29 Apr Public Transportation
Those of you travelling to the city by air will arrive in Miami International which is about seven miles northwest of downtown. The #7 bus runs directly into downtown while others also make some stops in this region. As well as this there is a minibus, the Super Shuttle as well as an excellent taxi service which will take you there in half the time but will cost you about $25. Finally, you can avail of the Tri-Rail service which runs from the airport to Palm Beach every hour during peak time and every two hours during off-peak times. This is located about half a mile from the main terminal but a free shuttle bus leaves for the station twenty minutes before train departures. All Amtrack services to Miami arrive at 8303 Northwest 37th Avenue and from here you take Bus L to reach downtown while the Greyhound services arrive at Miami Station which is located at 4111 Northwest 27th Street.
Because Miami is a sprawling city, the reality is that for most journeys you will have to avail of the public transport system. The mainstay of this is the city’s buses and a one way fare to any destination will cost you $1.25. If you know you have to change when boarding you will need to ask for a transfer when buying your ticket and this will cost you an additional $0.25. Be prepared to spend quite some time a bus stops, however, and if your journey is not too long you should probably consider taking a taxi.
As well as the bus service there is an extensive rail system in operation. Metrorail is Miami’s high speed elevated system which runs the north south route between downtown and the southern suburbs. Costing $1.25 per journey it operates between 6.00am and midnight daily. This isn’t particularly useful to tourists, however, as the trains mainly serve locations which would not appeal to them. The other system is Metromover which many visitors use to travel to Bayside. It also passes most of the city’s major attractions and shopping districts so is quite popular among tourists. This service also operates between 6.00am and 12.00am and costs $0.25.