Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport (MIA IATA) is just west of the city of Miami in an unincorporated suburban area at 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami (☏ ). It is one of the largest airports in the world, and an important hub for traffic between North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. As a result, Spanish is just as likely to be understood as English. The international traffic makes MIA a large and congested place. Be sure to allow extra time when departing MIA, particularly if flying internationally, as you may face an hour-long line just to check your bags. Curbside check-in is an excellent idea.
- See also: Air travel in the United States
Miami International Airport is the busiest airport in Florida. It's a gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, and a southeastern hub to all major cities in the U.S. MIA also has routes to major European cities, such as London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Madrid.
The predominant carrier at MIA is American Airlines, which has direct flights to most other countries in the Americas; nearly every major airport in Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as most major cities in the US, Western Europe and Canada. Additionally, most Latin American airlines serve Miami from their hubs. MIA also serves as focus city for LATAM from 9 South American airports (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru); and Avianca from 10 South/Central American cities (Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua).
In addition to extensive service to the Americas and the Caribbean, MIA also has non-stop flights to 14 European airports served by American Airlines and several European carriers. Royal Air Maroc operates the only flight to Africa (Casablanca), while Qatar Airways, Emirates, Turkish and El Al operate flights to their respective countries in the Middle East. The airport has no non-stop service to East or South Asia, or Oceania.
The below are the airlines serving MIA based on their check-in counter locations which can be in a different concourse than the departure location and/or the arrivals location:
- North Terminal
- Concourse D: American Airlines
- Central Terminal
- Concourse E: American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Europa, British Airways, Global X, JetBlue, Qatar, Red Air, Royal Air Morac, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Surinam Airways, World Atlantic
- Concourse F: Air Century, Boliviana de Aviación (BoA), Cayman Airways, Eastern Airlines/Swift Air, Finnair, French Bee, GOL, Iberia, LOT Polish Airlines, Norse Atlantic Airways, Sky Airline, Sky High Aviation Services Dominicana, Sunwing, Sun Country, Viva Colombia, Volaris/Volaris El Salvador,
- Concourse G: Bahamasair, Southwest, WestJet
- South Terminal
- Concourse H: Air Transat, Aeroméxico, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Airlines, Frontier Airlines, GOL, ITA Airways, KLM, Turkish, United Airlines
- Concourse J: Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, Copa Airlines, El Al, Emirates LATAM, Lufthansa, Spirit, Swiss International, TAP Portugal, Virgin Atlantic
- JSX have their own terminal at 13550 NW 47th Avenue over at the Miami-Opa Locka Airport (OPF) which is a general aviation and FBO (Fixed Based Operator) airport for VIP flights.
Note: If you are traveling with the following airlines they may only serve the following area airports:
- Ft Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL IATA) Azul (Brazil); Avelo, Allegiant, Silver Airways (intrastate flights & Bahamas), BermudAir, Flair (Canada), Porter, and Western Air (Bahamas). Allegiant, Spirit, Southwest and JetBlue connect South Florida to more destinations through FLL than through Miami or West Palm Beach. Avianca flights from Bogota go to both FLL and MIA while their other flights land in MIA only. Alaska Airlines, El Al, Caribbean Airlines, Copa and WestJet serve only FLL & MIA. FLL is also closer to Pompano Beach, Hollywood and Dania Beach in Broward County.
- West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI IATA) Avelo, Allegiant and Breeze Airways. PBI is closer to Wellington, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and the Treasure Coast (further north).
- To all three area airports: Air Canada, American Airlines, BahamasAir, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country and United. See the 'By public transportation' section in the below on getting to the other airports in the area from MIA.
Baggage claim for all domestic arrivals are on Ground (1st) Level. Baggage claim & customs inspection for international arrivals in Central Terminal E and North Terminal D are on the ground level while the customs/baggage claim for South Terminal J is up on the third level. Access to MIA Mover Train to the Miami Station (Rental cars, Tri-Rail, Greyhound, Megabus, Metrorail, Metrobus) is located on the 3rd level between the Dolphin and Flamingo garage, in front of Terminal E. See below under Ground Transportation for more details.
