How far is Tampa Bay from Miami if you drive?

I’m visiting Miami and I want to plan a day trip to Tampa Bay on my way home. I’m wondering, how far is it to drive to Tampa Bay from Miami?

Mary Cahill · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sounds like you’re really enjoying your time in the Sunshine State! The distance from Miami to Tampa Bay, Florida is 286 miles. It should take you about 4 hours to drive there—if you don’t hit traffic on the way.
The best way to get to Tampa Bay is to take the I-75 highway heading north. With the current gas prices, you can expect to pay around $36 for the trip.
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