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Miami Airports

Miami has two major airports serving the area: Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) is Florida's largest airport. It is located only minutes from downtown Miami. MIA has many international, domestic, and charter flights, with Latin America being one of its largest markets. There are eight concourses (A, C, D, E, F, G, H, and J).

Airport Transportation

The rental cars companies serving MIA have counters inside the baggage claim area, on the Arrival/Ground Level of the North and Central Terminal. When departing from the South Terminal there is a rental car phone center located at the Information and Reservation Boards on the Arrival/Ground Level and on the 3rd floor.

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The vehicle pick-up areas are off-site and must be accessed by the rental car companies' courtesy shuttle van. Pickup for the shuttles is located outside of the baggage claim area on the median curb on the Arrival/Ground Level.

Taxicabs and SuperShuttle vans pick up passengers outside of the baggage claim areas on the Arrival (ground) level of MIA. A ride on SuperShuttle downtown and the Port of Miami, cruise ship port, costs around $14. A taxi downtown costs approximately $22 and a flat fee of $24 to the Port of Miami.

The Miami-Dade Transit Department buses serves MIA and connect with the rapid transit system both allowing access as far south as Marathon Key to just north of the Miami-Dade/Broward County line. The Metro Bus station is located across from Customs on Level 1 of Concourse E. Greyhound also has a limited-service stop at MIA.

Tri-Rail is the Commuter Train service paralleling Interstate 95 and running between MIA, Broward and Palm Beach Counties ($6-7). The Airport Station is located east of the airport, across Le Jeune Road (42 Avenue) on NW 21st Street. Passengers may connect by bus at the bus station and also without any charge by way of the Metro-Bus.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a large airport and a convenient alternative to the Miami airport. FLL is about an hour drive from Miami. Several domestic low-fare airlines serve FLL. There are also many international flights. FLL has four terminals: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Airport Transportation

The new Rental Car Center houses several car rental companies servicing the Airport. Passengers may follow signs in the terminals to the passenger pick up area where the rental companies' free shuttles provide rides to the center.

Taxicabs are always on standby at FLL. Depending on your drop-off location, a taxi to Miami will cost anywhere from $80 to over $100. Your best bet is using the share ride vans offered by Florida Airport Express. A ride to Miami's South Beach costs $39 per person (two person minimum). The Transportation Podiums for taxis and shuttles are located on the lower level, curbside of each terminal.

Visitors wishing to get around Fort Lauderdale or Broward County, north of Miami, may take Broward County Transit ($1.75/ride). Bus shelters are found at the east end of Terminal 2, between terminals 3 and 4, and the east end of Terminal 4.

Buses to the Tri Rail, South Florida's commuter rail may be reached by feeder buses. The fare from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Miami International Airport is $3.75 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends.

Tip:  If you have a layover at the Fort Lauderdale Airport the Flight Deck in Terminal 3 next to the Concourse E security checkpoint has seating, flight information displays, free wireless internet, and concessions. Open Friday thru Monday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Written by: Beth Blair
Top Photo Credit: © Jason Walsh
Photo Description: Miami International Airport is located eight miles from downtown.