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Sanford (Florida) to Tampa drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



Sanford (Florida) to Tampa road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Sanford (Florida) to Tampa. If you're planning a road trip to Tampa, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Sanford (Florida)
drive for about 29 minutes

10:29 am  Orlando
stay for about 1.5 hours and leave at 11:59 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:35 pm  Ybor City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:35 pm
drive for about 31 minutes

3:06 pm  Saint Petersburg (Florida)
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:06 pm
drive for about 26 minutes

4:32 pm  arrive in Tampa
stay at Columbia Restaurant

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Sanford, Florida.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Orlando  (129 answers)
    The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter  (16 mentions)
    Universal CityWalk  (8 mentions)
    Universal's Islands of Adventure  (7 mentions)
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure  (5 mentions)
    Orlando Premium Outlets - International Dr  (5 mentions)
    restaurants around Orlando:
        Cafe Tu Tu Tango
        Emeril's Orlando
        SeaWorld
        Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
        Hard Rock Cafe
    hotels around Orlando:
        Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
        Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection
    questions about Orlando:
        How many days for Disney + universal?
        What to do during one day in Orlando that's not Disney World
        Top golf courses in Orlando?
        Fine dining for client meeting in Orlando
        What's the best time of year to visit theme parks?
Ybor City  (14 mentions)
Saint Petersburg (Florida)  (24 answers)
    The Dali Museum  (5 mentions)
    St. Petersburg Beach  (2 mentions)
    Downtown St. Pete / iLovetheBurg.com  (2 mentions)
    Tampa Bay  (2 mentions)
    hotels around Saint Petersburg (Florida):
        Postcard Inn
    questions about Saint Petersburg (Florida):
        St. Petersburg, Florida
        Local restaurants in Saint Petersburg?
        Best free things to do in Saint Petersburg (Florida)?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Tampa, Florida.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




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!

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

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

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

 Katie Simons from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tampa?  (5 answers)

 Katie MCarthy 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 Sanford (Florida) 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 Sanford (Florida) to Tampa. Or get a full Sanford (Florida) 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 Sanford (Florida) well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Sanford (Florida)!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 110 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 42 minutes
3 Sanford (Florida) travel answers
129 Orlando travel answers
24 Saint Petersburg (Florida) travel answers
54 Tampa travel answers





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