The Magic City attracts visitors from all over the world, especially during Miami Art Week every December. Here are some insider tips to getting around the city during one of the busiest times of the year.
In an effort to make the numerous art fairs in Miami Beach and Miami more easily accessible, every year, the the cities of Miami and Miami Beach combine efforts to operate a free shuttle service that connects to the existing free transportation services and art shows from the beach to the mainland. This service is offered the Wednesday through Sunday of Miami Art Week and Art Basel. The East/West Loop has stops in the Midtown/Wynwood area as well as Miami Beach.
Art Miami runs a free shuttle bus with two routes that depart every 30 minutes from 5 to 10 p.m. on the VIP Preview night (Tues. Dec. 1, 2015) and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wed. Dec. 2 – Sat. Dec. 5. There’s also a Sunday shuttle that ends service at 6 p.m.
Route 1 runs between the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami to the Art Miami Pavilion in Wynwood at 3010 NE 1st Avenue.
Route 2 runs loops from the Art Miami Pavilion in Wynwood to Aqua Art Miami on Miami Beach and to the Miami Beach Convention Center at 17th and Washington.
METROMOVER // METRORAIL // METROBUS
Miami-Dade Transit operates the Metromover, Metrorail and Metrobus. The Metromover is a free, single-car train system that’s suspended above streets in Downtown and Brickell. There are three major “loops” (Omni Loop, Brickell Loop and Inner Loop), as well as a Full Loop around the city. The trains run from 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Both the Metromover and the Metrorail are above ground trains, but the Metrorail costs money and the Metromover is free. Neither of the trains go to South Beach, but Metrorail runs from Kendall through South Miami, Coral Gables and Downtown. There’s also a route out to the Miami International Airport.
Metrobus stations are located throughout Miami-Dade County, including South Beach and intersect with various Metrorail stations. Miami Beach Airport Flyer express bus (Route 150), runs between MIA and Miami Beach. Passengers board the bus at the MIA Metrobus Station.
Free trolley service and offers riders four hours of free parking at certain parking garages (that’s if you request a voucher from the trolley driver). All routes will be running from Wednesday, December 2 – Sunday, December 6 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday) and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Sunday only). Regular times here.
Hop on a bicycle and enjoy the year round balmy weather. There are Citi Bike stations throughout Miami Beach, Wynwood, Downtown, Brickell and Coconut Grove. For a map with locations of each of the stations, visit CitBikeMiami.com or download the app.
Citi Bike runs two programs in Miami:
Hourly Rental Great for visitors. Pricing starts at $4 for 30 minutes and goes up based on time increments. Ride for the duration of your rental period and then dock your bike at one of the stations when you’re done.
Bike Share Membership ideal for residents. There’s a three-month minimum commitment and it includes unlimited 30 or 60-minute rides per day ($15 per month for 30 minute rides and $25 per month for 60 minute rides).
CAR2GO // UBER
Try Miami’s revolutionary car sharing program car2go.
For only 41 cents a minute, parking, fuel, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, GPS navigation, 24/7 customer support and roadside assistance are all included.
You only pay for the minutes you’re holding on to the car, and the charges are billed directly to your credit card. Another option is Uber, offering car service throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Water Taxi Miami offers boat transportation between Bayside Marketplace in Downtown and the Miami Beach Marina, as well as a few other stops.
There are a number of traditional taxi companies in Miami: