How to Get Around Miami
During Art Basel

Art in public around Miami during Art Basel
Art in public around Miami during Art Basel

By: Kara Franker

Find out how to get around the city during Art Week Miami and Art Basel.

The Magic City attracts visitors from all over the world, especially during Miami Art Week and Art Basel every December.

The 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach is scheduled for Dec. 1-4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Limited parking is available in Miami Beach at the municipal parking lot on Convention Center Drive, as well as a parking garage located on 17th Street.

Here are some insider tips to getting around the city during one of the busiest times of the year.

Free Art Week Shuttle Service (only offered seasonly)

In an effort to make the numerous art fairs in Miami Beach and Miami more easily accessible, every year, the the cities of Miami and Miami Beach combine efforts to operate a free shuttle service that connects to the existing free transportation services and art shows from the beach to the mainland. This service is offered the Wednesday through Sunday of Miami Art Week and Art Basel.

The East/West Loop has stops in the Midtown/Wynwood area as well as Miami Beach.

Midtown Miami/Wynwood stops:

• 29 Street & Midtown Boulevard
• 36 Street & Buena Vista Avenue

Miami Beach stops:

• 41 Street & Royal Palm Avenue
• Convention Center Drive & 17th Street (Miami Beach Convention Center)

The North/South Loop stops in South Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center as well as stops along Collins Avenue stretching north to the Bandshell Park.

South Beach Stops:

• 10 Street & Washington Avenue
• Convention Center Drive & 17th Street (Northbound MBCC)
• 17th Street & Washington Avenue (Southbound MBCC)
• 18th Street & Purdy Avenue (Water Taxi Stop at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park)

Middle Beach Stops:

• 41 Street & Royal Palm Avenue
• 46 Street & Collins Avenue

North Beach Stops:

• 67 Street & Collins Avenue
• 72 Street & Collins Avenue (Bandshell Park)

Water Taxi (special seasonal route)

While the Water Taxi Miami operates year round, there is a special seasonal route offered during Art Week and Art Basel. Vessels depart from Purdy Boat Ramp at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park every 90 minutes. Then a free shuttle provides transportation to the Miami Beach Convention Center. One-way fares start at $15 per person. 

Metromover, Metrorail and Metrobus (offered year round)

Miami-Dade Transit operates the Metromover, Metrorail and Metrobus. The Metromover is a free, single-car train system that’s suspended above streets in Downtown and Brickell. There are three major “loops” (Omni Loop, Brickell Loop and Inner Loop), as well as a Full Loop around the city. The trains run from 5 a.m. to midnight during the week and until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Both the Metromover and the Metrorail are above ground trains, but the Metrorail costs money and the Metromover is free. Neither of the trains go to South Beach, but Metrorail runs from Kendall through South Miami, Coral Gables and Downtown. There’s also a route out to the Miami International Airport.

Metrobus stations are located throughout Miami-Dade County, including South Beach and intersect with various Metrorail stations. Miami Beach Airport Flyer express bus (Route 150), runs between MIA and Miami Beach. Passengers board the bus at the MIA Metrobus Station.

Miami Beach Free Trolley (offered year round)

The City of Miami Beach provides free trolley service and offers riders four hours of free parking at certain parking garages (that’s if you request a voucher from the trolley driver). Trolleys run Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. until midnight. There’s also free Wi-Fi and you can expect to wait about 10 to 15 minutes at each stop.

The Alton West Trolley Route goes in a circular route and hits 21 stops along Alton Road, 5th Street, West Avenue and Lincoln Road.

The North Beach Trolley Route makes numerous stops from 65 Street north to 88 street and west to Normandy Isle. The North Beach loop connects with the following Miami-Dade Transit routes: 120, S, H, L, 117, 115 and 79.

Citi Bike Program (offered year round)

Hop on a bicycle and enjoy the year round balmy weather. There are Citi Bike stations throughout Miami Beach, Wynwood, Downtown, Brickell and Coconut Grove. For a map with locations of each of the stations, visit CitBikeMiami.com or download the app.

Citi Bike runs two programs in Miami:

Hourly Rental: Great for visitors. Pricing starts at $4 for 30 minutes and goes up based on time increments. Ride for the duration of your rental period and then dock your bike at one of the stations when you’re done.

Bike Share Membership: ideal for residents. There’s a three-month minimum commitment and it includes unlimited 30 or 60-minute rides per day ($15 per month for 30 minute rides and $25 per month for 60 minute rides).

Shuttle Buses Between Art Miami, Aqua and Context (only offered seasonly)

Art Miami runs a free shuttle bus with two routes that depart every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 p.m. on the VIP Preview night (Tues. Dec. 1, 2015) and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wed. Dec. 2 - Sat. Dec. 5. There’s also a Sunday shuttle that ends service at 6 p.m.

Route 1: runs between the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami to the Art Miami Pavilion in Wynwood at 3010 NE 1st Avenue.

Route 2: runs loops from the Art Miami Pavilion in Wynwood to Aqua Art Miami on Miami Beach and to the Miami Beach Convention Center at 17th and Washington.

Additional Transportation Options

Try Miami’s revolutionary car sharing program car2go. For only 41 cents a minute, parking, fuel, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, GPS navigation, 24/7 customer support and roadside assistance are all included. You only pay for the minutes you’re holding on to the car, and the charges are billed directly to your credit card. Another option is Uber, offering car service throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. 

There are a number of traditional taxi companies in Miami:

• Miami-Dade Taxis (305) 551-1111
• Doral Taxi (305) 594-3333
• Miami Yellow Cab (305) 640-0000
• Red Limo (305) 225-5733
• USA Taxi (305) 388-8888

Parking Garages and Lots on Miami Beach:

• 7th Street garage – 7th Street and Collins Avenue
• 13th Street garage – 13th Street and Collins Avenue
• 12th Street garage – 12th Street and Drexel Avenue
• 6th Street & Meridian Avenue
• 6th Street & Collins Avenue
• 10th Street & Collins Avenue
• 13th Street & Collins Avenue

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