About Miami International Airport (MIA)
Address: 3900 Nw 25th St, Suite 400, Miami, 33142 6702, Fl, Fl
Miami International Airport (MIA) is the entry point to a long list of top travel destinations in Southern Florida including Miami Beach and Key Largo. Downtown Miami is only 5 miles (8 km) from the airport, but most attractions are spread out across a large metropolitan area. Driving is the best way to maximize your visit to the Floridian peninsula, so you’ll want to check out airport car rental options on offer from the big-name players like Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty.
The Sunshine State is covered by comprehensive network of well-marked roads and highways, but getting around Miami doesn’t come without a few challenges. The major routes in and out of Miami are Interstate 95, I-395, and State Road (S.R.) 836, which can be congested during rush hours and peak holiday seasons. Meanwhile, Miami is also served by a series of waterways, so be aware of occasional drawbridge openings.
Meanwhile, Southern Florida is served by a range of toll roads, which may or may not accept cash. Major (MIA) car hire companies offer one of several different electronic toll systems. Avis, for example, uses the EZ-Pass, but the SunPass and I-Pass are also viable options.
Choosing your car
Choosing your car for a trip to Miami has never been easier, and there’s tremendous selection at your fingertips. Many (MIA) car rental companies are offering special deals with free GPS and a free tank of gas. Vehicles range from two-door economy cars to minivans to stylish convertibles. For something spacious and sensible, try a Ford Focus or Toyota Camry. If you want to cruise South Beach in the open air, check out the Chevrolet Camaro, or the cool and sporty VW Beetle. Likewise, with a high-profile ride and extra baggage capacity, SUV rentals are great for trips around Southern Florida. If you’re traveling with a larger group, look for the 7-9 seater such as the Nissan Quest. And finally, if you’re planning on an extended stay, ask about rates on a long-term car rental.
Tips and advice
The (MIA) Rental Car Center is located a 4-minute tram ride from the terminal, and accessed via the MIA Mover, located on Level 3. Car rental counters are on Level 4, while the vehicles (and return center) are located on Level 2.
Avoid refilling fees and pay only for the fuel you use by asking about “full-to-full” fuel policies.
It’s not uncommon for car hire companies to offer a different make and model car from what you chose online. It happens. However, they are only obliged to provide you with a similar car from the same vehicle class.
Downtown Miami streets are marked by NE, NW, SE, and SW, originating from the intersection of Flagler Street and Miami Avenue. Save yourself some trouble and use GPS.
The standard rental age for most (MIA) car rental companies is 25 years old. However, some companies have underage options that involve extra fees and limited selection of models to choose from.
If at any time the police should stop you, stay in your vehicle and wait for the officer to approach the car. Follow instructions carefully and always have your driver’s license and car rental agreement in the vehicle.