As the busiest cruise port in the world, Miami sees its fair share of passengers driving in for their vacation. Of course, that means that they need a place to park.
Located on Dodge Island, which is just across the bridge from downtown Miami, the cruise terminals are in a busy area of town where parking space is at a premium. Still, if you need to park for your cruise, then you’ll have no problem finding a spot. The port itself offers convenient parking right at the ship, but it comes at a steep price.
That’s why it pays to know your options. Prices vary considerably, based mainly on convenience to the port.
As a rule of thumb, the closer you park to the ship, the more costly it will be. The most expensive parking is located right at the port but is also the easiest to use. Luckily, there are other options if you are a bargain hunter.
(Note: If you are planning to spend a night in the area, check out our page of Port of Miami hotels with cruise parking or Miami hotels with port shuttles. These hotels can help you save money on parking or transportation to the port.)
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Miami Cruise Parking Lot Costs
Prices for parking can vary widely. The Port of Miami charges $22 per day ($25-$28 if sailing Royal Caribbean), while independent lots typically charge between $11-12 per day. One thing to keep in mind is that taxes and fees at independent lots can add several dollars each day to your cost.
Note: There are a number of parking lots that show up on some third-party websites, but are difficult to find reliable information about. We’ve left those options off our list.
Official Port of Miami Parking Lots (Recommended)
While it is the priciest option, we recommend that cruise passengers simply park at the official port lots. Not only is it the most convenient with the ability to park right at the ship, but it is also the most reliable option we’ve found. There is a garage located right near each cruise terminal.
For the convenience of parking here, be prepared to pay the price. Overnight parking for most terminals is $22 per night. Parking at Royal Caribbean’s Terminal A is $25 per night for sailings of six days or more. The rate is $28 per day for cruises of five days or less.
Parking is available for oversized vehicles, but will cost extra. Credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover, as well as cash and traveler’s checks are accepted. However, debit cards are not.
Parking comes in both covered (parking garage) and uncovered lots. The good news is that there are several options for where to park, so you can always find a lot that’s near your cruise ship. Simply follow the signs to your ship as you arrive at the port and you’ll find the parking lot or garage nearby.
Here’s a map with each lot and garage labeled:
Want to save some money? Disabled passengers in vehicles with specialized equipment (such as lifts or foot/hand controls) and those with Florida disabled veteran license plates can park for free. Click here for more details, or you can call the port at 305-347-4800.
- Cost: $22 per day | $25-$28 per day at Terminal A (Royal Caribbean)
- Distance: At terminal
- Website: http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/parking-information.asp
Independent Parking Lots
In addition to the port, there are several options from independent parking lots in the area.
Safe Cruise Parking
Safe Cruise Parking offers a good deal, gated lot, and 24/7 security. That’s a pretty compelling offer for a rate that’s considerably less than the cruise parking lots at the port.
Prices are $10 per day, but keep in mind you are charged for both the day you arrive and the day you leave. So if you arrive on a Saturday for a 7-day cruise and then leave the next Saturday, you’ll be charged for eight days. As well, taxes and fees increase the cost. For a week-long cruise, expect to pay about $92 for parking. Even with taxes and fees, that’s half the rate of the Port of Miami.
The lot is located about 2.5 miles driving from the cruise terminals. A shuttle runs regularly to the Miami port and is free. Reservations are available on their website, which we recommend to ensure you have a spot when you arrive.
- Cost: ~$11.50 per day (includes taxes & fees)
- Distance: 2.5 miles (free shuttle provided) | 99 SW 2nd St.
- Website: http://www.safecruiseparking.com
Premier Cruise Parking
If you want to park in a garage where your car is protected from the searing Miami sun, then look into this company. Its lot is actually a garage offering multiple levels of covered parking.
The garage (the MET3 parking garage in downtown Miami) is located about a mile from the port and offers a free shuttle to and from the cruise terminal. Rates run about $11-12 per day. But with taxes and fees you can expect to pay about $100 in total for parking on a one-week cruise — or roughly $12.50 per day. No oversize vehicles are allowed.
- Cost: ~$12.50 per day (includes taxes & fees)
- Distance: 2 miles (free shuttle provided) | 250 SE 3rd Ave.
- Website: http://premiercruiseparking.com/
With parking in a garage just across the causeway from the port, this spot is among the closest you’ll find. The garage is located in downtown Miami and only minutes away from the ships.
During our search we found prices of $9.99 per day (including the cost for both the day you arrive and the day you leave), but with taxes and fees, the prices ends up being around $12.00 per day for a week cruise. That’s about 50% the cost of parking at the cruise terminal. In addition, the parking lot website says they have a shuttle service to get you back and forth from PortMiami.
- Cost: ~$12.00 per day (includes taxes & fees)
- Distance: 1.5 miles | 850 NE 2nd Ave
- Website: https://weparkinmiami.com/
Miami Hotels With Cruise Parking (Recommended)
If you are staying in the Miami area in a hotel, then you may be able to save on your parking. Many hotels cater to cruisers with special daily parking rates or parking packages, which allow you to leave your car while you sail.
Hotels include DoubleTree, Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn, and others near the port.
To be sure, if you don’t plan to stay in a hotel before your trip already, it’s not worth it to book a room just to get the parking. But if you already want to stay nearby before your cruise, then a hotel with a parking package can save you money over parking at the port.
For example, a hotel might be $150 a night normally, but charge $180 for the park and cruise package that lets you leave your car for a week. The extra package cost is lower than the price of parking at the Port of Miami, which charges $22 per day.
Map of Miami Cruise Parking Lots
Frequently Asked Questions
Which parking lot should I use?
While it is more expensive, we would suggest the parking at the Port of Miami. Navigating Miami can be difficult, so it’s nice to be able to park right at your ship and simply walk across a street to board. It’s also convenient in that you don’t have to pre-book or reserve anything. You simply arrive at the port on cruise day and park.
Can I park for free anywhere during my cruise?
It be great to be able to park for free, but it’s only available in a few situations. First, if you are disabled and your automobile has modifications (such as a ramp), then you are able to park for free at the Port of Miami. As well, those with Florida disabled veteran license plates can also get free parking. You call the port at 305-347-4800 for more details.
If you don’t meet one of those two groups, don’t despair. You can park for free (or a discount) at a number of hotels in the area in exchange for a night’s stay. These hotels offer parking as a perk to attract cruise passengers. See a list of Miami hotels with cruise parking here.
What time should I arrive if I am parking?
If you plan to park at the port, we’d suggest arriving 30 minutes before you plan to board. So if you want to board the ship at noon, arrive at 11:30. This will offer plenty of time to park, find your way to the ship and get checked in.
If you plan to park at an off-site parking lot, then we’d up that time to an hour before you board. This gives you plenty of time to park and then shuttle to the cruise ship.
Do I need to reserve a parking spot before I arrive?
If you plan to park at the port, you don’t need to reserve any sort of parking. There are spots available and you simply pay when you arrive. For other lots, you’ll want to reserve ahead of time to ensure that they have space available.
More on Cruising From Miami
Port of Miami Guide — A complete guide to cruising from the port, covering everything you need to know.
Getting to the Port of Miami — Transportation options from airports and the Miami area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
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.