Get around Miami without a car

Miami affords an interlinked and structured transit public system that is constantly being updated to efficiently tend to the increasing transportation demand from tourists and locals.

 

At MiamiSmith.com we care about you having first-hand information regarding the alternative means of transportation the city offers, that’s why we have elaborated a simple and useful guide with all the relevant information you need about them.

 

 Trirail

 

South Florida is part of the ecosystem known as the Everglades, a region of wetlands that has demanded the construction of overground thoroughfares. The New Yorker investor Henry M. Flagler, who in the late 19th century envisioned Florida as the tourism center of the United States, founded the Florida East Coast Railway and built the rail line that connected West Palm Beach with the cays over the marshy lands in the region.

 

The old “Iron Way”, as some people called the railroad, transformed into the modern commuter rail train system “Tri-Rail” linking the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach in a 72-mile route across 18 stations which connect users to the urban transport services.

 

Easy transportation from and to Miami International Airport

The Tri-Rail is fast, economical and safe; it travels large distances, prevents traffic-jams and arrives on time to the destination. Equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats, and amenities for the disabled, the Tri-Rail provides passengers with spaces for baggage and bicycles too.

 

This rail system is not only ideal for those visiting Miami, but also for those exploring South Florida. The southernmost station of the Tri-Rail is the Miami Airport Station. Following the friendly signposting along the airport’s terminals, the level 3 will lead you to the Mia Mover, the looped automated system that connects you with the Tri-Rail, the Rental Car Center, the Metrorail and the Metrobus system.

 

With barely a year of operation, the Miami International Airport’s Main Terminal is part of the Miami Central Station (MIC) project still in the making, which should be operational in 2018 featuring terminals for national travels inside the US and a Greyhound bus line.

 

Hours of operation

The Tri-Rail has available 40 trains running from Monday to Friday, from 4:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., each one arriving every 40 minutes. On weekends and holidays, the schedule is different. 

On Saturdays the Tri-rail has 16 operational trains, whereas on Sundays there are 14 operational trains running from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with 1-hour delay between each arrival. 

 

Phone 

1-800-874-7245
1-800-273-7545

Website

www.tri-rail.com

 

App

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tri-rail/id549883638?mt=8
iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tri-rail/id549883638?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trirail.android&hl=en

 

Price per ticket

A round-trip has a cost of $4.40, whereas a one-way pass/ticket costs $2.50. These fares may be subject to change since the Tri-Rail features interesting discount programs with their reloadable smart card “Easy Card.” Seniors 65 years or older, persons with disabilities, students and Medicare beneficiaries all qualify to obtain a discounted fare. Children under five years old ride free and there is a 50% discount for children aged between 5-12 years old.

 

Services
Free parking: Yes

Ticket vending machines: Yes

On-board ticket sale: No

Wheelchair access: Yes

Bike racks and spaces reserved for wheelchairs: Yes

Connections with other transit systems: Yes

Pets access: Yes (small pets and assistance animals such as guide dogs)

 

Stations

Palm Beach County

Stations

Mangonia Park Station

West Palm Beach Station

Lake Worth Station

Boynton Beach Station

Delray Beach Station

Boca Raton Station

 

Broward County

Stations

Deerfield Beach Station

Pompano Beach Station

Cypress Creek Station

Fort Lauderdale Station

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport at Dania Beach Station

Sheridan Street Station

Hollywood Station

 

Miami-Dade County 

Stations 

Golden Glades Station

Opa-locka Station

Metrorail Transfer Station (Transfer Metrorail)

Hialeah Market Station Miami Airport

 

 Metromover 

 

The Metromover is a mass automated electrically-powered light transport train system with small cars that runs over the city of Miami to meet the transport demand in high-traffic density areas. North, south and main Downtown Miami are all connected to 3 lines known as loops.

 

This free transport service stretches for 4.4 miles (7 km) and has 20 currently-operated stations that give you easy access to the touristic areas in downtown. The Metromover connects directly with Metrorail through Government Center and Brickell stations.

 

These stations along with Adrienne Arsht Center station have Metrobus terminals that connect with the whole city. Whenever you use the Metromover and before boarding the train, make sure to check the upper digital information display above the map to know which line you are taking.

 

You don't need a vehicle to enjoy Downtown Miami. The Metromover system offers you a comfortable itinerary route to either visit or sightsee stunning cultural and architectural landmarks, a route you may spice up with luscious food at some of the restaurants nestled in the heart of the city.

 

Hours

The Metromover inner loop and the outer loops operate from 5 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. In rush hours, trains arrive every 90 seconds and every 3 minutes during off-peak hours.

 

Phone 

305 468 5900

Website

http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metromover.asp
 

App

Iphone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miami-dade-transit-tracker/id464426407?ls=1&mt=8
Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.miamidade.TrainTracker&feature=nav_result#?t=W10  

 

Price per ticket

Free

 

Services
Free parking: No

Ticket vending machines: No

On-board ticket sale: No

Wheelchair access: Yes

Bike racks and spaces reserved for wheelchairs: Yes

Connections with other transit systems: Yes

Pets access: No (only guide dogs allowed)

 

Stations

Inner Loop

This line runs throughout the innermost part of Downtown. In the vicinity you'll find the Gusman Center for Performing Arts (Olympia Theater), the Historical Museum of Southern Florida and the Miami-Dade Public Library System.

 

From inside the train car you can rejoice in watching the gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay. Moreover, the area is packed with stores and delightful food establishments.

