MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (“MIA”)
2100 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
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If you travel during hurricane season (June-November), plan accordingly.
Terminal Map: CLICK HERE
What kind available (click desired type)? Public transportation (Metrobus, Metrorail or Metromover), airport and car rental shuttles, taxis, limousines (pre-booked), hotel shuttles, special transit (STS) for those with mental or physical disabilities
NOTE: Taxis should have posted rates to major areas on their windows. Make sure yours does or confirm the rate with the driver.
Available 24 hours? Yes. This is one of the few destinations where you should be able to obtain service 24 hours—Miami is a party city (think: South Beach (“SoBe”), lots of international flights). Of course, always have your phone numbers/websites available for a particular hotel. Or, speak with airport personnel.
Where is the pick-up location? Level 1 (arrival area), outside baggage claim areas
RENTAL CAR SITUATION:
Do you really need a rental car? THAT DEPENDS. This is very important:
Are you going to South Beach only? For two-three days? If so, NO! Don’t get a rental car. Why?
Besides the expense of the car rental…
(1) You’ll get charged a VERY high price by your hotel to park it overnight ($25-$45/night)
(2) Parking is costly AND scarce, and you won’t find a place to park anyway. IF you do, you’ll end up walking a distance to get where you want to go anyway…
(3) You can walk everywhere if you stay on Ocean Drive or around the Collins/Lincoln Road area
(4) If you need to go farther, take a cab. They’re everywhere and the total cost (including cab fare from/to the airport) will be less than renting a car. Plus, you don’t have the hassle and stress of driving.
Are you visiting friends in the area, not into the SoBe scene, visiting downtown Miami, or want to drive up the coast and explore? YES.
Where are the rental cars located? Offsite, at the “RCC” (Rental Car Center), located at 3900 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33142. CLICK HERE for more information. TAKE A SHUTTLE. OPEN 24 HOURS.
NOTE: The entrance to the rental car center is only accessible by traveling eastbound on NW 25th. Street. North or south bound traffic should use N Le Leune Rd (NW 42 Ave./SR-953) to access NW 25th Street when returning to the rental car center.
Total time from gate to car: Allow ONE HOUR
Construction? Not at this time
Food onsite: Varies – all types: CLICK HERE for more information. You’re more likely to have more options at this airport – even at later hours. Lots of traffic.
Smoking allowed? No, not inside security check points. Smoking is permitted only in designated curbside areas on the first and second level, across the street from the terminal.
Hotel onsite and/or close? Yes. CLICK HERE for HOTEL MIA, located in Central Terminal E, 2nd level.
TRAVELING TO AIRPORT:
Construction? Not at this time
Will peak traffic times affect you? It depends. From SoBe, no (especially if you take a cab). From downtown Miami during rush hour? Of course.
ARRIVING AT AIRPORT:
Are signs clearly marked for departure/arrival, rental car return, and parking? Yes
Where is the drop-off location? Offsite at 3900 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33142.
The entrance to the rental car center is only accessible by traveling eastbound on NW 25th. Street. North or south bound traffic should use N Le Leune Rd (NW 42 Ave./SR-953) to access NW 25th Street when returning to the rental car center.
Drop-off signs clearly marked? Yes
Total time to allow: 45-50 minutes before arriving at security gate
More than one? Yes – this is a very large airport. Crowded, busy, and noisy.
There are six (6) Terminals: Terminals D, E, F, G, H, and J.
CLICK HERE for a detailed terminal map. This page also details which airlines fly out of which terminal.
CLICK HERE for a listing of terminal gates.
More than one checkpoint? Yes
NOTE: The major gates have ONE security line; HOWEVER, the line splits into numerous actual checkpoints, so even if the line is long, it moves very quickly.
Average clearance time (excluding First Class or Priority boarding): Allow 30 minutes
NOTE: The following informationn is from the airport’s website:
NOTE: If you have a medical condition that requires you to carry a needle and/or syringe on your person or in your carry-on baggage, you must also have the medication that requires such injection on your person. The medication must be packaged with a pharmaceutical label or professionally printed label identifying the medication.
NOTE: If you are traveling with gifts, whenever possible, plan to wrap them after you arrive at your destination, as they may have to be unwrapped for security inspection. Due to the limitations of carry-on articles, these items should be packed in your checked luggage or shipped ahead via mail.
NOTE: Because this is such an “international” airport, the following forms of ID are acceptable to the TSA:
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS “Trusted Traveler” cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
- Permanent Resident Card
- Border Crossing Card
- DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
- Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
- A Native American Tribal Photo ID
- An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
- A foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Non-US/Canadian citizens are not required to carry their passports if they have documents issued by the U.S. government such as Permanent Resident Cards. Those who do not should be carrying their passports while visiting the U.S.
This standardization of the list of accepted documents better aligns TSA with other DHS components, including Customs and Border Protection, and REAL ID benchmarks.
|Wi-Fi service is available throughout all indoor public areas of MIA.|
|Free or pay? Pay: two price plans are available: $9.95 for 24 continuous hours OR $4.95 for the first 30 minutes and then $0.25 per minute thereafter. Access is also available to subscribers of roaming partners including Boingo, iPass and TMobile and their respective partners at no additional fee.|
|NOTE: You will be prompted to create an account and pay by credit card when you attempt to connect to the Internet through your web browser. American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted. If you are using a roaming partners subscription simply use your credentials and there is no additional fee.|
|NOTE: The SSID is “MIA-WiFi” (no quotes, all lowercase).|
|NOTE: To connect: Insert or activate your Wi-Fi adapter (802.11b or 802.11g) in your computer and connect to the “MIA-WiFi” network if your computer does not do so automatically. Then, launch your web browser and you should automatically see the Wireless Internet Access welcome page. If you do not see the welcome page, try refreshing or closing then reopening your browser.|
|BONUS TIPS:Curbside check available? Yes, but it varies by airline. Please check with your particular airline.[American Airlines offers both domestic and international curbside check-in.] Smoking allowed? No, not inside security check points. Smoking is permitted only in designated curbside areas on the first and second level, across the street from the terminal. Food? Varies – all types: CLICK HERE for more information. You’re more likely to have more options at this airport – even at later hours. Lots of traffic. Hotels onsite or close? Yes. Yes. CLICK HERE for HOTEL MIA, located in Central Terminal E, 2ndlevel.Close: Holiday Inn Express Miami Springs (.8 miles), and the Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport (1.3 miles) Misc:The Armed Forces Center is located at Central Terminal E, 2nd level. The office is run by volunteers seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Amenities include snacks, TV and a computer with internet access.Passengers have access to a full service Bank of America branch, located at North Terminal D, 4th level. ATMs are located throughout the terminal’s 2nd level, Terminals D, E and J (1st level), the meet/greet lobby J 3rd level, and past security on all concourses.|
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