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Getting around in Miami: info, costs and advice

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Viewed and reviewed in many TV series and films, Miami is one of those cities to visit at least once in a lifetime, which thanks to its large offer are able to bring together all types of travelers!

Visiting it all, especially if you have little time, can become really challenging, as it is a very large city. But don't worry, you can rely on gods excellent and efficient means of transport! Are you ready to discover this city? Here is a practice for you guide on getting around Miami: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to downtown Miami
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Moving only on foot in Miami is unthinkable, it is in fact necessary use public transport! The network is very widespread and you can get anywhere!
The advice, for a very first approach to the city, is to take part in a private tour with a local guide that allows you to identify the key points so as to easily orient yourself during the journey. If you are short on time, opt for the evergreen Hop-On Hop-Off bus, which will allow you to move around the attractions without restrictions.
If traffic doesn't scare you, you can too go around the city by bicycle! The city is chaotic so opt for a guide to guide you! If you want to do it alone, take advantage of the public rental system, it's called CityBike, rates: $ 4,00 / hour (€ 3,60), day pass $ 24,00 (€ 21,60).

The purchase of the Go Miami Pass is useful, valid from 1 to 5 days and free access to over 30 sites, activities and tours of the Miami area. If, on the other hand, you stay in the city for several days, we recommend the Go Miami Explorer Pass which includes several attractions and tours to participate in.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot in the individual districts, metrobus, tram, boat
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car, taxi
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Go Miami Explorer Pass (from € 85,00 -), Go Miami Pass (from € 73,00 -), day ticket (from $ 5,65 / € 5,10)

How to get from the airport to downtown Miami

Miami has been served since Miami International Airport (MIA), about 13 km from downtown Miami. It is one of the most important airports in America, as well as being the hub for American Airline passengers. From Italy there are direct flights departing from Rome and Milan.

To reach the center you will have several options. One of these is the metrorail, orange line, which connects the airport with the Downtown district to Government Center Station. Alternatively, find the bus of the Express Airport Flyer line (departures every 30 min, active 6: 00-23: 00).
Finally, there are several private transfers that you can book online before leaving or that directly make the hotel in which you are staying available taxi. The latter are located outside the Arrivals Terminal and have fixed rates based on the area to be reached: for example for Coral Gables $ 16,00 (€ 14,50), for Port Miami $ 24,00 (€ 21,60, 32,00) and for South Beach $ 28,80 (€ ), you can consult all the rates on the official website of the airport.


Miami International Airport (MIA)

  • Distance from the center: 13 km / travel time: 20 min;
  • By train: orange line / ticket cost: $ 2,25 (€ 2,00);
  • By taxi: fixed rates based on the area / travel time: 30 min;
  • By bus: average cost $ 2,35 (€ 2,10) / Express Airport Flyer line;
  • Private transfer: Private sedan transfer in Miami between the airport and hotels

How to get around on foot

Visiting all of Miami on foot is practically impossible, unless you are super fit and don't like walking miles and miles. But if you are short on time, we definitely recommend using public transport! The city really is very extensive and the best attractions are everywhere, they are not concentrated in a single neighborhood.
The advice, for a very first approach to the city, is to take part in a private tour with a local guide that allows you to identify the key points so as to easily orient yourself during the trip

Walking and walking turns out to be a win-win when it comes to explore the individual neighborhoodsEnjoy Little Havana with a Food, Culture, Mojito and Street Art Tour, explore the eclectic Wynwood Arts District or stroll Downtown. Then you cannot fail to enjoy a nice walk in Miami Beach, on its waterfront and along the famous Ocean Drive, also opting for a walking tour of South Beach.



Con i mezzi pubblici

To move from one district to another you will necessarily have to use the public transport network, very efficient and widespread. You will find at your disposal the metrobus, the tram (free), the metromover and the metrorail. The latter is used more by commuters than by tourists, as it does not touch the most touristic areas of the city, but it could happen that you take it to reach the city from Miami International Airport. As for the costs, these they are not entirely cheap, a single ride will cost you a minimum of $ 2,25 (about € 2,00), so we recommend that you buy day passes to save money.

Miami, overlooking the sea, deserves to be seen from a different perspective! Don't miss the chance to take a panoramic tour by speedboat and enjoy the crazy skyline that the city gives you!

