Miami holiday: from MIA airport to South Beach and recommended hotels

A distance of about 20 kilometres separates the holiday area of South Beach in Florida (USA) from its closest airport, Miami International. Notwithstanding that, travellers find the 30-minute commute between the two points absolutely worth it knowing their dream vacation destination in the United Stated awaits them on the other end. After landing in MIA, different ground transportation options are available to go from the airport to South Beach, some of which might suit your travel needs better than others depending on the purpose of your trip, your budget, whether you travel solo or in a group or how quickly you would like to arrive. Continue reading to learn more about these transport options.

Express buses from Miami airport to South Beach

For less than 3 US dollars per one-way ticket, arriving passengers may ride the Miami Airport Express Bus towards South Beach (route 150), thus travelling to their final destination cheaply and conveniently, since these buses are ample and have plenty of space for luggage storage. In order to take it, we must catch the people mover from any terminal to the Metrorail Station, and purchase our ticket at the Bus Plaza. This service operates between 6:00 am and 11:30 pm every day of the week.

Travelling by taxi to South Beach from Miami airport

Business travellers and solo adventurers may deem this option the fastest and most comfortable, as it enables them to save a considerable amount of time by simply getting into an authorised taxi cab outside the arrivals area and pay the already fixed flat-fare for this journey (35 USD).

Shared transfers from Miami airport

It does not matter if you are visiting Miami on your own, with your partner or with friends, perhaps you are in the mood to share your ride to the beach with other travellers and so start socialising right away (while also saving money). In such case, you are advised to book a shared airport transfer in advance. Worldwide trusted companies like Supershuttle offer shared van transportation to and from Miami airport at any time or the day or night.

Rental Car Center in Miami International airport

Should you prefer to hire a vehicle and get around independently, take the people mover in Miami airport towards the Rental Car Center facilities and choose among the widest array of prices and vehicle types: economy, luxury, minivans, SUVs, etc… Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Sixt Alamo and Payless are just some of the car rental firms with an office in MIA.

As you can see, getting to your hotel in South Beach from the airport will not be a problem whatsoever. Once there, all you have to do is make the most of your stay, no matter if the purpose of your visit is to attend the Art Basel festival, meet up with potential clients, lie in the sun for as long as you can or immerse yourself in the bustling nightlife. Read below for details regarding some of our favourite places to stay during a vacation in this area of Miami.

Odyssey of South Beach Hotel

This 3-star hotel in South Beach stands within short walking distance of the popular Ocean Drive and the Versace Mansion. Besides, it boasts a privileged location next to the beach surrounded by bars and restaurants. During their stay, all guests with a confirmed reservation for a suite, a studio or a standard room can benefit from amenities such as in-room WiFi network at no extra charge, flat-screen TV with cable channels and safes for personal use; every morning, a continental breakfast buffet is put at their disposal. Among other services we count left-luggage, launderette, maid service and round-the-clock reception. Should you need a parking spot for your car while vacationing in South Beach, there is a public payment parking close to this establishment.

4-star hotel in South Beach, Miami: El Paseo

This hotel in South Beach, Miami, is situated in a lively area particularly recommended to those interested in dining out and going out at night, really close to Lincoln Road, one of the main stops of the Miami Airport Express Bus; however, take into account that the establishment also gives confirmed guests the opportunity to request airport pick-up and drop-off services for a surcharge. Furthermore, if you are a travel foodie or simply enjoy gastronomy experiences abroad, you can take advantage of the discount coupons to be used in nearby restaurants that this hotel provides. Regarding customer service, the place lives up to its 4-star rating with free WiFi, in-room electronic safes, ironing facilities, fully-equipped en suite bathrooms, extra comfortable beds, private balconies in most units and a nice Spanish-style decoration.

Holiday Suites on South Beach

This 3-star accommodation in Miami may be more suitable for your travel plans if you seek to feel like at home while away during your holiday in South Beach. These suites are equally recommended if you are on a business trip to Florida, as the lie less than 2 kilometres from the Miami Beach Convention Center, while still within easy reach on foot from the seashore, Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road. The establishment, which provides secured parking spots and a front desk that stays permanently open, features well-appointed suites with complimentary WiFi, microwave, fridge, iPod docking station, DVD player, TV and fully-equipped bathroom with toiletries.