Miami International Airport (MIA IATA) is located just west of the city of Miami in an unincorporated suburban area. It is one of the largest airports in the world, and an important hub for traffic between North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. As a result, Spanish is just as likely to be understood as English. The international traffic makes MIA a large and congested place. Be sure to allow extra time when departing MIA, particularly if flying internationally, as you may face an hour-long line just to check your bags. Curbside check-in is an excellent idea.
Miami International Airport is the busiest airport in Florida in terms of boardings, and second busiest in terms of enplanement, only behind Orlando International Airport. It's a gateway to the Caribbean and South America, while serving as a hub for many major American airlines. MIA also has routes to major European cities, such as London, Moscow, and Madrid.
The predominant carrier at MIA is American Airlines, which has direct flights to most other countries in the Americas; nearly every major airport in Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as most major cities in the US, Western Europe and Canada. Additionally, most Latin American airlines serve Miami from their hub (TAM serves MIA from 7 Brazilian airports, Avianca from 10 South/Central American cities) and the airport is served by all major US and Canadian airlines (most small and budget carriers operate from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport).
In addition to extensive service to the Americas and the Caribbean, MIA also has non-stop flights to 14 European airports served by American Airlines and several European carriers. Qatar Airways operates the only flight to the Middle East, with 4 flights weekly to Doha. The airport has no non-stop service to East or South Asia, Africa, or Oceania. The recent construction of two new terminals at MIA has helped with the airport's passenger capacities as well as the efficiency in going through customs and baggage claim.
- North Terminal
- Concourse D: American Airlines
- Central Terminal
- Concourse E: American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Interjet, Qatar
- Concourse F: Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Europa, Boliviana de Aviacion, Cayman Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Miami Air, PAWA Dominicana, SBA Airlines, Surinam Airways, Swift Air, TAP Portugal, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI fly, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet, World Atlantic, XL Airways France, Xtra Airways
- Concourse G: Aruba Airlines, Bahamasair, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, WOW Air
- South Terminal
- Concourse H: Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Turkish Airlines
- Concourse J: Air Canada, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, Copa Airlines, El Al, LATAM, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International, Viva Colombia
If you arrive from an international location and need to transfer, be aware that you always have to go through immigration and customs before you can board your connecting flight. This can take up to three hours. Most nationalities also need a transit visa or travel authorization even if they are entering the US solely for transit.
The cheapest way to get to Miami is by public transport. "Miami Central Station" is right next to the car rental center at the airport. Metrorail and comfortable buses take you to town. However, if you are going to somewhere that's not on these lines, you're probably best off getting a taxi or renting a car.
Your best option is to take a taxi from the airport or rent a car, depending on what your stay involves (if you need to get around parts of Miami with no nearby Metrorail stations). MIA has a centralized Rental Car Center at 3900 NW 25th Street, connected to the terminal by the free MIA Mover train. Taxis pick up from in front of the 1st Level of each terminal.
Two freeways link the airport with I-95 and Downtown Miami to the east: the Airport Expressway (Florida State Road 112) and the Dolphin Expressway (Florida State Road 836), both of which charge tolls. If you are approaching or leaving MIA via the Airport Expressway, beware of the at-grade railroad crossing on the ramps connecting the Expressway to the airport terminals. Normally such crossings are grade-separated, but this one sits directly east of one of the runways. Thus, be prepared for the possibility of a 10-15 minute delay if a train happens to be there at the same time as you.
By public transportation
Miami Central Station, adjacent to the Rental Car Center and connected to the airport terminal by the free MIA Mover train, is a newly constructed transit hub with public transportation connections to MIA, including the Metrorail Orange Line and several Metrobus routes, including the Miami Beach Airport Flyer express bus to Miami Beach. See the Miami#Get around section for detailed fare information.
Miami Central Station is also slated to be the future southern terminus for the Tri-Rail commuter rail line to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with Amtrak service to eventually follow. While construction on the Tri-Rail station continues, a shuttle bus (Metrobus Route 133) connects the airport terminal (picking up from in front of the 1st Level of the Central and South Terminals) to the Hialeah Market Tri-Rail station, the current southern terminus of the line.
The MIA Mover is an elevated train that connects the main terminal to the Rental Car Center and Miami Central Station outside the airport. The airport station is located between the two main parking garages, accessible from the 3rd floor of the Central Terminal.
You can walk between any of the three terminals either pre- and post-security; pre-security, there is a system of moving walkways on the 3rd floor of the terminals, called the "Skyride Connector", that link the three terminals and the MIA Mover station. Within Concourse D, there is a people mover post-security (the "Skytrain", operating 4AM–11:45PM) that allows for quick connections between gates in the concourse, stopping at Gates D17, D24, D29 and D46. Concourse E also has a people mover post-security on the 4th Level that links the terminal with the satellite building.
A few small art galleries are located in and around the walkway connecting concourses D and E.
- Plane Fun (Near gate E7). An aviation-themed educational children's play area, made by the Miami Children's Museum.
Eat and Drink
MIA has several restaurants ranging from local chains such as La Carreta to national chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King and Starbucks.
- The Counter (Gate D32), ☎ . 7AM–10PM daily. "Build your own burger" restaurant—pick a type of burger, bun, and toppings.
MIA has several retail stores, including several magazine stands and bookstores. Other retail stores include Brookstone and Ron Jon Surf Shop.
Wireless internet is available from Boingo. It's free for 45 minutes (after you watch an ad), and you can pay for more. It only works in some parts of the terminals.
- Left luggage services are available in the Central Terminal, Concourse E, 2nd level. Open 5PM-9PM. Daily storage fees range from $4-17 depending on size, and the maximum storage time is 60 days.
- A non-denominational chapel is located in the North Terminal, 4th level.
- Lost and found is located in the North Terminal, 4th level. Open 8AM-6PM.
- There are eight freestanding lactation pods for nursing mothers, providing privacy and security in a 4-foot by 8-foot booth. There's one in each concourse (two each in Concourse D and Concourse E).
There is only one hotel within the airport itself, though there are numerous hotels in the vicinity; hotel shuttles pick up from in front of the 2nd Level of each terminal.
- MIA Hotel, Central Terminal, Concourse E, Level 2, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: . The only hotel located on-site at the airport.
The town of Brownsville is close to the airport and easily accessible by Metrorail, but it's pretty unsafe—better to take Metrorail all the way to Miami if you're looking to spend a few hours outside the airport.
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