Mass, widely-used public transportation might just be a gleam in the eye of many Tampa hopefuls for now, but there is one great option for public transit throughout Ybor City, Channelside, and Downtown Tampa that’ll satisfy transportation needs if you work, or play, in these areas.
The TECO Line Streetcar System is a fantastic way to get around these neighborhoods at a comfortable, low-cost, and much speedier than traffic kind of way. Pay a $2.50 fare, hop on at various easy-to-walk-to stations throughout Ybor, Channelside, and Downtown, then ride to all the great nightlife, restaurants, attractions, and more throughout these neighborhoods.
Best of all, the streetcar system just finished a state-of-the-art extension reaching a third of mile farther into Downtown Tampa. This new Whiting Street Station extends the TECO line route north of Franklin, under the Selmon Expressway, and through the Brorein intersection to take you right to the intersection of Franklin and Whiting Street.
This makes transportation from Downtown Tampa hotels like the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Riverwalk to places like the St. Pete Times Forum and the Channelside Plaza easier than ever if you’re visiting the area without a car.
If you work or live in the vicinity (which you must prove) and are looking to use the TECO Line Streetcar on a regular basis, you can opt for a 20-ride streetcar fare card for $25, giving you a great discount on the regular price; or purchase an annual pass which allows unlimited use of the streetcar for an entire year for $200.
Visiting the area or just want to get more familiar with Tampa? Book a group tour on the TECO Line Streetcar. You’ll go from Channelside to Ybor and learn all about these vibrant districts along the way.
If you’re looking to get around Ybor, Channelside, or Downtown Tampa without terrible traffic or exorbitant cab fare, the TECO Line Streetcar is the way to go.