Public transport in Fort Lauderdale is reasonably good, although many choose to rent a car or a scooter to get around. Other than a plethora of car rentals, you have the option to travel on airport shuttles, buses, taxis, the Sun Trolley, Uber/ Lyft as well as the train (TriRail) .
Traveling by public transport in South Florida is fairly easy, although during the evenings or on public holidays your options can be somewhat limited. If you are new to the area, just tell the driver where you need to go, and he will normally let you know when to get off.
As nearly anywhere in the world, when you use public transport, please
Watch your belongings when using public transportation. Cases of crew having lost bags, phones etc. have been reported in the past.
With that said, only very few experience problems of that kind.
In the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area you will find the following options;
On the Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport homepages you will find the latest flight info updates as well as info about your ground transport options around South Florida.
- Airport Shuttles:
The Super Shuttle Express has been around for a long time and is very popular with crew, tourists and business travellers alike. You have the option for private transportation as well as for shared rides by minibus (which are reasonably economical). Prices vary on your destination but are slightly cheaper than Lyft and Uber. You can book your shuttle here.
Single fares start at 2 dollars with various other options for multi-day or multi-fare passes at significantly reduced prices. Exact fare is required as the driver doesn’t carry change. For more information check out the Broward County Transport website. To get on the bus from the airport go to bus stop 7 by the Rental Car Center from where you can catch the BCT Route 1. All BCT routes can be found here.
YES, there is a FREE shuttle operating with five different routes around Fort Lauderdale including connections to/from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the TriRail station, along the beach and downtown among others. From the airport the shuttle runs every hour from the lower level of T1, between T2/T3 and between T3/T4.
The individual routes can be located here.
The Tri-Rail train runs between Miami Airport and Mangonia Park, one stop beyond West Palm Beach. It is a cheap option to get to/from Miami Airport or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, although you will need to get additional transport from the Tri-Rail stations in Fort Lauderdale (200 SW 21st Terrace) and Fort Lauderdale Airport Station to get to your crew house. In Fort Lauderdale Airport you will find free shuttle buses at the lower level of T1 (West end), between T2/T3 and between T3/T4. Admittedly, the airport shuttle will be a lot more convenient, although slightly more pricey.
Broward BCycle describes their bike service as ”the no-hassles, no-polluting, green transportation solution to parking fees and gas prices”. What is there not to love about that!! On top of that you also get to stretch your legs, and if you can keep your ride to less than 30 mins, it doesn’t cost you a cent. You can find their bike-stations between Hollywood in the South, along SE 17th Street and up the beach as well as in downtown Lauderdale and up to Pompano Beach in the North. For rates and locations visit their website.
- Remember to return the bicycle to a Bicycle station!
- Drive carefully. Fort Lauderdale is not a bike friendly city. It is recommended to wear a bike helmet at all times!
Both services work great in Florida. Download the app and book your ride – simple as that!