Miami, United States of America (US)
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:
You will use three main levels of the building:
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.
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).
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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