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All rental car company offices are now located outside the actual airport in a new facility accessed by a free shuttle train service. After picking up your luggage, follow the pink (purple) arrows to the third level where you will find a moving walkway. Follow the arrows to the train which will deposit you right at the Rental Car Center at Miami Intermodal Center where most companies maintain an office. If the company you are renting from does not have a presence there, you may have to phone them in order to have them send their free shuttle to the rental car centre. Make sure you know exactly where you are located so the driver will know where you will be waiting.
All rental companies should have clear maps to show you how to get onto the major highways.
If you're traveling with children, please be aware that all children under 40 pounds (18 kilograms) must ride in an FAA-approved child restraint system. Make sure you request one when you make your original reservation.
|Rental Car Shuttle|
|Rental Car Centre|
The following directions are from the airport itself.
You will exit the airport in an easterly direction. Once you have left the airport buildings, look for overhead numerical colour signs indicating the various exits.
Exit 1 Red. Going directly ahead
on the airport exit road takes you to the Sheraton Hotel, closest
hotel to the airport, on 21st. Street. Also alternative to Downtown and South Miami
Beach, though we recommend you take Exit 4 Green
for these destinations.
2. Exit 2 Blue. Takes you to Central and North Miami Beach and I-95 north.
3.Exit 3 Purple. Takes you to the Rental Car Center, Hialeah, Miami Springs and Doral.
4. Exit 4 Green. Takes you to Downtown, South Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, I-95 south and Key West.
Taking the motorway to Miami Beach, Downtown Miami and the I-95 Expressway will involve passing through a toll booth. If you have a Sun Pass you can sail right through keeping to the left hand lanes. If not you will need US$ 1.25. If you have exact change you go through the blue lane and toss US$ 1.25 in coins into the basket provided. If not, keep to the green lane on the right, where you will get change. Slowly but surely, tolls on Florida motorways will only be collected electronically with SunPass or with TOLL-BY-PLATE, a system that takes a photo of a vehicle's license plate and mails a bill to the vehicle's registered owner. Cash toll collections will be eliminated. With SunPass or TOLL-BY-PLATE, drivers DO NOT STOP to pay tolls. Drivers in rental cars should ask about charging tolls to the credit card used to rent the vehicle.
GETTING BACK TO THE AIRPORT:
By now you should be able to get around somewhat painlessly. In this case I will presume that you will know the general direction of the airport, and which road to take in order to get there.
If you are coming from Central or North Miami Beach and I-95 North, you must get onto the SR 112 Airport Expressway. There are no tolls in this direction. Look for the third exit after you are past the I-95 junction. Keep to the centre or left hand lane. Next you will see an overhead sign.
|Almost there - Keep to the left two lanes|
|Keep left for rental returns, ahead for airport|
If going to drop people off at the airport, follow the appropriate sign, keeping right, which takes you directly to the airport. To drop off family or friends, take the Departures carriagway to the right up to Level 2. If you now want to drop off your car, exit the airport by Exit 3 Green and follow instructions above.
If you are dropping off your car, follow the indications to Le Jeune Road South (Major Rental Car Returns). You will descend onto Le Jeune Road. Keep to the left lane. At 25th Street turn left (there is a left turn traffic signal). Then follow the directions given to you by your rental car company. I hope you did not leave them in your room!
If you are coming from Downtown, South Miami Beach, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, I-95 south. You will be on SR 836 the Dolphin Expressway West. There are no tolls in this direction.
If going to drop people off at the airport exit at North Le Jeune Road. Keep to the right lane and follow the signs to the airport. Take the Departures carriageway to the right up to Level 2. If you now want to drop off your car, exit the airport by Exit 3 Green and follow instructions above.
|Exit to right for rental car returns, next exit right for airport.|
|Watch those confusing signs. Turn right here.|
If you are dropping off your car, exit at NW 37th. Avenue, Airport. Turn right on NW 37th. Ave. Melreese Golf Course is on your left. On crossing the canal, turn left or follow the directions given to you by your rental car company. I hope you did not leave them in your room!