Additional alternate airports for travelers going to Central Florida, to Key West and the Lower Keys without flying into Miami and then driving another 3+ hrs (or by other ground transport) to get there are:
- Most of the same airlines from the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central/South America, and the Caribbean listed in the above also go directly into Orlando International Airport (MCO IATA) from their cities of origin thus saving travelers the extra time and effort in getting up to Orlando and the Space Coast from here. American and Delta offer direct flights from MIA to Orlando while Silver Airways, Spirit, Southwest and United fly directly from FLL to Orlando at 1hr 10m (direct flight time).
- Key West International Airport (EYW IATA) Some travelers from within the U.S. may opt to fly directly to Key West if they plan to spend their entire stay there while saving time in picking up a rental car here and then drive down there (3-4 hrs). Others may choose to fly into MIA or FLL, rent a car, and drive down there; or take a bus or shuttle to get there (see below under 'By public transportation') in order to save money on the airfare or to include additional stopovers in the Florida Keys, Everglades, etc. American Eagle offers a short flight from MIA to Key West while Silver Airways flies from FLL to Key West. There are no international flights to Key West. Direct flight time to EYW from MIA or FLL is 1 hour.
- West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI IATA) in Palm Beach County is also closest to the Treasure Coast (Martin, St Lucie, and Indian River Counties) for travelers arriving to the area from the US, Canada, and the Bahamas.
If you arrive from an international location and need to transfer to an onward international or domestic flight, be aware that you always have to disembark and go through immigration, customs, and security screening (TSA) before you can board your connecting flight. This can take up to three hours. Most nationalities also need a transit visa or travel authorization even if they are entering the US solely for transit. See below under "By public transportation" on getting to the other airports in Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach if "connecting flights" means going from one airport to another by train. Plan for more than three hours to make this transfer.
The cheapest way to get to Miami is by public transport. "Miami Airport Station" is right next to the car rental center at the airport. Metrorail and comfortable buses take you to town. However, if you are going to somewhere that's not on these lines, you're probably best off getting a taxi or renting a car.
Your best option is to take a taxi from the airport, use a ride-sharing app, or rent a car, depending on what your stay involves (if you need to get around parts of Miami with no nearby Metrorail stations). MIA has a centralized 1 Rental Car Center at 3900 NW 25th Street, connected to the airline terminals by the free MIA Mover train. Taxis pick up from in front of the First Level of each terminal and at the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC)(combined facilities for buses, trains, and rental cars). There are additional off-site car rental companies (not inside the Rental Car Center) in the immediate neighborhood north of the rental car center building between NW 25th St, NW 28th St (north side), S Le Jeune Rd (SR-953)(west side), and NW 39th Ave (east side).
Two freeways link the airport with I-95 and Downtown Miami to the east: the Airport Expressway (Florida State Road 112) and the Dolphin Expressway (Florida State Road 836), both of which charge tolls. If you are approaching or leaving MIA via the Airport Expressway, beware of the at-grade railroad crossing on the ramps connecting the Expressway to the airport terminals. Normally such crossings are grade-separated, but this one sits directly east of one of the runways. Thus, be prepared for the possibility of a 10- to 15-minute delay if a train happens to be there at the same time as you.
By public transportation
2 Miami Airport Station, adjacent to the Rental Car Center and connected to the airport terminal by the free MIA Mover train, is a transit hub with public transportation connections to MIA, including the Metrorail Orange Line, Miami Trolley Flagami Line, and several Metrobus with the following Metrobus routes from the airport:
- Metrorail Orange Line goes downtown at Overtown/Lyric Theater, Government Center, and Brickell Stations. Transfer to the Green Line train going towards Hialeah and Doral is at Earlington Heights Metrorail Station. Both the Green and Orange Line trains run a parallel route towards Dadeland South from Earlington Heights via downtown serving the same stations en-route.
- Route 110/Route J Express service from Airport Express to Mid-Beach in Miami Beach Airport Station to Mid-Miami Beach along NW 36th St and the Julia Tuttle Causeway. (first/last stop in Miami Beach is on 40th St & Indian Creek Dr).
