By: Kara Franker
Getting to and around Coral Gables.
Known as “The City Beautiful,” Coral Gables is one of Miami’s most desirable neighborhoods. From George Merrick’s iconic architecture to boutique-lined Miracle Mile, there’s something for everyone to see and do.
Here are a few ways to get to and around Coral Gables.
Ride the Free Coral Gables Trolley
The best and easiest way to get around Coral Gables is to take the free trolley. It stops at the Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables Shopping District, Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables Museum and hotels like the Hyatt Regency and Westin Colonnade. The trolley runs Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Gallery Night (the first Friday of the month) it runs until 10 p.m.
Getting to Coral Gables from the Airport
Once your flight lands at Miami International Airport, hop on the MIA Mover to the Miami Intermodal Center (the county’s main transportation hub located near the airport). From the center, you can either rent a car or take the Metrorail Orange Line, which will take you to the Coral Gables stations.
Located near SW 37th Avenue, the Douglas Road Metrorail Station is convenient to get to both Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. The free Coral Gables Trolley stops at this station. Or continue on the Metrorail south to University Station (located at 5400 Ponce de Leon), which is close to the University of Miami.
Getting from Coral Gables to Downtown Miami
Metrorail will also take you from Coral Gables to Brickell and Downtown Miami. From there, you can hop on the MetroMover, which is a free automated train that loops around popular attractions like AmericanAirlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat and lots of popular concerts), Museum Park (home of Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science) as well as the Art & Entertainment District (where you’ll find the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts).
Traveler Tip: There are two apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices that will help you navigate public transportation: the Miami-Dade Transit Tracker and the Miami Trolley App. See also: How to Use Public Transportation in Miami.
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