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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 a convenient way to get to Coral Gables via the free Coral Gables Trolley, which stops at this station. Or continue south on the Metrorail to University Station (located at 5400 Ponce de Leon), which is close to the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

If you’re driving from the airport, it’s a straight shot south on Le Jeune Road (also known as 42nd Avenue or FL-953). Le Jeune borders Coral Gables to the west, while SW 8th Street creates its border to the north. It's about five miles and a 20-minute drive.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Getting From Coral Gables to Downtown Miami

Metrorail will also take you from Coral Gables to Brickell and Downtown Miami. Get off at the Government Center Station and then hop on the MetroMover Omni Loop to the Museum Park exit if you want to visit Maurice A. Ferré 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. The Inner Loop will take you to Bayfront Park, while the Brickell Loop will take you to Brickell City Centre.

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 Le Jeune to get on FL-836 East and get off at Exit 2A on the left side to get on NE 2nd Ave. This will put you near the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Another option is more direct and will give you a dash of culture since it goes right through the heart of Little Havana. Just drive east on SW 8th Street till you reach the Brickell Downtown Miami area.

Coral Gables Museum
Coral Gables Museum

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 (available on iPhone and Android).

See also: How to Use Public Transportation in Miami.

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