Except in South Beach, it's difficult to hail a cab on the street; in most cases you'll need to call a cab company or have a hotel doorman hail one for you. Taxi drivers in Miami are notorious for bad customer service and not having credit card machines in their vehicles. These days, many people use Uber or Lyft to avoid this taxi drama, and for reasonable prices; however, in order to use Uber you must sign up with the company and have the Uber app installed on your smartphone. If using a regular taxi, note that fares run $2.50 for the first 1/6 of a mile and $0.40 for every additional 1/6 of a mile. Waiting time is $0.40 per minute. Flat-rate fares are also available from the airport to a variety of zones (including Miami Beach) for $35. Expect a $2 surcharge on rides leaving from Miami International Airport or the Port of Miami. For those heading from MIA to Downtown, the 15-minute, 7-mile trip costs around $22. Some but not all cabs accept credit cards, so ask when you get in.
Central Cab. 305/532–5555; www.centralcab.com.
Yellow Cab. 305/444–4444.