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By: Shayne Benowitz

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.

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.

If you’re driving, it’s a straight shot south on FL-953 for about five miles and a 20-minute drive.

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 popular concerts), Museum Park (home to Pérez Art Museum Miami and Frost Science), as well as the Downtown Arts & Entertainment District where you’ll find the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

If you’re driving from Coral Gables to Downtown Miami, you have a couple of route options. Depending on traffic, each will take you roughly 30 minutes. Your first option is to head north on US-1 to I-95 North. Or you could take the FL-953 North to the FL-836 East.

Ride the Free Coral Gables Trolley

Aside from walking the charming streets, the best and easiest way to get around Coral Gables is to take the free trolley. Choose from the North/South Ponce de Leon Boulevard Route or the Grand Avenue Loop Route.

The trolley provides convenient stops at areas of interest, like the Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables Shopping District, Shops at Merrick Park, Coral Gables Museum and hotels like the Hyatt Regency and the Hotel Colonnade. The trolley runs approximately every 15 minutes 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.

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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