Virgin Brightline Train to Port of Miami Guide

Brightline Train to Port of Miami

The Virgin Brightline train to Port of Miami (PortMiami) is an ever-expanding option for cruise passengers up the East Coast of Florida (and Orlando by 2022).

The Brightline train is very comfortable and the whole experience is friendly and stylish. It is affordable with available upgrades should your budget allow for spending a bit more.

For a general discussion about Brightline, fares, the current train stations and nearby airports, please read my article Brightline Train To and From East Coast Airports

In this article my focus is on the Miami Station of Brightline – where you will arrive from either Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach.

Cruise passengers should look for Brightline Train-To-Port Packages on the website! It includes parking and Lyft transfers!

Brightline Miami Station

It is located at 600 NW 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33136 .

Miami Station is becoming a destination in itself with shops, restaurants and general retail services in the works! You can read more here: Virgin MiamiCentral

Transportation at the Brightline Miami Station

Please study this transportation map:

Virgin Brightline Miami Station
Virgin Brightline Miami Station
  • PortMiami Cruise Terminals – Just 10 minutes by Uber or Lyft for $8 or so.
  • The FREE MetroMover takes you to Downtown, Brickell, A&E District and more!
  • MetroRail (Overtown Station) – The Green Line North takes you to Tri-Rail and the Orange Line North takes you to Miami International Airport. $2.25
  • Miami Trolley – a FREE fun bus that takes you all over Miami including PortMiami (Coral Way Line). Unfortunately no stops near the Brightline Station but you can use MetroMover to a station near the Trolley!

Virgin Brightline Train – West Palm Beach Airport – Fort Lauderdale Airport – Miami Airport

Unfortunately the Virgin Brightline train does not operate to or from Miami International Airport (MIA), Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) or West Palm Beach Airport (PBI). The trains operate between stations near, but not directly at, these airports.

Transfers are needed between MIA and the Brightline Miami Station, FLL and the Fort Lauderdale Station and PBI and the West Palm Beach Station.

If you need less luxury and easier train access, I suggest you consider Tri-Rail.

Brightline Train Route Map

You can see a larger map here – Brightline Route Map

MIA Transfer Options

  • MetroRail Orange Line – Board at the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre Station – 15 minutes – $2.25. A short walk outside over a rough sidewalk. Then board FREE MIA Mover to terminal – 4 minutes
  • Taxi – Choose from two pickup areas outside the station – 20 minutes – estimate $30
  • Uber/Lyft – Choose from two pickup areas outside the station – 20 minutes – estimate $16
Overtown Station - Northbound
Overtown Station – Northbound

FLL Transfer Options

  • Broward County Transit Bus – Route 1 – Board at Broward Central Terminal. This is a short but rough walk in a sketchy neighborhood – Arrive at Upper Level of Rental Car Center – 25 minutes – $2.
  • Taxi – Pickup area outside the station – 15 minutes – estimate $16
  • Uber/Lyft – Pickup area outside the station – 15 minutes – estimate $11
County Bus Route 1 at FLL
County Bus Route 1 stop at FLL (across the road from Terminal 1 – use the cross bridge)
County Bus 1 South at Central Terminal Fort Lauderdale
County Bus 1 Southbound to FLL at Central Terminal Fort Lauderdale (across from Brightline)

PBI Transfer Options

  • Palm Tran buses are nearby but inconvenient to the Airport.
  • Walk 4 blocks to the Tri-Rail Station and take the FREE shuttle bus (not a good option)
  • Taxi – Pickup area outside the station – 10 minutes – estimate $18
  • Uber/Lyft – Pickup area outside the station – 10 minutes – estimate $11
WPBI Tri-Rail Bus at PBI
WPBI Tri-Rail Bus at PBI (outside baggage claim across the road)

Brightline Train From West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale

Takes about 40 minutes and cost between $10 and $30 depending on time of day and options booked.

Brightline Train From Fort Lauderdale to Miami

Takes about 35 minutes and cost between $10 and $30 depending on time of day and options booked.

Brightline Train from West Palm Beach to Miami

Takes about 75 minutes and cost between $15 and $35 depending on time of day and options booked.

Link to the Brightline Home Page