Do You Need a Car in Fort Lauderdale?

A car is likely the most convenient way to get around Fort Lauderdale, but there are a few cheaper options. Read more here.
Written by Julian de Sevilla
You can get by without a car in Fort Lauderdale by using the Broward County Transit buses, the Sun Trolley shuttle system, rideshare apps, and even water taxis, depending on where you’re going. However, you may still find it more convenient to rent a car and suffer the traffic on your own. 
Rental cars are expensive, especially in metropolitan areas like South Florida, so it’s best to be sure you’ll need one before pulling the trigger. Here’s a guide to help you decide the best way to get around Fort Lauderdale from
Jerry
, the
car insurance
shopping app designed to save you money. We’ll cover rental car insurance, Broward County’s public transit, and even how to find
cheap car insurance in Fort Lauderdale. 

Where to get a rental car in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is right in the middle of South Florida’s metropolitan area, so if that’s the route you choose, you’ll have options. There are plenty to choose from right around Fort Lauderdale International Airport, including
Enterprise
,
Hertz
,
Alamo
, and
Green Motion
, plus many others throughout the city.     

Do you need rental car insurance?

The ever-present question: do you need the
rental car insurance
companies always offer? They make it seem as though if you’re
in an accident with a rental car
and don’t have their insurance, you’ll be personally on the hook for all the costs, but this is often not the case.
If your insurance policy includes
collision
and
comprehensive
coverage, the coverage extends to rental cars. Some credit cards also include rental car insurance. If you don’t have insurance at all or only have minimum
liability coverage
, the rental company’s collision damage waiver is worth it in case of an accident, especially on South Florida’s crowded streets.
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Do you need a car in Fort Lauderdale?

Plenty of people live and work in and around Fort Lauderdale without cars—it’s absolutely possible, but not necessarily convenient depending on where you want to go. If you’re staying in a hotel by the beach and don’t plan on straying far from the sand, you might not need a car.
If you want to travel further, a car might be the easiest way.
Uber and Lyft rides are always available, but they can get expensive in South Florida.

Where public transportation can take you

There are a few different public transit options around Fort Lauderdale and Broward County that can get you close to, if not directly to, wherever you want to go. Broward County Transit’s
bus routes
cover most of the county, with a ton of stops in Fort Lauderdale.
Fare options
range from $2 one-way fares to weekend and even 31-day passes if you’re staying for a while. 
 The
City of Fort Lauderdale Community Shuttle
is free to ride and has five different routes that access different parts of the city, but each route is on its own schedule and days of operations vary.
The
Brightline
is a high-speed train that currently only runs between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, but extensions are planned for Aventura, Boca Raton, and Orlando as early as 2023. Tickets cost between $10 and $40 depending on your destination and seat type.
Water taxis
are a fun and extremely Florida option if your destinations are near Fort Lauderdale’s canals. Taxis run seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and an all-day pass to ride as much as you like in a day costs $35. It might not be the fastest or most convenient way to get around, but it’ll be memorable. 

Where public transportation can’t take you

The BCT bus routes are fairly sparse in the western part of the county, so it might be harder to get to certain areas of Davie, Plantation, or Weston. If you’re staying in Fort Lauderdale, you shouldn’t have much trouble from around 7 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. for most routes.

How to save on car insurance in Fort Lauderdale

Car insurance in a crowded metropolitan area like South Florida is rarely cheap, but it never hurts to shop around and compare rates from different companies. The Jerry app makes this fast and easy.
The app is free and signing up takes about 45 seconds. As a
licensed broker
, Jerry compares plans from over 55 insurance companies nationwide to find users the best price for exactly the coverage they need. Jerry can even help you cancel an old policy and sign up for a new one, all from the app.
Drivers who use Jerry save an average of over $800 a year on car insurance.
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