Miami International Airport (MIA): the Basics

Miami Air Traffic Control Tower
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Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the world's busiest airports and serves as a hub for international flights between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. MIA is shaped like a horseshoe with north, central and south terminal areas.

Rainbow pathway at MIA
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Flight Information

You can obtain real-time flight information for any of the airlines serving MIA before leaving home. With the city's unpredictable weather, it's always a good idea to look up your flight before you head to the airport.

Airport Parking and Driving Directions

Once you've checked on your flight, you'll probably want to obtain driving directions to the airport, and once you arrive, you'll need to find a place to park.

Long-term parking, up to 60 days, is available on the airport grounds in the Flamingo Garage (serves Central Terminals F and G and South Terminals H and J) and Dolphin Garage (serves North Terminals D and E).

The maximum rate of $17 per day applies after 2 hours and 40 minutes. If you're picking someone up, you can park for $2 per 20 minutes (prices as of 2018). There are off-site parking services such as Park 'N Fly.

Airlines and Terminal Information

There are three levels in the terminals at Miami International Airport. For departures, check-in and ticketing are on Level 2. For arrivals, baggage claim is on Level 1. There are moving walkways on Level 3 and above the North Terminal Concourse D, the Skytrain can take you from one end of the mile-long concourse to the other, with stations at four locations.

A complete list of airlines and terminals is available on the official website. If you're flying on a major airline, here's where to head:

  • Air Canada, Terminal J
  • Air France, Terminal H
  • American Airlines, Terminals D and E (ticket counter is on D)
  • British Airways, Terminal E (ticket counter is on D)
  • Delta, Terminal H
  • KLM, Terminal H
  • United, Terminal G
  • El AL, Terminal J

Airport Services

Pets: If you are traveling with a pet, you can find animal relief areas with waste stations on the arrival level of Concourses D, E, and J.

Dining: You'll find everything from burgers to ceviche and empanadas at the Miami airport. There are restaurants for a relaxing dinner, bars for brews or cocktails and grab-and-go foods.

Shopping: You can shop for necessities as well as luxury items from stores like Coach and Calvin Klein. Cuban Crafters sells boutique cigars, humidors, and accessories at the airport.

WiFi: Miami International Airport offers WiFi Internet access complimentary with advertising. It is available throughout the indoor areas of the airport.

Car Rental

If you need to rent a car, there are a number of car rental agencies the Rental Car Center. You can connect to the MIA Rental Car Center using the MIA Mover (train), located on the third level between the Dolphin and Flamingo garages. Use the third level moving walkways to access the MIA Mover station.

Mass Transit

Miami International airport is served by Miami's mass transportation system. Metrobus, Metrorail and Tri-Rail airport connections are located in the Miami Central Station, the city's transportation hub.

Ground Transportation

If you're looking for a taxi to take you to your hotel or another location in Miami, taxi stands are located outside the baggage claim level of Miami International Airport. There are also shuttle services and ride-hailing services. The ride-hailing service app will tell you where the designated pick-up zone is so you can request your ride.