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The Canuks
December 23rd, 2004, 06:51 AM
Does anyone know how long it takes to get from FLL airport to MIA port? We decided to refuse the cruiseline's transfers as they were $70 CAN each.

Does anyone know what the cheapest way to get to MIA from FLL is? We were even thinking we could rent a car, and drive it over since we have plenty of time and wouldn't mind driving around miami before boarding the ship. Do you know if there is a car return at the port? On the way back, we have lots of time to kill so we would also want to rent a car in MIA port and return in FLL airport.

Any replies with the 'best route' to take would be appreciated...

dancingfish
December 23rd, 2004, 08:47 AM
I think you are looking at a 30 minute drive... you might check with the airport and see if they have shuttles??

serene56
December 23rd, 2004, 09:54 AM
There is no return station to return your car. You woul dhead to the airport- turn in the car then take their shuttle back to the port.

We used a limo service for 6 adults. for 33pp roundtrip. He also has towncards. check his web page for prices. www.larryslimo.com

If you are coming in the same day as the cruise--head over to the port and start your vacation early- some people are getting on by noon.
You can also wait til you get to the port to buy transfers.

canuck1946
December 28th, 2004, 01:09 PM
We sail out of Ft Lauderdale and Miami quite frequently and while we usually go a day early we almost always rent a car and drive. The previous post is correct in that you pick up your car at the FLL airport and return it to the Miami airport location then take a rental car shuttle to the port. The drive is between 30 and 45 minutes unless you hit heavy traffic. Just get a map at the rental location and take the appropriate interstate. There is generally not a drop off fee for the major rental firms between FLL and MIA. Because we go a day early we have transportation for the evening. Any further questions let me know.

The Canuks
December 29th, 2004, 01:16 AM
Canuk1946,

If you don't mind my asking, what company do you find is most affordable? Also, can you get a free car suttle shuttle from the port to MIA airport (for the way back?)

Since you're also from Toronto, your advice is valuable...! By the way, when is the next time you're cruising?

canuck1946
December 31st, 2004, 03:43 PM
Funny thing about that Canuk we are currently at sea and have just passed through FLL. We were staying at the Sheraton Airport and an independant driver that works out of there became our short run driver as we didn't decide to rent a car this trip going out (we have Alamo when we get back on the 9th). I asked him if he would pick up at FLL and drop at the pier in MIA and he said yes. His rate is $60 which when compared with the cruise lines $70 per person you mentioned this is a bargain. We used him also to go from the hotel to the pier and with 4 people and LOTS of luggage we all fit in his Grand Marquis. Very nice gentleman who lived in Toronto for 13 years up till last March. I don't have his card with me right now but if you send me an e-mail at Canuck1946@aol.com and just mention FLL to MIA ride I will respond next time I get on the internet. BTW when are you cruising?

We have generally gone on Priceline for car rentals and hotels so if you would like further info on that mention that in the e-mail as well.

Hope the weather is not too bad back home. We are on a sea day - broken cloud and quite windy but who can beat 80 degrees?

Dennis

canuck1946
December 31st, 2004, 03:49 PM
Sorry Canuk - just noticed a question I hadn't answered. The free shuttle is available from the port to the Rental site then you must take another shuttle to the airport. Had not thought of this but friends from Norway did that back in February and it worked just fine in Tampa. Not sure if that is what they meant it for but it worked. Their logic was that they had rented from them before cruising so I guess when you think of it that way it's OK.

Dennis

marvholly
January 1st, 2005, 10:06 AM
I think you may be getting slammed by your TA on the price of the transfers. Just Did a Carnival transfer 3/27/04 and the price was $32/pp round trip. I do not believe the exchange rate US-Canadian is that poor as the dollar is currently in the toilet.

I did do the car pick up in FLL and turn in at MIA with rental company transfer to the pier as we had 1 1/2 days pre-cruise in Florida (stayed outside FLL as had not been there before and rates are cheaper outside and we had the car anyway). BE AWARE!!! Not all rental companies offer this service. Natiional and Budget DO NOT.

