Want to party on South Beach? Or maybe you just want to take in some world-famous Art Deco architecture while enjoying one of the most beautiful beaches in the world?
No matter the reason, there’s nowhere quite like Miami Beach when it comes to having a good time. Any trip to the area is incomplete without at least some time taking in the sights, sounds, and feeling of this spot.
Of course, that means you have to get there first. If you are flying into Miami, there is no shortage of ways for you to get from the airport to South Beach/Miami Beach. From taxis to Lyft to shuttle services, there’s an entire industry revolving around getting tourists back and forth.
The only issue is that you have to pay for these services. Most shuttles from the airport to Miami Beach aren’t free. Even taking a Lyft — one of the cheapest direct options will cost you about $25 bucks each way. That means getting to and from your hotel can quickly add up.
The good news? With lots of hotels competing for your business in the popular tourist areas, they sometimes extend amenities to get you to book with them. For some hotels, this can mean a free airport shuttle ride, saving you a ton of money.
Below, we’ve rounded up a dozen hotels with free shuttles between the Miami airport. One thing to note is that this shouldn’t be considered an exhaustive list of hotels offering this service. If you are interested in a hotel and want to know if they have a shuttle, simply give them a call.
That said, in our experience we’ve found that only a handful of hotels offer free shuttle service between Miami Beach and the airport. If you don’t stay at one of the places below, then you’ll likely have to pay your own way to get there.
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Hotels with Free Shuttle To/From Miami Airport
These hotels (except for The Setai) are part of the South Beach Group Hotels. The management company offers a shuttle around its properties to the airport and back. Shuttles run every couple of hours, seven days a week.
Sitting just a block from the beach, this hotel is the quintessential Art-Deco design you’d expect from a place in the middle of South Beach. You’ll definitely feel like you’re in the middle of it all with the location. The shuttle to and from the airport is available seven days a week and leaves every two hours during the day.
Tradewinds Apartment Hotel
If you’re planning a quick weekend holiday, the Tradewinds may not fit the bill as it’s a few minutes walk from the beach and isn’t really where the action is. However, if you want something that’s more comfortable and spacious than a typical hotel, it’s a good option. The hotel features apartment-style rooms with kitchens (eating out is expensive in Miami Beach). As well, it offers a regular shuttle for guests to and from Miami International.
Riviera Hotel South Beach
If you are flying in for a convention in Miami Beach, then the Riviera Hotel is a good choice for your stay. Coming with a free airport shuttle, it sits just a couple of minutes’ walk between the Miami Beach Convention Center, Collins Park, and the beach. Put simply, it’s hard to beat the location for convention-goers.
We know that hostels aren’t for everyone, but if you don’t mind sharing space with others (for a much cheaper price than surrounding hotels, of course), then the Posh Hostel might be perfect for you. It’s completely updated, including a rooftop pool and a very short walk to the beach. You’ll likely make a ton of friends while staying there as it’s a hot spot for backpackers and other travelers. The free shuttle isn’t a bad perk either.
Metropole South Beach
Nearly on the beach, the Metropole offers 1 and 2-bedroom suites in an amazing location. The hotel sites between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive, meaning you are right in the middle of two of the most famous streets in South Beach. Stay and enjoy your vacation in Miami Beach without having to worry about the cost of getting back and forth from the airport.
Lincoln Arms Suites
It simply doesn’t get any closer to the convention center than this hotel. Literally across the street from the convention center, you are also just about a block and a half from the beach. The Lincoln Arms is a classic Art-Deco design that was completely renovated in 2012. Today you can stay in one of only 43 rooms, which come in both studios and one bedrooms. Don’t miss the rooftop garden where you can lounge and catch some sun. Shuttles leave for the airport every two hours.
Hotel Croydon sits a bit farther north of the famous stretch of South Beach you’ve likely seen in all the photos. Still, it’s only one block from the beach and the upper floors have views of the water. With only about 100 rooms, it’s large, but much smaller than some other nearby hotels. There’s also a private pool for the use of guests.
Chesterfield Hotel & Suites
Stay in the heart of South Beach at the Chesterfield. The hotel is a classic South Beach icon, with the three-story Art-Deco building sitting right around the corner from Lummus Park and the wide expanse of beach. A number of room options are available, from traditional king rooms to junior suites to family rooms with two beds and bunk beds. The shuttle runs every other hour between the hotel and the airport.
The “beachfront” area of South Beach consists of three main streets — Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, and Washington Avenue. Hotel Chelsea sits on Washington Avenue, which is the farthest from the beach, but still only a few minutes walk. Meanwhile, it’s a bit calmer than being right on the beach. The vibe is a mix of cosmopolitan mixed with retro Art-Deco, and the people watching is superb.
A trendy hotel with a rooftop pool and a more secluded “bamboo” pool that’s surrounded by vegetation? That sounds perfect. Throw in that it’s a block from the beach and you’ve got a great candidate for your next stay in Miami Beach. As well it’s on the free shuttle route with its sister properties to pick you up and drop you off between the airport and hotel, running every two hours. No need to worry about renting a car or paying for a Lyft.
Looking for a comfortable hotel that’s also stylish and in the heart of South Beach? Check out Hotel Shelley. It’s a laid-back hotel that’s on Collins Ave. in the heart of the trendiest part of the beach. You only have to walk a block to the sand, there are free drinks nightly between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., and you can get a complimentary ride to and from the airport to save yourself a fortune on hiring a taxi.
The Setai Miami Beach
Undoubtedly a higher-end hotel, The Setai earns every bit of its five-star label. It sits near Collins Park and right on the beach. If you book a suite at the hotel, your stay comes with round-trip airport transfers from the Miami airport. It also offers transport from/to the Fort Lauderdale airport for suite guests. Just be ready to pay up. Rates start around $600 a night.