How to Get from Fort Lauderdale to Miami Airport by Bus or Train

Miami International Airport

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Picture yourself relaxing on a white sand beach, mojito in hand, listening to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean as the palm trees rustle in a light breeze. 🏖️ Sounds like a dream… or a day in Fort Lauderdale.

We hate to interrupt this sunny vignette, but sadly all vacations must end. So when you have to say goodbye to Fort Lauderdale’s expansive beaches, luxury hotels, and exciting Everglades attractions, you’ll want to know the easiest way to catch a plane out of paradise.

Fort Lauderdale does have its own airport, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is about a 20-minute drive away from the city’s beaches. You can book a private transfer from FLL Airport to your destination in Fort Lauderdale for an affordable price because the airport is so close to town.

FLL is a smaller airport with fewer crowds but, at the same time, fewer direct flights and destinations than an airport like Miami’s. FLL serves major airlines, including Delta, JetBlue, and Southwest, but offers an average of only 350 departures each day.

Southern Florida’s primary airport is Miami International Airport (MIA), located about 30 miles south of downtown Fort Lauderdale. As a world-class destination, Miami is equipped with a large and extremely well-connected airport. With more than 1,000 daily flights and nearly 150 destinations, you’ll likely find a more convenient and affordable flight out of MIA.

Directions from Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport will include nearly 30 minutes (if not more) stuck on I-95 if you decide to drive yourself. To save some trouble and avoid travel stress, hop on a bus or train from Fort Lauderdale to Miami’s airport. This handy guide shares schedules, prices, and everything else you need to know for a relaxing ride as you leave dreamy Fort Lauderdale behind.

Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport by Bus

Maybe driving on Florida’s interstates during rush hour to catch a flight sounds like a nightmare (although, if this is your preferred route, we can help you find a great deal on a rental car). And if you skipped the rental car altogether, a $10 bus ticket is certainly more appealing than paying an arm and a leg for a 30-mile Uber.

Any way you slice it, getting to the Miami International Airport from Fort Lauderdale by bus is a quick, convenient, and affordable way to make it to your flight. With the many available buses and departure times, you can find easy transport without the headache of driving.

Make sure to leave plenty of time before your flight (up to 2 hours between the bus’ arrival at the airport and your flight’s departure) to allow for travel delays, finding your way in the airport, and getting through security.

Buses directly to Miami International Airport from Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Carrier Departure Arrival Duration
Greyhound 12:40 AM 1:25 AM 45 min
Greyhound 2:00 AM 2:45 AM 45 min
Flixbus 4:10 AM 5:50 AM 1 hr 40 min
Greyhound 8:00 AM 8:45 AM 45 min
Flixbus 11:05 AM 11:50 AM 45 min*
Flixbus 11:10 AM 11:50 AM 40 min
Flixbus 12:10 PM 1:05 PM 55 min*
Greyhound 1:55 PM 2:40 PM 45 min
Flixbus 2:50 PM 3:30 PM 40 min
Greyhound 3:10 PM 4:05 PM 55 min*
Flixbus 5:35 PM 6:15 PM 40 min
Greyhound 6:30 PM 7:15 PM 45 min
Greyhound 7:05 PM 7:50 PM 45 min
Flixbus 8:55 PM 9:40 PM 45 min*
Greyhound 9:35 PM 10:20 PM 45 min*
Flixbus 9:50 PM 10:25 PM 35 min

Greyhound

If you’re grabbing a ride from Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Greyhound offers bus trips that depart from the bus terminal on NE 3rd Street, just a few blocks from the Riverwalk, museums, and several downtown hotels.

An average Greyhound bus ticket from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami Airport costs only $10. Buses depart throughout the day and arrive at Miami’s Intermodal Center in under an hour.

Departure Station

Greyhound Bus Terminal

515 NE 3rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Arrival Station

Miami Intermodal Center

3801 NW 21st St, Miami, FL 33142

FlixBus US

FlixBus US also provides an expansive schedule of bus trips from downtown Fort Lauderdale to the Miami Intermodal Center, departing as early as 4:10 am and as late as 9:50 pm. These tickets are usually slightly cheaper than Greyhound.

