If you’re cruising from Miami or Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) and don’t live in the area, then there’s a good chance you will need a ride to get to the port. While we cover all your transportation options to Miami here and to Port Everglades here, the one that we most recommend — and most often use ourselves — is Uber or Lyft.
By now most people have used one of these services. But if you haven’t, these companies are known as ride-sharing services or transportation network companies. Essentially, they allow anyone to drive their own car as if it were a cab. Drivers sign up, undergo a background check, and then can earn money providing rides around town.
For passengers (in this case people going to the cruise port), the entire process is run through an app you download on your smartphone. The app will tell you where the nearest available ride is, keeps track of the fare, and is even linked to your credit card for payment.
You simply download, enter your payment information, and request a ride when you’re ready to go.
Why would people prefer to use a service like Uber or Lyft instead of a taxi? For one, these services can be cheaper than using a cab. Furthermore, since drivers are rated by passengers after each ride (and can be booted out if their reviews are too low), the service received is often considered more pleasant.
Most importantly, it’s convenient. A ride is never far away and can be summoned with the click of a button. Within a single city there can be thousands of drivers.
Availability of Uber and Lyft in South Florida
Uber and Lyft are now available everywhere in South Florida, including major airports. So if you are flying into Miami or Fort Lauderdale, then you can catch a ride from the airport to the cruise port (more details below).
The same also goes for areas all around the region. So if you are anywhere from West Palm Beach to Homestead, then you can use the apps to get to the cruise ship.
The map below shows where you can be picked up by either Uber or Lyft. You can be dropped off anywhere you like.
Uber and Lyft to the Port of Miami
If you are sailing out of the Port of Miami, you can use a ride-share service to get you there cheaply and quickly. This includes if you are flying into Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Below we have a breakdown of the rates you can expect to pay for each service to get to the Miami cruise port. Fares can vary based on demand.
Keep in mind that your cost is per ride, not per passenger. Several people can ride for the same fare. As well, both companies have different levels of service, including XL offers (for a higher cost) that feature larger vehicles for more passengers or luggage.
Cruise passengers will likely be most interested that a ride from the Miami airport to the cruise port costs about $20, compared to around $25-30 for a taxi.
If you plan on staying in the area, you can also look for a hotel with a shuttle to the Miami cruise port, which could be less expensive to get to the port.
Uber and Lyft to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)
Cruising out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale? Just like with Miami, you can use the services to get to your ship at the port.
You’ll find the prices for getting to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale below. Just as above, the prices are for the most basic service. Rates are for the entire ride, which is the same regardless of the number of passengers.
As you can see, it is a relatively inexpensive ride from the Fort Lauderdale airport to Port Everglades. A ride from the Miami airport would cost around $50 and take roughly 45 minutes. For comparison, a taxi from the Miami airport to Port Everglades would run approximately $75.
If you plan on staying in the area, you can also see our article on hotels with a shuttle to the Port Everglades cruise port.
Where to Catch Uber & Lyft at the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Airports
While you can pick up a ride anywhere in the South Florida area, many people will come from the airports. If you aren’t familiar with the airports, it can be somewhat confusing on where to catch your ride.
Miami International Airport
Once your flight arrives, you’ll want to follow the signs to ground transportation and baggage pickup on Level 1 of the terminal. Exit the doors across from the baggage claim, you’ll see the line of taxis.
From there, you’ll want to cross the taxi lanes to the next median. Here you should see a sign for “Ride App Pickup.”
Check the app on your phone and it will show your location, as well as the driver’s location and their car. Use this to meet up with your driver.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
If you are flying into Fort Lauderdale, then you’ll exit the airport by following the signs for ground transportation.
Once outside, look for the signage for your ride options, including Off-Airport Parking, Tri-Rail, and Ride Sharing. There are multiple ride share pickup areas, and they are located in between terminals. Depending on where you arrive, it can be a long walk. The Uber or Lyft app will show you exactly where to go to catch your ride. Look for the large blue signs for where to stand for your ride.
