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By: Liz Cepeda

Miami's public transportation system will make exploring Miami affordable and convenient.

Budget-conscious travelers will be thrilled to learn about Miami’s vast public transportation system. Metrorail, Metromover and Metrobus all provide low-cost or free ways for you to get around Miami without splurging on taxis and rental cars. Not only is it an excellent way to see the sights, it’s also great for the environment and a smart way to avoid parking and garage fees. Here’s all you need to know to navigate Miami’s public transit like a pro.

Metrorail
Metrorail is Greater Miami's elevated rail system - with only 2 different lines

Getting Around Miami Using Metrorail

Metrorail is a 25-mile elevated rail system similar to a monorail, but with two tracks. This is a fast and inexpensive way to get you from the Miami International Airport (MIA) through Downtown Miami all the way to South Miami. It’s an easy way to reach the Civic Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital area, Hialeah, and northwest Miami-Dade, with connections to Broward and Palm Beach counties at the Tri-Rail/Metrorail transfer station.

If you need to get to Miami International Airport, you'll want to take the special Metrorail Orange Line. It connects the Miami Intermodal Center transportation hub where you can take the MIA Mover to the airport.

Metrorail fares start at $2.25 (discount fares being as low as $1.10) and can be purchased with a pre-paid, rechargeable EASY Card or EASY Ticket at any Metrorail station or purchase tickets online. Fair warning, you’ll need an Easy Card or EASY Ticket because fare gates do not accept cash. Unlimited daily, weekly and monthly passes are also available. There is also EASY Pay, a smartphone app that lets you purchase tickets for trains and buses within the Miami-Dade Transit system.

Plan where you want to go, and check out the Metrorail map or download the Go Miami-Dade Transit app for on-the-go access. 

Metromover
Metromover is the best option for exploreing Downtown Miami

Getting Around Downtown Miami Using Metromover

If you're planning to explore Downtown Miami, Metromover is hands-down the best option. Metromover is a free public transportation service offering small loops around Downtown Miami and Brickell, and serves as a connection between Metrorail and Metrobus. The Metromover has three major loops: Omni Loop, Inner Loop and Brickell Loop.

Metromover is great for visitors staying or traveling in Downtown Miami with a desire to explore some of the city’s most popular attractions. The Metromover can drop you off near AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat and lots of popular concerts; Maurice A. Ferré Park, home of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Museum of Science; as well as the Art & Entertainment District, where you’ll find the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

There are many shops and restaurants along the Metromover route so be sure to take advantage of this free way to avoid traffic and enjoy all the attractions Downtown Miami has to offer.

Metrobus
Miami Metrobus offers routes to major shopping, entertainment and cultural centers

Miami's City Buses

Metrobus operates more than 95 routes with nearly 1,000 buses covering 41 million miles per year. That’s a lot of ground to cover! If you can’t get where you're going with the Metrorail or the Metromover, hop on one of the buses that serve areas of the city that the rail doesn’t, such as Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Homestead or even as far afield as Fort Lauderdale or the Florida Keys.

Designed to intersect with Metrorail and Metromover, Miami-Dade County’s bus system serves all major shopping, entertainment and cultural centers, as well as major hospitals and schools. There’s even an express bus service during rush hour and a Marlins Shuttle from April through September from Culmer Metrorail Station to LoanDepot Park so baseball fans can catch a world-class baseball game.

Bus rides start at $2.25 per trip. As with Metrorail, the easiest way to pay for a bus ride is with an EASY Card or EASY Ticket. Travelers can purchase them online and at select stations. Figure out how to get where you're oging using the Metrobus System Map, then check individual route schedules for all of the system's bus routes. Download the Go Miami-Dade Transit app for on-the-go information.

If you’re staying in Miami Beach and need to get to Miami International Airport, check out Miami Beach Bus Route 150. This express bus service runs frequently Miami International Airport and Miami Beach, with stops at 41st Street, Alton Road, Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road, and Washington Avenue.

If you're vacationing in Miami Beach, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with Route 120. This bus, preferred by South Beach visitors and residents alike, stops frequently in popular spots around Miami Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Aventura Mall and Haulover Park Marina. If you're looking to travel farther afield, Route 120 stops at the Downtown Miami Bus Terminal where you’ll have easy access to the Main Library, Historical Museum, Miami Art Museum, Government Center Metrorail station, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, and the Omni Bus Terminal.

One of the Many Trolleys around Town
Free Trolleys are found in many Miami neighborhoods

Miami's Trolley

For travelers looking for a fun, quirky and free way to get around town, consider looking into Miami’s Trolley system, which serves Miami Beach, the City of Miami, Coral Gables, the City of Doral and Miami Gardens with trolley routes.

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