Metrobus

It is the line of public buses of Miami. It counts well 95 paths, with more than 1.000 buses operating all year round, 365 days. They connect in capillary way every corner of the city and will allow you to really get anywhere, from Miami Beach to the Florida Keys.

With regard to rates, the single ride costs $ 2,25 (approximately € 2,00), while the day pass $ 5,65 (approximately € 5,10), but it will be necessary to EASY Card, a rechargeable magnetic card that you can use to pay for the Metrorail and Metrobus subscription: you just need to recharge it and pass it on the automatic readers once you get on the vehicle.

  • Downloadable map: ;
  • some lines from 6:00 to midnight, others 24 hours a day;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: $ 2,25 (€ 2,00);
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily $ 5,65 (€ 5,10).

Tram

The tram is a nice and very economical way to visit Miami. It is called trolley: it is free, connects different parts of the city, some of which are touristic, so it can be very convenient for you to reach certain neighborhoods or streets.

The lines are 10 and are as follows: Allapattah, Biscayne, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Way, Health District, Little Havana, Overtown, Stadium and Wynwood. In Miami Beach there are instead 4 lines and connect the main beaches: South Beach Loop, Middle Beach Loop, North Beach Loop and Collins Express.


  • Downloadable map: official site;
  • from 6: 30 to 23: 00;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: free.

Metrorail

The term Metrorail means the elevated train which connects the city from north to south. Composed of 2 lines only which run for 40 kilometers, with 23 stops. Also includes stops in tourist places, such as Coconut Grove, Vizcaya Museum, Brickell Avenue and Governmente Center, so you can take advantage of them.

Le rates they are the same as the Metrobus: the single fare costs $ 2,25 (approximately € 2,00) and the daily pass $ 5,65 (approximately € 5,10). Always recommended the purchase of EASY Card, to be recharged at the automatic machines and then passed on the automatic readers once you get on the vehicle.

  • Downloadable map: ;
  • from 5: 00 to 00: 00;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: $ 2,25 (€ 2,00);
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily $ 5,65 (€ 5,10).

Metromover

It's a elevated train which consists of 3 lines and includes a route of about 7 km. The service is free.

Le 3 lines are the following: the Inner or Downtown Loop line, in the financial district of Miami, very useful for exploring this area; the Omni line, which reaches the northernmost part of the city; and the Brickell line, which connects downtown with southern Miami.

  • Downloadable map: ;
  • from 5: 00 to 00: 00;
  • Ticket / single ride cost: free.

Water taxi

An alternative way, but surely much more expensive to move in Miami, is the Water Taxi, i water taxi, which allow you to avoid the traffic of the city. There are no fixed times, they can vary from line to line, or from the use of public and private lines. They are generally active from 10:00 to 20:00.

There are two lines, the Yellow Line (the one most used by tourists) and the Green Line, while the Blue Line is added at the weekend. Really nice experience, which will allow you to admire the Miami skyline from the sea, but remember that it is even more expensive: a one-way ride costs $ 15,00 per person (about € 13,50).

  • by 10: 00 20 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: from $ 15,00 (€ 13,50) per person

By car

Visiting Miami by car is really not recommended! It is a large American city, very large and with many large intersections and multi-lane roads, plus the traffic in some hours of the day it is really unmanageable. Finally, as we have seen, public transport is really efficient, well organized and covers the city in a widespread way!

Attention also to rules for driving, for offenders the fines are really severe:

  • always respect the speed limits, indicated by the appropriate signs,
  • seat belt obligation for all passengers,
  • it is forbidden to use phones while driving.

There are no ZTLs in the city, but many streets could be subject to toll: you must in fact have the Sun Pass, an electronic payment system used by most of Florida's toll roads (all info on the official website).

Stops and parking

There are so many car parks in Miami, but they can be very expensive, especially the central ones. For this reason, if you are engaged in an on the road in Florida and arrive in the city by car, the best solution is to opt for accommodation with parking service included for its guests.

In the city most of the public car parks are paid and are managed by the Miami Parking Authority. Prices vary greatly depending on the area and duration of the stop, you can find all the info on the official website of the Miami Parking Authority.

In the South Beach area the car parks are managed by the City of Miami Beach, which controls both the level ones and the underground garages. Pay attention to the signs: the surface parking lots are sometimes reserved only for residents, in this case it is always signposted. You can find all the info on the official website of the City of Miami Beach.

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