- Route 150 Miami Beach Express Express service to Mid-Beach in Miami Beach along Julia Tuttle Causeway (SR-112/I-195). The bus continues from Mid Beach to South Beach along Collins Ave (SR-A1A). (first/last stop in South Beach is on Washington Ave & South Pointe Dr).
- Route 7/7A Travels from Dolphin Mall terminal in Doral to Miami-Dade College Wolfson campus via NW 7th St. Some trips (Route 7A) detours to the Miami International Airport Metrorail station
- Route 37 City of Hialeah, Dept. of Children & Families, Hialeah Metrorail station, Tri-Rail Airport station, Miami International Airport (MIA) Metrorail station, Douglas Road (SW 37 Avenue), Douglas Road Metrorail station, City of South Miami via Sunset Drive, Cocoplum Circle, South Miami Metrorail station.
- Route 42 WEEKDAY SERVICE ONLY. Opa-locka to Coral Gables along LeJeune Rd/42nd Ave. Stops include Tri-Rail Metrorail station, Miami International Airport Metrorail station, and Douglas Road Metrorail station.
- Route 57 WEEKDAY SERVICE ONLY. Miami International Airport Metrorail station to Palmetto Bay along NW/SW 57 Ave. Stops include South Miami Metrorail station.
- Route 238 WEEKDAY SERVICE ONLY. Miami International Airport Metrorail station to Dolphin Mall Metrobus terminal along NW 7 St, Blue Lagoon Dr, Milam Dairy Rd/NW 72 Ave, NW 25 St and NW 107 Ave.
- Route 338 WEEKEND SERVICE ONLY. Miami Airport and Dolphin Mall on SR-836.
- Route 297 Travels from NW 211th St & 37th Ave in Miami Gardens St to Miami International Airport Metrorail station along NW 27 Ave. Stops include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Metrorail station and Brownsville Metrorail station. (First/Last stop in Miami Gardens is NW 207th St & 27th Ave).
Note that the 37, 42 and 297 buses pass through some of Miami's roughest neighborhoods, so these routes are not recommended at night or for people unfamiliar with the city.
The "Miami Central Station" name has been re-assigned to the Brightline Station and its adjoining retail mall in downtown Miami on 600 NW 1st. Brightline offers shuttle service from the downtown Miami Central Station to MIA, or one can take the Metrorail Orange Line train from the Overtown/Lyric Theatre Station next door to MIA. Construction is underway to include Tri-Rail at that location.
The 3 Miami Airport (Tri-Rail) Station is the southern terminus for the Tri-Rail commuter rail line to Fort Lauderdale and Magnolia Park (north of West Palm Beach) with stops to the other area airports and Amtrak in the following:
- Metorail Transfer Station for cross platform transfer to the Metrorail Green Line train (going towards Palmetto Station in Doral via Hialeah) or Amtrak trains at 8303 NW 37th Ave at a separate location, one block up, from the Metrorail/Tri-Rail Station. One can also take the #42 bus (via 42nd Ave) to get up to the Amtrak Station from the airport. Additional same station, cross platform transfers between Amtrak and Tri Rail are at Hollywood, Ft Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and West Palm Beach Stations.
- Ft Lauderdale Airport Station (Dania Beach) The free Tri-Rail/FLL Shuttle Bus goes to the airline terminals at Ft Lauderdale Airport (FLL) from the Tri-Rail Station. Brightline operates a shuttle from their downtown Ft Lauderdale Station to FLL too. Broward Count Transit (BCT) #1 connects the airline terminals at FLL to the Broward Central Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale. BCT #4 connects the Ft Lauderdale Airport Station (at Dania Beach) to Dania Beach while the #6 bus goes up to downtown.
- Fort Lauderdale Station is the next stop north from the airport stop serving as the cross platform transfer point with Amtrak trains. BCT #9 and 22 bus go directly from Ft Lauderdale Tri-Trail Station towards Broward Central Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale via Broward Blvd. The #9 bus passes by on Broward Blvd and does not go into the Tri-Rail station.
