The closest major airport is Jacksonville International Airport, located Jacksonville, FL, at a distance of 69 miles from the city center of Gainesville, FL.
The public transportation service is provided by the bus-based Regional Transit System (RTS), which runs throughout the city and throughout UF's campus. The buses run regularly, once every 15 minutes, and sometimes once every 1 hour. The regular one-trip fare for adults is $1 and $0.50 for senior citizens and students.
Another way to get around in Gainesville, which is perhaps the best way, is by driving. The city has an extensive road system, served by I-75, including State routes 20, 24 and 26, among others. The city is also served by US 441 and nearby US 301 that offer direct routes to Ocala, Jacksonville and Orlando.
All streets are numbered, except a few major thoroughfares which are named for the town to which they lead, such as Waldo Road (SR 24) or Newberry Road (SR 26), and are set up on a grid system with four quadrants: NW, NE, SW and SE.
Getting around by bike is also a popular transportation option in Gainesville, 5.25 percent of Gainesville residents commuting to work by bike, according to the 2000 census, being among the highest figures in the nation for a major population center.
Easy! Just follow the driving directions listed below!
From Jacksonville International Airport: Start by heading southeast on Whirlwind Avenue, toward Barnstormer Road. Make a slight left at Barnstormer Road and turn right at Pecan Park Road. Continue onto Biscayne Bv. And turn right at Duval Rd. Merge onto I-295 S via the ramp to I-10. Take exit 21B to merge onto I-10 W toward Lake City and then take exit 343 toward Starke. Merge onto FL-200 W/US-301 S. Make a slight right at SW 4th Blvd. Continue onto FL-24 W/NE Waldo Rd. Turn right at NE 39th Avenue and turn left at NW 13th St. Turn right at W University Ave.