There are a surprising number of reasons to visit Tampa (TPA) - from the sub-tropical climate, to the major theme parks, not to mention the fact that the city has 3 of the top 10 U.S. beaches. There is also no shortage of reasons to choose the flight route from Atlanta (ATL), given the efficiency of the Atlanta airports and simple to use ground transport system. The flight time will be around one and a half hours, covering a distance of 547 miles. The direct route, devoid of stop-overs, is serviced by two airlines: AirTran and Delta.
Fortunately, popular flight routes have an abundance of cheap tickets. This one is no different. To purchase a low cost flight to Tampa though, it is important to compare prices and availability online. Taking hand luggage only, flexibility in the dates of travel, booking during the off-peak season and buying an air ticket well in advance of travel will greatly help to keep prices down.
Depending on the mode of travel and the traffic situation you should plan to spend 20-25 minutes getting from Tampa International Airport to the downtown area. Shuttle services are available, as well as rental cars both at the airport and elsewhere. United and Yellow Cab offer taxi services which require no prior reservation.