Taking the public transport between the Port of Miami and the Miami airport isn’t just convenient, it’s also cheap!
While an Uber/Lyft between the cruise port and the airport will run you about $15-20 each way, and a taxi will cost you $27, you can take the train and trolley between the airport and cruise port for just $2.25 per person, each way.
Best of all, the actual time it will take you to get back and forth is roughly the same. And if there is a lot of traffic between the airport and cruise port? Public transportation might even get you there faster.
The only issue is that riding public transportation in an unfamiliar place can be intimidating. From figuring out where to go, which route to catch, and even how to pay your fare, there’s a lot to know if you’ve never ridden before.
That’s why we recently rode the Coral Way Trolley and the Orange Line Metrorail to get a first-hand look at how to get from the cruise port to the airport. (You can click the links above for more details on each service.)
Riding From the Miami Airport to the Miami Cruise Port
Flying in for your cruise? If you want to head directly to the port, the Metrorail and free trolley can get you there easily in about 30 minutes.
As an overview of the route, you’ll take the Orange Line Metrorail from Miami International Airport to the Government Center stop. There, you’ll exit the train and walk to the Coral Way Trolley, which takes you to the port. Details are below.
Note: The trolley stops toward the west end of cruise port. If sailing Royal Caribbean (Terminal A) or Norwegian Cruise Line (Terminal B), then expect a decent walk with luggage to the cruise ship.
As you arrive at the Miami airport, follow the signs to baggage claim and ground transportation. There, you’ll see signs pointing to the “MIA Mover.” This is a short airport tram that runs between the terminals and the rental car center/Metrorail station.
After riding and exiting the tram, follow the signs for the Metrorail. As you approach, you’ll see ticket machines and a Transit Information Center should you need any help navigating your way.
Ticket fare is $2.25 per person for a Metrorail ride. After purchasing your ticket from one of the machines, head to the train station. Since the airport the last stop on the line, you don’t have to worry about the train’s direction. Simply catch the next Orange Line train. Trains run approximately every 15 minutes.
You’ll ride the Orange Line to the Government Center station, which is seven stops from the airport. In general, the ride takes about 15 minutes. Once at Government Center, you’ll exit the train and make your way out of the building.
The next step is to catch the free Coral Way Trolley. The trolley has a stop right in front of Government Center, but that stop heads in the opposite direction of the cruise port. Instead, you’ll want to walk approximately three blocks to the stop headed toward the Port of Miami.
You can choose stop #34 (Miami-Dade Cultural Center) or #35 (County Court House). Both are located on SW 1st Street. Look for the orange and green “Coral Way Trolley” sign. Trolleys run approximately 20-30 minutes, seven days a week, and are free to everyone.
You can track the trolley on the city of Miami’s website. This helps you get a real-time idea of when the next ride should arrive.
Once on the trolley, you’ll simply ride it over the causeway to Dodge Island where the cruise ships are located. The ride should only take about 10 minutes. While the route map shows several stops around the ports, in our experience the only stop we’ve seen is on North America Way, near the park on the island. From there you’ll need to walk over to your cruise ship.
Below, we’ve put together a map showing each step in the trip from the Miami airport to the cruise port. Click each green checkmark to see more:
Summing Up How to Take Public Transport to the Cruise Port
To make things simple, here’s the path that you’ll take to get from the Miami airport to the cruise port:
- Once arriving, follow signs for ground transportation. Take the MIA Mover to the airport’s Metrorail station. (FREE)
- Ride the Orange Line Metrorail from the airport to Government Center. ($2.25)
- Get off the train at Government Center and then walk to SW 1st Street to catch the Coral Way Trolley to the cruise port. (FREE)
- Walk to your cruise terminal.
Riding From the Cruise Port to Miami International Airport
Headed back to the airport after a cruise? Use the directions below to get back to your flight.
Just as with getting to the cruise port, to get to the Miami airport, you will take two different modes of transportation — the Coral Way Trolley and the Orange Line Metrorail — with a transfer between the two at Government Center in downtown Miami.
First, you’ll want to find the stop for the Coral Way Trolley at the Port of Miami. The stop is near Seafarers Park, across from Terminal F. Below is a picture, and we have a map above of its location.
You’ll look for the blue-topped cover, and the sign for the Coral Way Trolley. Note that you can ask any number of port staff for the location of the stop if you can’t find it.
One thing to keep in mind is that the stop is some distance if you are arriving at the Royal Caribbean or Norwegian terminals. Expect to walk about 15 minutes to get there. Other terminals are much closer and take only a few minutes walk to get there.
The trolley runs Monday-Saturday from 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. On Sunday, it runs from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The service is completely free and a bus should arrive every 15-30 minutes. You simply hop on and take a seat.
Note: You can track the trolley on the city of Miami’s website where you can see exactly where the trolley is at any time. This helps you know how long until the next trolley and where your ride is in relative to your stop.
Once on the trolley, let the driver know that you will want to exit at Government Center. The ride over takes about 10 minutes.
Once at Government Center, you’ll look for the signage for the “Metrorail/Metromover” and the escalators that go up to the station.
Ride the escalators up and then look for the ticket vending machines to purchase your ticket for the Orange Line. You can use the automated machine to purchase your fare or there is also a booth where you can buy the card from a staff member.
The ticket costs only $2.25 per person.
Ticket in hand, you’ll scan your ticket at the gate and then head up the escalators to the train platform. You can watch the boards to see when the next train will arrive. To go to the airport, you’ll board the Orange Line-Northbound.
Once on the Orange Line, you’ll ride it north until you reach the Miami airport. The airport is the last station on the line, so there is no danger of missing your stop.
As you exit the train, look for the escalators heading up to the airport. Ride the escalator and then continue following the signs for the airport and the MIA Mover. This automated tram runs the short distance from the Metrorail station to the airport terminals.
As you exit the MIA Mover, you’ll continue down the walkway until you arrive at a split in the path. From here, you simply look for your airline on the board and then follow the arrow to get to your correct terminal.
Summing Up How to Take Public Transport to the Airport
To make things simple, here’s the path that you’ll take to get from the cruise port to the airport:
- Catch the Coral Way Trolley the Port of Miami. (FREE)
- Transfer to the Orange Line at Government Center. ($2.25)
- At the airport station, ride the MIA Mover to the terminals. (FREE)
- Walk to your terminal to check-in/board your flight.
In total, the ride took us about 30 minutes and was extremely convenient. We also loved saving a ton of money on getting to the airport.
Have questions about riding the trolley and train between the Miami port and airport? Let us know in the comments below. You can also view other transportation options here.