Miami Beach Transportation

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    Getting to Miami

    by sue_stone Written Apr 2, 2006

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    On our trip to Miami, we flew direct from London Heathrow to Miami International Airport with British Airways. We chose British Airways as they flew direct, and the times of day of the flights fit in with our itinerary. There were also direct flights with Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines.

    The flight from London to Miami was 9hours & 40mins. It was during the day, so we didn't really sleep, just watched a couple of movies and some of the other in-flight entertainment. On the way back to London, the flight was only 7hours & 40mins, and we were lucky enough to sleep most of the way as it was an overnight flight...in fact I was so exhausted (probably from all the eating we did on our holiday) that I fell asleep as soon as we had taken off.

    Miami airport was quite nice, though there wasn't that much in the way of shopping/restaurants on the departures side which was a little disappointing.

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    Transport to/from Miami International Airport

    by sue_stone Written Apr 2, 2006

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    Upon arrival in Miami, the two main ways to travel to your hotel is by taxi or shuttle service. Outside the arrivals hall you can pick up a taxi , and there was certainly a large number of them available when we arrived. There are flat rates depending on which part of Miami you are heading to - there was a large sticker on the window outlining the regions and rates. It was 32 USD (plus tip) for us to go to South Beach.

    Many of the hotels also have airport shuttles, and you should be able to arrange for these in advance of your trip.

    There is also a shared SuperShuttle service that you can pre-book, which costs around 15 USD per person and will drop you at your hotel.

    I have also read about a free-shuttle bus that links up with the tri-rail station. From there you go a couple of stops and then get another train and I think a bus....I'd stick with a taxi if I were you!

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    Car Hire

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    Alex and our blue hire car

    We hired a car for just one day during our visit to Miami, and didn't feel the need to have it for any longer than that. I guess if your holiday had been longer we may have wanted the car to explore more of Florida, but with only 4.5 days, there was plenty to do within walking distance.

    After lots of research into car hire companies and prices etc we decided to go with the easy option and asked the concierge at our hotel to arrange the hire for us, which turned out to be with Thrifty Car Rental.

    Thrifty delivered the car to our hotel in the morning, and collected it the following day. The price was competitive and the ease of the drop off/collection made it a breeze. We had a compact car (a Dodge Neon) which was just perfect for our day in the Everglades National Park.

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    Taxi

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    Miami Beach is a very walkable city, but if you really or need or want to avoid walking (high heels will do that), you can definitely find taxis everywhere.

    We used a taxi from our hotel to dinner since it was still raining a bit and we were all very hungry. We also used a taxi the morning of our departure to the airport. The ride was quick and cost about $35.

    You can hail a taxi all over Miami Beach or right outside your hotel door. Be aware that Miami has implemented a fuel surcharge of $1.50 due to the high cost of gas.

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    Using the Bay

    by universalgypsy Updated Oct 6, 2004

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    Please take the time to discover this city by boat. There is literally no other way to see some of the amazing abodes ( yes stars homes included). Whether you start on the Surf side and go around the Harbour and into the Bay, a boat ride is necessary. Not only will you see great houses and modern-day palaces, but the chances that you'll see Dolphins and Mantees in the Bay is high. There are plenty of boats for hire in South Beach, and all are advertised in the citys several free newspapers, one of them being Street. Water Taxis also connect to South Beach, so if you don't have a group big enough to justify a half day charter then this is for you.

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    Getting to South Beach from Miami Airport

    by chrissyalex Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    There are several options to get to South Beach from the airport. The least expensive is the bus, but it also takes the longest and if you have alot of luggage, it can be cumbersome.,but it should probably only cost you a $1.50. The Clay Hotel website. www.clayhotel.com has the directions to do this.
    There is the Supershuttle . It will cost $13 per person. www.supershuttle.com
    I took a cab. The set fare to South Beach from the airport is $24 but this works out cheaper than the Supershuttle if there is more than one person traveling.

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    Getting around South Beach

    by chrissyalex Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    If you plan to just stay in South Beach, you really don't need any transportation at all, you can walk everywhere. The main area is only about a mile long.
    However,if you have a lazy moment or it is raining , there is a bus( I believe if it called the Electricwave.but I am not 100% sure of the name) that will get you around South Beach for only a 25 cents. I was thinking of trying it out once just to see what it was like, but never got around to it. Besides just walking around South Beach is kind of fun!
    I took the bus into the city of Miami a few times. Bus C and Bus K will take you to Bayside Marketplace and also to downtown. They run about every 15 minutes. The cost is $1.25 . If you would like to visit Villa Vizcaya and /or Coconut Grove ,take Bus C or Bus K and buy a 25 cent transfer., Get off at the Downtown bus station and transfer to bus 48. The only bad thing is that Bus 48 only runs about every hour, so you may have a wait.

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    Shuttles to South Beach Hotels from Airport

    by jackfruit Written Feb 25, 2004

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    If you are staying in the South Beach area and fly into Miami International Airport, check with your hotel to see if there are free shuttles available from the airport to the hotel.

    I found that most hotels (even the cheaper ones) offer free shuttle service from/to the airport. This could save you the cost of a rental - If you plan to stay and spend your time in South beach, a car isnt necessary. Walking will get you most places in South Beach and if needed, you can flag down a taxi.

