TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
Miami Beach SuperShuttle offers arrival and departure transfers.
Make reservations in advance for SuperShuttle. Call 305-871-2000 or book online www.SuperShuttle.com
The blue vans are available only on the arrival (ground) level of the airport, outside of the baggage claim areas.
The shared van fare for the first passenger is about $24 one way from Miami International Airport to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Additional passengers are $10 each to a maximum of 10 people total.
Exclusive, non-stop van service to the Fontainebleau is about $70 one way and there is no charge for additional passengers. ExecuCar Sedan Will Call car is $ 75 for the first passenger and no additional charge for up to 4 people total. ExecuCar Sedan with Meet and Greet Services is $100 for first passenger and no additional charge for up four people total.
How To Hail A Cab
- Cabs are harder to find in residential neighborhoods and less densely populated areas of the city. If you're trying to get a cab in one of these areas, find a busy intersection.
- Stand on the curb facing oncoming traffic. DO NOT stand in the street.
- Cabs that are available will have the light atop their cars turned on. Raise your hand as the cab approaches to gain the driver's attention.
- If cabs are unavailable or if you have difficulty finding one, call a cab company and give them a pickup location (i.e. a nearby address or intersection). Call 305-532-5555
How to Understand Your Cab Fare
- Most cabs can accept credit card payments. That said, it's wise to ask your driver ahead of time, particularly if you're not carrying enough cash to cover your fare.
- Cab fare in Miami starts at $2.50 as soon as you enter the vehicle. From there, your fare will increase $0.40 per mile. A clearly displayed meter is a fixture of every cab, which allows you to monitor fare increases.
- It's standard to tip the driver about 15% of your total fare. If your driver helps you with your baggage, and additional $1 or $2 per bag can be added. Although, there is no extra charge for luggage or extra passengers.
- For trips originating at Miami International Airport or the Port of Miami a $2 surcharge will be added to the meter fare.
- All taxis in Miami-Dade are required to have Sunpass transponders so they can add the tolls to the fares, but at the discounted Sunpass rate.
Transportation For Visitors With Disabilities
To order an accessible taxi, call the toll-free centralized dispatch service at 305-532-5555.
MIAMI –DADE COUNTY
- Metrobus - operates more than 90 routes with close to 1,000 buses covering 41 million miles per year. Beaches and other tourist favorites are especially well served. Equipped with luggage racks, a new Airport Flyer express bus runs every 30 minutes from MIA to South Beach via 41st Street and Collins Avenue. Fliers heading downtown or elsewhere can transfer to Metrorail at the Earlington Heights station. Click here for Metrobus routes and schedules.
- Metrorail - the 22-mile, 22-station commuter rail line, runs like a transit spine from Hialeah south to Downtown Miami south to Dadeland. A rail link connects Miami Intermodal Center directly to Metrorail. Click here for a Metrorail map.
- Express Bus Service provides low-cost alternatives to taxis and rental cars. Miami-Dade Transit’s Airport Flyer (Route 150), operated by Miami-Dade Transit, provides an inexpensive (~$3 each way) transit connection between Miami International Airport, Metrorail and Miami Beach. The stop nearest to the Fontainebleau Hotel is at Indian Creek Drive and 41st Street, about 500 yards/0.3 miles away. Schedule information may be found by selecting Route 150 here.
- Metromover is a 4.4-mile tram that loops around Downtown Miami, interconnecting with Metrorail and Metrobus. Cars run every few minutes and stop every few blocks. The service is free. Information and routes are found here.
- Most Metrobus and Metrorail trips cost $2, and the preferred payment method is a pre-paid, rechargeable Easy card. Airport Flyer and other expresses are $2.35. Shuttles are 25 cents. Buses accept dollar bills, quarters, dimes and nickels, but the train accepts only the card, which can be purchased at stations. An unlimited daily pass is $5, weekly pass is $26, and monthly pass is $100.
- Find maps and schedules at the airport in the information center by Concourse E. Buy an Easy Card and find computerized transit information in the bus-waiting room, on the lower level near short-term parking. Browse miamidade.gov/transit/mobile from your mobile device, or speak with an agent at 305-891-3131.
- On Miami Beach, the South Beach Local (Route 123), operated by Miami-Dade Transit, is the preferred circulator route by South Beach visitors and residents, with a fare of only 25 cents per trip. The Local provides an inexpensive transit option to explore South Beach. Visit miamidade.gov/transit for additional information.
- Miami Beach's free trolley service is a step forward in improving mobility throughout the city. It provides a reliable and convenient transportation alternative while complementing the existing Miami-Dade Transit network. Track the trolley on the TSO app. Hop aboard. Let us do the driving. It’s free. Visit miamibeachtrolley.com for more information
- Tipping is customary, but not necessary if you feel you've been mistreated or received particularly poor service. Ask to speak to a supervisor first, skipping a tip is sometimes perceived as insulting.
- In restaurants: tip servers 15-20% of the bill. Bartenders should receive roughly $1 per drink with extra compensation for specialty cocktails. In self-serve food establishments, tipping is optional. If you're receiving food that is delivered, a suggested tip is around 10% of your bill.
- In hotels: if the concierge arranges tickets, a dinner reservation or another specific service, tip a minimum of $5. Valet drivers should receive $2 or $3 and the doorman should be given $2 for hailing a cab or assisting you with luggage.
- As spas and salons: Leave a 20% tip for your stylist or service provider.
Driving in Florida
- If driving a private vehicle, you are required to possess a valid driver's license and insurance. International driver are not required to carry an international driving permit in the U.S., but must possess a photo ID along with their native driver's license.
- Consuming alcohol while traveling in a vehicle is illegal for drivers AND passengers. Specially chartered vehicles like limousines and particular kinds of buses are an exception.
- It is illegal to transport alcohol with a broken seal. If you're transporting alcohol with a broken seal, open bottles should be stored in the trunk.
Brief afternoon showers are common in South Florida in the fall.