Sanibel travel guide

Sanibel Tourism | Sanibel Guide

You're Going to Love Sanibel

With a population of 6,469, Sanibel is a must-see destination in Florida, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

When to visit Sanibel

Sanibel in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Sanibel in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Sanibel


Although Sanibel doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to SW Florida Intl Airport (RSW), which is located 28 km from Sanibel.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Sanibel.


Another option to get to Sanibel is to pick up a car hire from Orlando, which is about 241 km from Sanibel. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in Orlando.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Sanibel, including RedCoach, FlixBus and Greyhound. From Fort Lauderdale, the bus ride to Sanibel takes 209 km and will cost you around $74. From Tampa, the ticket costs about $87 for a journey of 233 km.

Airlines serving Sanibel

Good (3,699 reviews)
Good (687 reviews)
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British Airways
Good (3,445 reviews)
Good (4,192 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,059 reviews)
Air France
Good (838 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,267 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,206 reviews)
Excellent (1,811 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (404 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (4,023 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (202 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (731 reviews)
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Good (1,007 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (599 reviews)
Good (1,611 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (3,985 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (610 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Sanibel

Most booked hotels in Sanibel

Tarpon Tale Inn
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
Outrigger Beach Resort
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
The Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Sanibel Inn
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)

Hiring a car in Sanibel

Expect to pay $1.85 per litre in Sanibel (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.16 and $29.55.