If traveling on the same day as embarcation do a search on your cruise line board. There are tons of responses to this question. There is Tri-rail (number of vehicle changes and transfers, time consuming but real cheap), limos ($$ for jsut 2), shared rides (avail just outside the FLL terminal on the level where you get yr luggage) and cabs (very $$$-about $50-60) to name a few.

Deb635
January 14th, 2005, 09:37 PM
We have flown into Ft. Lauderdale a day early and then driven to Miami for our past few cruises. We have found that Alamo is our best bet. They have a free shuttle from their office at the Port of Miami to the cruise ships and will pick you up on your return. For us, it's worked out very well, offering us the freedom to see a little more of the town on our own and enjoy the drive down at a leisurely pace.

Brent and Debbie

danyelle
January 15th, 2005, 08:47 PM
I paid $12 for a cab.

kpl1970
January 15th, 2005, 09:01 PM
Hi there,


we did this in NOV 2004. We used the tranfer company..hmmm what was the name???? Red car I believe they are REALLY easy to spot as soon as you exit the airport. transer wait was 20 mins and cost was 17.00 each and took us 35 mins. GREAT value...HIGHLY recommend them.

try it out.....:rolleyes:

serene56
January 15th, 2005, 11:12 PM
I paid $12 for a cab.


not from Fort lauderdale to Miami you didnt. Sorry-its a 45 minute ride.

danyelle
January 18th, 2005, 08:36 PM
not from Fort lauderdale to Miami you didnt. Sorry-its a 45 minute ride.

LOL, You seem very sure of that. I'm not sure you were one of the people in the car with us, but if you were, you overpaid.

There's a stand just outside and if you want the car to yourself its $20. If you share its $12. The ride was about 30-35mins.

canuck1946
January 20th, 2005, 08:29 PM
I also think you are wrong as it is $20 flat rate from Miami airport to Miami port. Fort Lauderdale is another 20 to 40 minutes depending on the time of day. You may wish to rethink your information for what it's worth as it is misleading as it stands. Sorry about that.

sweet angel
January 21st, 2005, 02:15 PM
I posted this on the Cruise Air board, but I'm going to try here too...

We have a 6:05 p.m. return flight out of Ft. Lauderdale. What are our options after disembarkation (Miami) so that we don't have to hang around the airport for hours on end?

I currently have transfers booked but I can change that (not going til November!). I had hoped to just rent a car at the port, but I see that's not an option.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

danyelle
January 21st, 2005, 09:45 PM
Unfortunately, as I have no receipt to show you, there's no proof of what I paid. I don't mean to 'mislead' anyone as stated above, but what I paid is what I paid. I'm sure others who share the cabs from that stand at FLL will pay the same amount.

serene56
January 21st, 2005, 10:11 PM
[QUOTE=sweet angel]We have a 6:05 p.m. return flight out of Ft. Lauderdale. What are our options after disembarkation (Miami) so that we don't have to hang around the airport for hours on end?

I currently have transfers booked but I can change that (not going til November!). I had hoped to just rent a car at the port, but I see that's not an option.QUOTE]


cancel your transfers and rent a car from the airport. Doing so will give you transportation to FLL plus have somewhere to stow your luggage until you need to be at the airport. Hop the shuttle at the port of Miami who will take you to the facilities.
or
do an excursion through the cruiselines after your cruise.

canuck1946
January 22nd, 2005, 06:31 PM
Hi, I'm not sure why you say a rental car is not an option? While most of our cruises have been out of FLL we have frequently rented a car from one port and then dropped off at the other airport. I am pretty sure that this can be done with Alamo, Hertz and Budget but check with them for any drop off charges and am sure you will find there aren't any. Hope this helps.

canuck1946
January 22nd, 2005, 06:43 PM
Danyelle, I don't mean to beat a dead horse but are you sure you didn't take one of the shuttles and not a cab?

