Getting Around Town
Being a small town does have its advantages. St. Augustine is extremely walkable with friendly and inviting spaces in the Old City. Being a popular town, does have its disadvantages for motoring travelers.
Congestion of the City
St. Augustine experiences significant congestion during certain peak periods and parking is limited. Travelers in and through St. Augustine are advised to plan ahead and schedule their trips accordingly. Keep in mind that sometimes the most direct route may not be the quickest.
- Personal Vehicle
- Seasonal Shuttle Service
- Taxi / Vehicles for Hire
- Transit Services
- Walking & Handicapped Accessibility
- STAR Circulator
A favorite mode of transportation in the downtown area by bicycle. Though with the narrow streets, don’t expect dedicated bike lanes; however, most major transportation routes through the city have sharrows, along with Share the Route signs. With over 30 bike parking locations in and around the most frequently visited and popular spots around the city, we invite you to ride in and enjoy your time here.
The city is connected to many cycling opportunities leading to recreational and scenic locations within St. Johns County. Read about the city's early efforts to integrate bicycle-friendly features in the 2011 Bicycle Plan (PDF).
Several parking opportunities exist: from a 1,200-space parking garage located at the Visitor Information Center to on-street metered opportunities and parking lots. Management and enforcement of public parking is administered by other departments.
St. Augustine has over 70 miles of maintained roadways of low-speed neighborhood streets and collectors and are typically on average 20 feet wide. Through travel connecting the city and traversing through St. Augustine are state highways; U.S.1 and A1A.
Major State Highways
The fact that the city is bifurcated by major state highways presents a unique and challenging task, in that the city does not control these systems. A1A is a state scenic highway is a beautiful drive along the Atlantic Ocean and Matanzas River, crossing the beautiful and historic Bridge of Lions.
Due to the increased number of transportation service providers, we cannot list them all here; however, many companies are available throughout the City of St. Augustine. Be on the lookout for painted cars and vans, and vehicles with magnetic signs and rooftop signage.
Where to Find Taxis
You will find taxis parked at the East end of the Plaza de la Constitucion (along Avenida Menendez), as well as the Northside driveway of the Visitor Information Center (on South Castillo Drive). The best way to locate a taxi service is to Google "taxi companies near me", or try a taxi service app from your mobile device.
While St. Augustine does not have its own dedicated public transportation system, St. Johns County operates the Sunshine Bus Company with 2 local routes. The Red Line serves A1A, Downtown, and the St. Johns County Government Center; and the Blue Line serves some of the major local shopping centers, including (but not limited to):
- Flagler Auditorium
- Flagler Hospital
With over 70 miles of roadways, most streets in the city have sidewalks. The city actively maintains and upgrades its network of sidewalks throughout the city and gives greatest attention to connectivity and accessibility.
St. Augustine touts a walk score of 85 out of 100 as a very walkable city. Walking audits and safety studies are common occurrences. Requests for service or study may be requested through Public Works.
Handicapped Parking Areas
A map of handicapped parking areas is available at the Handicapped Parking page.
The STAR Circulator service departs the VIC and makes its way to Avenida Menendez. The first stop is in front of 14 Avenida Menendez, followed by the second stop on the north side of Cathedral Place, midblock between St. George and Cordova Streets. The route continues north on Cordova Street and the bus returns to its starting point at the VIC.