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    Default Tri Rail Train From Fort Lauderdale to Miami South Beach (Map)

    Over at Yahoo Answers, there is a travel-related question about taking the Tri Rail train from Fort Lauderdale Airport to Miami. The Member is staying in South Beach and needs to find out which Tri Rail Station to depart, and what is the best way to get from the Station (taxi, shuttle, city bus) into South Beach. A fellow Member replies:

    Tri-Rail Station: Metrorail Transfer Station
    Metrorail to Government Center Station. Walk one block south, take Metrobus Route C or K to 5th and Washington. Walk one block east to Beach. Passengers have the option of boarding these buses in front of Bayside Marketplace on Biscayne Boulevard. If you want to take a taxi it will be about $15-$20 from the stop to south beach.
    I did not know taking a train from Fort Lauderdale Airport to Miami was so easy. It was also good to learn city bus C or K will take you from the Transfer Station into South Beach. But I disagree about the cost of a taxi. Maybe from Bayside to South Beach a cab would cost $15-$20, but a cab ride from the Metrorail Transfer Station to South Beach will cost about the same as the flat rate from the Miami Airport - $32.

    I visited Tri Rail's website and learned the Southbound train departs the Fort Lauderdale Station every hour between 5am and 9pm (See: train schedule). The ride to the Metrorail Transfer Station takes approximately 30 minutes. The fare is $3 one way. For Tri Rail Customer Service call (800) 874-7245.

    The South Florida Commuter Rail provides service between Miami International Airport to Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. It looks like a fun way to travel. Have you ridden the Train between Magnolia Park and the Miami Airport Station? Tell us what to expect.

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    Yahoo Answers: question about tri rail from miami to fort lauderale?
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    My return flight is from FLL and I am going to stay in the South Beach. Any idea how would I go to FLL from SoBe? I would not want to take a taxi since it would be expensive. Train is an option I guess but I don't know if the train connects SoBe and FLL. Can someone throw some light? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sagittarian View Post
    My return flight is from FLL and I am going to stay in the South Beach. Any idea how would I go to FLL from SoBe? I would not want to take a taxi since it would be expensive. Train is an option I guess but I don't know if the train connects SoBe and FLL. Can someone throw some light? Thanks.
    Where in South Beach? I always use the Google Maps directions with the public transit option on. You could take the new Airport Flyer from Miami Beach to MIA. From MIA catch a shuttle to the Tri-Rail station and take that to FLL. That should be the cheapest way to do so.

    The Airport Flyer – Direct Express Bus Service between Miami International Airport and Miami Beach – Transit Miami

    TGI Friday's to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Intl, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 - Google Maps Click on Show Option and change around the date and time so you can have a more accurate forecast.

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    If you're going to me in Miami, and not have access to a car or a ride, whatever the cost difference to fly into Ft. Lauderdale may not be worth the hassle. Despite the map up there, between delays and transfers thats a long trip. Any way you have of flying into Miami instead?

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    OPTION 1

    You could take a bus from South Beach to Metrorail downtown and take the Metrorail to the tri-rail connecting station. (If you have more than a carry-on, take a taxi to the metrorail.)

    Stop at FLL tri-rail airport station and take the free airport shuttle. It goes back and forth from the airport all day depending on the train schedule. It's clearly marked "airport shuttle" and you can put your luggage on it.

    If you fly out on a weekend, keep in mind train schedules are slower. Here is the Miami-Dade Public Transport site: Miami-Dade County - Transit

    Here is the Tri-Rail site: South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA)

    You'll have to coordinate your train schedules. Leave plenty of time just in case there are delays.

    OPTION 2

    You could avoid all of this and ride more comfortably in a shared ride on Go Airport Shuttle. They will pick you up at your hotel. Go Airport Shuttle - Ground Transportation for over 100 Airports! - it should be around $20 - $25, including tip for one adult and one piece of luggage. Totally worth it, if you ask me.

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    Yeah. Those shuttles take a while, since they have to drop off/pick up so many people. BUT, much shorter than the bus.

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