If you’re cruising from Miami, you can’t start your vacation without getting to the terminal first! Luckily, there are a number of easy ways to get to the Port of Miami whether coming from the Miami International Airport or the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport.
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.
It takes about 10-15 minutes to get from the Miami airport to the cruise port. Trips take 35-60 minutes from Fort Lauderdale to the Miami Cruise port, depending on traffic.
Here is a map showing the cruise port in relation to the Miami airport:
The address is 1015 N. America Way, Miami, Florida 33132 if you wish to map your route.
Driving Directions to the Cruise Port
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.
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 Cruise Port From Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airports
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 transportation options to get to the cruise terminal in Miami.
We recommend using Uber or Lyft as they are among the cheapest and most convenient options. If planning to stay in a hotel, then we recommend a Miami hotel with a cruise port shuttle.
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.
An Uber/Lyft fare from the Miami airport to the Port of Miami would run approximately $20, compared to $27 flat-rate for a taxi. If flying into Fort Lauderdale, the fare is around $35 to the Miami cruise port, compared to roughly $75 for a taxi. Keep in mind these rates are per car, not per person. Most other ways to the port charge by the person.
For more details and rates on using rideshare services, read our article here.
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.
Hotel With Shuttles to the Port (Recommended)
There’s no arguing that South Florida is the cruise capital of the world. With millions of passengers sailing from Miami each year, hotels cater to them by offering perks like shuttles to the cruise port.
Often these hotels offer free shuttles, or shuttles that are free with a hotel package. There are also a number of Miami hotels near the Coral Way trolley, a transit route offering free transportation to the port.
See our full list of Miami hotels with cruise shuttles here. We also have a number of hotels near the port with shuttles below:
For more details about these hotels, we’ve linked to them on TripAdvisor:
- Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Midtown
- Residence Inn Miami Airport
- Hampton Inn Coconut Grove
- Hampton Inn Miami Airport South/Blue Lagoon
- Comfort Suites Miami Airport
- DoubleTree Biscayne Bay
- Courtyard Miami Airport
- Miami Airport Marriott
- Holiday Inn Express Miami Airport Doral Area
One thing to note is that we know of no hotels in Fort Lauderdale with shuttles to the Port of Miami. The distance is simply too far for them to offer service.
If you have already booked a hotel in the Miami, give them a call and see if they offer a shuttle to the port.
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 about $7 per person (or $14 round-trip) — a decent 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 from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Miami cruise port.
Cruise Line Transfers
Many of the cruise lines offer transfer service from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports to the cruise terminals.
Carnival, for example, offers a shuttle from the Miami airport to your cruise for $17 one-way/$34 round trip per person. The same shuttle runs about $32 one-way/$65 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 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 round trip, despite the trip only taking about 10-15 minutes each way.
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.
Independent Shuttles to the Port
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.
Depending on where you’re coming from, expect the cost to run about $10-25 per person, each way. Obviously it is cheaper to go from the Miami airport compared to Fort Lauderdale because of the distance. There are often discounts for additional passengers.
While rates are pretty low, 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 but give you a private ride.
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.
- GO Airport Shuttle
- Metro Shuttle Service
- Florida Shuttle Transportation
- Port of Miami Shuttle
- The Florida Express Bus
Some people simply like to go in style. In a place like Miami, that’s easy to do. There are dozens of car services in the area that will pick you up in a private car or limo. In fact, many of the same companies that provide shared shuttle service also have private car service too.
Of course, this service is typically a little pricier. But if you’re splitting the cost among 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.
Public Transportation to Port of Miami
Despite its reputation as a car-centric area, South Florida does offer public transportation. If you have the time and are ok navigating what might be an unfamiliar transit system, it can be a cheap way to get between the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports to the cruise port.
We have full details of how to use public transport to the cruise terminals here. The general directions and prices are as follows…
Miami International (MIA) to Port of Miami
- Take MIA Mover at Airport –> Arrive at Rental Car Center/Metrorail Train Station (Free)
- Take Orange Line –> Arrive at Brickell Station ($2.25)
- Take Miami Trolley (Coral Way Route) –> Arrive at Port of Miami (Free)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) to Port of Miami
- Take FLA-1 Commuter Connector at airport –> Arrive at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach for Tri-Rail (Free)
- Take Tri-Rail –> Arrive at Metrorail Transfer Station ($3.75/$5.00)
- Take Green Line –> Arrive at Brickell Station ($2.25)
- Take Miami Trolley (Coral Way Route) –> Arrive at Port of Miami (Free)
As you can see, while it is cheap (less than $3 if flying into Miami) the public transportation takes some time and a number of transfers to get to the port. For that reason, we recommend other methods.
More on Cruising From Miami
Miami Hotels with Cruise Shuttles — Staying in Miami before your cruise? These area hotels offer shuttles to the port.
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.