1015 North America Way
Miami, FL 33132
PortMiami, one of cruising's largest hubs, is home to eight terminals and dozens of ships representing all of the major cruise lines. Located in Biscayne Bay, to the east of downtown Miami, the port is made up of three connecting islands and is reachable by the Port Boulevard bridge, which connects the port to the downtown area. PortMiami caters to a local drive-to market of Florida residents, but it's also convenient for out-of-towners, as it's serviced by two airports: Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International.
If you're planning to drive yourself to PortMiami, directions are below:
From the North:
Take I-95 South to Eastbound I-395 (Miami Beach) ramp. Continue on I-395 East and tunnel entrance is on your left.
From the South:
Take SR-826 North to SR-836 East, head eastbound on SR-836 to I-395 East (Miami Beach). Continue on I-395 East/MacArthur Causeway and tunnel entrance is on your left.
Take I-95 North to Eastbound I-395 (Miami Beach) ramp. Continue on I-395 East/MacArthur Causeway and tunnel entrance is on your left.
From Miami Beach:
Take I-395/MacArthur Causeway Westbound and exit on Biscayne Boulevard ramp. Make a U-turn on N. Bayshore Drive to enter Eastbound MacArthur Causeway. Continue on Eastbound I-395 and tunnel entrance is on your left.
From the North:
Take I-95 South and exit 3B-Bayside. Head south to Northeast 5th Street and turn left. Fifth Street will lead onto the PortMiami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to designated terminal.
From the South:
Take I-95 North and exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Head straight to NW 5th Street and make a right. Fifth Street will lead onto the PortMiami bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow signage to designated terminal.
Passengers on cruises departing from PortMiami can fly into Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale International Airport. From either one, you can pre-arrange a shuttle through your cruise line (if you're arriving the same day your cruise leaves); taxis are also readily available. From MIA, a cab will cost you a flat rate of $27; from FLL, it will run you roughly $80. If you've rented a car, please see "Getting There by Car" above. From MIA, you can also use the Metrorail. (See "Getting There by Public Transit.")
Amtrak has a stop in Miami, which is about a 20-minute cab ride from PortMiami.
Take the Metrorail's Orange Line to downtown Miami's Freedom Tower stop (about 30 minutes). From there, you can walk the 1.5 miles to port or hop on Miami Trolley's Coral Way route to take you the rest of the way. The trolley drops off at the port every 15 to 20 minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
PortMiami has parking available at all eight of its terminals. Four garages (C, D, G and J) and one lot (Lot 2) are available for cruiser use. Garage J is reserved for those who want to pay before they park (rather than when they leave), and Lot 2 is designated for oversized vehicles (longer than 20 feet). Rates are $7 for short-term parking, $20 per day for overnight parking for regular vehicles and $40 per day for overnight parking for oversized vehicles.
All visitor lots and garages are manned from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when ships are in port, and all are patrolled by security. Spots are available for those with disabled parking permits, and parking is free for vehicles with lifts, ramps or hand controls. Free shuttle service is offered between all parking areas and the cruise terminals. The port advises drivers to drop off passengers and luggage at the terminal prior to parking.
Cell phone waiting lots are available across from terminals B, E and F, for anyone waiting to pick up disembarking passengers.
Taxis are readily available on days when ships are embarking or disembarking passengers. A taxi between Miami International Airport and PortMiami carries a flat rate of $27. If you're taking a cab to port on the day of your sailing, your driver will need to follow signs for your ship's terminal after entering the port. Specific drop-off locations are designated at each terminal, and each terminal has its own designated taxi area; look for signs, or ask a port official for more details.
Your arrival time depends on when your specific ship is scheduled to leave. Check with your cruise line for more information. PortMiami recommends all passengers arrive at the port no fewer than two hours prior to sailaway to allow ample time for check-in and security screening.
Although no line has exclusive berthing rights at any of the terminals, they do have preferred berthing status, as follows:
The specific check-in process varies by the terminal from which your ship is sailing, but you will generally go through a security screening before proceeding to check-in counters to receive your keycard. Port staff will then direct you to the appropriate areas for waiting or boarding, based on whether you have priority status due to a past-passenger program or upper-level cabin booking.
The PortMiami does not provide wheelchairs for passenger use. Arrangements should be made with your cruise line in advance if you require wheelchair assistance to board the ship. If wheelchairs are required for the duration of the sailing, passengers are responsible for providing their own.
There are four locations in the immediate port area where passengers can buy food: the Seaman's Center, across from Terminal E; the cafe in the port's administration building; and two cafeterias in the Royal Caribbean building. Food trucks also set up outside of the terminals on days when ships are in port. Other restaurants and shops for purchasing last-minute toiletries and other items can also be found in downtown Miami, which is just over the bridge that connects to the port.
Porters are available at the entrance to each terminal to take your luggage.
All terminals have sitting areas, with newer ones featuring extra seating in case of delays.
Each of the port's eight cruise terminals has anywhere from six to eight male and female bathrooms, depending on terminal size.
All eight cruise terminals offer free Wi-Fi.
For security reasons, lockers are not available at PortMiami. However, baggage storage is available for a fee through private companies if you're booked on a flight departing from Miami International Airport.
If you're driving to port and using a GPS, it's best to use it only to navigate across the Port Boulevard bridge. Once across, look for signs directing you to the appropriate terminal.
Updated October 10, 2019