FlixBus US departs from the Broward Blvd Park & Ride, slightly west of Fort Lauderdale, and located just off I-95. This is a convenient location if you connect to the bus from another city in the area; from Boca Raton or Pompano Beach, whoever drops you off (a friend, Uber driver, or extra generous Airbnb host) might have to get on the freeway.

Departure Station

Broward Blvd Park & Ride

216 NW 22nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Arrival Station

Miami Intermodal Center

3801 NW 21st St, Miami, FL 33142

Buses directly to Miami International Airport from Fort Lauderdale Airport

It is also easy to quickly transfer from the airport in Fort Lauderdale to the Miami International Airport. A bus from airport to airport can be super helpful in a couple of scenarios:

  • If you rented a car in Fort Lauderdale and need to return it to the Fort Lauderdale airport before catching a flight in Miami.
  • If your hotel has a shuttle that drops you off at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, but you’re flying out of Miami.
  • If you’re getting back from a cruise that docked at nearby Port Everglades and can catch a shuttle to the Fort Lauderdale airport. Cruisers can also book a shuttle directly from Port Everglades to MIA.
Carrier Departure Arrival Duration
RedCoach 3:25 AM 3:55 AM 30 min
Flixbus 7:45 AM 8:50 AM 1 hr 5 min
Flixbus 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 30 min
RedCoach 2:35 PM 3:05 PM 30 min
RedCoach 3:10 PM 3:40 PM 30 min
Fridays only
RedCoach 4:40 PM 5:10 PM 30 min
RedCoach 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 30 min
Fridays only
RedCoach 9:55 PM 10:5 PM 30 min

FlixBus US

There are two daily FlixBus US buses from the Fort Lauderdale Airport to the Miami International Airport. The morning bus does have additional stops, making it a longer trip, but the afternoon bus is direct and takes only 30 minutes door-to-door.

Departure Station

Fort Lauderdale International Airport

320 Terminal Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Arrival Station

Miami Intermodal Center

3801 NW 21st St, Miami, FL 33142

RedCoach

RedCoach also offers transport between Fort Lauderdale’s airport and Miami’s airport, with departures throughout the day and prices as low as $11 if you book far enough in advance. RedCoach bus trips can get you to the Miami International Airport in just 30 minutes; we can only hope airport security takes less time. 🤞

Departure Station

Fort Lauderdale International Airport

320 Terminal Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Arrival Station

Miami International Airport

Departure Level, Concourse H, Bus Stop 5-6

Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport by Train

At this time, there are no private train companies that travel between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. However, once Brightline resumes train service in Florida, they should offer train trips between the two cities.

Florida’s regional transit authority, however, operates trains from Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport. TriRail trains stop in Fort Lauderdale, very close to the FlixBus station at the Broward Blvd Park & Ride and at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. In Miami, the TriRail trains arrive at the Miami Intermodal Center in the airport complex.

On weekdays, 23 TriRail trains depart throughout the day on this route; the earliest departs at 5:01 am from Fort Lauderdale, and the latest departs at 9:45 pm. There are only 14 trains on this route on weekends and holidays, which depart roughly every hour between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. Each train takes about 50 minutes to travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport.

You can purchase TriRail tickets from vending machines at TriRail stations and TriRail ticket kiosks in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports. For a one-way trip from Fort Lauderdale to the Miami Airport, the fare is $3.75.

Where to next?

If you need more transportation in the great Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, there are several private shuttles and transfer services that can help you travel between the region’s airports, seaports, beaches, and downtowns.

If you’re looking for another route besides Fort Lauderdale to the Miami airport, you might want to check out these other transportation options:

And don’t forget to purchase a sightseeing flex pass to save up to 55% on over 35 of the best Miami and Fort Lauderdale attractions.

As your Fort Lauderdale vacation comes to a close, don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened. And smile because it’s so easy to get to the Miami International Airport from Fort Lauderdale by bus or train; the end of your trip can be as breezy as the beach was.

To compare all of the best bus options and secure the best deals, make sure to download the Wanderu app. You can book your ticket from Fort Lauderdale to Miami International Airport from the palm of your hand, right before waving goodbye to the palm trees. 🌴

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Bryn Culbert

Bryn Culbert

A planner at heart, Bryn loves nothing more than researching and creating a detailed travel itinerary. She is partial to quirky museums, hole-in-the-wall coffeeshops, and overstuffed bookstores in the cities she visits.
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