Getting around Miami
Miami's public transportation is...lacking, to be generous about it. There is public transport, but it can't get you everywhere, for the most part. One example is the Metrorail, which runs north and south to various destinations, but requires many riders to be dropped off or drive to the station. Most Miami natives have cars, and it is advisable to rent a car for visitors who would like to explore the city. A few free shuttle services also exist, such as the Monkey Shuttle in Brickell and Downtown Miami, which can come in handy when getting around particular neighborhoods.
The majority of residents have cars in Miami. Many visitors spend time only on South Beach - in this case a car may not be necessary. Taxis are easy to come by on the beach and everything is easily accessible by foot. But for those who want to see more than just South Beach (and there is so much more!) it is strongly suggested that you rent a car. Some garages offer discounted rates and while many hotels have valet, it is pricey. The best option for some may be to rent a car one or two days and plan activities around the city then. Public Information for Miami's public transportation can be found on the county’s website. The Metrobus, Metrorail, and Metromover are all managed by Miami-Dade County and operate throughout the city. Regular fares start at $2.25, which is comparable with other major cities.
Taxis are available in Miami, but in certain areas it is necessary to call a company to schedule a pickup. Typical fares start at $2.50 for the first 1/6 mile and $0.40 per 1/6 mile after that, with the same cost applying to each minute idle. Expect a small upcharge for rides from the airport. Here are a few numbers to keep handy if you’ll be needing a taxi: Yellow Cab, 305-777-7777 Miami-Dade Taxis, 305-551-1111 Super Yellow Cab, 305-888-7777 A Miami Taxi App was released in 2012 and may also be a handy resource for arranging a ride for those with smartphones.
Certain neighborhoods and stretches in Miami are very bike-friendly. Miami even has a biking community - The Miami Bike Scene - which lists comprehensive information on group rides, upcoming events, local shops, and other resources. For riders who aren’t familiar with the terrain, the Miami-Dade County bike trails map is a great resource with detailed information on local trails with detailed PDFs on the distances, directions, and additional information. Dozens of bike shops are open throughout the week, so visitors who want to rent a ride will not have a problem finding one. Alternatively, companies like DecoBike operated in Miami Beach, Surfside, and Bay Harbour, with a simple public pick up/drop off scheme. Rentals are available starting hourly or daily, with more extensive monthly rentals for locals. Use the company’s iPhone app to easily find pickup/drop off locations.