|Miami - Travel Information
Getting around (and to) Miami
If you are traveling around LA simply rent a limo or a car, a great
way to see the city in style. All the major car-rental agencies
have offices at the airport and in the larger hotels.
All these car hire companies can pick you up at your hotel or LAX.
Prices start at $40 per hour and vary according to type of vehicle
and number of passengers.
Splurge on one of the exclusive roadrunners such as Maserati, Ferrari,
Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, or Hummer and cover the entire Southern
California region 24-7.
By Metro Bus
If you are here as a 1st time visitor, figuring out bus routes can
be quite difficult initially, although 19 Metro bus routes serve
Greater Miami and the beaches every day.
You must look out for green and blue signs at the bus stops; you'll
find route information too. Most of the lines start in downtown
Miami and run between 4:30am and 2:30am throughout the week. During
weekends, the frequency may vary. Though you can always call up
Metro bus at (305) 770-3131 ahead of time for specific schedules.
The buses take passengers to Miami Seaquarium, the Orange Bowl Stadium,
the Cultural Center, the Metro zoo, and most other popular attractions.
The one-way fare is $1.25; students and seniors over 65 pay 60 cents.
When boarding, you must pay exact fare. The fare box accepts tokens,
dollar bills, quarters, dimes, and nickels.
There is nothing more fun, cheap and faster than the 4.4-mile elevated
track that loops around downtown Miami and into the city's two major
business districts - Brickell and Omni.
At a quarter per trip, this air-conditioned Disney-like transport
is a real bargain. Seniors, students, and people with disabilities
pay a dime with a rail permit.
From early 6am to midnight, every 90 seconds during peak hours
and every three minutes off-peak, metro mover offers a quick service,
moreover you can get a bid's eye view of the city from the top.
The fare to transfer to Metrorail is $1. Fares can be paid in tokens,
coins, or dollar bills, exact change only. Metromover makes stops
at Bayside Marketplace, Miami Arena, the Miami-Dade Cultural Center,
the Miami Convention Center, and many hotels.
Remember one thing, hailing a cab on the streets of Miami isn't
easy; so if you are planning to take q tour, it's best to call ahead.
Though if you've just arrived at the airport, you may not face too
much trouble, as there are plenty of taxis just outside the airport.
Still to avoid confusion, you can always call them up and book your
car in advance.
Taxis cost $1.50 for the first ¼ mile and $1.75 for each
mile after that, plus $1 surcharge for trips that start at the airport.
The 8-mile trip from Miami International Airport to Downtown Miami
takes 20 minutes and costs about $18.
Yet another fastest alternative is the Metro Rail. Reportedly the
longest elevated rapid transit system in the nation, Metrorail serves
downtown Miami and extends west to Hialeah and south to Kendall,
a suburb southwest of the city. With the creation of the downtown
Metromover, Miami-Dade County became the world's first community
to have a people mover connected to a rail system. Stops are approximately
every mile along the route. Fares are $1.25 each way, exact change
only. Seniors, students, and riders with disabilities pay 60 cents
with a rail permit. Metrorail fare gates accept tokens, dollar coins,
quarters, dimes, nickels, bus-to-rail transfers, and monthly passes.