Miami Airport Ground Transportation information –
Miami Airport Taxi / Cab and shuttle service–
Taxi / cabs and shuttles at MIA are available only on the Arrival (Ground) level outside the baggage claim areas.
MIA – Miami Airport Taxi / cab and shuttle rates –
$4.50 for the first 1/6 mile, (includes the $2.00 airport origination fee)
$.40 each additional 1/6 mile which equals to $6.90 for the first mile and $2.40 for each additional mile.
Waiting time is $.40 per minute.
Flat rates for taxis at MIA / Miami Airport are based on the Zones to which one is travelling. These rates include the airport origination fees and highway tolls. For instance, from the airport to hotels in Zone A such as Airport Regency, Aladdin Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Marriott, Wyndham, Holiday Inn-Airport North etc. incurs a fare of $10. For the hotels in Zone B such as Hilton, Radisson, Hotel Sofitel, Doubletree, Days Inn etc., the flat fare comes to be about $14. The flat rates from airport to zones 1 to 5 range from $37 to $52.
Miami Airport Bus service (Metro-Bus) –
Bus service from MIA serves the Miami-Dade region (Metro-Bus). Buses at MIA are available from the Ground level of Concourse E.
Buses from the Miami Airport go to numerous locations such as the Miami Beach Convention Center, South Beach, Downtown Miami (Bayside), Coconut Grove (Cocowalk), Metrozoo. MIA buses ply to the Greyhound Bus and Amtrak stations as well as to the shopping centers of International Mall, Dolphin Mall, Dadeland Mall, Aventura Mall and Brandsmart.
Miami Airport – Metro-Rail and Metromover –
Other modes of transport serving the city of Miami are the Metro-Rail and Metromover systems. Metro-Rail serves the entire Miami-Dade region. It runs from Kendall through South Miami. The Metromover (an automated people-mover system) serves downtown Miami from Omni to Brickell. It connects with Metrorail at Government Center and Brickell Stations.
Miami Airport Tri-Rail (commuter train) service –
Tri-Rail, a Commuter Train service, provides service to the Miami airport from Broward and Palm Beach counties. The Airport Station for Tri-Rail at Miami is located east of the airport across Le Jeune Rd. Bus connections to the Tri-Rail Airport Station are available from the bus station. For passengers with valid Tri-Rail ticket, Metro-Bus provides free shuttle bus service to the Miami Airport.
Miami Airport Car Rentals, (MIA) –
In Miami Airport the car rental system works in a different way in that the actual vehicle pick-up for the rental companies is not on airport property. They are located at various off-site areas which can be accessed by free shuttle van for each rental car company. The rental car companies have registration counters or information/reservation boards located on the Arrival/Ground level of the North and Central Terminal. South Terminal uses rental car phone center located on the Arrival/Ground level and on the third floor.
A cheaper but comfortable alternative for commute to and from the Miami airport is to avail of the shared shuttle service. These shuttles can pick up passengers from home, office or hotel and drop at the airport as well as pick up passengers at the airport. Of course since one would be sharing the ride with other passengers, one needs to have more time in hand than say a cab/car. Reservations are required for pick up from home/hotel/office whereas from the airport reservations in advance are encouraged though not necessary.