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Travel to Miami

Flying to Miami

Airlines operating direct flights to Miami from the UK include American Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Numerous airlines offer domestic flights to Miami from other US cities, including American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United and US Airways. Prices tend to rise during peak periods such as school summer holidays and Christmas.

Flight times

From London - 9 hours 15 minutes; New York - 3 hours; Los Angeles - 5 hours; Toronto - 3 hours 15 minutes; Sydney- 20 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 16. Speed limits range from 24kph (15mph) to 72kph (45mph) in the city, 88kph (55mph) on most state highways and 88-112kph (55-70mph) on interstates and the Florida Turnpike. Speeding fines are hefty.

The State of Florida recognises valid driver's licences from the USA and other countries, as well as International Driving Permits. Visitors who plan on driving should have Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) as part of their standard travel insurance.

The AAA (tel: +1 800 222 1234; www.aaa.com) provides information and road maps and may offer reciprocal benefits to members of automobile clubs in other countries.

Emergency breakdown services

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).

Routes

The I-95 is the major north-south expressway, providing access into Miami from Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. It runs through downtown Miami and into US-1 (also called Dixie Highway), which continues south to Key West.

Another toll-paying expressway, the Florida Turnpike, heads southwards from Orlando and central Florida to the Golden Glades Interchange in the north. The major east-west expressway to downtown Miami is State Road 836 (Dolphin Expressway), connecting Florida's Turnpike in the west with the I-95 and Miami Beach (via the I-395) in the east.

Coaches

Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) operates coach services to cities throughout North America. The main Miami coach station is at 3801 NW 21st Street. Routes include direct links to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Key West, as well as long-distance direct services to New York.

Megabus (tel: +1 877 462 6342; www.megabus.com) runs direct coaches from Miami to Orlando and Tampa.

Time to city

From Fort Lauderdale - 40 minutes; Palm Beach - 1 hour 15 minutes; Key West - 3 hours 30 minutes; Orlando - 3 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by Rail

Services

Miami is connected to the USA's national railway network, Amtrak. Trains are comfortable, if rather slow. Miami's main Amtrak rail terminal is located at 8303 NW 37th Avenue. 

Operators

Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) is the USA's national railway provider. Amtrak's Silver Service and Palmetto trains operate up the Atlantic coast from Miami to New York City.

Journey times

From Orlando - 5 hours 35 minutes; Jacksonville - 9 hours; New York City - 28 hours.

Travel by boat

Near Bayside Marketplace, PortMiami (tel: +1 305 347 4800; www.miamidade.gov/portmiami) is one of the world's busiest cruise ports. Its terminals have smart facilities such as VIP lounges and an outdoor observation deck.

Ferry operators

Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International are among several cruise lines operating from the port.

Transfer

The Coral Way Route Trolley connects the port with the Freedom Tower Metromover station in downtown Miami.

Port Website

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