As per this website per person FLL to Dodge Island port is $15 and $50 for a cab.
http://www.fortlauderdaleinternationalairport.com/airport-shuttle-taxi-rates.htm

On this website MIA to seaport is is $21 but not sure of shared cost

http://www.miami-airport.com/html/taxi_and_shuttle_service.html


Hope that helps as I wouldn't want anyone to get a surprise if they just can't find the stand just outside the door as it is a big airport.

sweet angel
January 23rd, 2005, 09:18 AM
Hi, I'm not sure why you say a rental car is not an option? While most of our cruises have been out of FLL we have frequently rented a car from one port and then dropped off at the other airport. I am pretty sure that this can be done with Alamo, Hertz and Budget but check with them for any drop off charges and am sure you will find there aren't any. Hope this helps.
Just to clarify, you rented a car at the port at Miami?

Thanks.

canuck1946
January 23rd, 2005, 10:49 AM
At both MIA and FLL the rental car companies have buses go to the port just like at the airport. There is usually a location where they all pick-up passenegrs. Just ask any of the port personnel but make sure you check with the rental car company reservation that they do pick up at the port. Hope that helps.

sweet angel
January 23rd, 2005, 01:01 PM
Okay, so you have to take a shuttle from the port to pick up a car. There are no car rental facilities AT the port. Right?

4merlurker
January 23rd, 2005, 04:49 PM
Again, no there are no car rental facilities at the port. ;)


~Lurker

sweet angel
January 23rd, 2005, 05:05 PM
Thank you Mr./Ms. SmartyPants! :D
I was just trying to be perfectly clear with no misconceptions (yes, I realize I was beating a dead horse). :p

4merlurker
January 24th, 2005, 03:36 PM
That's Mrs Smartypants to you! :D LOL

All in fun!

~Lurker :)

pach
February 20th, 2005, 09:42 AM
I found this website that looks promising. I haven't figured out the rate b/c our trip isn't until jan 06.

www.floridalimo.com (http://www.floridalimo.com)

Jac199
March 6th, 2005, 08:11 AM
Did Avis close it's Port of Miami location? I know I rented a car at FLL and dropped it off right next to the RCCL terminal in Miami in 2001.

serene56
March 6th, 2005, 08:13 AM
There are no longer car rentals inside the port of Miami. IF renting a car from FLl you can return it the car agency closest to the port and take the free shuttle

taellen
March 18th, 2005, 09:39 AM
I'm a travel agent and have clients who booked their own air following their cruise. They're sailing into Port of Miami and flying out of FLL. The only problem is that they've scheduled an 1130am flight. Had I arranged their air I would not have booked something so early, but what's done is done. Now they're asking me to arrange their transportation from the Port to the Airport. I have not had personal experience with this particular scenario (other than transfers offered through the cruise line), so I'm looking for some other expert opinions! Obviously the cruise line will not even offer transportation to these clients because their flight is too early by cruise line standards.

Who can recommend a safe, RELIABLE shuttle company for me to reserve for my clients? I need to be confident in the shuttle's reliability since there will be no time to spare...

Thanks!

serene56
March 18th, 2005, 11:23 AM
Your clients will need to see the purser and get off the ship with self assist. Hopefully they will pack lightly so they dont spend the time finidng their luggage. If not-- ask the pursers desk for early off tags.

Do they have a cell phone??? a lot of companies are good especially if you have a cell to let the driver/company know whats happening. it sucks to be a driver and have to wait for hours waiting-

We used www.larryslimo.com as soo as your color is called we called him and he sent his driver. By the time we found our luggage and headed outside he was justt pulling up.

Your client will need to be at the FLL airport by 9:30 which gives them the 2 hour clearance. Its a 45 minute drive considering no traffic.

If car services is out of the question a cab will cost 75 bucks one way. (at least they wont have to wait for the cab/

I hope that you as the travel agent dont get blamed for all that. Its not a good way to end a vacation.

BEAV
March 19th, 2005, 10:27 PM
I'm a travel agent and have clients who booked their own air following their cruise. They're sailing into Port of Miami and flying out of FLL. The only problem is that they've scheduled an 1130am flight. Had I arranged their air I would not have booked something so early, but what's done is done. Now they're asking me to arrange their transportation from the Port to the Airport. I have not had personal experience with this particular scenario (other than transfers offered through the cruise line), so I'm looking for some other expert opinions! Obviously the cruise line will not even offer transportation to these clients because their flight is too early by cruise line standards.

Who can recommend a safe, RELIABLE shuttle company for me to reserve for my clients? I need to be confident in the shuttle's reliability since there will be no time to spare...

