A Guide to Miami International Airport (MIA)

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Flying into Miami International Airport (MIA)? Here’s what you need to know.

Aerial View of Downtown Miami. Image credit: Art Wager/iStock
Aerial View of Downtown Miami. Image credit: Art Wager/iStock

Miami International Airport, also known as MIA and historically as Wilcox Field, is a vital transportation hub serving the greater Miami metropolitan area. Situated just 8 miles northwest of Downtown Miami within unincorporated Miami-Dade County, MIA is seamlessly connected to the surrounding cities of Miami, Miami Springs, and Virginia Gardens. Nearby communities like Hialeah, Doral, and Fontainebleau also benefit from its convenient location. Spanning an impressive 3,300 acres, MIA plays a crucial role as South Florida’s primary gateway for long-haul international flights. It serves as a bustling hub for both passenger and cargo flights, connecting cities across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Remarkably, MIA stands as the largest gateway between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean, firmly establishing its position as one of the premier airline hubs.

Find your way around this busy airport with the help of these Miami Airport maps, and this convenient guide, both of which will help you make choices about how to spend your time in the airport.

Miami Airport Terminals Overview

Miami International Airport has three terminals, each with distinct functions and airline operations:

  • Central Terminal (Yellow): The Central Terminal comprises Concourses E, F, and G. Concourse E primarily serves American Airlines and its Oneworld partner airlines, as well as select Caribbean and Latin American carriers. Notably, Concourse E has a satellite terminal capable of accommodating an Airbus A380.
  • South Terminal (Red): Concourses H and J make up the South Terminal, which is the primary international terminal for non-Oneworld carriers. Concourse H is commonly used by Delta Air Lines and non-Oneworld international carriers, handling narrowbody and some widebody flights, particularly from Central and northern South America. Concourse J serves as the main terminal for most non-Oneworld international carriers operating widebody aircraft and is a key hub for non-Oneworld transcontinental flights.

In total, Miami International Airport offers 131 gates across these terminals, catering to a wide range of domestic and international airlines. For specific details regarding airlines operating at the airport, please refer to the end of this guide.

Airlines at Miami International Airport

North Terminal

  • Aeroflot (international arrivals only)
  • American Airlines
  • Aruba Airlines (international arrivals only)
  • Avior Airlines (international arrivals only)
  • BOA (international arrivals only)
  • British Airways (ticketing only)
  • Cayman Airways (international arrivals only)
  • Eastern Airlines (international arrivals only)
  • Finnair (international departures only)
  • Flair Air (international arrivals only)
  • Interjet (international arrivals only)
  • Miami Air (international arrivals only)
  • Royal Air Maroc (international arrivals only)
  • Sun Country (international arrivals only)
  • Sunwing (international arrivals only)
  • Surinam Airways (international arrivals only)
  • Swift Air (international arrivals only)
  • TUIFly (international arrivals only)
  • Volaris (international arrivals only)
  • World Atlantic (international arrivals only)

Central Terminal

  • Aeroflot
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air France
  • Aruba Airlines
  • Avior Airlines
  • Bahamasair
  • BOA
  • British Airways
  • Cayman Airways
  • Corsair
  • Eurowings
  • Finnair
  • Flair Air
  • Frontier Airlines
  • GOL (international arrivals only)
  • Iberia
  • Interjet
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Miami Air
  • Norwegian Air
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Sun Country
  • Sunwing
  • Surinam Airways
  • Swift Air
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • TUIFly
  • United Airlines
  • Volaris
  • WestJet
  • World Atlantic
  • Xi Airways

South Terminal

  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Air Canada
  • Air Europa
  • Alitalia
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Bahamasair (ticketing only)
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • COPA Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • El A
  • GOL
  • KLM
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Miami Air (ticketing only)
  • SAS
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines (international departures only)
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • VivaAir

Miami Airport Parking Options

MIA provides a variety of parking choices to cater to travelers’ needs:

Garage Parking

  • Flamingo Garage:
    • Serves Concourses E – J
    • Recommended for passengers flying with all other airlines.

Please note that vehicles parked in the garage are subject to a maximum stay of 45 days, unless otherwise indicated as “no overnight parking.” After 45 days, vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Over-height vehicles can utilize the “High-Vehicle” surface lot parking located adjacent to the East side of the Dolphin (North) Garage.

Valet Parking

For the utmost convenience and proximity to your departure, Valet Parking is available at MIA. Simply pull up, and you’re on your way to your destination. Valet parking is conveniently located at the Departures/2nd level of the Dolphin and Flamingo Garages.

