How to Reach
Miami is a major city in the south-eastern United States and makes up part of the largest metropolitan area in Florida. Being part of the South Florida region, it’s 20 miles from Fort Lauderdale, 68 miles from West Palm Beach, 106 miles from Naples (Florida) and 156 miles from Key West.
Miami International Airport is located just west of the city in an unincorporated suburban area. The predominant carrier at MIA is American Airlines, which has direct flights to most major cities in the Americas, and several European cities as well. European, Latin-American and Caribbean carriers are well-represented at MIA. The airport has no non-stop service to Asia, Africa or Oceania with the exception of Qatar Airways which offers nonstop service to Doha. The recent construction of two new terminals at MIA has helped with the airport’s passenger capacities as well as the efficiency in going through customs and baggage claim.
Transportation From The Aiport to the City Center:
Public transportation includes a free shuttle to the nearby Tri-Rail station, as well as to Metrorail.
- Metrobus’ and Metrorail’s airport connections are located in the Miami Central Station.
- Use the MIA Mover electric-powered train to connect between MIA and Miami Central Station.
- The MIA Mover train station at the airport is located on the 3rd level between the Dolphin and Flamingo Garages.
- Use the 3rd level Skyride (moving walks) to access the MIA Mover station.
Taxi Availability Outside The Airport: Average price (Airport-Miami Beach): 35$
Amtrak’s Silver Service operates two trains daily to Miami from New York City, Washington, D.C. and other cities along the Eastern Seaboard. The ride from New York is about 24 hours but is often subject to delays, as Amtrak uses poorer-quality freight lines south of Washington and must cope with slow freight trains along the way.
There are frequent (at least 1 per hour) Tri-Rail trains every day to Miami from West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale on weekdays. However, on the weekends, the trains come every 2 hours. The weekday fare varies by distance but the weekend fare is $5 between any two stations on the line.
There are three main highways coming into Miami. I-95 runs along the Atlantic coast of the United States and terminates in Miami. I-75 comes in from the midwestern United States and runs through Atlanta and Tampa before terminating in Miami. Florida’s Turnpike is a toll road mainly useful for those driving in from Orlando. The only southbound route from Miami is U.S. Highway 1, which runs through the Florida Keys all the way to Key West.
More info: http://www.miami-airport.com/car_rental.asp
RedCoach: Buses arrive and depart from the South Terminal at Miami International Airport. Service from various cities in Florida and Georgia. http://www.redcoachusa.com/
ATC Buses: Transfers in and out of the city of Miami for groups to the rest of the US. City tours and more. http://www.atcbuses.com/
Gray Line Miami: Numerous companies offer shuttle services between the airport and Miami hotels. http://graylinemiami.com/
Key West to Miami Bus Service, bus service from Miami Beach, FL to Key West, FL 7 days a week.