So you’re thinking about enjoying the sugar-white sand beaches, friendly atmosphere, and abundant sunshine of the Gulf Shores—what are your options for getting there?
Air—There are two regional airports about an hour’s drive from the Gulf Shores beaches: Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) and Pensacola Regional Airport (PNS). Both airports are serviced by several major airline carriers, some with direct flights. Jack Edwards Airport offers charter flights, but no commercial flights.
Car Rentals—Mobile and Pensacola airports offer a variety of car rentals options including Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and National(Also Enterprise in Mobile).
Driving—Many cities in the Southeast are within an easy driving distance of Gulf Shores. The beaches can be accessed from Mobile by traveling East on Interstate 10 down to Alabama Highway 59 or by continuing on Interstate 10 to Exit 49 which is the Baldwin Beach Express. The Baldwin Beach Express turns into the Foley Beach Express as you travel southward. The Express has only 5 traffic lights compared to 35 on Highway 59, but both are options. Coming from Pensacola, take FL-292 W which becomes AL-182 W as you cross the state line.
Ferry—If your plans include a stop at peaceful Dauphin Island to enjoy the abundant flora and fauna, you’ll need to board the Mobile Bay Ferry. The ferry trip takes about 40 minutes and you can board with or without your car. There is always at least one ferry in service all of the year, but in peak season there are two.