Key West Parking & Transportation
Looking to get around the Keys without leaving a ton of footprints? Travel Green
Key West is a 4-mile-wide island so you can bike or walk anywhere. We Cycle the official Green Transportation of Fantasy Fest and Zombie Bike Ride producers offers free delivery and pick up for any bike you rent from them in Key West. Call (305)292-3336 and reserve your ride today. If biking is not for you don’t worry hop on the free Duval Loop and get dropped off at your favorite party. Want to take a diversion and see the sights take a ride on the Conch Train or the Old Town Trolley and see all the island has to offer on the longest running and eco-friendliest tour. Call (305) 296-6688 and book your trip today. If you are staying on a sister island then Go Buses, Up The Keys, Uber, and Keys Shuttle will be providing shared rides the full 10 days of Fantasy Fest to Key West and festival central.
Car Free Key West
The island of Key West encourages everyone to forget their cars once they get to the Keys. Walk, bike, or bus around town using any of the great options below. Help us make sure everyone arrives safely and happily at their destination this Fantasy Fest!
WALKING: Almost every downtown destination is less than a 15-minute walk from another. Pay attention when crossing intersections, as cars and bicycles might not see you. Especially use caution downtown during the Street Fair, Masquerade March and Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade.
BICYCLING: Locals know that the best way to get around town is by bicycle. If you don’t already have access to a bike, there are many great bicycle rental stores around the island. Make sure they give you a light to use after dark! When on the road, act like a car. When on a sidewalk, yield to pedestrians. Be a PAL: Predictable, Attentive and Lawful at all times. Pedicabs are also great ways to let someone else do the bicycling for you.
REGULAR BUS ROUTES During Fantasy Fest week:
- Maps showing bus stops and times, and real time service are available at www.kwtransit.com. Real time bus information is also available by calling (305) 600-1455.
- The Lower Keys Shuttle is a great way to get to Key West from anywhere up to Mile Marker 52.5. One way cost is $4.00 and you get dropped downtown where the action is.
- Road closures begin the weekend of the Bahama Village Goombay Festival, October 19 and October 20, 2018, which causes delays and detours to regular bus service, scheduled pick-up points and times. Updated information will be posted at www.kwtransit.com.
- On Saturday October 27, 2018, regular bus service will operate until 4:59 PM, at which time ALL City and Lower Keys bus service will convert to SAFE RIDE shuttles (see below) for the Bud Light Fantasy Fest parade.
- The new Duval Loop will be running all week during Fantasy Fest. It’s free and frequent and air conditioned!
- With the exception of the Duval Loop, City bus routes will NOT provide any service west of Simonton Street on either Friday or Saturday of October 19-20 (Goombay) or October 26-27 (Fantasy Fest).
- Regular bus service will resume Sunday after 7 AM on October 21 and 28, 2018, or as soon as streets are opened.
CITY “SAFE RIDE” SHUTTLES FOR The Bud Light FANTASY FEST PARADE:
The City of Key West Department of Transportation is pleased to provide SAFE RIDE shuttle buses during the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade.
- SAFE RIDE Shuttles will operate Saturday October 27, 2018 between 5 PM and 2 AM. Due to traffic, specific schedules cannot be set, but you can check for real time bus arrival at www.kwtransit.com
- The designated drop off / pick up point for all SAFE RIDE shuttles is Fausto's Food Palace on 522 Fleming Street.
- The Lower Keys Shuttle SAFE RIDE runs between Key West and Marathon and costs $4.00 each way. There will be at least 4 buses dedicated to this route. The last Lower Keys Shuttle will depart Key West no later than 12:30 AM (after midnight) for the last trip towards Marathon. Plan ahead, seating is limited on the last bus out!
- Key West City SAFE RIDE buses (Orange, Blue, Red, Green) will follow their regular bus stop patterns (except below Simonton) and cost $2.00 each way. Final pickups for the City buses are at 1:45 AM.
- Updated schedules or changes will be posted on www.kwtransit.com
TAXI’S / RIDESHARE: To ease traffic congestion and safety concerns, taxi’s and rideshare companies are asked to stay at or above (east) Simonton Street for pick up and drop offs. If you are requesting a taxi or rideshare, please walk towards Simonton to do so.