Thanks!

If your clients miss their 11:30am flight from FLL, I certainly hope they don't blame YOU because you were the one that arranged their transporation from the Port of Miami. You are definitely sticking your neck (and your reputation) out on this one. No offense, but if they're so irresponsible to book their own flights with a 11:30am departure from FLL, I wouldn't touch their transfer arrangements with a 10-foot pole. A poster on another board recently said she booked a 11:30am departure from FLL and 'barely' made it. And she disembarked her cruise in Port Everglades...NOT Miami.

taellen
March 22nd, 2005, 03:18 PM
...it's ALWAYS the Travel Agent's fault...Didn't you know??? ;) I strive to provide exceptional service, but some clients don't make it very easy! My plan is to provide these clients with a couple of options to pursue themselves. That way it's between them and the shuttle company. If they persist that they want me to handle it, I'm going to make sure to tell them that what they need to do to make things go as smoothly as possible~but that I can't make any guarantees that they'll get to the airport in time.

Thanks for your insight

weechloe
April 4th, 2005, 11:59 PM
We took a shared cab right outside the door to the left at Fort Lauderdale to Miami. It was a nice town car and the price was $17 per person. Four of us in the car.

SomewhereBeyondTheSea
April 5th, 2005, 01:57 PM
I just contacted Larry's Limo to secure my reservation. I will be flyinng into FLL airport the day before our sailing. We have a party of 8...ONLY $12.75 pp. (tip included)
They will be there for our departure as well ($15.00 pp)

captainron
April 5th, 2005, 02:26 PM
taellen,
WOW Ellen, having been in the industry, I know the value of allowing a TA to do the bookings for you (and I'm not trying to drum up business here).

I have cruised from MIA on different lines:
The first time disembarking from the PARADISE we were alongside by 0630, herded into the lounge at 0730, started the parade through US Immigration at 0815 and our tag numbers were called eventually at 1045. That we felt was not bad at all as our NW flt didn't depart for MSP until 1330.

The second time we cruised on the EXPLORER things were different. RCCL cloisters everyone in all the different lounges depending on their tag colours. Once your tag colour is called, you then proceed to the gangway where... you encounter your first lineup. Once you get off the ship into the upper levels of the terminal, the line divides in two...US citizens and non-US citizens. Obviously returning citizens move faster. It took approx one and a half hours to get thru Immigration for returning citizens and about 2 hours for non.

Once you get thru Immigration it's nothing retrieving your luggage downstairs as it's laid out by colour tags and very quick then you're outta there. That's another 20-25 minutes.

BOTTOM LINE to advise clients...be prepared to stand in line both embarking and disembarking. Security is taken seriously...no photos allowed in the boarding security area.
Disembarking, Homeland Security is important to remember. If you're not a US or CDN citizen you're time getting thru Immigration may be subj to fingerprinting or retinal scan, SOOOO, flts out of MIA no earlier than noon, and out of FLL give another 1-2 hrs.

If you have four people, one option might be cheaper to do a day rental thru Alamo (good rates) and no drop off charges between FLL and MIA. A full size will run you about $55+/- per day and you just cruise up I-95 to I-595 East and follow the FLL terminal signs.

Thought to ponder...and who says the client is always right...don't think so.

Ciao for now!!!

evajean
April 6th, 2005, 01:13 PM
I'm also flying out of FLL and I think after all my looking I will end up going with Super Shuttle. It's $23 pp to FLL airport. I might be able to get a rental car for a few bucks cheaper but don't want to deal with the hassle of going to MIA airport to pick up car and then having to drop it off again.

SomewhereBeyondTheSea
April 6th, 2005, 07:52 PM
Evajean,

How many people will you be traveling with?

jster
April 12th, 2005, 10:09 PM
Hello. We are flying in to FLL, renting a car through Enterprise and driving to Miami. I booked a hotel at the beach, the next day we will drive to the port, drop off an Enterprise location and they will shuttle us to the dock. Cost...$33 for our family of five. Not bad!!! We are actually going to do the same thing for our return. The rep told us to call them asap when we are getting of the ship and they will come pick us up and take us to our car.