Getting To & Around
Most people traveling throughout Harrison County and the Gulf Coast choose to drive, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the coastline and beaches along with a well-maintained highway system. Harrison County is easily connected to other parts of Mississippi and the rest of the U.S. via several interstate highways that traverse the area.
For those flying in, there are three major airports in proximity to Harrison County, serving the area with both major air carriers and smaller commuter airlines. Harrison County also has a decent public transportation system, and Greyhound has bus service to both Gulfport and Biloxi.
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
14035-L Airport Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is the closest airport and the one used most often by Harrison County residents. It is approximately 6 miles from the Gulfport city center and is a joint civilian-military public use airport. Major carriers include American Airlines, Delta, United, U.S. Airways and Sun Country Airlines. Nonstop service is available to many cities with connecting international service. Ground transportation includes five rental car companies, taxi service and access to public transportation.
Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport
100 International Drive
Jackson, MS 39208
This is the largest airport in Mississippi. It is about three hours from Harrison County; it has two 8,500-foot runways and recently received millions of dollars in renovations. Airlines at the airport include American Airlines, Delta, United and U.S. Airways. Ground transportation includes taxi and bus service.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
900 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062
Located 87 miles from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has millions of travelers in and out of its facility every year. Major air carriers include American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, United and U.S. Airways, with domestic and international connections available. Ground transportation includes public transit, taxis and nine rental car services.
Coast Transit Authority
333 DeBuys Road
Gulfport, MS 39507
The Coast Transit Authority provides public transportation for all three of Mississippi’s coastal counties. Services include fixed routes in Biloxi, Gulfport, D’Iberville/St. Martin and Ocean Springs. CTA’s Coast Commuter Program offers vanpooling and carpooling to reduce the stress and costs of commuting.
CTA also offers a casino hopper and beachcomber routes.
CTA’s mission is to provide safe, dependable, clean, comfortable, convenient and affordable public transportation services to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in a cost-efficient manner. For more information on routes and fares, visit the CTA’s website.
Greyhound provides bus service between several points in Mississippi and across the United States. Call for hours of operation and ticketing schedules, or book online.
820 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530 | 228-436-4335
10015 Highway 49
Gulfport, MS 39501 | 228-863-1022
Driving and Commuting
Residents of Harrison County have an easy commute for the most part, and travel via car is the fastest way to get around Mississippi. The county is traversed by two interstates, two U.S. highways and various state routes.
Interstate 10 runs the length of the Gulf Coast, traveling into the states of Alabama and Louisiana. Interstate 110 travels across the Back Bay of Biloxi, connecting Interstate 10 to U.S. Highway 90 in Biloxi.
U.S. Highway 90 runs along the coast, connecting Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian. U.S. Highway 49 heads north from Gulfport to the northern border of the county.
Speed limits on state highways with four lanes or more are usually 70 miles per hour, slowing as they enter developed areas. Other highways usually have a speed limit of 65 miles per hour.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety oversees the issuance of driver’s licenses in the state as well as state identification cards. Local MDPS offices can provide information on licensing and vehicle registration or visit www.ms.gov/hp/drivers/license/faq.jsp.
16741 Highway 67
Biloxi, MS 39532 | 228-396-7400
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
10393 Automall Parkway
D’Iberville, MS 39540 | 228-392-1183
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
MDPS permits nonresident military personnel and their families as well any out-of-state college students to drive in Mississippi with a valid driver’s license from another state. However, in general, all Mississippi residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 60 days.
License applicants must bring the following to apply for a new license:
- Out-of-state license.
- A completed MDPS application.
- Social Security card.
- A state-issued certified copy of your birth certificate.
- Two forms of proof of residency in the state, such as utility bills with a physical address, a rental agreement or vehicle registration receipt.
Applicants must also pass an eye exam. Written and roads tests may be administered, but are normally waived if the prior license is valid.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its online Mississippi’s Driver’s Manual. To view the manual, go to www.dps.state.ms.us/driver-services/drivers-licence-manuals.
Visit the Mississippi Department of Transportation websitefor interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras. You may also sign up for alerts customized to your daily commute.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.