 

Stations: 

- Government Center

Points of interest: Public Offices, Miami History Museum, Library

Transfer: Metrorail, Metrobus, Metromover: Omni, Downtown and Brickell 

 

- Wilkie D. Ferguson

Points of interest: Postal Office, Federal Court

 

- College North 

Points of interest: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

 

- College/Bayside 

Points of interest: Bayside Marketplace

 

- First Street 

Points of interest: Gusman Center for  the Performing Arts (Teatro Olympia)

 

- Bayfront Park  

Points of interest: Bayfront Park

 

- Knight Center 

Points of interest:  James L. Knight Center

 

- Miami Avenue -Downtown Miami

 

Omni Loop

This line runs across the north of Downtown, a beautiful area crowned with the jewels of the classical and modern architecture and design: Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park, Freedom Tower, American Airlines Arena, Perez Art Museum and the Adrienne Arsth Center among others.

 

Stations:

- Government Center    

Points of interest: Public Offices, Miami History Museum, Library

Transfer: Metrorail, Metrobus, Metromover: Omni, Downtown and Brickell 

 

- Third Street

Points of interest: Downtown

 

- Knight Center    

Points of interest: James L. Knight Center

 

- Bayfront Park    

Points of interest: Bayfront Park

 

- First Street

Points of interest: Miami Downtown

 

-College/Bayside

Points of interest: Bayside Marketplace    

 

- Freedom Tower

Points of interest: Freedom Tower, American Airlines Arena

 

- Park West  

Points of interest: Downtown North

 

- Eleventh Street 

Points of interest: Downtown North

 

- Museum Park  

 Points of interest: Perez Art Miami Museum

 

- Adrienne Arsht Center

Points of interest: Adrienne Arsht Center

 

- School Board    

Points of interest: Adrienne Arsht Center   

Transfer: Metrobus

 

Brickell Loop

This line runs across the south of Downtown and Brickell, the latter a city located on the southern boundary of Downtown. Brickell is a flourishing financial district and a nightlife center for Miami's party scene. Modern skyscrapers of noted companies from the financial and business world, and hotels with rooftop bars from which you can watch the most dazzling sunsets in Biscayne Bay are just some of its many attractions. The Miami Circle (Brickell Point) is also worth paying a visit, this small archeological site features 2000-year-old ruins, which evidence suggests belonged to the "Tequesta Indians."

 

Stations:

- Government Center    

Points of interest: Public Offices, Miami History Museum, Library

Transfer: Metrorail, Metrobus, Metromover: Omni, Downtown and Brickell 

 

- Third Street

Points of interest: Downtown

 

- Knight Center    

Points of interest: James L. Knight Center

 

- Bayfront Park    

Points of interest: Bayfront Park

 

- First Street

Points of interest: Miami Downtown

 

-College/Bayside

Points of interest: Bayside Marketplace 

Transfer: Omni Loop

 

- College North    

Points of interest:Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

 

- Wilkie D. Ferguson

Points of interest: Postal Office, Federal Court

 

- River Walk

Points of interest: River walk, Miami Circle

 

- Fifth Street    

Points of interest: Brickell

 

-Eighth Street

Points of interest: The shops at Mary Brickell Village

 

- Tenth Street

Points of interest: Pedestrian walk 

 

- Brickell

Points of interest: Financial District

Transfer: Metrorail, Metrobus    

 

- Financial District

Points of interest: Financial District

 

 Metrorail 

 

The Metrorail is another convenient, fast, economical and safe way to get around Miami that allows visitors to explore parts of the city, which more often than not, are yet to be discovered, and to revel in the tourist hot spots, whose settings give you the opportunity to get a glimpse of Miami’s everyday life.

 

This elevated railway metro is composed of 136 cars, covers 25 miles of travel, has 23 operative stations and features two lines: the orange line connecting the south of the city with Downtown and the Miami International Airport; and the green one linking the northeastern area with the Downtown and south of Miami.

 

Hours

Metrorail operates from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Trains arrive every 10 minutes during rush hours; every 15 minutes at midday and then every 30 after 7:30 p.m. On weekends trains arrive every 30 minutes.

 

Phone 

305-891-3131

 

Website

http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metrorail.asp
 

App

Iphone app:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/miami-dade-transit-tracker/id464426407?ls=1&mt=8
Android app:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.miamidade.TrainTracker&feature=nav_result#?t=W10 

 

Price per ticket

The Price per trip is $2.25. To ride the Metrorail get an EASY Ticket or a smart reloadable EASY Card, which has special programs for frequent travelers. These metrocards are available at vending machines at any Metrorail station and you can acquire them using cash or a valid credit card. Smart Easy Card 786-469-5151

 

Services
Free parking: No (Free only for people with a disability license plate)

Ticket vending machines: Yes

On-board ticket sale: No

Wheelchair access: Yes

Bike racks and spaces reserved for wheelchairs: Yes

Connections with other transit systems: Yes

Pets access: Yes (only guide dogs allowed)

 

Stations

Orange South Line stations

- Dadeland South

- Dadeland North

- South Miami

- University

- Douglas Road

- Coconut Grove

- Vizcaya

- Brickell

- Government Center (Transfer: Metromover, Metrobus)                   

- Historic Overtown / Lyric Theatre

- Civic Center

- Santa Clara

- Allapattah

- Earlington Heights

- Miami International Airport

 

Green Line North

- Palmetto

- Okeechobee

- Hialeah

- Tri Rail   (Transfer: Trirail)                                          

- Northside

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

- Earlington Heights

- Allapattah

- Santa Clara

- Civic Center

- Historic Overtown / Lyric Theatre

- Government Center  (Transfer: Metromover, Metrobus)                        

- Brickell

- Vizcaya

- Coconut Grove

- Douglas Road

- University

- South Miami

- Dadeland North

- Dadeland South

          

 
 

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