Cities Less Traveled: Four Tips for a Budget Trip to Jacksonville


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Don’t let Jacksonville’s glittering skyline deceive you; look past the skyscrapers, and you will see this eclectic city is filled with beautiful waterways, nature reserves, parks, and beaches. After all, it does have the largest urban park system in North America. While it may not have the tourist pulling power of Florida hotspots like Orlando and Miami, it does offer an authentic getaway with a host of attractions to keep all ages entertained.

The city is also home to Jacksonville International Airport, where several low-cost airlines offer cheap flights to Jacksonville and to major hubs throughout America, making it an inexpensive vacation spot.

Savvy travelers do a little research and use some tips and tricks to plan and book a budget trip. Read on to learn four money-saving tips for next trip to Jacksonville.

Compare Cheap Hotels

A top tip is to use a hotel comparison site to find and compare cheap hotels in Jacksonville. With so many travel compare companies online, it can be tough to know which one to use.

Hipmunk is one of the newer kids on the travel block, and its easy to use website lets you compare all available accommodations at the click of a button. Not only does Hipmunk search for hotel rooms, but it also searches guest houses, motels, and Airbnb listings to get you the best deals.

Low Cost Flights

Flights can take up a lot of your vacation budget, so be flight smart and start your search as early as possible. If you are flexible with your dates, then you stand a better chance of scoring a great deal. Weekday flights are typically cheaper than weekend ones, and avoid public holidays when flights prices can skyrocket.

Check out fares from Delta Connection, JetBlue, and Southwest Airlines for some of the cheapest flights to Jacksonville.

Affordable Airport Transportation

With the airport located 13 miles from downtown Jacksonville, a taxi could set you back around $45. Save cash by jumping on the AirJTA public transport bus instead. The convenient CT3 route stops in downtown Jacksonville at the Omni Hotel and Kings Avenue Station, or if you prefer a ride straight to your hotel, then you can pre-book a Shuttle Bus Service.

Another option is to rent some wheels to travel around on your own time. For the best car rental prices, make sure that you book plenty of time in advance.

Dine In

Another way to get more bang for your buck is to choose accommodations with a kitchenette so that you can prepare some of your own snacks and meals. The great Value Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel has suites with a full kitchenette. Airbnb listings are also an excellent option, for in most instances in which you book a stay in a spare bedroom, you can also use the kitchen.

Are you visiting Jacksonville? Check out my Hipmunk guide for information on the best beaches and parks in Jacksonville.
Author Bio: Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely to be found road tripping up the West Coast or sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali, or writing about her adventures for

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