Valet Parking Rates:

  • 0 – 3 hours (first day only) – $22.00
  • 3 – 24 hours – $35.00

Maximum Daily Rate – $35.00

Please note that all vehicles parked in valet are restricted to a maximum length of stay of 20 days.

Economy Park & Ride

For travelers seeking the best value for parking at MIA, the Economy Park & Ride Lot is an excellent choice. This lot is situated at 1350 N.W. 45th Avenue, accessible from both LeJeune Road and Perimeter Road. Passengers can conveniently reach the main terminal by utilizing a free shuttle service that runs every 15 minutes. Shuttle service pick-up and drop-off locations are located on MIA’s departures level, across from doors 3, 11, and 26.

Economy Park & Ride Lot Rate:

  • Daily Rate – $12.00

Accessible Parking

Vehicles with disabled and stroller permits have access to designated accessible parking areas on the 3rd level and ground level of all garages.

Cell Phone Waiting Lot

MIA offers a Cell Phone Waiting Lot with 60 free spaces for private, non-for-hire vehicles. This lot is designed for individuals waiting to pick up passengers from the airport. It is conveniently located just off LeJeune Road and NW 31 Street, accessible from LeJeune Road heading North or South.

Navigating airport parking, especially at busy airports like MIA, can be a hassle. But there’s a convenient alternative. Consider booking a Blacklane chauffeured ride to and from the airport. With a professional driver at the wheel, you can skip the parking search, save time, and enjoy a stress-free journey.

Miami Airport Lounges

Each terminal in Miami International has several airport lounges where premium and elite passengers can find a little peace and quiet before boarding their flights.

North Terminal

American Airlines Flagship Lounge

American Airlines’ first-class and business-class passengers have access to this lounge, as do oneworld Emerald and Sapphire passengers and American Platinum club members, as long as they’re flying on qualifying flights.

This 29,000 square foot lounge has plenty of comfortable seating, with terrific tarmac views and lots of natural light. While the Flagship First Dining area features table service and a high-end menu, the rest of the lounge has excellent hot and cold food choices, plus premium Champagne, a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and espresso machines. In addition, during the afternoons a live chef is on hand to cook arepas to order. The lounge also features large shower suites and some daybeds.

American Airlines Admirals Club

The American Airlines Admirals Club lounge at Miami International Airport is a haven of comfort and convenience for travelers. With two locations in Concourse D, this lounge offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the airport. With its stylish and modern design, it provides a welcoming environment for passengers to relax, work, or refresh before their flights. The lounge boasts an array of amenities, including shower facilities, comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets for charging devices, and a selection of snacks and beverages. For those seeking a more substantial meal, there is a bar serving premium beverages and a variety of complimentary snacks and light bites.

Access to the American Airlines Admirals Club lounge is open to Admirals Club members, non-AAdvantage oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members, and qualifying First and Business class customers with same-day tickets on American or a oneworld airline. Additionally, one-day passes can be purchased based on lounge capacity for those without memberships or qualifying status.

American Express Centurion Lounge

If you hold an American Express Platinum or Centurion card, you have access to this lounge automatically, and you may bring in your family or up to two guests. All other American Express cardholders may pay a fee to access the lounge.

This lounge features complimentary spa treatments, including manicures and chair massages of various types. There’s a well-supplied salad bar and several hearty hot dishes, and servers circulate throughout the lounge to take care of guests’ needs. The views from this lounge are quite spectacular.

Central Terminal

Military Hospitality Lounge

All U.S. and Allied active duty and retired members of the military may use this lounge, as may their families, as long as they can present their military ID and same-day tickets. This lounge provides snacks and soft drinks, as well as a business center with computers and printers available. A family lounge is available for those with children, and you can reserve meeting rooms if needed.

Turkish Airlines Lounge

Turkish Airlines operated a comfortable and well-appointed lounge at MIA. This lounge provided travelers with a serene space to relax and unwind before their flights. Passengers had access to a variety of amenities, including shower facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, a broad selection of snacks and beverages, and even Turkish cuisine, showcasing the airline’s culinary excellence.

If you hold Star Alliance Gold membership and are flying on a Star Alliance carrier, you can enjoy lounge privileges in accordance with the Star Alliance Gold lounge access policy. Additionally, the lounge is affiliated with Priority Pass, making it accessible to travelers with Priority Pass Membership, often offered with select premium credit cards.

