Located 6 miles west of Downtown, the busy Miami International Airport has three terminals and serves over 40 million passengers each year. Around 60 airlines fly into Miami. The airport is open 24 hours and is laid out in a horseshoe design. There are left-luggage facilities on two concourses at MIA, between B and C, and on G; prices vary according to bag size.
From Miami International Airport, taxis charge a flat rate, which varies depending on where you're heading. It's $22 to Downtown, Coconut Grove or Coral Gables; $35 to South Beach; and $44 to Key Biscayne. Count on 40 minutes to South Beach in average traffic, and about 25 minutes to Downtown.
If you’re driving, follow Rte 112 from the airport, then head east on the Julia Tuttle Causeway or the I-195 to get to South Beach.
Some hotels offer free shuttles.
Metro buses leave from Miami Airport Station (connected by electric rail to the airport) and run throughout the city; fares are $2.25. The Miami Beach Airport Express (Bus 150) costs $2.65 and makes stops all along Miami Beach, from 41st to the southern tip.
You can also take the SuperShuttle shared-van service, which will cost about $22 to South Beach. Be sure to reserve a seat the day before.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (www.fll.net), located around 26 miles north of Downtown Miami, is a viable gateway airport to the Florida region.
Count on at least 45 minutes from the airport to Downtown by taxi, and at least an hour for the ride to South Beach. Prices are metered. Expect to pay about $75 to South Beach and $65 to Downtown.
Take the free shuttle (with stops at the west end of terminal 1, between terminals 2 and 3, and between terminals 3 and 4) to the airport’s Tri-Rail station (www.tri-rail.com). There you can hop aboard this commuter train into Miami ($3.75 to $5), which connects with Miami-Dade's Metrorail Orange Line. The schedule is infrequent, though (trains run every 30 to 60 minutes), so be mindful of departure times to avoid long waits.
Shared van service is available from the airport with GO Airport Shuttle. Prices are around $25 to South Beach.