How to Travel From Atlanta to Miami by Car, Bus, and Plane

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Nearly 17 million visitors flock to Miami, Florida annually for its tropical climate, thriving nightlife, pristine beaches, and top-notch restaurants. When visiting Atlanta, Georgia, one of the Southeast's other top destinations, it's worth making the trip south to explore all that the Magic City has to offer.

Miami is 662 miles (1,065 kilometers) from Atlanta, and the distance can easily be covered in a day. From plane to automobile, there are a variety of transportation options for traveling between the two cities, depending on your budget and preference.

Flying is the quickest route, with American and Delta Air Lines offering several nonstop flights between Atlanta and Miami daily. The flight time is just under 2 hours.

Greyhound and Megabus offer bus service to Miami from Atlanta, with one-way fares as low as $39.99. However, with minimal travel time just shy of 14 hours, the trip does take significantly longer than traveling via car or by plane.

Here are the costs and times involved when traveling by car, bus, and plane from Atlanta to Miami.

How to Get From Atlanta to Miami
  Time Cost Best For
Plane 1 hour, 48 minutes From $37 Arriving on a time crunch
Bus 13 hours, 40 minutes From $39.99 Eco-conscious travel
Car 9 hours, 25 minutes  662 miles (1,065 kilometers)  Traveling in a group

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Atlanta to Miami?

Taking 1 hour, 50 minutes, flying from Atlanta to Miami is the fastest way to travel between the two cities. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer nonstop flights several times a day, with fares as low as $37 one way (and just over $73 round trip).

While the flight from Atlanta to Miami is fairly inexpensive, when factoring in parking and the cost of travel to and from the airport, it may not be the cheapest method of travel. However, it is one to consider if one doesn't want to bother with parking or driving a car in Miami.

If traveling via plane, you'll fly from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport into Miami International Airport. This is the city's only commercial airport, and it is located approximately 7 miles northwest of downtown.

How Long Is the Drive?

Driving from Atlanta to Miami is a long trip, but budget-friendly—especially when traveling with a group. The most direct route is via I-75 S and Florida's Turnpike, which takes approximately 9 hours, 25 minutes without any stops or delays. The Turnpike is a toll road, so consider purchasing a SunPass online in advance to minimize stops and save money on your trip. You should also factor in extra travel time if leaving Atlanta or arriving in Miami during the morning or evening rush hours.

Break up the long drive with a stop in Orlando, whose top attractions include theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, the Harry P. Leu Gardens, the Orlando Eye observation wheel, and the Orlando Museum of Art.

When you get to Miami, be aware that parking can be expensive downtown, but is readily available at most resorts, hotels, and attractions.

Is There a Bus That Goes From Atlanta to Miami?

Greyhound and Megabus offer service between the two cities, which can be a cheaper, low-stress alternative to driving the distance (and easier than navigating traffic in either destination). Both bus lines are outfitted with free Wi-Fi, personal chargers, and other amenities to keep you occupied during the long journey.

Megabus offers two daily, one-way trips to Miami, with one bus leaving in early afternoon and the other close to midnight. Both trips begin at the MARTA Civic Center in Atlanta, transfer in Orlando, and terminate at the Miami Intermodal Center. Fares start as low as $39.99 for the one-way, 15- to 16-hour journey.

Greyhound offers three trips from Atlanta to Miami daily, with fares starting at $55. The express, nonstop routes—which begin at 232 Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta and terminate at the Miami Intermodal Center—take approximately 13 hours, 40 minutes.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport?

Via Metrorail, the city's 25-mile, dual track system, the trip to downtown takes about half an hour. Trains depart every 30 minutes, and the Orange Line runs directly to the Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, and Dadeland stations. Fares start at $2.25 for a single ride. The Miami Beach bus also takes passengers into the city. You can purchase a one-way fare for $2.65, and catch a ride from the Miami Airport Metrorail station every day between 6 a.m. and 11:40 p.m.

For those renting a car, the trip to town takes approximately 10 minutes via FL-836 W—but it may take longer if you arrive during rush hour or during peak tourist season. Note that the route does include toll roads, so consider purchasing a SunPass in advance.

Taxis as well as ride share services like Lyft and Uber offer pick-up outside the baggage claim level. Just follow the signs to the designated area.

What Is There to Do in Miami?

Miami has plenty to offer visitors, from beaches and parks to restaurants and museums.

Start your visit at the 21st-45th Street Beach. Located just north of South Beach, this strip is popular with locals, calmer than South Beach, and a great spot to catch some rays. While you're there, enjoy a walk, jog, or bike ride down the scenic Miami Beach boardwalk. Then head to downtown Miami and visit the area's many museums, like HistoryMiami, the Perez Art Museum, and the Frost Science Center. Follow that with a visit to the emerging Miami Design District, where you'll find vibrant public art, contemporary galleries, high-end boutiques, and an upscale food hall. Other area highlights include the Miami Botanical Garden, Zoo Miami, the Vinzcaya Museum & Gardens, and Everglades National Park.

For more about what to see and do in the city, read our guides to the best outdoor activities in Miami, Miami's nightlife, and top restaurants in Miami.

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