Travel Planning

Arrival Location

Tampa International Airport sign

When booking your travel, we strongly recommend that your travel itinerary concludes at Tampa International Airport (TPA). However, you will likely arrive to the United States through another airport such as Miami International Airport (MIA), New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), or San Francisco International Airport (SFO). If your itinerary includes a layover at another U.S. airport, such as the ones above, you should allow at least 3 or 4 hours for Customs and Immigration processing prior to your next flight time.

Travel Suggestion: Domestic U.S. carriers (such as Southwest Airlines or JetBlue Airways) may offer more competitive pricing for your flight to TPA once you arrive to the United States. You may want to compare prices for the flight from your port of entry to TPA.

Ground Transportation

Students are responsible for their own transportation from the airport. Shuttle services, car rentals, and taxis are available from the baggage claim area of Tampa International Airport. Some USF student organizations offer free airport pick ups with advance notification; more information on this option is available in iStart.

We have partnered with an independent group, Friends of Internationals, who provide free airport pickup from Tampa International Airport. To request a ride from Friends of International, submit a request online as soon as you know your arrival information.