Travel & Transportation

Airports

The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), operated by the Lee County Port Authority, is just 20 minutes from Bonita Springs, and serves the area with both domestic and international flights. More than 20 airline partners serve RSW with nonstop service throughout North America and international service to Canada and Germany. With flights to major gateways like Atlanta, Chicago, New York and more, travelers have access to convenient connections worldwide.

RSW serves a five-county area of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades, with more than 1 million residents.  With quick access to Interstate 75 and U.S. 41, travelers will find that the airport’s location puts all the attractions of the region within easy driving distance.

Passengers

  • 8 million annual passengers (2007)
  • Approximately 21,000 daily passengers
  • Average 250 flights daily

These statistics make RSW one of the top 50 airports in the US for passenger traffic. Check for information about RSW airfare through BonitaSprings.com’s online reservations tool.

FBO Service

Private aircraft service can be found in Fort Myers at Page Field or at the Naples Municipal Airport.

Southwest Florida International Airport
11000 Terminal Access Road, Suite 8671
Fort Myers, Florida 33913-8213
Phone (239) 590-4800

Page Field General Aviation Airport
501 Danley Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Phone (239) 936-1443

www.flylcpa.com

Naples Municipal Airport
General Aviation Terminal
160 Aviation Drive North
Naples, Florida  34104
Phone (239) 643-0733

www.flynaples.com

Major Highways

The Southwest Florida Expressway Authority is an 8-person body including transportation officials from Lee and Collier Counties, the role of which is to raise toll revenue to widen and improve major arteries throughout both counties. Of particular priority is the needed revenue to widen the I-75 freeway beyond the 6-lane expansion due to begin in March 2007.

Interstate 75 is the county’s only fully-controlled-access freeway, and has nine interchanges within Lee County, linking the area to Naples, Fort Lauderdale and Miami to the south and east; and Sarasota and Tampa to the north.

U.S. Highway 41 runs the length of Lee County, and is the county’s main north-south arterial highway. It is a major commercial corridor, running as an elevated highway through the center of downtown Fort Myers, continuing south as a multi-lane divided surface highway through the communities of South Fort Myers, San Carlos Park, Estero, and Bonita Springs. From north-to-south, the highway’s name starts as “North Tamiami Trail”, changes to “Cleveland Avenue” through the incorporated limits of the City of Fort Myers, then changes to “South Tamiami Trail until the border with Collier County.

State Road 80 ‘s western terminus is in downtown Fort Myers. The multi-lane highway runs east-northeast along the southern banks of the Caloosahatchee River as “Palm Beach Boulevard” within the county, traversing the state of Florida to connect the area with LaBelle, Clewiston, and West Palm Beach.

State Road 82 ‘s western terminus is in downtown Fort Myers. The highway is called “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard” within the incorporated limits of the City of Fort Myers, becoming “Immokalee Road” as it passes through Lehigh Acres and connects the area to Immokalee.

State Road 884 is Lee County’s main east-west arterial highway. Its western terminus is in the incorporated limits of the City of Cape Coral. Within Cape Coral, the highway is named “Veterans’ Memorial Parkway”, and is a multi-lane controlled access highway. The road crosses the Caloosahatchee River as an elevated highway across a toll bridge, interchanging with U.S. Highway 41, then becomes a multi-lane divided surface highway through Lehigh Acres.

Major Road Bridges

Caloosahatchee River Bridge (U.S. Highway 41): 4-travel-lane single-span bridge connects North Fort Myers with Fort Myers, over the Caloosahatchee River.

Cape Coral Bridge (College Parkway/Cape Coral Parkway): Two 2-travel-lane spans (one eastbound, one westbound) connect Cape Coral with South Fort Myers, over the Caloosahatchee River.

  • Edison Bridge (State Road 739): Two 3-travel-lane spans (one northbound, one southbound) over the Caloosahatchee River.
  • State Road 31: 2-travel-lane single-span bridge over the Caloosahatchee River.
  • Interstate 75: Two 3-travel-lane spans over the Caloosahatchee River.
  • Matanzas Pass Bridge (State Road 865): 3-travel-lane single-span bridge connecting the mainland to the barrier islands.
  • Midpoint Memorial Bridge (State Road 884): Two 2-travel-lane spans (one eastbound, one westbound) connect Cape Coral with Fort Myers
  • Sanibel Causeway (State Road 867): series of 2-travel-lane single-span bridges and two 3-travel-lane island causeways crossing the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River at the Gulf of Mexico, including a drawbridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. The causeway connects South Fort Myers with Sanibel.

Mass Transportation

Fixed-route bus service is provided by the Lee County Transit Department, operated as “LeeTran”. Several routes extend outward from the Downtown Intermodal Transfer Center; in addition, suburb-to-suburb routes are operated, as well as park-and-ride service to and from both Fort Myers Beach and Southwest Florida International Airport. The Downtown Intermodal Transfer Center also serves as an intermediate stop on Greyhound Lines bus service.