Fort Lauderdale Airport to Miami Airport via Tri-Rail is the cheapest option. It may or may not be the most convenient choice – that depends on you!
At $3.75 one-way the price is right. The question is, can you and your party handle the following challenges:
- Lifting and pulling luggage into a bus, off the bus, into the train, off the train then into elevators or up and down escalators, into a tram and off the tram
- About 90 minutes travel time
- Waiting outside (under cover) in the Florida heat
Map of the Route
Here is a link to a large version of the Map – FLL to MIA Transportation Map
Fort Lauderdale Airport Procedure
You may want to purchase water and/or a snack for your train trip.
Once you claimed your luggage, look for the signs to Ground Transportation then step outside looking for the Tri-Rail bus stop.
There are 3 stops – at west end of Terminal 1, between Terminals 2 and 3, and between Terminals 3 and 4. The bus arrives at Stop 1 then Stop 2 then Stop 3 in this order. See image below.
You are looking for bus FLA Fort Lauderdale Airport Station as shown below.
The route to the station changes somewhat between weekends and weekdays but the trip takes only 15 minutes or less.
At the Tri-Rail Station, purchase your ticket from one of the kiosks, cash, credit or some debit cards. Your destination is Miami Airport Station. You CANNOT purchase tickets on the train!
For Tri-Rail Schedules, please visit Tri-Rail.
The train may stop 6 times before arriving at Miami Airport and plan for about 45 minutes travel time. Restrooms are available onboard. Do not expect much in terms of scenery along the route! You can take a nap and not miss a thing.
Miami Station Arrival
Take the stairs, escalator or elevator and follow the signs to the Airport then look for the MIA Mover – a short walk.
MIA Mover is a driverless tram to the Airport Terminal. The ride takes about 3-5 minutes.
You arrive at the Airport Terminal on Level 3. Use the diagram below to find your way from there!