We recently came back from a cruise and our flight back home was out of the Ft. Lauderdale airport. We could not check our bags in until 2 hours prior to our flight departure (at the inside ticket counter). A nice man working with Princess cruises told me about this FREE trolley while I was sitting next to him wondering what to do for the next 4 hours. Our SAS driver told a cab ride to leave the airport would be at least $30 one way. He didn't know about the Sun Trolley because it has only been operating for 1 month in March of 2013.
The Sun trolley picks up passengers at the lower level of the airport. There is a Sun Trolley sign hanging high to the right when you exit the airport. Just ask someone who works there outside and they will guide you where to wait for it. It took about 20 minutes to get to downtown Ft. Launderdale. They drop you off on the waterfront and pick you back up at the same place. The trolley looks just as it is shown on any brochure you may see. It's yellow and red. You can't miss it because it looks like a cable car right out of San Franscisco.
It picks up on the hour, every hour. Drop off times are different, but the guide will tell you when to be back to return to the airport. This was a great experience! There is a very nice female guide who will tell you whatever you need to know about getting around. You can pay 50 cents to get on another trolley that goes to the mall and another one that goes to the beachfront. If you stay downtown, where the first stop is, you will find plenty of restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory. We had a great waiter there by the way! The trolley is airconditioned and hold lots of room for sitting and standing.
Instead of sitting around at the airport for hours, check your bags outside and tip the guy because if they won't take them inside he is going you a favor outside. Then go downstairs, wait on this trolley and go tour Ft. Lauderdale. It will be the best time you spent waiting on a plane, for FREE. Currently the Sun trolley is being funded by some rich people, and they are hoping the city will take it over soon because the funds will run out. This would be a great city funded tour not only for the public, but for the businesses profiting from it.
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