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#1 MARC Rider

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 09:47 PM

We're thinking of taking a vacation to Miami Beach, riding down on the Silver Meteor/silver star. Our plan would be to obtain a rental car upon arrival, as we will be visiting other places in South Florida (the Everglades, the Keys, etc.)   From what I can see on Google Maps, the Amtrak station is in roughly the same general location as the airport, which would be an excellent place to pick up and drop off a rental car.  However, the station is still a decent distance away.  I've read that you can get up further up the line (like Hollywood or Ft. Lauderdale) and take a commuter train right into the airport.  On the other hand, the Silver trains are scheduled to arrive at 6 - 7 PM, so if they're running a bit late, maybe the commuter train service will be sketchy or non-existent.  Does this mean that we should plan on paying for a taxi from amtrak to the airport?  If so, how much does the taxi cost?  On the outbound trip, do any of the rental companies have a deal like Hertz has in Savannah were you can drop your car off at the train station, leave your keys with the station agent, and have Hertz (or other rental companies) send you a statement by email?


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Posted 14 September 2014 - 10:35 PM

if im not mistaken the amtrak station at MIA airport is not open yet? 


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Posted 15 September 2014 - 02:16 AM

The Miami station is still in the old location at NW 37th St. The quickest way to get to the airport is to take a cab from the station, which should take about 20 minutes. The cheapest way is to walk the quarter of a mile from the Amtrak station to the Metrorail-Tri-Rail transfer station and take Metrorail. The walk however, is through an industrial area that can be best described as shady, so if you don't mind spending a few extra dollars I would recommend the cab or Tri-Rail. You could get off the train one stop before Miami, at Hollywood, and take Tri-Rail to the Hialeah Market station. From there you would take a shuttle bus to the airport and then the MIA Mover from the airport to the car rental center. Honestly the cab is the easiest way to go, especially if you aren't familiar with the area.

Eventually Amtrak, Tri-Rail, Metrorail, Greyhound, and rental cars will all be under the same roof at Miami Central station. As of today the Metrorail and rental car portions are open and operating but the rest isn't yet. And since it is Dade County who knows when the rest will actually open.
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