Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island are serviced by the Island Trolley which start at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria to downtown Sarasota via Longboat Key and St. Armand’s Circle. Daily service runs from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every 60 minutes. Trolleys offer both indoor and open-air seating. The fare is $.75 (discounted rates available for senior citizens). The trolley does not operate during major holidays including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
View the map and schedule of the Longboat Key Trolley.
There are no airports on longboat key the 12-mile barrier island can be reached by using several nearby airports.
The closest commercial airport, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, is located about 7 miles east of Longboat Key. This local airport handles both domestic and international carriers, including US Airways, Delta, Jet Blue and Air Canada. Tampa International Airport, located 40 miles from longboat offers over 30 major airlines with hundreds of national and International flights arriving daily. St. Petersburg-Clearwater International is located just over 30 miles north of Long Boat with limited carriers and a good choice If you can get direct flights. Orlando International is routinely forgotten and yet typically offers the best priced airfares for those willing to drive the two hours too Longboat Key.
There are two Municipal airports, catering to private-jet travelers one 25 mile away is Airport Manatee in Palmetto and St Petersburg’s Albert Whited Airport located 24 miles from Longboat.