Public transportation in Miami, varies a lot from the rest of the United States. Locals tend to have their own transportation, as we live in a very wide spread city with many different zip codes. However, for our beloved visitors we have a few suggestions.
1. METRO BUS: the metro bus can take all around the city 365 days a year. There are more than 90 bus routes and some run 24 hours a day, including the S Route that runs through South Beach. The metro bus is not costly, it is an average of $2.50 per ride and you can purchase that with exact change or with the Easy Card that is purchased at the station. The driver will not give you change if you have a $5 bill or higher. MORE INFO.
2. THE SOUTH BEACH LOCAL: is a small bus that runs only throughout South Beach. Its operational hours are from 8:00 am until 1:00 am daily. It only costs $0.25 cents to ride the bus and is used by residents and tourists to get around the Island. With a great route and schedule, this bus can get you anywhere you need to go within SoBe’s 23 block radius. MORE INFO.
3. THE AIRPORT FLYER: The 150 bus runs from Miami International Airport to South Beach only for a cost of $2.35, turning out to be the cheapest way to get to South Beach from the airport. The service runs every 30 minutes from the airport bus terminal located opposite to Terminal E in the arrivals section downstairs. It includes a section for luggage. MORE INFO.
4. METROL RAIL: the metro rail is very easy to use. It runs only from the South of Miami to the North. Its hours of operation are from 5:00 am until 12:00 am midnight, 7 days a week, servicing all 22 posts. This train only has one new connection which is to the airport; however, it does not connect you straight to many tourist sides but it can leave you in key areas for you to get to your desired destination in the city. The train offers free Wi-Fi and it is used through an Easy Card pass that you purchase at the station. This way of transportation is not costly. MORE INFO.
5. METRO MOVER: this rail only runs above the streets of downtown Miami and Brickell. It is a free service provided by the city. This service connects with the major Metro Bus and Metro Rail stations. This train has no driver and is an electrical automatic system. It is a great way of getting to know downtown and these touristic areas.
6. THE TROLLEY: these old style looking buses run all around the city, each area has their own. They are known to pass every 20 minutes but sometimes there is a delay. Nevertheless, they have developed an app for your phone in order for you to track the trolleys. This form of transportation is absolutely free and it gives you a chance to get to know and picture the city. MORE INFO.
7. THE TRI RAIL: the rail services Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Similar to the metro rail, it only goes from south to north. The stations are a bit hard to get to; however, you would need to get there by bus or a taxi.
8. TAXI CABS: like every city in the United States, we have yellow cabs available everywhere. The only bad part is that they are very costly, no matter where you go.
9. UBER AND LYFT: technology has given us the opportunity of being able to have Uber and Lyft as apps in our phones. Locals use this mostly as a form of transportation around the city and even long distances. This is the second most used form of transportation now a days used by locals. It saves you a lot of time you would spend in public transportation and save you a little more than half of what you would spend on taxi ride.