Getting Around, Miami Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Miami, Florida - FL, USA)
The numbering of the streets in Miami makes it simple to travel around and the city is laid out in an organized network of streets, avenues and blocks. Miami has a well-integrated public transport network of buses, trains and a monorail, run by the Metro-Dade Transit, covering the city well and making travel here easy and inexpensive, both during the day and at night.
There are also frequent air services that link Miami with both the Key West and Marathon municipal airports, that run from Miami International Airport
and Fort Lauderdale
, taking around 45 minutes to travel to the Key West
Miami Airport (MIA) / Arriving by Air
The city is served by one of Florida's largest and most important airports, Miami International Airport (MIA)
. Major airlines offer the greatest number of departures, whereas smaller airlines offer low-cost, no-frill airlines with a more limited number of flights arriving and departing from Miami Airport.
Miami International Airports Guide
Most of the city's major roads are elevated expressways, providing a fast way to travel around Miami and making it straightforward to explore the surrounding areas. There are many scenic roads nearby, offering excellent views of the coastline. Driving around Miami is a simple and highly convenient way to travel, once you understand the one-way-street grid. Although the traffic in and out can be heavy, particularly during peak commuting hours (07:00 to 09:00 and 16:00 to 18:00), the expressways allow you to travel quickly from one area to another. Parking is easily available and this includes street parking, public car parks, parking areas at beaches and shopping malls, and also designated parking lots.
Miami is well pedestrianized and one of the best ways to travel around the city center is simply by foot. This is an excellent way to see some of the numerous tourist attractions and reach the beaches - at your own pace. If you have a map, finding your way around central Miami is very straightforward and many of the city's major sights and attractions are within easy walking distance of each other.
Greyhound bus stations are situated around Miami and there are numerous bus stops that are clearly marked with signs indicating the bus routes that they travel along. Miami buses are a convenient and inexpensive method of public transport. The buses travel throughout Miami, starting from downtown, and travel daily between 04:00 to 02:30. There is a flat-rate one-way bus fare, which is payable on board by dropping the exact amount into a machine next to the bus driver. If you intend to transfer to another bus, inform the bus driver, who will give you a transfer ticket.
Trains - the Metrorail System
Miami's Metrorail system is a 21-mile / 33 km elevated railway system and there are stations including Coconut Grove, Brickwell Avenue, Vizcaya and Government Center. Trains travel roughly every 20 minutes (every 5 minutes during peak hours) and travel from 06:00 to midnight. Exact change is required for train fares and the city's Metrorail is often very underused, although extremely fast.
Taxi cabs in Miami are one of the most convenient ways to travel around the city and can be easily hailed from the sidewalk in the city center. Alternatively, in quieter areas of Miami, taxis can be ordered by telephone and there are a number of reputable taxi firms that your hotel can recommend. Additional charges are often made for luggage, travel late at night and on public holidays, and extra passengers.
Bicycles are a popular way to travel around recreational areas of Miami and in particular, along the front of many of the city's long stretches of beach. Cycling is a fast and inexpensive way to get around and there are a number of bicycle rental shops available, both in the city center and also at some local parks.