You might notice several cars waiting for passengers when you arrive at the area. You’ll want to wait until your car shown on the app arrives. Drivers can’t give rides to different passengers than they are matched with on the app.
Where to Catch Uber & Lyft at the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Cruise Ports
Unlike the airports, as of now there’s not a dedicated spot where you catch your Uber/Lyft when you get off the ship at either cruise port. You simply head to the area for general passenger pick-up outside the terminal and request your ride. Meanwhile, with thousands of other passengers getting off the ship and likely other ships in port, things can be a bit chaotic.
That’s why we suggest walking a short distance away from the cruise terminal before requesting a ride. This way, there are no large crowds to contend with and it’s easier for your driver and you to find each other.
Just keep in mind that it may take a little patience before your picked up.
More on Cruising From Miami
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.
can an uber or lyft driver stop for few minutes at walgreens to pickup some remedies on our way from the FLL airport to port Everglades and how much it will cost please
Yes, you can add a stop. The app will tell you the adjusted price, but it’s normally not much.
Does UBER do pickups from Port Everglades to Boynton Beach, Florida
Yes. The cost is about $55 for a ride when we checked:
trying to arrange a ride to port of miami from air bnb in hollywood florida for 8-10 people. what would be my best option?
I’d call one of the local private car companies (like the companies that rent limos). They often have larger shuttles for that sort of thing. If not, you could rent a couple of Uber XL or Lyft XL cars designed for more people.
Do you pick up at hotels? We will be staying at the Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale and needing to go to the Celebrity Cruise terminal (Oct 2021). Trying to plan now. Also, do we need to make reservations or is it first come first serve? We’ve never used uber or lyft before.
We are not Uber/Lyft. You’ll need to just download their app to your phone, set up an account, and then you request a car when you’re ready. No need to reserve.
How much for 3 adults 3 kids and 5 bags of luggage from fll to port of Miami?
I’d suggest two cars for that many people. A ride costs about $40 per car, each way.
We are going via the Tri-Rail to the Ft Lauderdale Airport Tri-Rail Station (500 Gulf Stream Way).
Can we pick an Uber/Lyft from this Tri-Rail station and get to the Port Everglades?
We have a cruise from Port Everglades this Friday (13th March).
Of course! Should only be $10-15 and take about 10 minutes to get there.
Hi Can I get a Uber or Lyft from Miami airport to a hotel in Wyndham Fort Lauderdale for two people and two suitcases please we arrive around 1650 hrs in Miami
Also how can we order Uber or Lyft and what would be the cost
Yes, they offer service there. Just download the app and you can create an account. We’d estimate the cost would be about $30-40.
If I already have an Uber account here in Texas ….will it work in Florida? Do I need to download an ap for Florida?
No need to get a new account. It will work in Texas and Florida.
Can Lyft go from a hotel in Dania Beach all the way to a specific terminal in Port Everglades?
Absolutely. That’s only about a 10 minute drive.
Please advise an estimated cost for 4 adults with total six luggage bags for Uber and/or taxi from Bahia Delray to Port Everglades on Sunday 19 Jan. Thanks!
Looks like one car will be about $25-30.
Can Uber/Lyft pick up at Port Everglades?
Traveling from FFL Airport to the FFL cruise port, can the Uber make a stop at a Walgreens before the cruise ship? How much is for a stop or waiting time?
Yes, you can enter a stop. It shouldn’t be that much more of a fare for a quick stop like this. Just be sure to put it in the app and let your driver know.
Coming from Nicaragua and do not have a USA phone… how do I contact Uber to get picked up at airport? Thanks
As far as we know you’ll need a U.S. based phone. You can get a SIM card when you arrive. Or just use a taxi at the airport.
We are coming into MIA with 3 adults and 3 children and 3 pieces of luggage Could we uber to Holiday Inn downtown
Sure. You might want to split that into two cars since it’s going to be a big group.
Please let us know what it would cost two seniors to be taken from Naples, Fl. to the Port of Miami and returned 10 days later?
Uber and Lyft aren’t really designed for long trips like that. It’s more like a taxi where it takes you around town. We’d suggest contacting a local transportation company to see if they can give you a ride.