Miami By Plane
Miami International Airport – the biggest airport for travel in South Florida, and the best option for trips to the Everglades or Miami’s beaches. Fort Lauderdale is also an option if you are visiting this area. Miami International Airport is located just west of the city in an unincorporated suburban area and is a large and congested place. Be sure to allow extra time when departing MIA, particularly if flying internationally, as you may face an hour-long line just to check your bags. There are some excellent facilities at the airport such as play areas, restaurants with kids options, baby changing rooms and more.
At MIA, public transportation includes a free shuttle to the nearby Tri-Rail station, as well as to Metrorail. Your best option is to take a taxi from the airport or rent a car, depending on where you’re staying at (if you need to get around parts of Miami with no nearby Metrorail stations). MIA’s car rental facilities have now all been centralized into a very large garage known as the Rental Car Centre which can be accessed directly from the terminal via a free automated tram. Make sure you pre book a car seat if you are not bringing your own.
Fort Lauderdale Airport is 25-40 minutes north of Miami proper, depending on traffic, and does not have nearly as many international routes. It is smaller and less trafficked than MIA, making customs, immigration and security a bit easier to go through.
Miami By Train
Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida, effectively serving as a car-rail link to Florida from the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and Amtrak Silver Star and Silver Meteor (Trains 91-92 and 97-98 respectively) – both routes begin in New York City and end in Miami.
Miami By Car
Three Interstate highways connect Florida with adjacent states. See ‘Florida’ for more information on driving to and from the State from other parts of the USA.
Miami By Boat
Florida is possibly the largest state for cruise ship embarkation in the United States. Port Canaveral, Tampa, and Miami are all popular ports for embarkation, with cruises heading throughout the Caribbean.