The closest airport to Marco Island is Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), located in Fort Myers. It’s the closest major airport anyway. It’s easy to navigate and close to the interstate making RSW probably the best option for most visitors. Several other airports are convenient to Marco Island too. If your departure city is served by Allegiant Airlines, the Punta Gorda Airport is a great option. Miami International and Fort Lauderdale Airport aren’t inconvenient either. If you’re arriving from a foreign country, you’ll likely use one of these. Private and charter aircraft can land at the nearby Naples Municipal Airport or on Marco Island’s airport, located three miles off the island.
Below, we’ll cover the important information about each airport and try to give you some idea of what it’s like to navigate them and get on the road to Marco Island. Let’s get started…
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers is a little less than 50 miles away from Marco Island. It’s the closest airport to the island when you count only international and commercial flights, and it takes around an hour’s drive.
Uber and SuperShuttle are good options to get from the airport to Marco. Of course, taxi service is available also.
The best way to go is to get a cheap car rental at the airport. Take a good look at your options as the price range can vary and then just follow I-75 south until you reach the Collier Boulevard (Exit 101). Collier will lead you straight to the island. Our offices are located at 953 S Collier, about a mile after the bridge to the island, on the left. If a friend picks you up at the airport, rental cars are available on the island once you arrive.
Miami International Airport (MIA)
Distance: About 100 miles.
Miami International Airport is another option to reach Marco Island, but it’s a little further away. However, if you find a good deal on the flight ticket, you shouldn’t hesitate to accept it since you can reach the island in less than a two-hour drive.
The public transportation between the cities isn’t well-connected, so you might want to opt for a car rental. Getting out of the airport can be a little confusing (even for those who do it often). We recommend you have your GPS set up before you get going.
If driving isn’t an option, several services provide transportation to Marco Island.
Another way is to book an Exec air ticket that connects this airport to the Naples Municipal Airport (20 miles away from the island) and catch a bus or a taxi when you arrive.
Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Distance: Around 120 miles.
If you’re arriving at Fort Lauderdale International, you’ll encounter similar problems as with MIA. Traffic is dense around FLL, but the airport is right next to I-595 which is virtually an extension of I-75, the road you’ll take to Marco Island. We find that getting out of Fort Lauderdale’s airport and on the way to Naples much easier than Miami International. It will take you less than two hours, and you’ll probably encounter much less traffic.
For those who aren’t fond of driving, you can arrange a taxi or car service. However, in the long run, renting a car may be a much more affordable option, and there are so many uses for one while you’re here.
Punta Gorda Airport (PGD)
One of the most economical ways to fly to Marco Island is to fly Allegiant Airlines to Punta Gorda. While they serve fewer cities than the big airlines, the prices are great. All of their flights are direct. Their aircraft are relatively new. We’ve flown Allegiant many times and highly recommend them.
While it’s not the closest airport to Marco Island, the Punta Gorda Airport is only about an hour and fifteen minutes away. Renting a car and getting on the road couldn’t be easier from this small airport located adjacent to I-75.
Naples Municipal Airport (APF) and Marco Island Airport (MKY)
Naples Municipal Airport and Marco Island Airport are the local airports closest to the island, but they are small, domestic airports that connect only a few airlines around the state.
The Naples Municipal Airport is around 20 miles away from the island (approximately a half an hour drive), and it connects the city of Naples to Miami International Airport. It also links to some other parts of Florida such as Orlando, Key West, Florida Keys, etc. Naples Municipal is known as one of the busiest private jet airports in the country.
The Marco Island Airport is only 4 miles away from the heart of the island and a few minutes away from Hammock Bay and Fiddler’s Creek, the two famous golf residential areas in the city. The airport only connects with the airport in Key West and is not useful for the majority of the visitors coming from different states and abroad, unless you’re flying yourself here.
So Which Is the Closest Airport to Marco Island?
Officially, the closest airport to the island is the Marco Island Airport, but since it only links to one other airport in Florida and is only suitable for smaller aircraft, it’s useless for most visitors. A better option would be Naples Municipal, but the airlines are also scarce.
If you’re planning a vacation on Marco Island, the best airport to arrive to is the Southwest Florida International airport (Fort Myers). From there, you can use a rental car to get your toes in the sand in less than an hour.