If you are flying into southern Florida for a cruise from Miami, there is some good news — the area has multiple airports that you fly into to get to your ship. That means you can shop flights to different airports, to see if you can get a cheaper price or better times for your cruise schedule.
That said, there’s no question that flying into Miami International Airport is the most convenient option if you are sailing from the Port of Miami. The airport is just about 10 miles away. There are a number of ways to get from Miami International (MIA) to the cruise port.
But if you can find a cheaper deal flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) — or if they have better flight times for you — then you can still make it to the port easily. We have all of your options laid out below.
Distance Between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) and the Port of Miami
The Fort Lauderdale airport is about 25 miles from the Port of Miami. No matter what mode of transportation you take, expect the ride to take at least 45 minutes — sometimes much longer given South Florida’s notorious traffic.
The good news is that many cruises depart on the weekend when traffic should be lighter. That means traffic is normally not too bad for many cruise passengers. If you are flying in the day of your cruise, we’d suggest a flight that arrive at least two hours before your embarkation time to give you plenty of leeway to make it to the port on time.
With cruising and tourism being such big business in the region, there are plenty of options to get you from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Miami cruise terminal.
If you are traveling with two or more people, then using a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft is usually your best option on getting from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Miami cruise port. These services offer pickup at the airport in designated pickup areas and provide service to the Port of Miami.
If you’ve never used a rideshare service, they are actually pretty easy to use. Simply download Uber or Lyft to your smartphone. Once downloaded, you can set up your account in the app. Your account is tied to a credit card, so no money changes hands — it’s all taken care of through the app. When you arrive in Fort Lauderdale, simply pull up Uber or Lyft and request a ride. It normally takes less than 5 minutes for your car to arrive.
The cost of an Uber or Lyft is estimated at $35-45 each way, for up to four people (pricing is based per car, not per person). Larger vehicles are also available for a higher price.
We’ve personally used this method to get back and forth between the airport and cruise port. It was convenient, quick, and relatively inexpensive given the distance.
Taxis are another option from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Miami cruise port, however, they are more expensive than using a rideshare like Uber and Lyft. The estimated cost is about $75 each way, for up to five people. That’s about $40 more each way than a rideshare.
While taxi cabs are a more expensive way to the port, if you aren’t comfortable using Uber/Lyft, then cabs are a widely-available option.
If there are lots of people headed from the airport to the cruise port, it makes sense that they can share a shuttle. The Fort Lauderale airport offers the GO Airport Shuttle, which provides a shared van back and forth from the cruise port.
Rates for the shuttle are around $25 per person, each way. That’s considerably cheaper for most parties (unless cruising with a group) than compared to a taxi cab.
In addition, GO Airport Shuttle also provides private car service for an upcharge if you don’t want to ride with strangers.
Other Shared Shuttles
Of course with some many people flying in to head to cruises, there is an industry that revolves around providing a shuttle back and forth. In addition to the GO Airport Shuttle, there are lots of shuttle companies in South Florida. In general, expect to pay between $20-40 per person, each way.
Note that we don’t recommend or suggest against any particular company as we haven’t used them. All of the following, however, can give you a good start for your search.
Cruise Line Transfers
The cruise lines offer service between the Fort Lauderdale airport and the Port of Miami. The bad news is that they can be pricey and not very flexible (you’re on their schedule, not vice versa). But the good news is that your transportation is taken care of by the cruise line so there isn’t a danger of missing the ship if your transfer arrives late.
For pricing, you’ll want to check your specific cruise line. However, expect it to be more expensive than most other options. For instance, Carnival provides transfers from the Fort Lauderdale to Miami for around $30 per person, each way. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers transfers for $25 per person, each way.
As well, cruise line transfers are offered only on the day of the cruise and can’t make any stops on your way to the port like a taxi or Uber/Lyft may be able to do.
Want to get to Port of Miami from Fort Lauderdale as cheaply as possible? While it’s not the most convenient route to the port, there is public transportation that will take you from the airport to the cruise port.
All told, expect the trip to take between an hour and a hour-and-a-half, depending on how long you have to wait on transfers. The good news? It will only cost you between $6-7 each way.
We have full step-by-step details of the route you’ll take here. As a summary, here is the route you will take:
- FLA-1 Commuter Connector at airport –> Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach for Tri-Rail (Free)
- Tri-Rail –> Metrorail Transfer Station ($3.75/$5.00)
- Green Line –> Brickell Station ($2.25)
- Miami Trolley (Coral Way Route) –> Port of Miami (Free)
While this is an affordable way to get to the ship, we think it might be a bit overwhelming for out-of-towners. For that reason we suggest other modes of transportation.
Hotels With Shuttles
There’s good news and bad news when it comes to Fort Lauderdale hotels offering cruise shuttles. The good news is that there are a number of hotels near the airport and cruise port with shuttles. The bad news is that none of the Fort Lauderdale hotels with shuttle we know of offer rides to the Miami cruise port.
In other words, if you are sailing from Fort Lauderdale then you have a lot of options of hotels with shuttles. But if you are flying into Fort Lauderdale to sail from Miami, then you’ll want to look for a Miami hotel with a shuttle to the cruise port.