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How to get to and from Miami International Airport on the cheap

00000002Miami has the luxury of having an airport right smack in the middle of the city. We also have a ton of buses and trains going straight to the airport. Below you’ll find out how to get to Miami International Airport on the cheap.

Public Transit

Miami-Dade Public Transit has really made an effort in recent years to make the airport more accessible with buses and trains readily available at almost all hours.

Keep in mind that all Metrobus and Metrorail airport connections are located in Miami Central Station and no longer drop you off in front of terminals. Miami Central Station is a five-minute MetroMover ride from the airport terminals.


Bus fare is $2.25 one way and can be accessed with cash or with a reloadable EasyCard. If you need to make a transfer it is suggested that you use the EasyCard to save some money. You can purchase your easy card at several locations throughout Miami-Dade or online.

Bus routes that go to MIA as well as areas where you can catch them are listed below:

  • Route 7: City of Sweetwater, Doral, Flagler, Downtown, Historic Overtown
  • Route 20: South Beach to Miami International Airport Metrorail Station along Alton Rd, MacArthur Cswy, NW 20 St, and NW 36 St. Stops include the Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover Station / Omni Metrobus Termina
  • Route 37: City of South Miami to Hialeah via Sunset Drive and 37th Ave
  • Route 56: SW 162 Ave / SW 56 St to Miami International Airport station along SW 56 St, Coral Gables, SW 57 Ave and Blue Lagoon Dr. Stops include Douglas Road Metrorail station and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
  • 150 (Airport Flyer to Miami Beach): 41st Street, Alton Rd., Collins Ave., Lincoln Rd., Washington Ave.

If your area is not covered or you’re not sure about connections visit the Miami-Dade Transit Trip Planner for detailed directions.

Metrorail Orange Line

Last year Miami-Dade county unveiled the Orange Line for Metrorail. This route takes you straight to MIA and can be taken from any Metrorail station between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights. Click here to see a map of all Orange Line stops.

If you're using this option your best bet is to either take a bus to a Metrorail station or have someone drop you off. Otherwise parking fees will be expensive. MetroRail fare is $2.25 and it only accepts EasyCard.

MIA MetroMover

After you’ve been dropped off at Miami Central Station by either the Metrobus or Metrorail hop on the free MIA MetroMover train to access the airport. You’ll get dropped off at the third level between the Dolphin and Flamingo Garages. From there you can make your way to your terminal.

Airport Shuttles 

There are a few shuttles in Miami that provide service to the airport. While most of them are pretty pricey there are a couple of affordable options.

Hotel Shuttles

Several hotels in the area offer shuttles to and from the airport at no additional cost. Check with your hotel to see if this option is available to you.


Taxis charge a flat rate of $32 to South Beach and $22 to Downtown from MIA. There is no fee for sharing a taxi so you can always split the cost with another person. For the record, although many Miami taxis do not accept credit cards, recently that is starting to change. Check with individual companies before riding whether they do or not.

Uber & Lyft

These wildly popular new options for getting around can save you big bucks while getting around, not t mention the fact that you can get free rides for trying them out and then referring your friends! Here is a link for a free ride or $15 off your first UBER ride.

If you already have their apps on your phones you can use the service to get to and from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports and usually save a few bucks over regular taxi fares.

Know of any other ways to get to MIA on the cheap? Let us know in the comments!

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