Let’s start by clarifying that Miami is NOT a city that lends itself to take buses, subways or taxis. Here you do not raise your hand and catch taxis like in many other cities in the world. In Miami, in general, to get a taxi, you have to call him by phone, and you had better do it because if we don’t predict that you’re going to sweat a lot. That being said, you better find out a couple of details:
- Taxis are bright yellow in color and circulate throughout the city.
- They do not have defined taxi ranks with the exception of the airport.
- The best way to get them is by calling them on the phone.
- If you see one roaming the street and you want to stop it, it is important to make sure that it is legal.
To find out if a taxi is legal, consider these points:
- It is important that the taxi bears the letters “Taxi” or “cab” drawn on both sides of the vehicle.
- The phone also has to display it on both parts of the car.
- The license number must appear on at least six different taxi locations.
- You also have to show the license number and the cost of the taxi. Taxis in Miami generally charge by the marker. They are $ 2.50 for the first 1/6 mile and $ 0.40 for each additional 1/6 mile. They also charge you $ 0.40 for each minute they wait and an extra $ 2 if you come from the airport.
Approximate rates (so they don’t rip you off)
- From the airport (MIA) to the port of Miami $ 27.99
- From Ft. Lauderdale Airport to the Port of Miami $ 67.34
- From the airport to Ocean Drive in South Beach $ 30.88
- From Miami Airport to Lincoln Rd in South Beach $ 33.02
- From Ft. Lauderdale Airport to Miami Airport (MIA) $ 67.69
- From Ft. Lauderdale Airport to Ocean Drive $ 60.78
- From the Port of Miami to Miami Airport (MIA) $ 25.93
Keep in mind that you will be responsible for paying any toll, and also, the driver expects a tip of 10-20%. They will also charge you extra for tolls. You can always befriend a taxi driver and set a rate with him for a day or more. If you do not want to do this and prefer to call a taxi whenever you need it, here we give you several phones.
In Miami, all taxis have air conditioning because otherwise, the driver would have the pressure through the clouds. If you have a bad experience with a taxi in Miami, you can write down the name of the driver, the license number, and the registration number and contact the taxi complaint line at 305-375 2460.
- Shared bus —You can also take a shared shuttle between two or three people, which is much cheaper. If you arrive at Miami International Airport, you can call the SuperShuttle Company at 305-871-2000. The prices are made to depend on the destination since, in terms of rates; Miami is divided into zones, depending on the zip code. If you decide to take a taxi from the airport because you are grounded, do not forget to check with the taxi driver the fixed rates established for five of the busiest areas of Miami.
- Water taxis — If you want something more exotic and fun, you can take a water taxi. These have two main routes that operate from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. These are the phones and the places they reach.