Miami International Airport alternates with JFK Airport in New York as the busiest international gateway in the United States, and is by far the busiest portal to and from Latin America and the only one with flights to and from Cuba. An airfield was built on the site 8 miles (13 km) northwest of downtown Miami in the 1930s and named for Congressman J. Mark Wilcox; it was taken over by the military during World War II and became a civilian airport in 1945. It was the headquarters of Eastern Air Lines, and is or has been a hub for several air carriers.
The airport can be reached from downtown in 18 minutes without traffic on Florida route 836. Taxi fares range from $10.00 in the airport’s immediate vicinity to $60-80 when going to Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) or far south Dade County. Shuttles to the same places cost $11.00-30.00. Many hotels in the northwestern section of Miami have shuttles that pick up and discharge guests on the departure level. Book for Miami airport transfers for affordable transportation here.
A central station for bus and rail transportation opened at the airport in 2013, and has just become fully operational. It is located on 21st street just east of the airport, and is served by walkways and the airport’s people mover. Miami-Dade Transit Metrobus service, most of which operates between 4:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. except for 7 all-night routes, will connect Central Station will all of Dade County and parts of Broward County. The Metrorail Orange Line operates south to downtown and suburbs between 5 a.m. and midnight, and costs $2.00. The TriRail commuter line runs north from Central Station to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and fares range from $2.50 -6.90. Amtrak long-distance passenger trains from Orlando, Jacksonville and points north, which formerly ran into downtown Miami, will now terminate at the Central Station, and it is also possible to take Greyhound buses to destinations nationwide from this location,