St. Petersburg to Lakeland Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $10
Fastest Way Train — 42min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 6 lb CO2
Available Modes 3 modes — bus, train and by car
Distance 48 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Florida Red Line
$10 · 55min · 6 lb of CO2
Saint Petersburg to Lakeland
+4 more options
$26 · 42min · 8 lb of CO2
+1 more option
$7 · 1h 12min · 14 lb of CO2
St. Petersburg to Lakeland

Drive from St. Petersburg to Lakeland

It's 49 miles between St. Petersburg to Lakeland. On a typical day, it might take between 1h 12min and 1h 15min from St. Petersburg to Lakeland under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 1h 19min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Lakeland by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $6.

What is the best way to travel from St. Petersburg to Lakeland?

The are 7 different ways across 3 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from St. Petersburg to Lakeland. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Saint Petersburg towards Lakeland, as it is the cheapest to Lakeland. It's common to find tickets for as low as $9. Greyhound operates from St. Petersburg to Lakeland, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from St. Petersburg to Lakeland?

The trip to Lakeland is an excellent trip for the day or a nice trip for the weekend from St. Petersburg. The cheapest way to get from St. Petersburg to Lakeland is $10 and the quickest way takes just 55 minutes with the bus. Greyhound offers limited service between Lakeland and St. Petersburg.We recommend booking the trip to Lakeland about one week in advance. Though you might be able to find and book a ticket from St. Petersburg the day of, it is best to do this earlier as to be sure you have a seat to Lakeland.

Is the train or the bus better from St. Petersburg to Lakeland FL?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from St. Petersburg to Lakeland. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to Lakeland is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the St. Petersburg/Lakeland buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from St. Petersburg is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between St. Petersburg FL and Lakeland during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from St. Petersburg to Lakeland? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Lakeland traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to Lakeland is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from St. Petersburg to Lakeland?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from St. Petersburg to Lakeland is by bus. The bus costs $10 roughly and will take 55 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from St. Petersburg to Lakeland?

Amtrak costs about $26 between St. Petersburg and Lakeland. In total, the train will take roughly 42 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at TPA Tampa Amtrak, which is 19 miles from St. Petersburg. Further, once you arrive at LAK Lakeland Amtrak or you will still have 1 miles to Lakeland.

How long does it take from St. Petersburg to Lakeland by car?

The total distance between St. Petersburg and Lakeland is 49 miles and will take you about 1 hour 12 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $7.

How far is St Petersburg from Lakeland Florida?

St. Petersburg is only 48 miles from Lakeland Flordia.  If you were to drive, it will take a bit longer as going by car is about 60 miles and will take you just under an hour and a half. 
FYI - if you were to make the trip from St. Petersburg to Lakeland by bus, it will cost you only $10 and take about an hour - a definite worthy consideration.  Alternatively, there are carpools or possibly even oneway car rentals available.

Travel companies on this route

Greyhound Greyhound from St. Petersburg to Lakeland
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Customer Service1-214-849-8966
Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
Amtrak Amtrak from St. Petersburg to Lakeland
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Customer Service and Reservations1-800-872-7245
International Visitors215-856-7952
Group Travel Requests1-800-872-1477
Florida Red Line Florida Red Line from St. Petersburg to Lakeland
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