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    Hail a Cab

    by agarcia Updated Feb 5, 2003

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    Yellow cab

    Miami Beach is a relatively compact and flat area, which is best explored and enjoyed walking. Despite that, taxis are a very convenient transportation way, mainly because of the scarcity of parking areas and the unreliable (may I say inexistent?) public transport….

    Taxis fares are not prohibitive and there are plenty of them. Enjoy your ride! ;-)

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    Limo it around

    by HotSpotJ Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Stretch SUV we rented July 2003

    Limos here in Miami are much cheaper than my hometown in Virginia because of the avaliability. You can rent a stretch SUV for the price of a Town Car stretch in most towns here, and its always nice to arrive at the club in a pimped out Limo, at certain ones it will actually help you gain entrance. When you get there, just hit the Yellow Pages or call your Concierge if thats avaliable to you.

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    4 BIG boys who like BIG toys for their BIG egos

    by balisunshine Updated Jun 30, 2005

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    Big Toys 4 Big Boys

    With Florida being surrounded by water,
    what a better thing to do than go boting.

    NOW if you're boating to impress the ladies,
    HELP!
    where can you rent a boat?

    Try the following locations.
    A remember,
    drive safely...
    plenty of endangered Manatess around.

    Beach Boat Rentals
    2400 Collins Ave.
    Miami Beach
    Tel. 305-534-4207

    Captain Joe's
    4525 Collins Ave.
    Miami Beach
    Tel. 305-218-2249

    Carefree Luxury Rental
    1031 5th St.
    Miami Beach
    Tel.305-534-3532
    Carefree

    Club Nautico
    300 Alton Road
    Miami Beach
    Tel.306-673-2502
    Club Nautico

    Fantasy Water Sports
    100 Sunny Isles Blvd.
    Miami Beach
    Tel. 305-940-2628
    Fantasy

    Key Biscayne Boat Rentals
    3301 Rickenbacker Cswy.
    Key Biscayne
    Tel. 305-361-7368

    Power Boat Rentals
    1928 Sunset Harbour Dr.
    Miami Beach
    Tel. 866-724-9920
    Power Boat Rental

    Sea Sun Sports Catamaran
    3660 Poinciana Ave.
    Hobbie Beach
    Tel. 305-448-3143

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    Riding around the Art Deco District

    by balisunshine Written Apr 6, 2004

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    I want to ride a bicycle

    Miami Beach is real small
    and a lot of walking can be done.
    But a better way
    of making the most of your day,
    is renting a bicycle.

    From South Point to 41st Street,
    one can peddle one's way
    through the multi-pastel colors
    of the Art Deco buildings,
    roller bladers in bikini tops
    and tiny, hot shorts,
    or towards the
    multi-million dollar mansions.

    Just make sure to lock your bike,
    when stopping to get a drink
    at Lincoln Road
    or the many other places to see.

    Bike rentals are found at:

    The Bicycle Shop
    on Washington and 5th

    Smile and tell them Andrea sent you.

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    Miami International Airport

    by GUYON Updated Dec 21, 2008

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    We went 5 times to Miami. The firsty time (2002) by a one stop flight of Swiss via Zurich. The price was rather fair : 420 euros / capita but the journey lasted 13:30.
    We prefered to fly with Air France (when it is not on strike - silly trick !) because the flight are "non stop", the arrival is at the beginnig of the afternoon when the plane is not late and the departure is in the evening the last day with a early arrival at CDG. In December 2008, the ticket price was 720 euros tax included.
    The next time I will study the AA flights which are also non stop.

    Unfortunately, the waiting at the border police is often long. But 1:30 hour of waiting at the Miami airport : look at the photo, Monique was not happy. A lot of passengers went from South America and they had to show a return ticket. So, there were discussions with the police and consequential delay.
    Somebody told me to stand in the file which is just right the American one because the domestic clerk accepts the foreigners when he has finished with the American travellers. I was anable to check if the advice was right because, at our last trip, there were few people waiting at the border police.

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    Miami Airport Transportation

    by NJFamily Updated Nov 24, 2003

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    A Jimmy Carter Fan

    I made my way down to Miami beach by bus (The J line) which costs $1.25, plus an additional $.25 for a transfer which will let you change to any other bus up or down the length of the beach.

    Advantages: 1) Got to see the longest contiguous collection of used car dealers I've ever seen in my life, 2) Met a charming fellow (who happened to be on the same plane as me from Newark) from Hawaii who had traveled about 15 hours straight to surprise his daughter for her 16th birthday

    Disadvantages: 1) Had to wait 20 minutes for the bus, 2) If you've seen one used car dealer, you've seen them all.

    On the other hand, I returned from the northern tip of Miami by Taxi:

    Advantages: Met this most charming and pleasant Cuban refugee driver who not only took me to visit my friend, but came back 2 hours later to take me to the airport.

    Disadvantage: $55 ($45 is the official fixed price rate to/from the airport, and in this case I probably tipped too little).

    Se the website below for Miami Airport (MIA) transportation options and costs.

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    guess what... bike!

    by agalta Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    you'll never have a problem finding a cab in miami beach. you can even rent a car even though the traffic is getting bad even here ...
    but why bother? this is the ideal place to bike! it's flat and warm and sunny!

    rent it in one of several places scattered all over washington ave... where you'll also find scooters!

    ps- there's a place on 5th street that also organizes tours of the art deco district on bike
    (miami beach bicycle center, 601 5th st.)

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