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Practical Info about Miami

Getting around the city

The mainstay of the Miami public transport system is the Metrobus; however, the network is large, and it takes some time to get used to. The fare is standard to any destination. If you need to change buses, ask for a transfer when buying your ticket, as it costs extra. There is also an elevated train service called the Metrorail, which connects North and South Miami with stations at one mile intervals, and an elevated monorail, the Metromover, which offers great views of downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay and connects with buses and trains. Most visitors, however, take taxis or hire a car. This can be more convenient, as the city is sprawled out over a large area. To rent a car, the driver must be over 21, have a valid credit card and, if from abroad, hold a passport and English language driving license. Local drivers can be aggressive.


GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).


120 volts, 60Hz. Plugs are mainly the type with two flat pins, though three-pin plugs are also widely used. European appliances without dual-voltage capabilities will require an adapter.


The official currency is the US Dollar (USD), which is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards are widely accepted. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.


The international country dialling code for the United States is +1. Mobile networks cover most of the country, including all urban areas, however unless you have a tri-band phone it is likely your cellular phone from home will not work in the United States. Internet cafes are prevalent in most towns and cities.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 911

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

2015 2016
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Martin Luther King Day 19 Jan 18 Jan
Presidents Day 16 Feb 15 Feb
Memorial Day 25 May 30 May
Independence Day 4 Jul 4 Jul
Labour Day 7 Sep 5 Sep
Columbus Day 12 Oct 10 Oct
Veterans Day 11 Nov 11 Nov
Thanksgiving Day 26 Nov 24 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec



Greater Miami enjoys a subtropical climate that ensures plenty of sunshine all year round. Sun protection is advised, even when temperatures are moderated by cool ocean breezes. In summer, temperatures rise to around 90°F (30°C). Winters are typical of the 'Sunshine State' with temperatures ranging between 60°F and 80°F (16-27°C). Rainfall occurs mainly during summer and early autumn. Summer humidity levels are usually between 85 and 90 percent, making Miami one of the most humid cities in the US. Miami is genuinely a year-round destination; however, many travellers prefer to avoid the crowds over December and January, and the oppressive heat of July and August.

Miami International Airport

Getting to the city

The airport is well connected to the new Miami Intermodal Centre by the free MIA Mover electric train, from here numerous services offered by the Miami-Dade Transit Department connect to the greater Miami. These include the scheduled, local Metrobus; a mass-transit Metrorail system; a fixed rail system designated specifically for downtown Miami and Brickell; and the TriRail commuter train, reaching Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Car rental

Car rental agents operate at the new Miami Intermodal Centre (Central Station) which is connected to the airport by the the free MIA Mover electric train. Companies represented include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Airport taxi's

Taxis and shuttles are available from the arrivals level, outside the baggage claim areas. There are wheelchair-accessible taxis and shuttles available upon request. Fares to the city centre are about $24 in a taxi and $15 in a shuttle (shuttle estimate is per person, fares vary with additional passengers).

Transfer between terminals

The three terminals are connected by walkways and trains.


There are numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and fast food chains available 24 hours. Dozens of shops, including duty-free, are available. The airport also has ATMs, bureaux de change, a barber shop/hair salon, a chapel, a health club, an art gallery, and a rooftop swimming pool. Facilities for the disabled are good.


Miami International Airport's long-term parking facilities consist of two multi-level parking garages. Short-term parking is available in the same area, near the terminals. Garage parking rates are $6 for the first hour, and $17 for three hours up to a full day.


Wifi is available at a cost of $4.95 for 30 minutes or $7.95 per day.