CAR PARKING: These 2018 Public Parking special events rates begin Friday, October 26 at 8:00 AM and end Sunday, October 28, at noon. Residential permit benefits are void in these lots during this time.
- Old Town Garage /Park N' Ride: 300 Grinnell Street, $30 per entry per day. There are no hourly rates.
- Firehouse Parking Lot: 624 Simonton St, $3 per hour, no maximum.
- Key West Bight: 815 Caroline Street, $3.50 per hour or $20 per day.
- Mallory Square: 460 Wall Street, $4 per hour or $32 per day.
PARK N RIDE: On Saturday, Oct 28, parking in front of Key West High School will be open to cars at a rate of $25 per vehicle. Key West Transit buses will run from 1-10 PM as a direct link between the high school and the SAFE RIDE Hub at Fausto's Food Palace, 522 Fleming. After 10pm, riders can catch the City Orange Line from the SAFE Ride Hub to the High School, until 1:45 AM. Both buses charge $2 each way and exact change is required. All parking fees raise funds for the KWHS Class of 2018. Overnight parking is okay, but vehicles must be gone sometime Sunday, Oct 29.
RV/MOTORHOME PARKING: Oversized vehicles such as RV’s, Tour Buses, Motor Homes, etc. are not permitted to travel within the Old Town / Downtown area. City Ordinance prohibits parking oversized vehicles on city streets. Oversized vehicles are required to drop and pick up passengers east of White Street. RV’s and Motorhomes may park at Tour Bus Option #1 below, and CANNOT park or drop off at any of the other options given.
TOUR BUS PARKING:
- Option #1:
Tour Buses, RV’s and Motorhomes: Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Avenue. $50 with Reservation, $100 without reservation. Parking is allowed both Friday, October 26 from 5-8 PM and Saturday October 27, 2018 from 11 AM to 8 PM. Friday Reservations are REQUIRED in advance (reserve via email here), no overnight parking. Direct shuttle services are offered on Saturday only, from 1-10PM. After 10pm, return to the High School lot via the City Orange Line from the SAFE RIDE Hub until 1:45am. Buses are $2 each way
- Option #2:
Tour Buses Only, Saturday Only: Truman Waterfront, 35 East Quay Road: $100 per bus to park. No advance reservation available, first come first served. Must arrive by 2 PM. Buses parked here cannot leave until after parade is over (10 PM estimate).
No COOLERS or BACKPACKS allowed in the Fantasy Zone — If you have a cooler or backpack you are subject to random search at any time. Leave your Cooler or backpack on the bus.
TOUR BUS DROP OFF: Free 15-minute drop-off and pick-up only. Drivers must organize pick-up time with passengers before arrival. Buses must leave Historic district after discharging passengers.
- 1100 Simonton Street
- 801 Caroline Street
PARKING ETIQUETTE: If you are able to find in-town parking, please remember:
- Be courteous and do not block private driveways, entrances, etc.
- Watch carefully for “No Parking,” including “Resident only,” areas. As the festival progresses, there will be additional no parking areas blocked off.
- Parking restrictions are strictly enforced. Towing may occur to keep traffic and festival activities moving smoothly. If your vehicle is towed, please call the Police non-emergency number 305-809-1000. Parking tickets may be paid in person, online or mailed in – details are on the ticket.
- Plan your exit route carefully to avoid being blocked by Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade activities or heavy congestion.
- Please watch for emergency vehicles attempting to access the very crowded side streets.
STREET CLOSURES: To accommodate the many street activities during Fantasy Fest 2018, portions of several streets will be closed on the following dates and times:
- Friday, October 26, from 10 AM on: Duval Street from Front Street to Truman Avenue. Crossings at Front Street, Eaton Street, Fleming Street, Southard Street, Angela Street, Olivia Street, or Truman Avenue.
- Saturday, October 27, from 10 AM on: Duval Street from Front Street to Truman Avenue. Crossings at Front Street, Eaton Street, or Truman Avenue.
- Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 4 PM until parade end (~10pm):
- All of Duval Street from Front Street to United Street.
- Whitehead Street from Front Street to Truman Avenue.
- Southard Street from Truman Waterfront to Simonton Street.
- The following parking lots will be closed from 8 AM Friday, October 26 until noon Sunday, October 28: 500 block of Thomas Street, 300 block Fleming Street, & 500 block of Angela Street.