Getting to Miami

By air

Miami International Airport (MIA) is the primary airport of the city, but there are several other options in South Florida for those who find better fares elsewhere. Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is only an hour or so north (without traffic!) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is even further north and connected with Miami via Tri-Rail. There are services from each airport that transport travelers to their destination. But before you book, check if your hotel offers free shuttle service!

By rail

Believe it or not, Amtrak does go as far south as Miami! The line that runs up and down the east coast ends in the Sunshine State. South Stations are scattered throughout Florida, the Carolinas and Virginia. The region also has stations in Georgia and its neighboring states. The Northeast is especially ripe with stations, so it is entirely possible to do long-distance trips up and down the coast. Local travelers can take advantage of the Tri-Rail, which services all three South Florida counties. One of its perks is connections between the three county airports; but other local stops are available. Tickets are affordable and calculated based on zones, with a daily pass available for $5.

By bus

Miami is a driving city, so fewer locals use the bus system than own a car. However, for travelers coming into the city, there are transportation options. Within the state, companies such as Miami Orlando Shuttle offer daily transport between Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Bus services such as BoltBus and Greyhound also service the entire country, so those with lots of patience and time should explore these options.

By car

Scenically, driving to Miami through the state of Florida is relatively dull, with miles and miles of highway and little else. But the infrastructure is good insofar as the roads are paved and monitored. Beware of tolls, however: even if driving seems like the cheapest option, calculate toll costs, which there are many of in the region. South of Miami is the Everglades, which will yield a bit more entertaining views than northern Florida, which might even come in the form of wildlife. Crocodile crossings are not uncommon!


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