Airport Name
Southwest Florida International Airport

Airport Location
The airport is located 10 miles southeast of Fort Myers.



239 590 4800

Airport Overview

Located about 10 miles (16km) south-east of Fort Myers, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) serves the greater Southwest Florida region, including Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Bonita Springs and Naples. More than 7.5 million passengers used it in 2010 and it is one of the busiest single runway airports in the US.

Comprising one Main Terminal and concourse B-D, with free Wi-Fi throughout, modern facilities and plenty of natural sunlight, Southwest Florida International is a compact yet state-of-the-art airport. Security checks and baggage claims are quick and efficient, amenities neat and tidy, and staff courteous and helpful. Moreover, the airport features a wide array of works by local artists, making it a pleasure to wander around while you wait for your flight.

With nonstop flights throughout North America, and services to Canada and Germany, as well as a number of national hubs including Atlanta, Chicago and New York, Southwest Florida International offers much in the way of convenience for both local and international travelers.

Terminal Transfer

Gates in the main terminal building and concourses are accessed by foot.

Getting into Town

Taxi: Fixed-rate taxis may be ordered at the transportation booth located between the terminal building and the short-term parking garage. The fare is calculated according to zones and is applicable to a maximum of three passengers. A trip to Fort Myers costs approximately $35 and the fare to Cape Coral costs around $40. Journey time to either location is approximately 15-25 minutes, depending on traffic.

Bus: The Lee Tran bus service runs from the airport to Daniels Parkway, where passengers may connect to other Lee Tran routes.

Car Parking

A parking garage directly across from the terminal serves mainly as a short-term car park. Shuttles run between this lot and the terminal.

Information Desks

Two information desks are situated on the first level by the baggage claim area. The Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau offers a number of information kiosks, stocked with brochures and maps, scattered throughout the terminal.

Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs and currency exchange. FedEx services are available at the business center.

Luggage: There are lost-and-found facilities.

Conference and business: A business center offering access to fax machines, laptop workstations, photocopiers, as well as FedEx services, is located on the second level of the main terminal. A small meeting room is available for rent at the airport, while the nearby Wynstar Inn & Suites features larger conference amenities.

Other facilities: Newspaper vending machines and an airport rescue and firefighting facility.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal.

Shopping: A fair range of shopping options is available at Southwest Florida International. Popular stores include the Beaches Travelmart, PGA Tour Shop, Brighton Collectibles, Tropical Expressions, Coastal News, Books & Sanibel Bean, CNBC News, Island Paradise, Palm City Market and the Shell Factory. There are no duty-free stores.

Food and drink: Eating and drinking options are provided by a reasonable assortment of restaurants, bistros, bars and fast food vendors. Notable venues include Chili’s, Nathans, Starbucks, Quiznos, Beaches Boardwalk Cafe, Maggie Moo’s, Burger King, Cinnabon, Dewar’s Clubhouse, Sbarro, The Great American Bagel and Casa Bacardi.


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