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The bus system (Broward County Transit) http://www.broward.org/bct/ in Fort Lauderdale is a great way to get around. The fare is $1.50 per person. If you will be using the bus more than once a day, buy a day pass for $3.50, good value if you are getting on a bus more that twice in a day. For longer stays they also offer a 10 trip ticket or a 7 day ticket, either of these tickets will cost you $13.
It works like a credit card. You swipe it. All the bus routes begin and end at the terminal. There are a few benches for the weary, a place where one can get information as to which bus to take. Signs to tell you which bus stops where and at each bus parking spot, the times the buses will be leaving during the day. Times change on the weekends. Check the sign on the bus to make sure it is going in the right direction; at least one bus, the #11, has two routes: one going west to a mall & one going east to the beach. Take the right one. You can pick up bus schedules on the individual buses; you can get schedule info from their website & print off what you need before you go. If you need specific information and have access to the internet, email your questions and you will get a timely response. The schedules are not the easiest to interpret; they are not to scale. If you know where you are staying, simply email them and ask for the nearest bus route. They also have a system of transportation that you can phone; if you are too far from a route, they will pick you up and take you to the nearest bus stop.
Once you are in Fort Lauderdale, be sure to check out the Sun Trolley. Trolleys are run by the city and most are either free or 50 cents per ride. The most popular trolley takes passengers from Las Olas Blvd downtown to the beach and back. Great way to shop Las Olas if you are staying in a beach hotel. http://www.suntrolley.com/
Yellow Cab (954-777-7777) is the main taxi service in Fort Lauderdale. If your trip is not a long one, and the taxi has had to wait its turn as they do at the airport and cruise port, they will not be pleased. Make sure that you pay attention to the meter and have the correct address for your destination written down. Take a printout of your reservation which includes the name and complete address and hand it to your driver as this may help. He knows his way around, however, don't assume that he will take you there directly. Show him your destination on a map; he may then resign himself to take you there quickly and get on to his next fare.