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Some sights are accessible via the public transportation system, run by the Metro-Dade Transit Agency, which maintains 740 Metrobuses on 90 routes; the 23-mile Metrorail elevated rapid-transit system; and the Metromover, an elevated light-rail system. Those planning to use public transportation should get an EASY Card or EASY Ticket available at any Metrorail station and most supermarkets. Fares are discounted, and transfer fees are nominal. The bus stops for the Metrobus are marked with blue-and-green signs with a bus logo and route information. The fare is $2 (exact change only if paying cash). Cash-paying customers must pay for another ride if transferring. Some express routes carry a surcharge of 35¢. Elevated Metrorail trains run from downtown Miami north to Hialeah and south along U.S. 1 to Dadeland. The system operates daily 5 am–midnight. The fare is $2; 50¢ transfers to Metrobus are available only for EASY Card and EASY Ticket holders. Metromover resembles an airport shuttle and runs on two loops around downtown Miami, linking major hotels, office buildings, and shopping areas. The system spans 4 miles, including the 1-mile Omni Loop and the 1-mile Brickell Loop. There is no fee to ride.
Tri-Rail, South Florida's commuter-train system, stops at 18 stations north of MIA along a 71-mile route. There's a Metrorail transfer station two stops north of MIA. Prices range from $2.50 to $6.90 for a one-way ticket.
Metro-Dade Transit Agency (305/891–3131 or 3-1-1. www.miamidade.gov/transit.)
Tri-Rail (800/874–7245. www.tri-rail.com.)
Cruise Ship Travel
The Port of Miami, in downtown Miami near Bayside Marketplace and the MacArthur Causeway, justifiably bills itself as the Cruise Capital of the World. Home to eight cruise lines and the largest year-round cruise fleet in the world, the port accommodates more than 3 million passengers a year for sailings from three to 14 days and sometimes longer duration. Air-conditioned terminals include the newer terminals D and E, with dramatic public art installations reflecting sun-drenched waters off the Florida coastline and the Everglades ecosystems. There's duty-free shopping and limousine service. You can get taxis at all the terminals, and car-rental agencies offer shuttles to off-site lots.
If you are driving, take I–95 north or south to I–395. Follow the directional signs to the Biscayne Boulevard exit. When you get to Biscayne Boulevard, make a right. Go to 5th Street, which becomes Port Boulevard (look for the American Airlines Arena); then make a left and go over the Port Bridge. Follow the directional signs to your terminal.
Port of Miami (1015 North American Way, Miami, FL, 33132. 305/347–4800. www.miamidade.gov/portofmiami.)
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