Miami Transport Guide
Here are the best ways to get around Miami:
The Metrobus is Miami’s bus system. It goes from South Beach to downtown Miami, and as far as Ventura where you can connect with the Broward County bus system to Fort Lauderdale. Several bus routes operate 24 hours a day and 3 routes provide overnight services between 11pm and 6am.
The Metrorail runs from Kendall (south of Miami) through to downtown Miami, and up to northwest Miami-Dade County where you can connect with the Tri-Rail train system that heads to Fort Lauderdale. You can also head south to Coral Gables by taking the Metrorail from downtown Miami. On weekdays, the Metrorail runs from 5am until midnight, and on weekends it runs from 5:30am until midnight.
The Metromover is a free light rail service that rides above the downtown area of Miami and is an efficient way to get around downtown. If you’ve arrived from South Beach, you can either get on the Metromover at Omni Station or at Government Centre - downtown Miami’s main transit station.
Taxis in Miami have flat and metered rates. You are responsible for paying any tolls incurred during your trip and are expected to tip an additional 15 to 20 percent for good service. It's important to always ensure you're using a licensed Miami taxicab; these are identifiable by being labelled as a taxi and having the company’s telephone number appear on both sides of the vehicle. Hailing a cab can be a challenge in South Florida, but there are various taxi booking services you can phone.
Car hire rates in Florida tend to be lower than other big US cities and Miami has all the usual car rental company suspects. Expect to pay about US$200 a week for a typical economy car, but you could pay upwards of US$900 a week for the same vehicle during the holiday season. Most operators require that you be at least 25 years of age and have a major credit card in your own name to hire a car.