- West Palm Beach Station. Transfer to Palm Transit #44 to the West Palm Beach Airport (PBI) or go by taxi, ride share (Uber, Lyft, etc) or the city-sponsored on demand shuttles to the airport as the #44 bus operates on an infrequent schedule. From the West Palm Beach Brightline Station, the #1 bus connects passengers to the West Palm Beach (Intermodal) Station where passengers transfer to the #44 bus. Or take a taxi (or rideshare) to the airport from the Brightline Station. See West Palm Beach#By bus 2 for a list of public transportation providers from West Palm Baech Station.
Additional connections to Metrobus (Miami-Dade County); Broward County Transit (BCT); Palm Tran (Palm Beach County) bus routes and other city operated bus and shuttle services are available at each Tri-Rail station.
By intercity bus and shuttles
Intercity bus companies stop at Miami International Airport, the Intermodal Transportation Center (MIC) next to the airport (Greyhound, Flixbus, Megabus @ 3801 NW 21st); and/or the Cruise Terminals. The other bus and shuttle companies have separate pick-up points in different locations along the front of the terminal. Check with the cruise line or tour operator if they offer shuttle pick-up from the airport:
- Brightline Fixed Route Shuttles, (bus stops) (Multiple locations), ☏ . Daily 6AM-11PM. Direct connections to Miami Central Station (Brightline) at 161 NW 6th St in downtown from several locations at the airport. $10 first person, $5 per additional persons of same party.
- Flixbus, (bus stops) (Multiple locations) (There are more than 3 separate stops in Miami and Miami Beach. Check tickets for specific location.). Connects with the Orlando area via Port St Lucie, W Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale. Multiple departures daily. From $15.
- 4 Greyhound Bus Lines, Flixbus, (bus station) 3801 NW 21st (Next to the Tri-Rail Station, connected to Intermodal Center by pedestrian bridge), ☏ , toll-free: . Service from Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Ft Myers, and Naples Ft Lauderdale on different routes. They also go south to Key West. Local stops in the area are in Hollywood, Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Some of their buses make additional local stops in Boynton Beach Tri-Rail and Boca Raton.
- Jet Set Express, (bus stop) Miami International Airport (Terminal J, Door 26 on the 2nd level), ☏ . Venue at stop open 24/7. Thrice-daily departures to Ft Pierce, Kissimmee, Orlando from the Miami International Airport and the Regency Hotel near the airport. They also have additional stops in Miami Beach, the cruise terminal and downtown Miami. Check schedules as those other stops are serviced once or twice daily.
- Keys Shuttle, (shuttle stop) Ground level between Terminals D & E at MIA (Exit through door 7 or 8 ARRIVALS and cross crosswalk between doors 7 and 8, cross TWO SETS of lanes (first set is for taxis, second is for private vehicles), to the wide median, to your right you will see a waiting room with a glass wall, just to the left of the waiting room is our sign "KEYS SHUTTLE".), ☏ , toll-free: . The company provides door-to-door service to the Keys from the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airports (and vice versa).
- 5 Megabus, (bus station) 3801 NW 21st (MIA Intermodal Center; terminal connected from Intermodal Center by pedestrian bridge). Service from Orlando via Ft Lauderdale.
- Miami to Key West Bus, Pre-arranged hotel pick up in Sunny Isle Beach, Miami Beach and downtown Miami, ☏ . Daily. Pick up for Orlando 5AM to 6AM and to Key West begin at 7:15AM. Motorcoach transportation services and escorted tours to Key West from Miami.They also offer one way transportation services to Orlando and local bus/boat tours in Miami.
- Our Bus (Operated by different bus companies on contract to Our Bus), Terminal B of the Port of Miami Cruise Terminal, ☏ . Operates service to/from Ft Lauderdale Airport, Tampa, Sarasota and Ft Myers. Fares range from $10 to $22 or more.
