HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1337 posts, RR: 16 Posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
I will be flying into FLL this week, arriving at 5:40pm and would like to catch a flight leaving MIA at 8:15pm. Can anyone tell me if this is doable? I live in Hawaii and don't know much about traffic, drive times in the Miami area. If I can't make my 8:15pm flight to Brazil, I can fly out the next morning, but would like to try anyway. How far apart are the two airports, and how long should the drive take? Wouldn't rush hour traffic be heading out of Miami and not into it? Any comments/advice appreciated.
Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
The PBI-FLL-MIA corridor is so congested and over-populated that you'll hit rush hour traffic in *any* direction. If you're arriving on Friday, expect longer delays.
I'd budget 45 minutes for the drive from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Miami airport, assuming nominal conditions on I-95. If you want to be safe, plan an hour or more during the rush hour. There's almost always a wreck down there.
The physical distance between FLL and MIA is only about 25 miles.
Richardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3732 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2172 times:
I drove from Fort Lauderdale to MIA on a Saturday afternoon, the roads are good and it is a simple route, it took about an hour. The roads were busy, but flowing. I would think that on a weekday the traffic would be a lot heavier, so could take longer, even if the taxi driver knows the quickest route, I don't think you would have checked in by 7.15pm. I would seriously think about taking the morning flight and not stressing yourself unecessarily.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2062 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2161 times:
With no traffic, I've made it from FLL to MIA in 32 minutes and that was at about 60-65 mph the whole way. If traffic is heavy, the same drive could be more like 45min to an hour. Still, plenty of time for your connection. There's also a commuter train that runs between the two airports and will take about 40 mins. Cost on that is about $3.00 I think.
Flytheflag From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
You don't mention if it's a weekday or a weekend....
Taking the train would be a bit tight. There's a 6:11 train, arriving to MIA station (where you have to take a connector bus that should be standing by) at 6:55pm. The next train is an hour later and would make you miss the flight.
More information on the Tri-Rail is online: http://www.tri-rail.com
I've taken it before and found it relatively easy, shuttle busses notwithstanding. However, you are under tighter time constraints.
PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8767 posts, RR: 42 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2141 times:
How long does it take to get out of FLL? If it's quick, than you might be able to make it. You have just over two hours to get out of FLL and to MIA, clear security and check-in, any delays on the flight to FLL could kill any possibility of connectng to Brazil that night. It's rough, but maybe possible.
If I were you I'll take that commuter train DL Widget Head mentioned.... less chances to get stuck in traffic.
Anyways, best wishes and hope you have a great trip!!
"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1337 posts, RR: 16 Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2123 times:
Quoting DL Widget Head (Reply 4): There's also a commuter train that runs between the two airports and will take about 40 mins. Cost on that is about $3.00 I think.
This is the first I have heard about a train between the two airports, and $3.00 sounds much better than the $35.00 that the private shuttle service wants.
Are the trains running from within the actual terminals of each airport or do I have to take a cab to a train station?
Quoting Gnomon (Reply 1): The physical distance between FLL and MIA is only about 25 miles.
Thanks for that! I was thinking it wasn't very far, but wasn't sure. Traffic must really be bad if it takes 1 hour to drive 25 miles.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2062 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2106 times:
To get to Tri-Rail from FLL, go down to the baggage claim level, outside the door and look for the Tri-Rail Shuttle bus stop. The Shuttle will take you to the train station (roughly on the SW corner of the airport)and takes about 5 mins. The shuttles are timed to get you to the train station a few minutes before the train arrives. At MIA, once you get off the train, there will be a shuttle bus waiting to take you to the airport. The shuttle ride will only take about 5 mins.
HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1337 posts, RR: 16 Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2099 times:
Quoting Flytheflag (Reply 5): Taking the train would be a bit tight. There's a 6:11 train, arriving to MIA station (where you have to take a connector bus that should be standing by) at 6:55pm.
