Easy Ways to Get to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for a Cruise (Port Transportation)

Sitting north of Miami, Port Everglades may not get the same amount of attention as it’s sister port, but it is one of the busiest cruise departure ports in America, with millions sailing each year.

Convention Center at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale
Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is easy to get to from the airport and surrounding area.

And whether you are driving to the port or flying into Fort Lauderdale, you need to get to the cruise terminal before you can start your vacation!  Below, we have provided directions to Port Everglades and your best options for reaching the port by car or with other transportation like a shuttle or Uber/Lyft.

First things first, despite the name, Port Everglades is actually located in Fort Lauderdale, right on the Atlantic coast. (You’ll often hear Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale used interchangeably when talking about the port.)

The cruise terminal is just about three miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and about 25 miles north of the Miami International Airport.

Here is a map showing the cruise port in relation to the airport:

Map data: Google

The port’s official address is 1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 if you wish to map your route using GPS.

However, if you are sailing out of terminals 2 or 4 (which are located on the north side of the port), we recommend using 1801 SE 20th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 as the address. This will put you entering the port closer to your terminal. 

If you are driving to the port, click here for parking information.

Getting From the Fort Lauderdale Airport to Port Everglades

Given the short distance, it’s easy to transport back and forth from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport to Port Everglades. Unfortunately, there is not free shuttle that runs between the two points.

Ride sharing sign

Uber/Lyft (Recommended) 
You can use Uber or Lyft to get to the port  from the airport easily. Rates will actually be a little lower than a taxi, and most people prefer to use these rideshare services due to their lower cost and higher convenience.

Rates for Uber/Lyft from the Fort Lauderdale airport to Port Everglades are about $15-20.

One thing to note is that for that rate up to four people can ride in a car. With luggage, you might need a larger vehicle or take two cars if you are traveling with more than three people.

If you are unfamiliar with companies like Uber and Lyft, here’s how they work. First, you download the app to your smartphone, setting up an account and payment information. When you are ready for a ride, you simply open the app and select where you want to go.

A nearby driver will confirm your pick up and arrive shortly. After the ride, you’ll rate the driver through the app and also confirm payment through your credit card. No money changes hands, it’s all through the phone app.

Given the price and convenience, we recommend taking Uber or Lyft, and it’s what we’ve personally used in the past.

Taxis
If catching a cab, the ride is short (only about three miles or 10 minutes). Fares will run you about $15-20 each way. Remember that the fare is per car, not per person. Split the fare between four passengers and you pay only a few bucks each for a ride directly to the port. You can head to ground transportation at the airport and get a cab immediately whenever your plan arrives.

Hotel Shuttles to the Port
One option that many people don’t think about are hotel shuttles. Because Fort Lauderdale is such a hub for cruising, a number of hotels offer perks to attract cruise passengers.

One such perk is a shuttle to the cruise port. Since the airport and cruise port are close to each other, many hotels will have a free (or low-cost) shuttle to/from the airport and then will also give you a ride to the cruise port if you stay with them for a night.

We have a full list of hotel options with shuttles here. Below are several that offer both an airport and cruise port shuttle:

Note: Due to the suspension of cruising, some services were disrupted. Be sure to contact the hotel before booking to ensure they still offer service.

Other Ways of Getting to the Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port From the Airport
Given the ease and cost of a taxi and Uber/Lyft from the Fort Lauderdale airport, there really isn’t a reason for alternate ways to get there.

For instance, cruise lines offer shuttles from the airport to the cruise port. However, these are typically expensive compared to catching a cab or rideshare and charged on a per-person basis. In this case, a ride might be $15-20 per person, each way. At that price, you could get a ride for up to four people in an Uber or taxi.

Similarly, independent shuttle services will likely end up being just as much — if not more — than a private ride. You’ll also have to wait on all the passengers heading to the port before you can leave.

