Cheap Flights to Tampa

Tampa overview

Tampa combines beautiful beaches with thrills-and-spills theme parks and endless golf courses, little wonder that millions of visitors take cheap flights to Tampa each year. 

A natural playground, the city has lots to offer by way of recreation. Apart from beach bathing, visitors will discover that the lakes and Hillsborough River offer opportunities for diving, sailing, snorkelling, fresh or saltwater fishing and kayaking. 

One of Florida's largest estuaries surrounds Tampa. Some of the wild fowl that congregate here every day are threatened species. The area is also a wildlife haven and has nature parks and refuges including the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, set up for the protection of the West Indian Manatee. Busch Gardens is home to more than 35 endangered species and is renowned for its breeding programmes. 

Ybor City in downtown Tampa is a buzzy shopping, dining and nightlife venue. The city was established in 1886 as a centre for cigar factories, today the area is preserved as Ybor City State Museum where visitors can savour the flavour of old Tampa. 

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Tampa climate

The climate is sub-tropical with high levels of humidity. The weather is fantastic year-round. Temperatures range between 18 and 35 degrees Celsius (64-95 degrees Fahrenheit) year round. Winter temperatures very rarely drop below freezing.

When to fly to Tampa

Peak Season:
January to April is high season when most visitors arrive on cheap flights to Tampa. Several festivals take place during these months including Gasparilla Pirate Fest (January), Florida State Fair (February), Florida Strawberry Festival (late February/early March) and Apollo Beach Manatee Arts Festival (March). 

Shoulder Season:
May, October and November are shoulder months. 

Off Season:
June to September and December are low season when visitors can save on flights and accommodations.

Getting around Tampa

There are many ways to get around downtown Tampa and Ybor City. You can walk, but the rest of the city has a network of buses, trolleys and historic electric streetcars to get you around. To get to the airport, Ybor City, Busch Gardens or the Museum of Science and Industry, hop on one of the HART line buses. If you’re travelling at the end or beginning of winter months, you’ll notice extra traffic on the weekends. Many northerners come to Florida to escape the snow, and north-south routes can quickly become clogged.

Tampa insider information

  • If you are taking cheap flights to Tampa between November 1 and April 15, make sure you visit the manatees at the Tampa Electric Company. Located in the warm water discharge canal of the Big Bend Power Station, the Manatee Viewing Center has a tidal walkway with plants, birds, butterfly gardens, an educational building and, when the temperature of Tampa Bay dips below 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), the fascinating manatees. 
  • Seeing a movie at the restored, classic Tampa Theatre, is a must. The theatre dates from 1926 and is an opulent space with a star-studded ceiling, a richly tiled lobby floor and a Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. 
  • The Museum of Science and Industry, beside Busch Gardens, has lots of interactive attractions and exhibits. There are giant games of pinball, miniature hot air balloons, and you can watch the latest IMAX movies on the giant screen. 
  • Eden Vineyards and Winery is the southernmost vineyards and winery in the U.S. It's near Fort Myers, little more than an hour’s drive south. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards is Florida’s largest winery, about a 90-minute drive of Tampa. 
  • The neighbourhood of Ybor City was founded by cigar manufacturers in the 1880s and populated by Spanish, Cuban and Italian immigrants. For half a century, millions of cigars were produced by the workers there. Ybor City today is a National Historic Landmark District and a great way to get there is by TECO Streetcar. Once you get there, you can pick up a walking tour brochure at The Centro Ybor Museum and Visitor Information Center.

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How much do things cost in Tampa?

C$ 5.55
Meal at McDonald's or similar
C$ 9.33
Cheap meal
C$ 18.65
3 course meal for 2
C$ 59.95
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
C$ 98.36
Pair of jeans
C$ 51.18
1 hour taxi waiting fee
C$ 25.31
1 km taxi journey
C$ 1.33
One-way ticket (local transport)
C$ 2.66
Petrol (1 litre)
C$ 0.76
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
C$ 7.99
Large bottle of water
C$ 2.30
How much does a beer cost in Tampa?
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
C$ 5
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
C$ 7
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
C$ 3
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
C$ 2

More information about Tampa

  • Head to Ybor City, a nationally recognised artist hotspot with an array of bars and clubs to suit all kinds of tastes
  • As the largest city in West Central Florida, Tampa is a perfect destination for a family holiday
  • Don’t miss The Friday Extra at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the oldest concert series here with local performers
  • Sports fan? head to Raymond James Stadium to see the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team in full swing
  • Don’t forget to head to Centennial Park for it’s Saturday market selling anything from local produce to arts and crafts
  • Built in 1926, the Tampa Theatre is the perfect spot to see independent and foreign films within a great setting
  • Busch Gardens is both an amusement park and a zoo! The perfect way to keep both animal lovers and thrill seekers happy
  • Known as the Mardi Gras of Tampa, the Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a vibrant event with tons of activities
  • Ice skating is a popular activity all year. The Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar has two large indoor rinks
  • Florida Aquarium on Tampa’s Channelside Drive contains more than 20,000 species of aquatic animals
  • The Channelside district is home to the extravagant Florida Aquarium home to touch tanks and interactive dives.

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