Do you know how long it takes for the "connector bus" to get me to the A Terminal at MIA? If it leaves the station at 7:00pm, I think I would be ok as long as I can check in for my flight by 7:15pm. And thanks also for the web link to the train, that was just the kind of info I was looking for!
Now if I can just find the train in FLL!
I will be arriving on a Southwest flight and it will be on a Thursday.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2062 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2090 times:
The shuttle from the MIA Station is right at the entrance to the airport. It will only take 5 minutes to get to the drop off point which is the airport bus station (roughly in the center of the airport). You'll have to walk over to Concourse A. That walk will take about 5 minutes. Finding the shuttle at FLL is a piece of cake. Follow my instructions in my previous posting. Have fun.
Yu138086 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2027 times:
You will NEVER make it! Trust me. Plan for your arrival flight to be slightly late. Then you need to check in at MIA 2 hrs prior to departure (remember you have to get there first). The lines at Miami Intl are long for these deep flights south. This is rush hour and sections of the I-95 is bumper to bumper at this time especially near MIA and half way. Couple that with the fact the things move much slower in this part of the states and you'll realise why I'm telling you this. I would wait until the following day to be safe.
AC345YYZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
HALFA, your best bet is to take I-95 or the turnpike if your can( im not sure if it runs that far) but i did that route today from PBI-MIA, and it took me about and hour and 10 mins, because of the traffic(usual) on I-95, it is easy to do so dont worry about takeing a train, just get on I-95 youl be fine.
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6790 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1958 times:
You should not get any traffic on I-95 since you are going against traffic. But once you turn on 836 or 112 which ever road you chose traffic will be very bad. You never know. Traffic is going to be bad or horrible. And FLL is really busy this week my brother was delayed almost two hours because of air traffic at FLL.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
4jaded From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
Anytime you travel between FLL and MIA or vice versa leave yourself plenty of time. The drive under perfect conditions takes about 35 mins however it is not uncommon for this to turn into a two hour adventure. The odds of rolling the dice in Vegas are better then predicting traffic in South East Florida.
Mark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1900 times:
I would strongly suggest to take Tri-Rail to MIA from FLL or Vice-versa. The I-95 at specific times of the day will be horrifying, and stay away from the 826 (Palmetto Expwy) because you will be jamed for a long time around Hialeah. In car the trip may take from 45 minutes up to an hour, and that is IF there is no traffic. Weekends don't change the scenario much, but if you are driving during the morning or afternoon rush hours on the weekdays, you are done! 4-6PM is a nightmare, especially on Fridays. Good Luck, you'll need it!
HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1337 posts, RR: 16 Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1886 times:
Everyone seems to be in agreement that the traffic is very bad during the time of day that I will be arriving, so I will try for the Tri-Rail. Are the trains punctual? Reliable? If I take the 6:11pm train from FLL, could I expect to be at the A terminal at MIA by 7:15pm?
Anyone taken the train?
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1862 times:
the trains are punctual, sometimes like 5 minutes late. But unlike others I twice had a hard time finding the pick up spot for the shuttle in FLL, noone in the area, like information staff etc, seems to know where it is, and taxidrivers obviously will say it is cancelled, so take the notes along where exactly it is.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
GMUAirbusA320 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 243 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1820 times:
I'd take the train. Although, if there's a way to get traffic reports, I'd check those before I left on WN. Also, these guys are right, it's only about 25 miles, but everytime I used to go there for training with B6, no matter what the day, we'd always hit traffic going to South Beach.
If you get stuck, RELAX!!! There's all kinds of crap you can get into. Hit up Ocean Drive (Mango's is always a personal fav).
Komododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 4 days ago) and read 1787 times:
If you must drive, take the Turnpike.
Take the airport exit to I-595 West to Turnpike South and just follow it all the way either to the airport or the Golden Glades, even though you might still get some traffic between there and 12th St. I've never used I-95 since I got my Sunpass a few years back.