If you’re cruising from Miami, you can’t start your vacation without getting to the terminal first!
The cruise terminal is located on Dodge Island, just across from downtown Miami. It is about 8 miles east of Miami International Airport and 25 miles south of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Here is a map showing the port in relation to the airport:
The address is 1015 N. America Way, Miami, Florida 33132 if you wish to map your route.
If coming from north of Miami, take I-95 South and exit 2B-US1/Bayside Blvd. Head south to Northeast 5th Street and turn left. Fifth Street will lead onto the Port of Miami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to designated terminal.
If coming from the south, take I-95 North and exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Head straight to Northwest 5th Street and make a right. Fifth Street will lead onto the Port of Miami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to your terminal.
Getting to the Miami Port Without a Car
If you’re flying in for your cruise, or simply don’t want to worry with the hassle and expense of parking, then there are plenty of alternate ways to get to the cruise terminal. We recommend using Uber or Lyft as they are the cheapest and most convenient options.
Ride-sharing services have opened up a much cheaper and convenient way to get to the port. For a time they were not completely legal, but still heavily used. Now Miami-Dade County has given them full legalization, offering a cheaper and easier way to get to the port.
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An Uber/Lyft fare from the Miami airport to the Port of Miami would run approximately $16, compared to $27 for a taxi. If flying into Fort Lauderdale, the fare is around $33. For more details and rates, read our article here.
We’ve rounded up a list of estimated fares to the port to give you an idea of what you’d pay using these services:
We recommend using one of these services to get between the airport and the cruise port. They are cheaper and easier than a traditional taxi. (First-time rider with Lyft? Use this link to sign up and receive FREE credit for your first rides.)
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If you are going from the Miami airport to the cruise terminal, taxis charge a $27 flat-rate fee. That’s based on the ride, not per person. So if you are traveling with a family of four, that’s just $7 per person (or $14 round-trip) — a good deal. As well, unlike shuttles, taxis leave whenever you’re ready. There is no waiting for other passengers.
Expect to pay a bit more if you’re traveling by taxi from the Fort Lauderdale airport due to the longer ride. Taxi fare is an estimated $75 each way.
Cruise Line Transfers
Carnival, for example, offers a shuttle from the Miami airport to your cruise for $33 round trip per person. The same shuttle runs $62 round-trip per person from the Fort Lauderdale airport.
Cruise line transfers offer convenience, but we also find they can be expensive and restrictive. For instance, many are only available on the day you cruise and the day you depart. So if you’re flying in the day before, then a transfer from the cruise line likely won’t work. As well, prices are typically per person. A family of four taking the Carnival transfer from the Miami airport would pay $132!
That’s why we suggest finding alternate ways to the port.
If you are still interested in cruise transfers, you can call your cruise line for more information.
Miami/Fort Lauderdale Independent Shuttles
In addition to the cruise line shuttles, there are independent shuttles that can get you to and from the port. The difference? They can be much cheaper.
SuperShuttle — the big blue vans you always see around airports — offers everything from its traditional shared van service up to private sedan service. If you’re looking to save money, stick with the shared van service.
Rates are about $16 per person roundtrip for the first rider and only $10 for each additional rider. These rates are pretty low, however, if you are traveling in a group of three or more, we’d suggest a taxi or Uber/Lyft as they will be comparable in cost. As well, these rates are for a shared van ride instead of a private taxi.
There are also a number of other shuttle services, including many that provide service to the Fort Lauderdale airport or from nearly any city in Florida.
We can’t list every shuttle service here as there are quite a few of them. All of the following, however, can give you a good start for your search.
One thing to keep in mind. If you are traveling from the Miami airport to the cruise port, a taxi will almost always be your best bet. The shuttle services make more sense if traveling longer distances (i.e. Fort Lauderdale airport) or with a large group.
If you are staying at a hotel in the Miami, give them a call and see if they offer a shuttle to the port. Many hotels in the area cater to cruisers and offer free transportation (and parking) as a perk.
Of course, this service is typically a little pricier. But if you’re splitting the cost about four or more passengers, it can be surprisingly affordable.
We don’t recommend or discourage any of the following car services (we’ve never used them), but provide them as a starting point for you to see what’s available.
More on Cruising From Miami
Getting to the Port of Miami — Transportation options from airports and the Miami area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Miami Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.
Miami Park and Cruise Hotels — If you plan to stay in Miami the night before your cruise, look at this list of hotels that offer cruise parking with a one-night stay.