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Tampa to San Antonio drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



Tampa to San Antonio road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Tampa to San Antonio. If you're planning a road trip to San Antonio, 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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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Tampa
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:33 am  Ocala
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:33 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:12 pm  Tallahassee
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:12 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:42 pm  Destin
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6.5 hours
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 Day 2

11:00 am  leave from Destin
drive for about 5 hours

4:05 pm  Baton Rouge
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 5 hours
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 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Baton Rouge
drive for about 4.5 hours

2:22 pm  Houston
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 4:22 pm
drive for about 3 hours

7:31 pm  arrive in San Antonio
eat at Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
stay at Hilton Palacio del Rio

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Tampa, 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?

Ocala  (3 answers)
Tallahassee  (9 answers)
    questions about Tallahassee:
        Best free things to do in Tallahassee?
Destin  (14 answers)
    questions about Destin:
        Places to eat
        Family Friendly Spring Break
Baton Rouge  (14 answers)
    Chelsea's Cafe  (4 mentions)
    The Varsity Theatre  (3 mentions)
    questions about Baton Rouge:
        Great music spots in Baton Rouge?
        Must Eats in Baton Rouge?
        Best free things to do in Baton Rouge?
Houston  (83 answers)
    Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
    Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
    Houston Museum of Natural Science  (5 mentions)
    Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
    Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Houston:
        Uchi
        Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
        Gatlin's BBQ
        Hugo's
        Goode Company Barbeque
    questions about Houston:
        Best Mexican restaurants in town?
        Young Professional Neighborhood
        Favorite places to eat in Houston?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
        MD Anderson patient




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Antonio, Texas.

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




Where's the best place to stay in San Antonio?

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 San Antonio.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hilton Palacio del Rio, which was mentioned 3 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Embassy Suites  (3 mentions)
Mokara Hotel & Spa  (2 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in San Antonio?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Acenar  (4 mentions)
Bliss  (3 mentions)
Luke  (3 mentions)
The Guenther House  (3 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in San Antonio?

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:

Riverwalk  (12 mentions)
The Alamo  (8 mentions)
The Alamo  (5 mentions)
Pearl Brewery  (5 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 San Antonio. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?  (11 answers)

 Pattie Waters from Boise asked:
Must do in SA; and nearest fishing port?  (10 answers)

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

 Patrick Dwyer from Shreveport asked:
Top 3 Must Visit Places in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

 Molly Velez from asked:
What are all the local favorite spots in San Antonio?  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Antonio.






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 San Antonio to Tampa 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 Tampa to San Antonio. Or get a full Tampa to San Antonio 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 Tampa well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Tampa!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,177 miles
driving time of 18 hours, 2 minutes
San Antonio is 1 hour behind Tampa
54 Tampa travel answers
3 Ocala travel answers
9 Tallahassee travel answers
14 Destin travel answers
14 Baton Rouge travel answers
83 Houston travel answers
65 San Antonio travel answers





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