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How to get from Jacksonville International Airport to Downtown

Jacksonville, located on Florida’s sunny coast, is home to stunning beaches, fun water activities and breathtaking national parks. And for history lovers, Jacksonville is the perfect combination of culture and history, with the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens and the Museum of Science and History.

So, when visiting the vibrant city, you will be landing at Jacksonville International Airport; if you are heading Downtown, you have two transportation options; you can take a taxi or a bus. Taking a Jacksonville airport taxi is the easiest and fastest travel option, taking you to your Jacksonville hotel in only 20 minutes. Alternatively, for travellers on a budget, a direct bus travels from the airport to Downtown and takes 1 hour to reach the Main Street Station.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €37.80 20min 24/7
Bus €3.30 70min 05:30–23:00

How to get from Jacksonville Airport to Downtown by taxi

One of the most reliable and comfortable ways to get from Jacksonville airport to Downtown is by taking a taxi or private shuttle. Taxis provide 24/7 door-to-door transportation, taking just 20 minutes to reach the city centre.

Taxi fare from Jacksonville Airport to Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville cabs calculate their fares using a taximeter based on time and distance travelled. The average taxi fare from Jacksonville to Downtown is $40 (€37.80), traffic and time-dependent.

Please note that there are price differences for day, night and weekend trips in Jacksonville.


$40 (€37.80)

Trip Duration

20 Min.

Prices are variable unless you book in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Jacksonville International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find the official taxi ranks at Jacksonville airport’s lower level of the terminal building, near the baggage claim area.


Taking a taxi from Jacksonville airport to Downtown is the safest and most comfortable way to travel, especially when travelling with children and/or heavy luggage.

Nonetheless, if you would prefer to travel at a fixed rate and with a local friendly driver, it is highly recommended to pre-book your Jacksonville airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Editor’s Note

It is expected to tip your taxi driver in Jacksonville; most travellers leave 15% of their final fare.

Useful Tips

Make sure that your driver has turned on and reset their taximeters beforehand.
Please note that most taxis accept card payments; it is best to ask your driver before getting into the cab.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Jacksonville. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Jacksonville Airport to Downtown by bus

For a more cost-savvy travel alternative, the bus line 1 operates between Jacksonville airport and Downtown, getting you to the centre, at Main Street Station, in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

How much is a bus ticket from Jacksonville International Airport to Downtown?

A one-way ticket on Jacksonville’s airport bus costs $1.75 (€1.65). You can purchase your fare directly at the airport’s ticket vending machines.


$1.75 (€1.65)

Trip Duration

1 H 10 Min.

The bus runs every 30 minutes.

Value for Money

The bus from Jacksonville airport is available from daily from 05:30 to 23:30.

Where do I get the bus from?

The line 1 bus stop can be found at the airport’s lower level, next to baggage claim.


Taking the bus is a great travel option for those on a budget. The bus is direct, frequent and operates daily. Nevertheless, if you are travelling with children or heavy luggage, taking the Jacksonville airport shuttle to your hotel could be difficult, as you will have to find an alternative way once you reach Downtown.

Editor’s Note

If you have any questions regarding the bus, you can find the Information desk at the airport's pre-security area.

Useful Tips

Please be aware that the bus times may differ slightly on weekends.
Discounted tickets are available for children and senior citizens.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Jacksonville Airport to Downtown?

Jacksonville International Airport is located 23 km away from Downtown. It takes around 20 minutes to reach by taxi or by car.

How can I get from Jacksonville Airport to Downtown Jacksonville?

There are two transportation options when travelling from Jacksonville International Airport to Downtown. You can take a taxi or a private shuttle, taking just 20 minutes to reach, or, you can take the airport’s Bus Line 1, which takes 1 hour 10 minutes to get to the city centre.

Are there any free Jacksonville Airport shuttles to hotels available?

Some major hotels in Jacksonville offer free shared shuttle rides from the airport. It is good to check with your hotel beforehand. Alternatively, you can pre-book a private shuttle with Welcome Pickups for a hassle-free trip.

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