Fort Lauderdale travel guide

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You're Going to Love Fort Lauderdale

With a population of 165.521, Fort Lauderdale is a must-see destination in Florida, United States. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Fort Lauderdale deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Fort Lauderdale

Central Beach is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. These include popular favourites such as OKU by Takato (551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd), Takato Restaurant (551 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd) and Truluck's - Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab - Fort Lauderdale (701 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd). If you’re looking for affordable options, Blue Moon Fish Co. (4405 West Tradewinds Ave) and Kaluz Restaurant (3300 E. Commercial Blvd.) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Thai Spice (1514 E Commercial Blvd) and Coppola's Steakhouse (3848 N Federal Hwy) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Fort Lauderdale.

When to visit Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale in September
Estimated hotel price
$260
1 night at 3-star hotel
Fort Lauderdale in September
Estimated hotel price
$260
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Fort Lauderdale in July, when the average temperature is 29 °C, and the highest can go up to 33 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 14 °C, with an average temperature of 19 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in September, when precipitation is around 211 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Fort Lauderdale, with an average rainfall of 46 mm.

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How to Get to Fort Lauderdale

Plane

Fort Lauderdale is served by 2 airports: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE). The closest to the city centre of Fort Lauderdale is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, which is located 5 km from the city centre. Further away is Fort Lauderdale Executive, 9 km from the centre of Fort Lauderdale. The shortest flight to Fort Lauderdale from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 18h 44m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Fort Lauderdale, followed by Brightline. The train journey from Fort Lauderdale to Miami takes 0h 21m and costs around $13 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Winter Park, expect to pay about $57 for a 5h 25m trip. Located 3.0 km from the city centre, Fort Lauderdale is the busiest station in Fort Lauderdale. Another popular train station is Fort Lauderdale Brightline Station, located 0.7 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Fort Lauderdale is to pick up a car hire from Orlando, which is about 295 km from Fort Lauderdale. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Dollar, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Fort Lauderdale, including RedCoach, Jet Set Express and FlixBus. From Miami, the bus ride to Fort Lauderdale takes 48 km and will cost you around $62. From Fort Myers, the ticket costs about $75 for a journey of 201 km. The most popular bus station is Fort Lauderdale Tri Rail - Airport, located 7 km from the city centre of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale Broward Blvd Park & Ride is also a commonly used station, and is 3.2 km from the city centre.

Plane

Fort Lauderdale is served by 2 airports: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE). The closest to the city centre of Fort Lauderdale is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, which is located 5 km from the city centre. Further away is Fort Lauderdale Executive, 9 km from the centre of Fort Lauderdale. The shortest flight to Fort Lauderdale from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 18h 44m.

Train

Amtrak is the most popular train carrier serving Fort Lauderdale, followed by Brightline. The train journey from Fort Lauderdale to Miami takes 0h 21m and costs around $13 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Winter Park, expect to pay about $57 for a 5h 25m trip. Located 3.0 km from the city centre, Fort Lauderdale is the busiest station in Fort Lauderdale. Another popular train station is Fort Lauderdale Brightline Station, located 0.7 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Fort Lauderdale is to pick up a car hire from Orlando, which is about 295 km from Fort Lauderdale. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Dollar, among others, in Orlando.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Fort Lauderdale, including RedCoach, Jet Set Express and FlixBus. From Miami, the bus ride to Fort Lauderdale takes 48 km and will cost you around $62. From Fort Myers, the ticket costs about $75 for a journey of 201 km. The most popular bus station is Fort Lauderdale Tri Rail - Airport, located 7 km from the city centre of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale Broward Blvd Park & Ride is also a commonly used station, and is 3.2 km from the city centre.

Airports near Fort Lauderdale

Airlines serving Fort Lauderdale

Lufthansa
Good (4,684 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (962 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,673 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,557 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,236 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (481 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,603 reviews)
Air France
Good (982 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,114 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,990 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,405 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,062 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
LOT
Good (684 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (792 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,175 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,804 reviews)
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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

From 5-star hotels such as the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach to great affordable options like the Silver Seas Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $309 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $545 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown/Las Olas and La Casa Hotel. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Fort Lauderdale, with prices from $39 to $1,510 per night. Central Beach is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Fort Lauderdale are about 4% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Poinciana Park - In Fort Lauderdale’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Crowne Plaza Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, Vacation Inn Motel and Haven Hotel - Fort Lauderdale Airport.

Poinciana Park - In Fort Lauderdale’s most popular neighbourhood to stay, recommended hotels include Crowne Plaza Ft. Lauderdale Airport/Cruise, Vacation Inn Motel and Haven Hotel - Fort Lauderdale Airport.
Most popular hotel in Fort Lauderdale by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Fort Lauderdale

Most booked hotels in Fort Lauderdale

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$304+
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$527+
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$219+
Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
$390+
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
$479+
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach
4 stars
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
$289+

Hiring a car in Fort Lauderdale

Hiring a car in Fort Lauderdale costs $73 per day, on average, or $146 if you want to hire it for 2 days. Alamo, National and Sixt are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Fort Lauderdale is the Priceless branch at 3265 Southeast 6th Avenue, which is 4 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.62 per litre in Fort Lauderdale (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.39 and $25.86. The most frequently booked car type in Fort Lauderdale is Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Kia Forte or similar) is, on average, 78% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Fort Lauderdale costs $73 per day, on average, or $146 if you want to hire it for 2 days. Alamo, National and Sixt are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Fort Lauderdale is the Priceless branch at 3265 Southeast 6th Avenue, which is 4 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $1.62 per litre in Fort Lauderdale (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $19.39 and $25.86. The most frequently booked car type in Fort Lauderdale is Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Kia Forte or similar) is, on average, 78% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.