Getting around in Miami

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Joel Fulleda

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  • Metrorail e Metromover
  • Trolley
  • Metrobus (bus)
  • Water Taxi

Miami is a big city but not a big one.

Distances eg. that there are in Los Angeles are absolutely not comparable with those of Miami.

For example, a move tra Miami Beach e Coral Gables, two of the most distant areas by car will not take more than 20 minutes. I gave you this example to give you a little idea of ​​the time needed.

The decision to rent the car it really depends on where you are staying (see the best areas to sleep) and what you want to visit. Eg. if you choose to stay in Miami Beach it may even be superfluous to have a car, unless you decide to do many excursions nearby.

Let's now see public transport.

In addition to the famous and iconic Cable Cars, in Miami there are many other means of transportation: from buses to overhead transportation systems such as Metrorail e Metromover, up to the Water Taxi ... Let's go and meet them together.

Metrorail e Metromover

Metrorail and Metromover are two systems of rail transport raised. The biggest differences between the two relate to the length of the line and the cost of the ticket, which is $ 2,25 for the Metrorail while the Metromover is free.


Il Metrorail is divided into two lines, the green line and orange line (Green Line and Orange Line): the green line starts from Dadeland South, and passing through Downtown Miami, goes to Palmetto, while the orange line also leaves from Dadeland and stops at Miami airport.


Il Metromover, on the other hand, it covers a very small area, that of the Downtown and Brickell neighborhoods.

This transport system consists of three loops (rings): Inner Loop, Brickell Loop, e Omni Loop.

THEInner Loopbroadly serves the area between Bayside / Bayfront Park and the Government Center.

THEOmni Loopinstead, it goes as far as the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts area.

Then there is the Brickell Loop, which goes as far as the Financial District. The convoys in service on the Full Loop, on the other hand, serve the entire route covered by the other three loops.

To switch from Metrorail to Metromover and vice versa you must stop at Government Center station, which acts as a link for the two services.


The Trolley is a nice and colorful one tram on rubber which serves different areas of the city, and is a viable alternative to other means of public transport, because it is totally free of charge.

The Miami Trolley serves well 10 lines:

  • Allapath, starts from NW 27 Ave and goes up to Biscayne Boulevard;
  • Biscayne, goes from the Design District to Simpson Park, passing through the Arsht Center, Flagler Street and the Financial District;
  • Brickell, starts from the Miami Circle area, passing through Brickell Park, Brickell Village and the Financial District and reaches the Mercy Hospital;
  • Coconut Grove, goes from Mercy Hospital and, passing through Kennedy Park and Coco Walk, reaches Douglas Road (where there is a Metrorail station);
  • Coral Way, this line starts in the Port Miami area, passes through Bayside, Flagler Street and the Financial District and stops at Miracle Mile;
  • Health District, is a line that touches some of the major hospitals in the city, serving an area including NW 14 Ave and NW 74 Ave;
  • Little Havana, starts from the Magic: City Casino area, passes through Miami Dade College, the Brickell Metrorail station, and reaches the Miami - Dade County Auditorium;
  • overtown, a line that covers a large area, between the Health District and NW 9 St (Rosa Parks Community School) and connects to the Metrorail at Culmer Metrorail Station;
  • Stage, covers an area from Flagler Street to the Health District;
  • Wynwood, goes from the Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover Station stop, and passing through Biscayne Park, goes to Midtown Miami.

The Allapath, Health District, Overtown, Stadium and Wynwood lines are active from Monday to Saturday (except Overtown, which is also not active on Saturdays), from 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM (Allapath and Overtown) and from 6 : 30 AM to 11:00 PM, while on Sundays the Trolley is in service from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Trolley a Miami Beach

Miami Beach also has its own free trolley service consisting of 4 lines:

  • South Beach Loop;
  • Middle Beach Loop;
  • North Beach Loop;
  • Collins Express.

All 4 lines do not leave Miami Beach but connect the various areas of this town.

Learn more e download maps go to the official website.

Metrobus (bus)

The Metrobus is the city bus service that serves the entire Miami Dade County area, from Miami Beach e Key Biscayne a West Miami Dade fino alla Broward County a nord e a Homestead, Florida City e le Middle Keys a sud.

It is the most widespread means of transport in the city so if you decide not to rent a car you will have to learn how to get around by bus, considering that there are only 2 metro lines.

Buses running on the 95 Metrobus lines they serve all the most important areas of the city from a cultural, shopping and entertainment point of view; but also hospitals and schools.

Le stops they are marked with a green sign. As the bus approaches, a voice announces the bus number and destination (this information is also reported on the bright display placed in the upper part of the bus).

Il ticket can be purchased on board but to pay it you must have the amount counted, because the driver is not authorized to give change.

A Metrobus ticket costs $ 2,25. In place of the ticket, you can also use the Easy Card or Easy Ticket travel tickets.

Some lines are active 24 hours a day, while others are served by night buses (from 11 pm to 6 am), to know for sure you can consult the detailed list on the Miami Dade website.

The I95 - Express, Miami Beach Airport Flyer, Kendall Cruiser and South Miami - Dade Busway lines are express lines, which allow you to bypass city traffic and get to your destination earlier.

Bus map

Download the pdf map of the buses from the official website.

Also on the official transport website there is a "trip planner": enter the starting route and the destination and indicate the means to take to get there and the relative travel times.

Water Taxi

The Water Taxi is a fast and fun way to travel between the Miami Beach, Bayside Marketplace, Miami River and Key Biscayne areas, as well as to admire the city of Miami from a privileged and unusual point of view.

The Water Taxi divides into two lines, the Yellow Line and the Green Line; the Yellow line is the most popular and the most used, while the Green Line is for the slightly more experienced traveler who wants to explore different areas of Miami.

The Yellow Route, whose ticket costs $ 15,00 ($ 30 round trip) has three collection points:
- Bayside marketplace, in Downtown Miami, from which there are 5 departures a day (11:00 - 12:30 - 14:00 - 15:30 - 17:00);
- Miami Beach Marina, also from here there are 5 departures a day (11:45 - 13:45 - 14:45 - 16:15 - 17:45);
- Sea Isle Marina, from where the Water Taxis depart only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (12:00 - 13:30 - 15:00 - 16:30 - 18:00).

The Green Route Water Taxis, on the other hand, can only be taken on request, and the ticket costs $ 20. The collection points of this line are: Miami Beach Marina, Virginia Key, Bayside Marketplac, Hyatt Convention Center and Casablanca & Garcias.
The Water Taxi Express is a charter service that costs $ 180 per hour.

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