Miami International Airport - MIA

Miami, United States of America (US)

Getting around the airport

3 terminals and 6 concourses with people movers

Miami International Airport lies 13km north-west of downtown Miami and is the largest gateway between the US and Latin America.

It has three terminals, connected in one building and laid out in a U-shape:

  • North Terminal (Blue): Concourse and Gates D. American Airlines and American Eagle flights only.
  • Central Terminal (Yellow): Concourses and Gates E, F and G. You'll find the main shopping area in the airport in Concourse E.
  • South Terminal (Red): Concourses and Gates H and J.

You will use three main levels of the building:

  • Level 1: Arrivals, baggage carousels and access to taxis and local buses
  • Level 2: Departures, check-in, shopping and dining, and access to the concourses 
  • Level 3: Customs and immigration for international arrivals (Concourses D and J only), and the MIA Mover shuttle train station

Transferring between the terminals

Distances in the airport are long, so there are several ways to get you around quicker:

  • Skytrain in Concourse D: At nearly 2km long, Concourse D is pretty large. A Skytrain people mover runs its length, with four stops at gates D17, D24, D29 and D46. Trains run every three minutes and the end-to-end journey takes four minutes. 
  • Skyride Connector between terminals: All terminals and concourses are connected via Skyride Connector moving walkways on Level 3 of each terminal. Allow 15 minutes to get from South to North Terminals. Use Skyride to connect to parking garages and the MIA Mover Station.
  • MIA Mover to Miami Intermodal Center: This automated people mover takes you to the external ground transportation centre, 2km away, containing the Metrorail station, Tri-Rail station, bus terminal and the Rental Car Center. The station from the terminals is on Level 3 and reachable using the Skyride Connector walkways. Trains run every two minutes between 05:00-00:00 (with an on-call button from 00:00-05:00). 
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Getting into Miami

Take the train downtown, the bus to South Beach

Miami Airport lies around 15km west of the city centre. To get to Miami by public transport and rental car, you'll first need to go to the Miami Intermodal Center (also called Miami Central Station) on the MIA Mover shuttle. This modern building houses the Metrorail Station, bus terminal and Rental Car Center. Taxis leave from the main terminal building.

We recommend taking the Metro for a cheap, convenient journey into the city, and the airport bus for trips to South Beach.

Train

The Metrorail Orange Line service will take you downtown in just 15 minutes. 

Location: MIA Metrorail Station in the Miami Intermodal Center, ground level
Cost: 
USD 2.25 one-way

Bus to South Beach

The Airport Flyer, route 150, is a handy and cheap option that takes you to South Beach on Lincoln Road in around 30 minutes. For Downtown Miami, stop at Metrorail’s Earlington Heights station and take the Metro. 

Location: Miami Intermodal Center, Metrorail Station, ground level 
Cost: 
USD 2.65 one-way
Operating hours: 06:00-23:40 daily, every 30 minutes

Taxi

Taxis offer flat-rates to places like South Beach, Downtown and Brickell. Journey time is around 20 minutes.

Location: Main terminal building, ground level and outside the Miami Intermodal Center
Cost: 
USD 35 flat-rate to South Beach, USD 27 to Downtown (plus 15-20% tip) 

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Beat the queues

Secret entrance

There’s usually congestion at Concourse D’s checkpoints in the early morning (05:30-08:00) and mid-afternoon (14:00-16:00). You can beat the queues, though, by entering at the Councourse E checkpoint and using a post-security connector to Concourse D.

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MIA Hotel

Day rooms

MIA’s Central Terminal hotel is located on Level 2, Concourse E (just before check-in). Relax in one of their 250 rooms that offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Reduced rates are available during daytime hours from 10:00-18:00. Rates are about USD 95.

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Little Havana

Long layover option

If you’re on a layover and want to see some of the city, the Cuban area of the city, Little Havana, is just 15 minutes away by taxi (fare approx. USD 20). The Versailles Restaurant at 3555 SW 8th Street, claims to be the world’s best-known Cuban restaurant, and judging by the queues at the to-go coffee window, they could be right. Open 08:00-late.

Leave your baggage at the baggage storage facility at Central Terminal E on the 2nd floor. Open 05:00-21:00.

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Luggage storage

At Central Terminal E

The Baggage Checkroom is located at Central Terminal E. Storage charges are subject to baggage size.

Central Terminal E, landside, level 2
Hours: 05:00-21:00 daily

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Power outlets

Charging your devices

There are 40 free Samsung Mobile charging stations located throughout the airport.

You can also go to the Currency Exchange Business Center between Concourses H and J, and the paid-for public Internet workstations in the Lobby Bar and on the 7th floor of the Miami International Airport Hotel in Terminal E.

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South beach

Quick and easy layover

Make the most of your layover by exploring the local area. South Beach is a great destination for shopping, eating or simply relaxing and will take you around 20/25 minutes in a cab.

Popular areas such as Nikki Beach and South of Fifth are easily accessible from airport by taxi or rental car. You'll need at least five hours for a comfortable round-trip journey.

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Spa services

Nails and massages

10 Minute Manicure outlet

South Terminal J, airside, level 2
Hours: 09:00-20:00 Mon-Sat, 09:00-19:30 Sun

For a more thorough makeover, there’s a Jetsetter Spa offering everything from chair massages to tanning sessions.

South Terminal H, airside, level 2
Hours: 08:00 - 21:00 daily

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Valet option

Easy park-and-fly

The least stressful way to park at MIA is to use the valet option at the North Parking Lot across from North Terminal D and South Parking Lot across from South Terminal H; both are on the second floor.  Drop off the car and keys, pick up a ticket and head into the terminal. Rates start from USD 30 a day, as opposed to USD 17 a day for regular parking.

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Little Havana to Go

Local souvenirs

If you haven't had time to pick up souvenirs, you're in luck if flying from the South Terminal. Little Havana to Go offers Miami-themed gifts, jewellery and sweets.

South Terminal, after security
Hours: 07:30-19:30

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