How to get to Miami Beach

Located at the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula, Miami Beach is easily accessible by cruise ship and by air, with daily direct flights from the major cities of North American and Europe.


Miami Beach

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Getting to Miami Beach

Miami Beach is the largest of a series of flat barrier islands separating the Atlantic Ocean from Biscayne Bay and the city of Miami, which lies to the west. To the south lies the Florida Keys.

Long considered the gateway to Latin America, the Port of Miami is the largest cruise port in the world and the starting point for cruising adventures to the Caribbean and South and Central America.

By air, Miami receives daily direct flights from the major cities of North American and Europe, with connecting flights via Los Angeles from Asia and the Pacific.

From Australia: The most convenient daily flights are on Qantas to Los Angeles, connecting on American Airlines to Miami.

New Zealand: The most convenient daily flights are on Qantas to Los Angeles, connecting on American Airlines to Miami.

From the UK: British Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic offer daily flights to Miami from London Heathrow.

From the USA: Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer daily direct flights from Los Angeles and New York Kennedy; Continental flies daily from Newark.

Flight time to Miami

Brisbane to Miami is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Miami is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Miami is 19 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Miami is 24 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Miami is 19 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Miami is 9 hrs 10 min, direct flight
New York to Miami is 3 hrs, direct flight
Los Angeles to Miami is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Miami International Airport (MIA), is located 13km from downtown Miami and around 16km from Miami Beach.

Less-crowded Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) receives daily flights from all major US cities and is located around 28km from Miami.

Taxis and hire cars are available at both airports.

Entry requirements

A machine-readable passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days.

Getting around

It's best to hire a car, easily available from the airport. Traffic drives on the right. Taxis and buses are also available.

Metrorail, a modern high-speed commuter train operates from a 33km elevated line that travels north-south, between downtown Miami and the southern suburbs.

Hiring a bike to explore the beach suburbs is a good alternative to walking or taking a taxi.

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