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Miami Transportations


Miami International Airport, is the main airport serving the Miami metropolitan area and is one of the busiest international airports in the world, catering to over 35 million passengers a year. Identifiable locally, as well as several worldwide authorities, as MIA or KMIA, the airport is a major hub and the single largest international gateway for American Airlines, the world’s largest passenger air carrier. Miami International is the United States’ third largest international port of entry for foreign air passengers (behind New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport), and is the seventh largest such gateway in the world.

The airport’s extensive international route network includes non-stop flights to over 70 international cities in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Alternatively, nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Opa-Locka Airport and Kendall-Tamiami Airport also serve the Miami area.


Miami is home to one of the largest ports in the United States, the Port of Miami. It is the largest cruise ship port in the world. The port is often called the “Cruise Capital of the World” and the “Cargo Gateway of the Americas”. It has retained its status as the number one cruise/passenger port in the world for well over a decade accommodating the largest cruise ships and the major cruise lines. In 2005, the port served 3,605,201 passengers.

Miami has the world's largest amount of cruise line headquarters, home to: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.

Additionally, the port is one of the nation's busiest cargo ports, importing nearly 10 million tons of cargo annually. Among North American ports, it ranks second only to the Port of South Louisiana in New Orleans in terms of cargo tonnage imported/exported from Latin America. The port is on 518 acres and has 7 passenger terminals. China is the port's number one import country, and Honduras is the number one export country.

Roads & Railways

Miami is the southern terminus of Amtrak's Atlantic Coast services, with its final station located in the suburb of Hialeah.

Miami-Dade County is served by four Interstate Highways (I-75, I-95, I-195, I-395) and several US Highways including US Route 1, US Route 27, US Route 41 and US Route 441. Some of the major Florida State Roads (and their common names) serving the county are:

• SR 112 (Airport Expressway) Miami Beach to MIA;
• SR 821 (The HEFT or Homestead Extension of the Florida Turnpike: SR 91/Miami Gardens to US Route 1/Florida City);
• SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway) Golden Glades Interchange to US Route 1/Kendall;
• SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway) Downtown to Turnpike via MIA;
• SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) 826/Bird Road to 878;
• SR 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway) Kendall to Turnpike/Homestead;
• SR 924 (Gratigny Parkway) Miami Lakes to Opa-locka.

Miami is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for pedestrians.

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