Miami is a large city with many transportation decisions to make. It is best to learn about your options before traveling here.
Two airports serve the Miami area. Some people chose to fly into Ft. Lauderdale when flying in the states since flights are cheaper. Leave early to catch your flight out. Many people report that the traffic in the city on the way to the airport is terrible. Expect a busy terminal and a long security line also. Give yourself a break and get there two hours early.
The city bus in Miami travels from the airport and around town. If you plan to stay for a week, weekly passes are available for unlimited rides. If you chose to not get a pass, remember that the buses do not give change, the fair is 1.75, and you must remember to ask for a transfer before you get off or you’ll have to pay again. Also, remember to check directions on the bus. The north and south, east and west bound routes are not marked as such. Therefore expect there will be two stops on the train for the same number of each bus.
Train: Metro Rail and Metro Mover
The Metro mover is a free rail system that travels through and around the center of Miami’s shopping districts. It does not go to the airport, but there are rumors that it may in the future. The Metro Rail is a larger system reaching the outskirts of the city. The Metro Rail does travel to the airport. The fair is under 2 dollars.
Taxis are readily available, but word on the town is to avoid renting one during rush hour. During rush hour, you may spend thirty minutes in a car to go 5 miles. You will pay for the extra time you spend stuck in traffic. One traveler reports being charged 50 dollars for a two mile ride downtown during rush hour. Another warning from travelers is to watch the drivers to make sure they are not driving in circles with the meter on to drive up the cost. Be smart!
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Miami Transportation.