Finally a cheap way to get to Miami Beach, without renting a car, taxi, or taking a shuttle .... Metrobus route 150 for only $2.35 each way you can take the bus to South Beach. Buses run literally all day long.
The Miami-Dade public transport system has a web page at: http://www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/transit/. Here you can find a bus and rail system map as well as schedule times etc.
They also have a new personalized system that tells you what buses to take to reach your destination. You input where and when you want to go. They will email you your personalized bus schedule within 24 hour of request. Lots of other good info. Check it out. Good luck.
Bus 48 runs from Government Centeral Station down Brickel Avenue past Viscaya and The Miami Museum of Science and Space and through Coconut Grove.
Bus 24 runs from Government Centeral Station down along Coral Way (22nd st.) where you can get to Merrick House and Venetian Pool.
Bus s also runs to Aventura Mall wher you can go shopping or get on another bus and move into the Broward County, see http://www.broward.org/bct/
Bus 57 should get you close to The Charles Deering Estate at Cutler.
Bust 8 will get you to the Little Havana area (SW 8th st.).
See these sites for pdfs' with rotes and shedules, there are also trip planner pages.
You can buy a weekly bus pass which gives you unlimited bus usage for 1 week which works out cheapest. If you're only doing the odd bus trip here and there, make sure you ask the driver for a transfer before geting off the bus if you need to get onto another bus to get to your destination. A transfer will get you a discount on your next bus fare, they only work in one way, the return fare is regarded as a seperate trip but the transfer works the same way.
Also worth noting is that the buses do not give change, you can of course pay more than the correct fare and ride on the bus, but you will not get change. Train stations have vending machines where you put notes in and get a token, you the put the token in a slot and you get quaters out of the vending machine, it's handy to have plenty of quaters but make sure the note is the right way up to make the vending machine accept it.
If you catch a train and intend catching a bus from a station make sure you get on the right bus as the number will be the same but they will be going in opposite directions (to the centeral station or from centeral station) there will be two stops at the train station for the same number bus.
Buses J (route 110) and K (route 111) connect to run betwee MIA and South Beach. Also see bus 236 (Airport Owl) which runs between South Beach and MIA in the late night to early hours of the morning. Allow yourself plenty of time if you want to catch the bus to or from the airport.
Buses k,m,c and s run from South Beach to Government Centre Station At West Flagler (NW/NE 1st st.) Street. Government centre is the ceteral area in Downtown where the Library (free internet), Miami Dade Cultural Centre, Metro Mover Station (which is free to rie on), Train Station and the Dade County Court House are located. The buses mostly stop in the bus depot, but some buses stop in the streets across the road adjoining the depot, ask a driver if your not clear on where to catch a bus.
info about getting around the south florida area (palm beach county, broward county, and miami/dade county) on the bus systems can be found at -- www.sfrta.fl.gov. phone is 888/467-3782.
a website with a "trip planner" option is -- www.sfrtp.cinrtosfl.com for general info -- and -- sfrtp.cinrtosfl.com/hiwire?.a=iTripPlanning&.s=2c2014a1 to enter a specific starting point and destination. what you will get is info on how to get from one place to the other by whatever public transit means are available -- train/bus/whatever.
caution -- i did not try any public transit when i was in this area b/c i found these websites only after i got back!
Bus transportation isnt that great in Miami. So, of course, Id recommend that you rent a car if you can. But if you cant, a one -way fare is $1.50 and 50 cents extra for a transfer.
You can also use the Metrobus shuttle for only 25 cents! Very practical in South Beach!
On Metrobus, the fare box accepts tokens, dollar bills, quarters, dimes, and nickels. You can save up if you buy tokens instead.
Miami does have a public transportation system. In addition to the metrorail. There is an extensive bus system. The picture is of the shuttle buses out to the NASDAQ tennis tournament. Of course cars are the normal mode of transportation.
when I was there,it was a headache to travel by bus;I could only pay with 25 cents coins,and a trip generally costs 1$;so I had to find 4(25cts) coins:impossible!in general in the USA,except new york city,life is really difficult without a car;and in los angeles,life is almost impossible.
If you want use a bus, you have to have change. When I was in Miami a ticket was $1.75. That is mean, you have $1.75 in change.