Transportation to and from Miami Airport
What is the distance from Miami Airport to the centre of Miami and Miami Beach?
The distance between the airport and the centre of Miami (Bayfront Park) is 11 kilometres / 6.8 miles. You need to take into account a travel time of 15 minutes in normal traffic. To the centre of Miami Beach (Lincoln Road Mall) you’ll need at least 20 minutes, the distance is 18 kilometres / 11.2 miles.
From MIA Airport to Miami City centre by Car
Metro to Miami
From the airport, you can take the Miami Mover to Miami Airport Station. The MIA Mover is a free shuttle train that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At Miami Airport Station, you can use the Metrorail (Orange Line, Miami-Dade Transit) to travel to the city centre. The metro runs between 05:00 and 02:00, every 15 to 30 minutes in both directions. A one-way ticket costs $ 2.25. You can also buy a ticket for 1 or 7 days, for which you pay $ 5.65 or $ 29.25.
A travel pass for one or multiple days can be used for the metro and bus in Miami-Dade County. It is not possible to pay with coins or banknotes, you either need a paper EASY Ticket (valid for 60 days) or a plastic EASY Card (valid for 20 years, price: $ 2.00). You can charge these tickets with money or a day pass; you cannot share the tickets with others. The advantage is that you can transfer for free from metro to metro or from bus to bus. If you transfer from bus to metro or from metro to bus, you’ll be charged $ 0.60 on top.
If you want to go to the centre of Miami, you either need to get off at metro station Government Center north of the Miami River or at metro station Brickell south of the Miami River. At both stations, you can transfer to the Metromover, with which all places in Downtown Miami can be reached for free. The total journey time from Miami Airport to the city centre is approximately 30 minutes. Please consult website Miami-Dade County for more information.
Bus to Miami Beach
If you’re going to Miami Beach, the most practical form of public transport is the bus. Every 20 to 30 minutes the Miami Beach Airport Express (Metrobus Route 150) departs to and from Miami Beach, seven days a week. For this express bus service, you also pay $ 2.25 for a one-way ticket. Tickets are available from the bus driver (exact change only), or you make use of an EASY Ticket or EASY Card. Within a time frame of 3 hours, you can change to other buses free of charge.
Just like the metros, the buses depart from Miami Airport Station, the ride with the MIA Mover takes no more than a few minutes. The express buses run between 06:00 and 23:40. The bus makes several stops in Miami Beach between 41st Street (Mid-Beach) and the final stop South Point Drive (South Beach). Stops on this route include the following streets: Indian Creek Drive, Collins Avenue and the corner of Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road.
Travel time with the Airport Flyer is 40 to 60 minutes, depending on where you need to be. Buses can be crowded at times, that means there are no free seats, and you probably won’t be able to store your baggage in the luggage racks. Please consult timetable Miami Beach Airport Express for more information.
Train to Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach
From Miami Airport Station, accessible with the MIA Mover, you can travel to Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. You can take the train, which is called the Tri-Rail. Hialeah Market Station and Metrorail Transfer Station in the east of Hialeah can be reached in 5 to 10 minutes. In terms of population, Hialeah is the sixth city of Florida, after Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando and St. Petersburg.
Within walking distance of Metrorail Transfer Station is Amtrak Train Station, from here you can travel by train (Silver Meteor and Silver Star) to New York. The journey time by Tri-Rail to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is 50 minutes and 1 hour and 50 minutes respectively. On weekdays, the train runs one to two times an hour, during the weekend and on public holidays it runs less frequently. Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach also have their own airport.
The following ticket fares apply from Miami Airport Station: $ 2.25 to Hialeah, $ 5.00 to Fort Lauderdale and $ 6.90 to West Palm Beach. The last mentioned destination is like Palm Beach, the island of the rich and famous, part of Palm Beach County. Please consult website Tri-Rail South Florida for more information.
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