Miami Airport Car Rental

Miami International Airport is one the biggest and busiest airports in the world. It is the 12th busiest in the world and hub to many airlines. It has several concourses and overall, the terminal is semicircular in shape.

Car rentals are in abundance at the facility.  Here are the ones currently with establishments at the facility.

Company Name

Toll Free

ACE

1-800-609-7701

1 800 777-5500

Alamo

1-800-327-9633

All Day Rent A Car

1 800 220-5011

Avis

1-800-331-1212

Budget 

1-800-527-0700

Dollar

1-800-800-4000

Enterprise

1-800-325-8007

E-Z Rent A Car

1 800 277-5171

Global Rent A Car

1-866-635-3060

Hertz

1-800-654-3131

National

1-800-227-7368

Payless

1-800-729-5377

P & P Family Auto Rental

1 800 531-1177

Royal

1-800-314-8616

Sixt rent a car

1-888-749-8227

Thrifty

1-800-367-2277

 

It is composed mainly of three levels: Level 1 which has the baggage carousel, ground transportation access and customs facilities; Level 2 which has the ticket counters, the shops and food court and the departure gates; Level 3 which has another customs and migration facility. There are three parking facilities, so you do have several options to find a parking spot available.

The airport is close to major expressways. Beware that some roadway construction is taking place in the surrounding areas so your travel time could be affected. Make sure you budget some extra time considering this. The exact address is as follows: 2100 NW 42nd Ave. - Miami, Fl 33142.

When you get there follow the signs to the corresponding level, whether it be arrival or departure.

When parking you have four different options: long term parking garages, short term parking lot, valet parking and economy parking lot.

After you check-in and pass security control, you’ll be thrilled to see all the options for shopping and having a coffee or eating that you have. Before security, you have a few of options as well. To mention just a couple, in the North Terminal, Central Terminal and also in the Concourse D are “Au Bon Pain” and “Starbucks”. They have good sandwiches, soups and pastries at the former and obviously great coffee at the latter.

For shopping options before security control I could only recommend “Bijoux Terner” where you can always find good and cheap stuff.

After you pass security you have much better and wider choices. For shopping I would recommend the following: “NFL Store”, “Hudson News”, “Bijoux Terner” and “Duty Free” (All of them at Concourse D and some of them in F and E).

For food/drink options pass security I recommend the following: “Chilli’s To Go” and “Bud Brewhouse” (Concourse F); “Sushi Maki”, “Haagen-Dazs”, “Island Chicken Grill” and “Starbucks” (Concourse D). Please avoid trying “Manchu Wok” and “Nathan’s Hot Dogs” since I had terrible experiences in both places. I got nasty food at the chinese place, with dirty dishes and so, and I got horrible customer service at Nathan’s.

There is available wi-fi at the airport; the network is “MIA-WiFi”. The only problem is that is not free, which is really a bummer. Two internet plans are available to pay by credit card: $9.95 / 24 hours or $4.95 / 30 minutes and then $0.25 per minute thereafter. There is a workstation after security where you could have internet access with desktop computers as well, but this is also with a charge.

If arriving from a domestic flight you must go to Level 1 to pick up your baggage and make use if you wish of the several ground transportation options available: taxi, shuttle, bus and car rental.

If arriving from an international flight you must also go to Level 1 for passport control, then to pick up your baggage and clear U.S. Customs. You will have the same ground transportation options than the domestic ones.

Honestly, I have a friend that spent almost 15 hours once at this airport because he went to MIA to buy my engagement ring, so to reduce costs, he didn’t pay for a hotel but decided to stay all afternoon, night and morning of the next day at the airport. Despite the awkwardness of his decision and the adventure that it was, he didn’t get bored at all since the airport has so much to do and visit that you’ll never be done covering it all.


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