Sandy beaches, Walt Disney World Resort, and crystal clear waters are just some of the possible reasons you may be excited to travel to Fort Lauderdale. Florida boasts excellent weather and plenty of activities year-round. If you want to skip over the tourist-filled streets and attractions, plan your holiday between the months of December – April. The school term is in session, and while it is technically winter, you get comfortable temperatures ranging from 10 – 27 degrees Celsius at this time of year. Also, summer and fall are the periods of heavy rainfall and hurricanes. So, if you visit from June – November, pack an umbrella and rain coat.
If you aren’t able to travel during the month of January, then book flights to Fort Lauderdale from Canada during April instead. Flights to Fort Lauderdale in April, while not as cheap as those in January, still average around 349 C$.
In general, most travellers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Fort Lauderdale is about 54 days prior to their departure date, when tickets on average are 414 C$. However, in the past 72 hours, people saw flights from Canada for as low as 232 C$.
The cheapest day to depart from Canada to Fort Lauderdale is on a Tuesday. Travellers who choose to depart for Fort Lauderdale on a Tuesday will often find tickets for as low as 351 C$. The most expensive day to fly to Fort Lauderdale is Friday, with ticket prices averaging around 443 C$.
The cheapest time of day to fly to Fort Lauderdale is in the evening when flights can be purchased for as low as 393 C$. At noon is when there is more demand to fly to Fort Lauderdale, so prices are often more expensive at around 441 C$ per ticket.
When planning your flight to Fort Lauderdale, it is important to be aware that some months are not as ideal as others. Specifically, the months of March, June, or July could carry a higher chance of rain, as Fort Lauderdale sees up to 5.1 inches (130 mm) or more. There are still things to do in Fort Lauderdale even when it's raining, but be aware that rain is highly probable in the area. Shopping centres like Las Olas Boulevard are very popular destinations for those visiting the Fort Lauderdale area. Las Olas Boulevard is a great place to go if you’re looking to spend some time inside.
During the warmer months, hikers around the Fort Lauderdale area find that parks like Tinker Field are the best for taking long walks with their families and/or pets. Those looking for this type of experience are likely best suited to fly to Fort Lauderdale in January, February, or December.
Beaches like Las Olas Beach are most often visited during April, as the weather is usually above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21°C) with a low chance of rain. Consider visiting Central Beach during your Fort Lauderdale visit as well.
Direct flights to Fort Lauderdale from Canada include: Air Canada, WestJet, Air Transat, and Sunwing Airlines. Other international carriers that fly into Fort Lauderdale include: United, Delta, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Caribbean Airlines.
There are several ways to get to Fort Lauderdale city centre from FLL airport, including:
Taxis are available on-demand at the curbside of each terminal exit. To downtown Fort Lauderdale, you can expect to pay $12 – $20 USD and the trip takes approximately 20 minutes.
Broward County Transit #1 stops outside of the Rental Car Center (RCC) and runs to downtown Fort Lauderdale, stopping at Southwest 3rd Avenue, Broward General Hospital, Sheridan Street, Hallandale Beach Boulevard, and Aventura Mall. Buses leave the airport every 20 – 30 minutes during the week and Saturday, and every 30 minutes on Sunday. The fare is $1 USD per trip. On the weekends, the Sun Trolley bus goes from the airport to the Welcome Center in downtown for free. Lines are long for the Sun Trolley; therefore, plan to wait a while for your ride.
TriRail is reachable through the airport’s TriTrail Shuttle bus from all terminals. The train to city centre is approximately 44 minutes. Trains leave from the airport every 20 – 60 minutes and the cost is $2 – $5 USD depending on how far into city centre you want to go.
Car rental companies include ALAMO, AVIS, Budget, Continental, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Payless, National, Thrifty, and Momondo.
Fort Lauderdale transportation is convenient, and the public transportation options are extremely affordable for tourists.
Taxi is the most expensive option when getting around the city, but services are available almost anywhere downtown. Yellow Cab is the most popular in the city and the estimated cost for a 3-mile trip is $10.10 USD, while 6-miles can cost $17.45 USD.
Water taxis are used along the Fort Lauderdale waterways, which offer a quick and fun way to get around the city. The taxis travel along downtown’s New River and stop at 12 points. You can get on and off throughout the day, and tickets are $25 USD for adults and $11 USD for children.
The Sun Trolley operates along the beach and downtown. It also leads to Las Olas Boulevard. You can purchase a $3 USD day pass or pay $1 USD per trip.
The Broward County Transit system offers buses throughout the city. The cost is $1 USD per trip or you can purchase a day pass for just $3 USD.
Fort Lauderdale is excellent for cycling, and the Broward B-cycle offers bike sharing with stations around city centre. Bike rentals are $5 USD per 30 minutes.
Uber is a popular ride-sharing option for getting around, and you can download the Uber app on your phone to order a vehicle. Rates are similar to taxis.
When travelling further in the city, the Tri-Rail is your best choice. Purchase an EASY Card and add a cash value to the card, which is a minimum of $5 USD. Then, each trip is deducted from your card when you board the train. You will pay $2.50 USD per trip.
Canadian citizens can enter the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program, which lets them visit for 90 days or less without requiring a travel visa. A passport is required, and travellers must have an Electronic System for Travel Authorization approval.
For foreign nationals, please check the U.S. Department of State website.
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Fort Lauderdale is rich in activities, sights, and opportunities to relax on the waterfront. Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, or with the entire family, you will have plenty to do here.
Visit the tree-lined Las Olas Boulevard where you will find shops, restaurants, and a courtyard featuring live performances daily. For some more action, head to the Riverfront, which is next to downtown, and find a lively restaurant, local bar, and high-end shopping. In Himmarshee Village you will find a collection of 1920’s land boom buildings that are home to fun restaurants and bars.
The King Cromartie House built by Edwin King in 1907, is made from Dade County pine and is part of the museum complex. You can spend a leisurely afternoon at Fort Lauderdale Beach with beautiful sand, warm temperatures, and swim-friendly waters. For children, make a stop at the Museum of Discovery and Science to enjoy a plethora of indoor activities.
Enjoy Walking Tours
There are numerous free walking tours that you can find online or through a smartphone app to take you around Fort Lauderdale. They include historic sites, food and tasting tours, and much more.
Take a taxi or rent a car to go see the Everglades while you are in Fort Lauderdale. It is a short drive and you can purchase an airboat tour to explore the glades. While in the Everglades, stop in at the historic Shark Valley.
Do Not Forget to Tip
Most bartenders and wait staff at restaurants in Fort Lauderdale base their income on tips. Therefore, give gratuity generously when you feel the service warrants it.