Port of Miami Rental Car Drop Off locations with shuttles closest to the Port are:
Downtown Miami – Hertz, Budget, Avis/Payless
Miami International Airport Rental Car Center – Alamo, Enterprise, National, Dollar, Thrifty
You may see other rental car offices and companies near PortMiami but those DO NOT provide shuttle services. If you book a car rental with any other company you have to arrange your own Port transfer.
Downtown Miami Rental Car Directions
Do not be intimidated when considering a Downtown vehicle drop or pickup! The streets are actually very easy to navigate; just take note of the one-way options and plan ahead! Please watch the videos below for clear directions!
Avis, Budget and Hertz are on the same one-way street! As shown on the map below, make sure you turn onto SE 2nd St near the Bayside Area. It is a one-way going west!
TIP – If you set your GPS to the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott you will arrive very close to these 3 agencies!
You will find Hertz, then Avis then Budget on the right side of the street so stay to the right as you drive west along SE 2nd St.
AVIS – Book Port Of Miami Shuttle For Cruise Ships, Q8M
Hertz – Book Miami – Port of Miami, 229 Southeast 2nd Street
Budget – Book Port Miami Cruiseship Shuttle (P2F)
Miami International Airport Rental Car Center Directions
Alamo, Enterprise, National, Dollar and Thrifty rental car offices are located in the same building! Once you return the vehicle, you will be directed to their Port of Miami Shuttle van just outside the door. Sometimes the wait can be as long as 45 minutes depending on traffic.
Customers needing shuttle service to the Port of Miami must book the Miami Cruise Ship location (National – MIA/Dollar – MIAP01/Thrifty – PM4), as the return location and return the vehicle to the Alamo, Enterprise, National, Dollar or Thrifty rental counter at 3900 NW 25th Street (Miami Airport location) .
Car Rental at Port of Miami can be confusing because there are no rental car offices at the cruise terminals! Here is what you need to know:
Let’s assume you arrived at PortMiami and cleared customs. How do you get to your rental car?
Use the free shuttle from your rental car company. But be aware only a few rental car companies offer free shuttle from PortMiami. Those are listed below.
User a taxi or rideshare (Uber/Lyft) to the rental car office of your choice. I highly recommend you go to the Miami International Airport Rental Car Center where you have a much larger choice of companies and vehicles.
If you use the free shuttle service, you will end up at one of two places – Downtown Miami or the Miami Airport Rental Car Center. Please look at the map below.
Hertz, AVIS/Payless and Budget shuttle vans will take you to their downtown offices. You will NOT be taken to the airport location!
National, Dollar and Thrifty shuttle vans will take you to the Miami Airport Rental Car Center. You will NOT be taken downtown.
That’s it – you have NO other choices!
Be aware the Downtown locations can get busy when there are several ships in Port at the same time. It is a shorter ride to Downtown but you may wait longer in line to get your vehicle.
If you are intimidated by the idea of driving in Downtown Miami, DO NOT BE! It is actually very easy to navigate. The airport area is rather busy and confusing with toll roads and major highways to consider.
Experienced cruisers prefer the Miami Aiport rental car location because all the rental car companies are represented and the process is generally easier and less frustrating than dealing with smaller offices!
Which car rental companies provide shuttles to/from Port of Miami?
Hertz, Budget and Avis/Payless have Downtown locations with shuttles to PortMiami. DO NOT drop your vehicle at the airport when using these companies when planning to shuttle to the Cruise Terminals.
Companies with Port of Miami shuttles to/from Miami International Airport include National, Dollar and Thrifty.
Miami Car Rental Locations for Cruisers
There are two locations of note for cruise passengers – The Rental Car Center at Miami Airport and the Miami Downtown area near PortMiami.
Note – there are no rental car facilities at the PortMiami Cruise Terminals.
If you are planning to drop the car at either location, always make sure you use the CORRECT DESTINATION in order to use the FREE shuttle service to your cruise terminal.
Look for destinations such as “Dollar – Miami Cruise Ship” or “Miami – Port of Miami” or “Port of Miami – Shuttle for Cruise Ships”. Be very careful with this!
Then – check the address of the destination! As mentioned above, Hertz, Avis/Payless and Budget run shuttles from their downtown locations ONLY, whereas National, Dollar and Thrifty operate only between the Rental Center and Port of Miami!
Upon arrival by air at Miami International Airport, cruise passengers should follow the signs to the Rental Car Center (described in another post).
Miami Downtown Car Rental Directions
Here are two excellent videos with clear directions to the car rental locations in Downtown Miami.