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Set Off on Your Miami Adventure in a Local Hire Car

Predominantly known for its sun-drenched beaches and exotic restaurant scene, Miami’s energy is palpable and distinct. Hire a car to discover the city of Miami and its historic sites, such as Bayfront Park, and take in Miami Heat games at the American Airlines Arena. Or why not use Miami as your starting point and travel south on Highway 9336 to discover the endangered species of birds and alligators at the Everglades National Park, a short 46-mile drive away?

Hire a car for your Miami trip with and gain access to special-offer pricing on car hire options. Booking a trip for your group to discover the beaches along the eastern coast? We recommend booking a 4x4 for greater luggage room. A smaller saloon or compact will be suitable for those short trips zipping between locations in the city centre. Take the time to use our comparison tool and filter through the various services to find the ultimate vehicle for your Miami trip.

All You Need to Know About Your Miami Car Hire

Arriving at Miami International Airport, an 8-mile journey from Downtown Miami, you’ll be presented with a number of car hire services. The following companies offer services from the airport directly:

  • Budget Rent-a-Car
  • Avis Rent-a-Car
  • Hertz
  • Sixt Rent-a-Car

Car hire from Budget, Hertz and Avis can be booked through and can be picked up at the airport ready for your arrival. Remember to call the company directly before you leave your country of origin to confirm the booking and arrival time.

If you’re planning an extended trip with the family when you arrive in Miami, then a larger vehicle is likely the best choice. The 4x4s (or SUVs) are noted for their driving comfort and will ensure you have all the required room for your luggage. Those staying closer to their hotel and simply planning on enjoying the many local Miami beaches may want to choose a smaller car. The famous South Beach is just a 13-mile drive via MacArthur Causeway from the airport.

Driving your hire car in Miami, you should note that both the Palmetto Expressway (826) and Interstate 95 (I-95) are free to use, while the Florida Turnpike, Dolphin Expressway (836) and the Airport Expressway are toll roads. Discuss your electronic SunPass with your car hire company before booking your Miami trip.

Below are several tips for driving safely in Miami:

  • Pay close attention to traffic movement, as Miami drivers may make lane changes without much warning.
  • In heavy rain or fog, turn on your windshield wipers and headlights as opposed to hazard lights.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, you can turn right on a red light.

Exploring the Miami Area by Hire Car

Explore the Art Deco architecture in South Beach in your hire car for an insider’s view of the Miami lifestyle. Here on Ocean Drive, you’ll also discover the Wolfsonian FIU Modern Art Museum, which has a robust collection of modern art. Travel farther afield and 25 miles north to the Emerald Hills Golf Club for a round at a PGA tour-rated venue.

Companies such as Enterprise Rent-a-Car offer options across Miami. You can choose to pick up your hire car from their location in Miami Beach or in the city at 940 NW 27th Avenue. Don’t worry if you’re struggling to find the right price on your car hire. has you covered. You can filter through the various options directly on our site to compare packages and pricing.

Answering Your Miami Car Hire Questions

What documents do I need when I hire a car?

You will require a valid driving licence, a means of payment and proof of insurance should you choose not to accept insurance from the car hire company.

Can my partner drive the vehicle when required?

Most car hire companies permit additional drivers on their policies. However, an additional driver surcharge may be applied to your hire fee.

Can we bring pets in hire vehicles?

Most companies allow pets to ride with you in your hire vehicle. However, you will be charged for any damage the pet causes to the vehicle during the rental period.