Truth is, you don’t need a car to maneuver around Miami. Miami-Dade public transit offers you a super-cheap, easy-breezy way to get to pretty much anywhere you want to go. To kickstart your MDT adventures, we’re giving you directions to five of the hottest destinations in Miami. The best part: trips only costs $2 each way ($2.35 for express buses) and you can pick one up right around the corner.
1. Freehand from Miami International and Fort Lauderdale Airports (20/50 minutes)
If you’re coming into MIA, you can dive into MDT straightaway. Take the free People Mover from the airport to the Metrobus stop and step on the next 150 bus, better known as the Miami Beach Airport Flyer. They leave the station every 30 minutes seven days a week from 6am to 11pm and drop you off at 41st and Indian Creek Drive, a breezy 15 minute stroll from Freehand Miami. (More info here.)
If you’re coming into Fort Lauderdale, catch the Tri Rail to MIA (30 minutes) and then follow the directions above. Trains leave once or twice an hour during the week and once an hour on the weekend.
2. South Beach and Ocean Drive (15 minutes)
To enjoy all things art deco, plus the shops, restaurants and people-watching of South Beach, we recommend you pick up the 150 bus going south directly in front of Freehand. You can get off at 13th Street or anywhere you want along Collins or Washington Aves.
3. Wynwood (50 minutes)
To get to Miami’s most creative hood, walk north from Freehand on Indian Creek Drive to 41st Street and pick up the 110 bus going toward the airport. After you take in the ocean views from the Julia Tuttle Causeway, get off in the city at NW 36th Street and NW 2nd Ave, walk to NW 2nd Ave and NW 35 St, take the 2 south to 2550 NW 2nd Ave, and you’ll find yourself in front of the Wynwood Walls, in the heart of the art scene.
4. The Design District (34 minutes)
When you feel like checking out the Design District’s galleries, upscale shopping and amazing food, just walk 15 minutes north from Freehand to 43rd and Indian Creek Drive, get on the 110 going toward the airport and get off at NE 36th Street and NE 1st Ave. (Note: if you arrive hungry, you’re just 5 minutes away from the excellent Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.)
5. Downtown (50 minutes)
Pick up the 119 going toward Downtown Miami at 27th and Indian Creek Drive, cruise over the majestic MacArthur Causeway and continue south until you get off to NE 1st St and NE 1 Ave. You’ll find yourself in the third densest downtown district in the country (after New York and Chicago). Walk around or opt for Miami’s Metrorail and the free Metromover trains to check out Bayfront Park, the Miami Art Museum, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the shops on Flagler Street.
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