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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.


Interstate 75 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.


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


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 Phone
Alamo Rent a Car 1-800-462-5266
Avis Rent a Car 1-800-230-4898
Budget Rent a Car 1-800-230-4898
Dollar Rent a Car 1-800-800-3655
Enterprise Rent a Car 1-800-736-8222
Hertz Car Rental 1-800-654-3131
National Car Rental 1-800-227-7368
Thrifty Car Rental 1-800-847-4389

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

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