- Redcoach, (bus stop) 21 Miad Circle (Departure Level, Concourse H, red bus stop #5 at Miami International Airport), ☏ , toll-free: . Service from Tallahassee via Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, W Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale. They also run a separate route to Naples and Ft Myers from Miami.
The MIA Mover is an elevated train that connects the main terminal to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) Station located between the Rental Car Center and Miami Airport (Tri-Rail) Station outside the airport. The MIA Mover Station at the main Terminal is between the two main parking garages, accessible from the 3rd floor of the Central Terminal.
There is a system of moving walkways on the 3rd floor of the terminals, called the "Skyride Connector", that connects the terminals and the MIA Mover station, but only landside. There's virtually no airside transportation between the terminals, so if you have to change between terminals to make a connection, you will have to go through security again. The only exceptions are a people mover post-security (the "Skytrain", operating 4AM–11:45PM) that allows for quick connections between gates in Concourse D, stopping at Gates D17, D24, D29 and D46, a walkway that connects terminals D and E, and Concourse E also has a people mover post-security on the 4th Level that connects the terminal with the satellite building.
There are a few small art galleries in and around the walkway connecting concourses D and E.
- Plane Fun (Near gate E7). An aviation-themed educational children's play area, made by the Miami Children's Museum.
- American Airlines Lounges.
- American Expression Centurion Lounge (Near D12).
- Military Hospitality Lounge, Concourse E, Level 2. 9AM-9PM. US and Allied active duty and retired military travelers and their authorized dependents gain entry after showing their government-issued military ID and evidence of same day travel.
- Executive Conference Center.
- Premium Lounge.
- Consular Lounge. Special lounge for visiting diplomats.
- Club America F. $50 for a day pass.
- Delta Sky Club.
- The VIP Lounge.
- The Avianca Lounge.
Eat and drink
MIA has several restaurants ranging from local chains such as La Carreta to national chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King and Starbucks.
- The Counter (Gate D32), ☏ . 7AM–10PM daily. "Build your own burger" restaurant—pick a type of burger, bun, and toppings.
MIA has several retail stores, including several magazine stands and bookstores. Other retail stores include Brookstone and Ron Jon Surf Shop.
Wireless internet is available from Boingo. It's free for 45 minutes (after you watch an ad), and you can pay for more. It only works in some parts of the terminals.
- Left luggage services are available in the Central Terminal, Concourse E, 2nd level. Open 5PM-9PM. Daily storage fees range from $4-17 depending on size, and the maximum storage time is 60 days.
- A non-denominational chapel is in the North Terminal, 4th level.
- Lost and found is in the North Terminal, 4th level. Open 8AM-6PM.
- There are eight freestanding lactation pods for nursing mothers, providing privacy and security in a 4-foot by 8-foot booth. There's one in each concourse (two each in Concourse D and Concourse E).
There is only one hotel in the airport, though there are numerous hotels in the vicinity; hotel shuttles pick up from in front of the 2nd Level of each terminal:
- 1 MIA Hotel, Central Terminal, Concourse E, Level 2, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: . The only hotel on-site at the airport.
There are additional hotels near and accessible from the Airport Station (car rentals, Greyhound, Megabus, Tri-Rail, Metrobus, Metrorail, etc) with direct connections to the airline terminals by the MIA Mover Train and by their own shuttles:
- 2 Element Miami (operated by Marriott), 3525 NW 25th St, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- 3 Even Hotel Miami (operated by IHG), 3499 NW 25th St, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 4 Holiday Inn Express (operated by IHG), 2601 NW 42nd Ave, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 5 Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center (opearted by Marriott), 3900 NW 21st St, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 6 Staybridge Suites at Miami Airport (operated by IHG), 2651 NW 25th St, ☏ . Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM.
- 7 Raddison RED (operated by Choice Hotels), 3401 NW 25th St, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
The town of Brownsville is close to the airport and easily accessible by Metrorail ("Brownsville Metrorail Station"), which is in an unsafe neighborhood. It is better to take Metrorail all the way to downtown Miami (to Brickell, Government Center or Overtown Stations) if you're looking to spend a few hours outside the airport.
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