Miami International Airport (MIA)
Dubbed the “Gateway of the Americas,” Miami International Airport serves as a major international port of entry to the U.S. with plenty of non-stop flights. The predominant carrier at this airport is American Airlines, which has direct flights to most major cities in the Americas and some European cities. While there are some public transit options, including shuttle service to the nearby Tri-Rail station and Metrorail, most travelers prefer to grab a taxi or rent a car to reach Miami from the airport.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)
A less congested option, Fort Lauderdale International Airport is located about 30 minutes north of Miami, depending on traffic. Because it does not offer as many international routes as MIA, it is typically not as busy. Plus, it tends to be a cheaper alternative, with more low-cost carriers such as Southwest Airlines, Allegiant, and Spirit Airlines. From here, you can take the Tri-Rail train to MIA airport where you can transfer to a Metro train that will take you to Miami, or use the interconnecting bus system to reach the city.
Walking: Many Miami neighborhoods such as South Beach, Brickell, and downtown are rated highly walkable, which means you can easily explore the city on foot. Just keep in mind, Miami can be hot and humid, especially during the summer months, so remember to stay hydrated if you’re walking about.
Bus: Miami's bus system, the Metrobus, covers the entire Miami-Dade county and connects to bus lines serving Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Many of the major bus routes operate 24/7, including the Route S bus, which connects downtown Miami to all of Miami Beach, ending at Aventura Mall. You can also navigate Miami and the surrounding areas by using the city’s free trolley system.
Rail: The Metrorail, an elevated rail system serving Miami and surrounding cities, connects many tourist areas, including downtown Miami, Miami International Airport, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and more. A free elevated people mover system, known as the Metromover, serves downtown Miami and connects to the Metrorail in the Central Business District and Brickell.