Fort Lauderdale Airport to Port of Miami is 26 miles by road and takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour depending on the route and traffic.
What is the best way to get from FLL to PortMiami on the day of your cruise?
Fort Lauderdale Airport to Port of Miami Route Map
The Fort Lauderdale Airport to Port of Miami route by road is marked in light blue. For a larger version of the map, please go here: FLL to PortMiami Map
Fort Lauderdale Shuttle Transportation Locations
You will generally receive a final email confirmation containing your Pickup Location at the FLL Airport. Please have your cellphone ON at the time of the pickup just in case the driver has difficulty finding you.
STOP 1: Between Terminals 1 & 2
From Terminal # 1, passengers arriving on SW, AIRTRAN, UNITED, ALASKA, FRONTIER, VIRGIN , ALLEGIANT & VISION AIRLINES
Outside the baggage claim, you need to turn RIGHT ( facing the street ) and go to the designated pick-up area for COMMERCIAL Vehicle Only at the end of terminal 1
From Terminal # 2, passengers arriving on DELTA, AIR CANADA: Outside the baggage claim area, you need to turn LEFT ( facing the street ) and go to the designated pick-up area for COMMERCIAL Vehicle Only.
STOP 2: Between Terminals 3 & 4
From Terminal # 3, passengers arriving on AMERICAN, CANJET, SUNWING, US AIRWAYS, JET BLUE & BAHAMAS AIR: Outside the baggage claim area, you need to turn RIGHT ( facing the street ) and go to the designated pick-up area for COMMERCIAL Vehicle Only – located at the end of the terminal 3.
From Terminal 4, passengers arriving on SPIRIT, WESTJET, SUN AIR AND ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS: Outside the baggage claim area, you need to turn LEFT ( facing the street ) and go to the designated pick-up area for COMMERCIAL Vehicle Only – located between terminal # 3 and 4.
If federal, state, or local law requires your child be secured in a child safety seat, please bring one as it is the parent’s or caregiver’s responsibility.
In Florida, it is the responsibility of the supervising adult to ensure that any child under 5 years old is seated in a federally-approved child car seat.
Florida law states:
- Children 5 years old or younger must be secured in a federally approved child restraint system:
- Children 4 years old and younger must use a separate car-seat or the vehicle’s built-in child seat.
- Children 4 through 5 years must sit in either a separate car seat, a built in child seat or a seat belt, depending on the child’s height and weight.
- Children under 18 years old must be in a seatbelt.
Though not required, the DHSMV recommends children 12 years old and under to ride in the back seat of the vehicle when possible. This is due to safety concerns for air bag deployment, which can be dangerous for young children.
To learn more, please read this informative page by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
I recommend Uber and Lyft above any of the other options listed below. These are PRIVATE transfers with no waiting in line or delays such as multiple stops.
Granted, some folks do want to use phone-based apps, some do not trust rideshare drivers, some travel with kids under 6 and prefer large bus travel where child restraints are easier to manage (if needed) , and so on. I do wish they’d reconsider!
- UberX or Lyft – $40 to $50 (cheaper with promo codes) – up to 4 people with few bags
- UberXL or Lyft XL – $70 to $80 (look for promo codes) – up to 6 people with few bags
Surge pricing is uncommon at South Florida airports because there are many drivers. When it happens, just wait a few minutes!
- Request a ride when you’re ready to walk outside
Be sure to choose a ride option that suits your group size and luggage storage needs.
Also choose which rideshare pickup area is closest to you. The rideshare pickup areas are located between terminals.
- Exit on the lower arrivals level
Follow the signs to the rideshare pickup area near you, either between Terminals 1 and 2 or between Terminals 3 and 4 on the innermost curb. This is where all Uber/Lyft drivers at FLL meet travelers for pickup.
- Wait curbside
When you get to the pickup area, you’ll see signs denoting different stations within the pickup zone. To make it easier to find your driver, message them through the app and let them know the station where you’re standing.
Please understand a shared shuttle means exactly that – not private! These transfers are cheaper because:
- You share a van or bus with 10 or more passengers.
- Departure may be delayed while waiting for a few passengers.
- Some have fixed departure times, others adapt to bookings on the day.
- Unless included in your booking, the driver tip is excluded and expected.
- Van may stop several times at the airport terminals to pick people and again at different cruise terminals to drop them.
- Generally operate between 7am and 1pm on cruise days only – increased rates may apply otherwise.
GO Airport Shuttle – $28.75 (including tip)
Quick Shuttle – $22
SAS Transportation – $15
MJS Transportation – $15
QLS Transportation – $15
JR Shuttle Service – $20
These generally provide quotes for 4 or 5 passenger vehicles but you can request anything from a limo to a charter bus! The good news – it is YOUR schedule not theirs and there’s no waiting on other passengers.
Quick Shuttle – $74 (up to 4 people)
South Florida Shuttles – $75 (up to 5 people)
Larry’s Private Car & Limo Service – $96 (up to 4 people, tip included)
JR Shuttle Service – $69 (up to 5 people)
Standard Taxi – roughly $78 metered and can be higher (up to 4 people)
Cruise Line Transport
With so many excellent shared and private transportation options available (at lower cost) from both FLL and MIA, it is hard to recommend booking a transfer with a cruise line. Remember, the cruise lines outsource your ride – they DO NOT own or operate their own vans or buses! You are not getting anything special!
But if you insist, here are a few cruise lines and fares to help you decide.
These bus transfers are generally available between 10am and 1:30pm but check your voucher for accurate times. Representatives in colorful jackets will assist you near the baggage claim areas. You will normally get a boarding number and asked to wait until your number is ready to board.
Then you wait until the bus fills!
Norwegian – $25
Carnival – $31.99
Terminals 1 & 3: – Near baggage claim #3
Terminals 2 & 4: – Near baggage claim #1
Royal Caribbean – $29.95
Disney – Only from MIA ($21), no transfers from FLL
Generally not recommended because it takes too long in the Florida heat and you have to cart your luggage all over the place!
Tri-Rail cost $13 (single) and takes 1h45min including a FREE transfer to the Fort Lauderdale Station, the MetroRail fare and a Rideshare from Overtown Station to PortMiami. That’s a lot of slow travel!
For more details, please read – FLL to PortMiami on Tri-Rail
Brightline cost $28-$48 (single, depending on options) and takes 1h15min including a Rideshare transfer to the Fort Lauderdale Station, the Brightline Fare and a Rideshare from Miami Station to PortMiami. That’s also a lot of slow travel but Brightline is very nice.
While renting a car at FLL is painless, the drop-off near PortMiami is not! The smaller Downtown offices can get very busy on heavy cruise days and you may have to deal with lines of people either waiting to park and drop off, or waiting to get on the FREE port shuttles.
Port of Miami Rental Car Drop Off locations with FREE shuttles closest to the Port are:
- Downtown Miami – Hertz, Budget, Avis/Payless
- Miami International Airport Rental Car Center – 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.
Cost of the one-day rental from FLL and FREE PortMiami Shuttle – I’ve seen rates as low as $50
Unless you have good reasons for doing so, I normally DO NOT recommend booking a rental car on the morning of your cruise from FLL to PortMiami.
For more information about Rental Cars, please read Car Rental to PortMiami.