Miami International Airport
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.
Buses & Vans
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.
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.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (www.fll.net), around 26 miles north of Downtown Miami, is a viable gateway airport to the Florida region.
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.
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.
Shared van service is available from the airport with GO Airport Shuttle. Prices are around $25 to South Beach.
Though it’s doubtful you’ll be catching a steamer to make a trans-Atlantic journey, it is quite possible that you’ll arrive in Miami via a cruise ship, as the Port of Miami, which receives around five million passengers each year, is known as the cruise capital of the world. Arriving in the port will put you on the edge of Downtown Miami; taxis and public buses to other local points are available from nearby Biscayne Blvd.
For bus trips, Greyhound (www.greyhound.com) is the main long-distance operator. Megabus offers service to Tampa and Orlando.
If you are traveling very long distances (say, across several states), bargain airfares can sometimes undercut buses. On shorter routes, renting a car can sometimes be cheaper. Nonetheless, discounted (even half-price) long-distance bus trips are often available by purchasing tickets online seven to 14 days in advance.
Car & Motorcycle
Driving to Florida is easy; there are no international borders or entry issues. Incorporating Florida into a larger USA road trip is very common, and having a car while in Miami can be very handy.
The main Miami terminal of Amtrak, about 9 miles northwest of Downtown, connects the city with several other points in Florida (including Orlando and Jacksonville) on the Silver Service line that runs up to New York City. Travel time between New York and Miami is 27 to 31 hours. The Miami Amtrak station is connected by Tri-rail to Downtown Miami and has a left-luggage facility.