HOW TO GET TO THE PORT IN MIAMI
By: Kara Franker
Getting to and from PortMiami for your cruise vacation is now easier than ever.Welcoming more cruise passengers than any other port in the world, PortMiami is known as the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Here’s what you need to know about getting to PortMiami from the airport or your hotel.
Driving to and Parking at PortMiamiIf you’re driving to PortMiami and you need to plug that address into your GPS, it is: 1015 North America Way, Miami, FL, 33132. Once you get to the port, follow signs to the cruise terminals. If you’re picking someone up at the port, there are two cell phone waiting lots available across from Terminal B and Terminal 2 (north of the Seaman’s Center).
Parking is available at the port and rates start at $7 per hour for short-term parking and $20 per night for long-term parking. There’s an additional fee of $20 per day for vehicles longer than 20 feet. While the lot accepts major credit cards, it does not accept debit cards.
The parking lot is operated by an attendant from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days that cruise ships are in port. However, if you need to access one of the parking garages on a non-cruise day, you’ll need to call PortMiami Cruise Operations or Port Security at 305-347-4800.
Getting to PortMiami from the Airport via Public TransportationThe distance between Miami International Airport and PortMiami is 7 miles and the distance between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and PortMiami is 25 miles. Travel time varies greatly depending on the time of day and traffic.
In Miami, Metrorail’s Orange Line can get you from the airport to Downtown Miami in less than half an hour. From there, you can walk to the Port from the nearest Metromover station (Freedom Tower), which is about 1.5 miles away. Or you can catch the Coral Way Route Trolley from the Freedom Tower Metromover station (stops every 15 to 20 minutes; from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday) to the Port.
Traveler Tip: There are two apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices that will help you navigate public transportation: the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker and the Miami Trolley App.
If you’re coming from Fort Lauderdale and you want to take public transportation, then you’ll need to take the Tri-Rail commuter train to Miami International Airport. Then Metrorail’s Orange Line can take you to Downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower stop. From there, you can either walk the 1.5 miles to the port, or catch the Coral Way Route Trolley.
Hiring a Taxi or Shuttle Service to the PortIf you want to take a taxi from the airport to PortMiami, expect to pay a flat rate: $27 from Miami International Airport and $76 from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. When leaving the port, taxi’s are available at all cruise terminals and fares vary depending on your destination (unless you’re heading back to the airport and then it’s a flat rate).
Some rental car agencies and nearby hotels offer courtesy shuttle service to and from the port. We suggest you contact your preferred car agency directly for the most up-to-date information and schedules.
SuperShuttle offers several transportation options (shared-ride van, non-stop van, private sedan or private SUV) from both Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to PortMiami. Price varies depending on number of passengers and level of service. Go Airport Shuttle is another option.
Express Train Service from Points North of MiamiComing to PortMiami from Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or Orlando? In 2017, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline train will connect Miami and Orlando by rail. It will arrive at and depart from Miami Central station in Downtown Miami, close to PortMiami. Brightline will first launch service between Miami and West Palm Beach in 2017, with service from Miami to Orlando following. Driving from Miami to Orlando takes about four hours. Brightline will cover that same distance in about three hours — allowing passengers to read, relax or simply enjoy an easy and stress-free way to travel.
For more information about PortMiami, visit miamidade.gov/portmiami.