Travel and Transportation

We encourage any and all family members to join the newest members of the Eckerd College community on their first few days of the Autumn Term. There are a number of events which will help parents and family members become better acquainted with the College.

Which airport should we fly to?

There are two airports within 20-25 minutes of campus that serve the Tampa Bay area. TPA handles a large volume of flights and handles most airline carriers. PIE is a smaller terminal that serves fewer airline carriers.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)
St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

How should we get from the airport to Eckerd?

Super Shuttle serves both Tampa International and St. Petersburg/Clearwater airports. Students and guests can schedule this transportation in advance by contacting Super Shuttle on the web at or by phone at 1-800-282-6817. Super Shuttle may also be scheduled on the baggage claim levels at the ground transportation area when they arrive at the airport. As a van service, it's important to know that most vans don't leave the airport until they have acquired at least 4 to 6 passengers. For this reason, you may not leave the airport immediately. We encourage you to estimate your arrival at Eckerd between an hour and an hour and a half from the time that your plane lands at the airport.

Renting a Car

Both airports also offer rental car services. Tampa International has five rental car companies which are located on the property: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, and Thrifty. Other companies (including Alamo and National) have rental offices off property and require a shuttle from the baggage claim area. A full listing can be found on the airport web site. St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport offers service from the following rental car companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless. Please contact the rental car companies to determine which are located on airport property.

Driving Directions

Eckerd College is easy to find! For specific driving directions, please visit our directions page.

When should we arrive and depart and where should we stay?

Although you will not be able to move into your residence hall until Friday, August 10th, many families choose to arrive early and stay in the area. They enjoy the extra time to rest and recharge before registration and move-in begin as well as pick up any last-minute items not purchased at home. As Autumn Term will be under way, families will leave either on the afternoon of Saturday, August 11th or Sunday, August 12th. Please consult the parent schedule for specific details.

There are quite a few hotel options in the local area. A list of recommended hotels can be found here. If you're considering a hotel that is not listed, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office (800) 456-9009, ext. 8331 if you would like information regarding the hotel's location, surrounding area, and the proximity to the College.

If you plan to be in the area longer than a couple of nights, we would recommend that you consider renting a condominium or house as the cost may be equal or less than many nights in a hotel and it would provide a full kitchen and more space. The following real estate agencies provide rental information for the local area.

Frank T. Hurley Real Estate, serving St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-1949
Brooks Realty, serving the beaches, Tierra Verde, etc. (727) 866-7368

Students will attend their first class on Saturday, August 11th, while parents may attend the President's breakfast and other orientation activities.

You may not move into the residence halls until Friday, August 10th. If you will be driving to St. Petersburg and anticipate that you will have items to store for a few days, please contact Spare Room Mini Storage, Inc. Their phone number is (727) 866-9357.

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