Miami is the largest metropolitan area in South Florida and home to one of the most important airports (airport code: MIA) in the area, a getaway to the Caribbean and Latin America. Often, it’s cheaper to fly into Miami than into Fort Lauderdale, so many travelers need to know how to travel between the two cities.
Fort Lauderdale is about 25 miles away from Miami and is well connected to the entire region, thanks to the regional train service which links to the national train service. The road connections are also good, whether you plan to drive yourself or take the bus.
Getting between Miami and Fort Lauderdale — or the other way around — is cheap and fast. The cheapest option is by train, but you’ll need to pay an additional fare to get from the Metrorail Transfer station to Miami Downtown. So, the most efficient way is to travel by bus. The travel time is about 40-45 min and the single fare starts at $8.33.
Miami to Fort Lauderdale by train
The only train connection between Fort Lauderdale and Miami is available from Tri-Rail and goes all the way to Miami Airport. There are up to 25 trains per day between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Airport , with a stop at Metrorail Transfer, which offers connections to downtown Miami.
The travel time is about 40 min and the first train leaves Fort Lauderdale at 5:01 a.m. The last one leaves at 9:45 p.m. If you plan to get off at Metrorail Transfer or Miami Airport, the single fare is $5.
Miami to Fort Lauderdale by bus
Greyhound offers 9 connections per day between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. The first bus leaves Miami at 4:50 a.m. and the last at 11:45 p.m. The travel time is 45 min and the web fare only single ticket is $8.33. The standard fare is $9.25.
On the way back, catch the first bus at 2:40 a.m. and the last at 11:55 p.m. There are also 9 connections per day and the travel time is 40-45 min. The same fares apply.
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Miami to Fort Lauderdale by car
Should you decide to rent a car and drive between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, there are three possible routes to choose from. The shortest 27.5 miles is via I-95S and takes about 36 minutes.