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Airports in Miami

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Overview

One of the main air travel hubs in the US, Miami International Airport is located eight miles (13km) northwest of central Miami. The main gateway to Florida's wildly popular tourist attractions, nearly 36 million people come in on flights to Miami International Airport each year, making it the 28th busiest airport in the world.

The semicircular terminal at Miami International Airport has one linear concourse (Concourse D) and five pier-shaped concourses (Concourses E - J). Baggage claim and ground transportation take up Level 1, while ticketing, shops and restaurants, and concourse access make up Level 2. The airport is unfortunately not well-signed, and many staff members speak only Spanish, meaning it can be easy to get lost. When combined with chaotic procedures at baggage claim and long queues at customs, the situation at Miami International requires passengers to allow plenty of time when making connections.

Flights to Miami International Airport come in from all over the world, including major international hubs like Cancun, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Toronto, Paris, seattle, Rome, New York, São Paulo, Amsterdam, Zurich, Moscow and Lisbon.

Location

The airport is located nine miles (15km) west of central Miami.

Getting to the city

The airport is well connected to the greater Miami area by numerous services offered by the Miami-Dade Transit Department. These include the scheduled, local Metrobus (the bus station is on Level 1 of Concourse E); a mass-transit Metrorail system; a fixed rail system designated specifically for downtown Miami and Brickell; and the TriRail commuter train, reaching Broward and Palm Beach Counties from the Airport Station to the east of the airport on NW 21st Street. Taxis and shuttles are available from the arrivals level, outside the baggage claim areas. Car rental agents operate outside the terminal building and can be reached on a shuttle service.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 305 876 7000.

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Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Overview

Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport is located three miles (5km) southwest of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The facility is one of the busiest airports in Florida, serving more than 22 million passengers each year.

The airport's location, a convenient distance from the beaches and theme parks of Florida and an easy 21 miles (34km) from Miami, makes it a great alternative to the even busier Miami International Airport.

Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport has four terminals are spread far apart, but friendly staff and free shuttle service make transfers much easier. The airport is known for its efficient processing times, and though shopping and restaurants offer limited choices, the airport is a popular travel hub for connections to the Caribbean with flights to Nassau, Port-au-Prince, Cancun and Kingston.

Location

The airport is located 25 miles (40km) north of Miami and five miles (8km) from the beaches of Fort Lauderdale.

Getting to the city

Shared shuttle vans with GO Airport Shuttle & Executive Car Service can be booked at the transportation desks located in each terminal. They offer a door-to-door service from the airport to most local destinations. Broward County Transit (BCT) bus services and TriRail feeder buses operate from bus stops outside the terminal buildings. The TriRail train service connects the airport with Miami International (MIA). Taxis are available 24 hours a day from the lower level outside each terminal. All major rental car companies are located at the Car Rental Centre.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 954 359 1200, +1 866 435 9355

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Miami International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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