southwest Florida International Airport. We recommend you make reservations before you arrive to assure you have transportation for your visit.
|Rental Car Agency
|Alamo Rent a Car
|Avis Rent a Car
|Budget Rent a Car
|Dollar Rent a Car
|Enterprise Rent a Car
|Hertz Car Rental
|National Car Rental
|Thrifty Car Rental
These car rental facilities are located just off the airport property. There are shuttle buses to take you to your car rental agency to pick up your car.
A taxi from the airport to Sanibel Island will cost you around $56.00 to $64.00 not including tip.
Map of Sanibel Island
Click on the link below to view a map of Sanibel Island. This will allow you to see the entire island up close and personal!
Sanibel Island Map