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White sand beaches, year-round sun, Art Deco architecture and Cuban-inspired cuisine combine to make Miami a delightful destination. Book time here and you can experience Florida at its best. Lots of people hire a car when taking a break in the United States, and you could find rental vehicles a particularly handy option for travelling through Miami and the surrounding area.

Rent a Car at Miami International (MIA)

For most travellers, the most convenient way to reach Miami is to fly into Miami International Airport, 10 miles northwest of the centre. Several car rental agencies - including Avis, National, Budget and Thrifty - operate out of the airport, offering competitive daily and weekly rates on a wide range of vehicles. Once you have picked up your car, you can be in the centre of Miami in just 15 minutes.

Hire a Car in Miami

If it’s not convenient for you to pick up your rental vehicle at Miami International, hire a car once you arrive in the city. Travel from the airport to central Miami is fast and straightforward by train from Miami Airport Station.

Rental agencies in Miami are mostly concentrated in two areas: Downtown Miami and Miami Beach, which connects to the mainland by bridges and is accessible by public bus. In both these areas, you will find branches of Budget, Enterprise and Sixt, among others. To learn more about what’s on offer, browse your car hire options using the Expedia search tool.

Driving Tips for Miami

Driving in Miami is very simple and straightforward as the roads are arranged in a grid system, with all avenues running north to south and all streets running east to west. Four primary expressways run out of the city: the I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, the 836 and the 826. Three of these converge at a junction called the Golden Glades, and driving in this area can be challenging for first-timers – hiring a vehicle with satellite navigation can be helpful in this respect.

Paid parking is available around the city. If you are looking to save money, try to book accommodation that supplies a free parking space and take advantage of the public transport.

Attractions in the Miami Area

Having a car in Miami means you can get from A to B quickly and cheaply – all while enjoying the benefits of air conditioning! You’ll be able to get back and forth from Miami Beach on the I-195 or the MacArthur Causeway, making lazy beach days easy. Other attractions easily accessed from the city centre include Zoo Miami (just 30 minutes by car), the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (20 minutes), and the iconic Venetian Pool (15 minutes).

Of course, a trip to Florida wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Everglades National Park. This wildlife-filled area of tropical wetland is just one hour away by car and is the perfect place for a day trip.

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