Getting Around in Miami

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Many deeply discounted tickets for your Miami vacation plop you down in the shimmering new terminal at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport ( www.fortlauderdaleinternationalairport.com). It's a great airport and there are plenty of rental car agencies, shuttle buses, taxis, and limos ready to whisk you into Miami. These are more expensive, but definitely more convenient, than the two hour drive public bus. There's a regular Metrobus service between the airport and downtown Miami and Miami Beach. You can also take a Metrobus to the Greyhound station at the airport. From there Greyhound makes the 20-minute journey to the downtown station several times a day. www.miamidade.gov/transit

If you're over 25 and have a major credit card, the easiest way to get to Miami Beach, Coral Gables, or Miami, and explore it, is to rent a car. Some of the rental agencies offer an hourly rate with no minimum charges. But be prepared; driving in Miami is not a day at the beach. Watch out for lots of traffic, extremely aggressive drivers, and lots of construction zones. 

Metro-Dade Transit's buses and the metro cover a healthy amount of the city. The 'Omni Metro-mover' and 'Government Center Terminal' in downtown Miami are the main bus depots. Using the metro is an excellent way to get an inexpensive tour of the downtown area. www.miamidade.gov/transit

The Metrorail is a heavy rail system with one line running through downtown Miami and then connecting with Tri-Rail Metro-mover and the Metrobus at the Government Center in the southern part. Tri-Rail is a commuter rail system that runs between three counties: Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. The double-decker trains are a marvel of cleanliness and at least for the time being they're very cheap.

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August 17, 2004 change by angie_p
May 31, 2008 change by mcburton

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