Getting from the Miami Airport to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)

Terminal 18 at Port Everglades

One of the benefits of sailing from South Florida is that you have two major airports to fly into for your cruise — Fort Lauderdale and Miami. This way, if Miami has a better schedule or is cheaper, you can fly there and then head to Port Everglades.

Fortunately, there are transportation options to get you from Miami to Fort Lauderdale to catch the ship. Expect the ride to take at least 45 minutes to an hour.

Uber/Lyft (Recommended)
You can use Uber or Lyft to get from Miami to Port Everglades easily. Rates are significantly cheaper than using a taxi. For example, Lyft estimates a ride from the Miami airport to Port Everglades would be $50-60 one-way for up to four people.

That’s about $20-30 less than the rate of a taxi cab, making rideshare services like Uber and Lyft our preferred method of reaching the port.

What’s also a plus is that you can catch an Uber or Lyft from the airport and head anywhere you want (including hotels or points of interest). You don’t have to just head right to the port.

Taxis
For our purposes, we’re assuming that you are flying into Miami for a Port Everglades cruise. Miami-based cabs are an estimated $75 from the Miami airport to Port Everglades. That price could vary based on traffic.

That seems expensive, but remember that is the fee for the entire car. Most shuttles, on the other hand, charge per person, which makes them more expensive for an entire group.

Cruise Line Transfers
Cruise lines offer transfer service from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports to the cruise terminals.

Royal Caribbean, for example, offers a shuttle between Miami and Fort Lauderdale for around $30 per person, each way.

Cruise line transfers offer convenience, but we also find they can be expensive and restrictive. Many are only available on the day you cruise and the day you depart and only go from the airport to the cruise ship.

If you’re flying in the day before, then a transfer from the cruise line won’t work. As well, prices are per person. A family of four taking a $30 transfer from the Miami airport to Port Everglades round-trip would pay $240!

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 about their shuttles.

Miami to Fort Lauderdale Shuttles
In addition to the cruise line shuttles, there are independent shuttles that can get you to and from Port Everglades and the Miami airport. They can be cheaper than the cruise line transfers, but if traveling with more than one person, a rideshare still comes out on top.

In general, expect to see prices around $25 per person each way to get from Miami to Port Everglades. Keep in mind these prices can vary.

Shuttles are convenient because they cater to cruise passengers so they know exactly how to get to your ship and are prepared for passengers carrying a lot of luggage.

Note: Due to the suspension of cruising, some services were disrupted. Be sure to contact the shuttle company before booking to ensure they still offer service.

Shuttle Companies:

Hotel Shuttles
While many hotels in Miami offer shuttles to the Miami port and many Fort Lauderdale hotels offer shuttles to Port Everglades, we don’t know of any Miami hotels offering shuttles to Fort Lauderdale.

If you plan to stay a night in the area, you can take an Uber or taxi to Fort Lauderdale and select a hotel that offers a shuttle to the port.

See our list of Fort Lauderdale hotels with cruise port shuttles here.

Private Cars/Limos
It’s easy to go in style in south Florida. There are plenty of companies 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. However, if splitting the cost between 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.

Private Car/Limo CompaniesFamily Car & Limo ServiceA1 Luxury LimousineElite LimoFt Lauderdale Limo

More on Cruising From Port Everglades

Port Everglades Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Port Everglades Park and Cruise Hotels — If you plan to stay in the area the night before your cruise, look at this list of hotels that offer cruise parking with a one-night stay.

Port Everglades Overview & Guide — First time sailing from the port in Fort Lauderdale? We have everything you need to know about the ins and outs taking a cruise from Port Everglades.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. You totally missed another option… rental car shuttle. Many rental car companies don’t upcharge for one-way rentals in state, thus someone from Orlando may find that one-way rentals would be cheaper or comparable in price to long-term parking. I noticed that parking options are in another article.

  2. When staying at a nearby precruise hotel on 17th terminals 1,2 and 4 are within walking distance however you CANNOT easily walk into terminal 4 due to the security fence and check point. It’s doable but not advised with luggage. Might be ok for B2B shore walk though.

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