Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is conveniently located just 3.5 miles (6km) west of Palm Beach, Florida. It’s a really accessible airport as it is just off the Interstate Highway (I-95) and it is close to Boca Raton, Jupiter and a number of surrounding counties.
Passengers using Palm Beach International Airport will find that there’s a fair selection of shopping opportunities ranging from gifts and souvenirs to newspapers and books. Restaurants at the airport range from those serving on-the-go passengers to full-service dining, as well as a couple of bars.
There are loads of domestic flights to Palm Beach International Airport and even a few international flights. The international flights to Palm Beach are generally from the Bahamas and from Canada, but the flights from Canada tend to be seasonal. The airport is serviced by a wide selection of North American airlines as well.
Palm Beach International Airport is a friendly airport that is easy to navigate and security queues are usually quite short. While there aren’t that many passenger amenities, Palm Beach International tends to be a relaxing airport to use and it makes travel a lot less stressful than some of the busier or more crowded airports in Florida.
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Train: The Tri-Rail is available from the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail Station in town on South Tamarind Avenue. Passengers wishing to get to the station from the airport should make use of the Palm Tran shuttle. Trains run up to Mangonia Park Station and all the way down to Miami. Tickets prices are calculated on a zone system and range from $2.50 to $6.90 per trip.
Taxi: Taxis are available via the Ground Transportation Desks located on the east and west ends of the terminal on level one just after baggage claim. Taxi companies that operate from the airport include Yellow Cab, Go Townecar and Go Airport Shuttle. Hotel courtesy shuttles also provide services from the airport and are usually free for hotel guests. Taxis fares range from $15 to $25 (destinations in town, Palm Beach and West Palm Beach).
Bus: Palm Tran Buses provide a service from (and to) the airport - route 44. Tickets start at $1.50. The buses run from 7am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sundays. The bus stop is just outside arrivals on level one of the terminal, maps of bus routes and stops are available inside the terminal.
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There are four parking options at Palm Beach International Airport. The Premium Lot is located outside the baggage-claim area and costs $2 for the first 20 minutes, $1 per 20 minutes thereafter up to a maximum of $30 per day. The Short Term car park is located on levels four to seven of the terminal. It costs $1 per 20 minutes with a maximum charge of $17 per day. The Long Term car park is available as surface parking or garage parking. It costs $1 per 20 minutes or $13 per day. The Park & Ride option is connected to the terminal by a shuttle bus and is located on Turnage Boulevard, just 1.5 miles (2.5km) from the terminal. Park & Ride shuttles operate every 20 minutes throughout the day and night. Charges are $2 for the first two hours and $1 for each additional 20 minutes up to $7 per day. Passengers getting picked up should tell their friend or family to wait in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, as it is free and located relatively close to the terminal.
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The traveler service center can be found on level two of the terminal. The airport’s ambassadors are really helpful and easy to spot in their teal jackets. Tourists will find the visitor information center (tel: (561) 233 1020) really informative and helpful.
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Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange facilities, stamps and FedEx drop-off boxes are all available at the airport on level two in the traveler service center.
Luggage: Luggage carts are available for a couple of dollars. The lost and found office (tel: (561) 687 5906) is located in the central area of the terminal.
Conference and business: The traveler service center (with telephone, fax and business services as well as data ports, post boxes and a stamp machine) is in the main terminal just opposite Rooney’s Public House on level two. The nearby Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel (tel: (561) 684 9400) also has great conference and business facilities including audiovisual equipment, a notary, fax, photocopying and Internet facilities.
Other facilities: Wheelchairs are available at the airport provided you’ve made the appropriate arrangements with your airline. There are also shoeshine services, porters and even travel insurance facilities at the airport. TDD phones are available for passengers with hearing disabilities and there is a hotel and transport reservation center on level one. Courtesy telephones are located throughout the terminal.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the terminal and concourses. All you need to do is connect to the airport’s wireless network and open your Internet browser.
Shopping: Shopping at Palm Beach International Airport offers a range of opportunities. Golf enthusiasts will love the PGA Tour Shop, while Brighton Collection has a range of ladies’ brands (Chanel, Burberry, Prada) and Brooks Brothers offers a great selection of clothing to choose from. For gifts and souvenirs go to Palm Beach Expressions or Kidzoo (for the kids). Book lovers and news fanatics can get their reading material at Tropical News, The New York Times Bookstore, Worth Avenue, Coral Cove News, Oceanfront News, or CNBC News.
Food and drink: There’s plenty to eat and drink at the airport with a range of restaurants, bars and fast-food outlets to choose from. Quick and easy options include Starbucks, Quiznos, Hoffman’s Ice Creams, Burger King, Cinnabon, Nick’s Tomatoe Pie and ASAP California Pizza Kitchen. For something a little less rushed head for Rooney’s Public House or Sam Snead’s Tavern.
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