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Pensacola to Tampa drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Pensacola to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Pensacola to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Pensacola
drive for about 1 hour

12:02 pm  Niceville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:02 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:31 pm  Marianna
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:31 pm
drive for about 1 hour

4:39 pm  Tallahassee
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Tallahassee
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:30 am  Live Oak
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:30 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:27 pm  Ocala
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:27 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:01 pm  arrive in Tampa
eat at Ulele
stay at Columbia Restaurant

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Niceville  (3 answers)

Marianna

Tallahassee  (13 answers)
    questions about Tallahassee:
        Best free things to do in Tallahassee?
        Pet friendly hotel

Live Oak

Ocala  (4 answers)


Where's the best place to stay in Tampa?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Tampa.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Columbia Restaurant, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Tampa? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Tampa?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ulele, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Piquant Hyde Park  (3 mentions)
Oxford Exchange  (2 mentions)
Bern's Steak House  (2 mentions)
Ava  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Tampa? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Tampa?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Busch Gardens Tampa  (5 mentions)
Bayshore Blvd  (4 mentions)
Tampa Riverwalk  (4 mentions)
South Howard Ave  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Tampa. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (9 answers)

profile  Catherine from Chapel Hill asked:
Best new restaurants in Tampa?  (7 answers)

profile  Jennifer from Culver City asked:
Popular areas in Tampa for shopping?  (7 answers)

profile  Avery from Berkeley asked:
Beaches around Tampa  (5 answers)

profile  Katie from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Tampa to Pensacola drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Pensacola to Tampa. Or get a full Pensacola to Tampa flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Pensacola well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Pensacola!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 468 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 32 minutes
Tampa is 1 hour ahead of Pensacola
32 Pensacola travel answers
3 Niceville travel answers
13 Tallahassee travel answers
4 Ocala travel answers
69 Tampa travel answers





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