South Terminal

Delta Sky Club

This recently renovated club is available to Delta premium passengers plus those on most partner airlines. The staff in this lounge are very attentive, with a full-service bar and basic snacks available to all guests. Shower facilities are free to let you freshen up between flights.


LATAM premium passengers may use this lounge, and there’s some access for Priority Pass members as well, depending on the airline you’re flying. Food choices, including sandwiches, soups, and salads, are replenished regularly, and you can indulge in Champagne and Haagen-Dazs ice cream. This lounge also offers shower facilities, and you can reserve conference rooms if you need to hold a meeting with your team before you fly.

Avianca Sala VIP

This lounge for Avianca premium passengers also welcomes Priority Pass members and cardholders of some elite credit cards. This lounge, which was renovated in 2015, features a self-service bar and hot and cold food options.

Artwork at Miami International Airport(MIA). Image credit: oneinchpunch/iStock
Artwork at Miami International Airport. Image credit: oneinchpunch/iStock

Miami Airport Hotels

Miami International has one hotel right in the airport itself, which is convenient if you have an extended layover. Other four-star hotels are within easy reach of the hotel.

Miami International Airport Hotel

Location: Miami International Airport, Concourse E, 2nd Floor

MIA Hotel, which is located in Concourse E, features multilingual staff to help international visitors feel at home. Guests can enjoy the convenience of being just steps away from their terminals, eliminating the need for lengthy commutes or transportation hassles. The hotel provides comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and various dining options, making it a practical choice for both business and leisure travelers looking to maximize their time at the airport or explore the vibrant city of Miami.

Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon

Location: 5101 Waterford District Dr, Miami

Free airport shuttle: Yes

Nestled on the tranquil shores of the Blue Lagoon, the Hilton Miami Airport offers a serene escape just moments from the airport. With its contemporary design and lush tropical surroundings, it’s a slice of paradise for travelers. The hotel’s spacious rooms provide picturesque views of the lagoon, and its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the restaurant adds a touch of culinary delight. Take a dip in the sparkling pool or unwind by the waterfront as you watch the sunset over the lagoon, making every stay a memorable experience.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Miami International Airport

Location: 5101 3974 NW S River Dr, Miami

Free airport shuttle: Yes

The Embassy Suites by Hilton near Miami International Airport presents a haven of comfort and style. Its all-suite accommodations offer plenty of space, making it ideal for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel’s lush atrium is an inviting oasis, where guests can enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening receptions. With easy access to the airport and a variety of amenities, it’s a seamless blend of convenience and comfort, ensuring an enjoyable stay.

Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

Location: 3900 NW 21st St, Miami

Free airport shuttle: Yes

The Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel is more than just a place to rest; it’s a hub of connectivity and productivity. This contemporary hotel boasts extensive meeting and event facilities, making it an ideal choice for business travelers. But it’s not all business here; guests can unwind in the tropical gardens, take a dip in the pool, or savor exquisite cuisine at the on-site restaurant. With its modern design and array of amenities, this Sheraton is where work seamlessly transitions into relaxation.

Hyatt House Miami Airport

Location: 5710 Waterford District Dr, Miami

Free airport shuttle: Yes

Hyatt House Miami Airport embodies the essence of “home away from home.” These spacious suites are designed for extended stays, offering fully equipped kitchens and cozy living areas. The hotel’s welcoming atmosphere extends to its outdoor pool, perfect for basking in the Florida sun, and its 24-hour fitness center to keep you active while on the go.

Knowing how to navigate the airport can ease any stress during check-in. Image credit: LightFieldStudios/iStock
Knowing how to navigate the airport can ease any stress during check-in. Image credit: LightFieldStudios/iStock

Miami Airport Shopping

You’ll find solid shopping choices in all of Miami’s terminals, whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe for Miami’s warm climate or pick up items you need for your flight.

North Terminal

Some of the airport’s top clothing choices are located here in the largest terminal, including Penguin, Montblanc, Johnston & Murphy, and many more. Pick up sunglasses and chic sports gear at The Shoppes at Ocean Drive or visit the Romero Britto art gallery. Looking for jewelry? Try Taxco Sterling or Starfire Design.

All your last-minute flight necessities await you at Air Essentials, and you can pick up reading for your flight at BookLink, Miami News Now, NewsLink, or Hudson News. If you promised to take home some premium cigars, stop in at Cuban Crafters MIA.

Central Terminal

While the shopping choices are more limited in this section of the airport, you can still prep for your trip to the Florida Keys by picking up sunglasses at Sunglass Hut. You can find fun, trendy accessories at Bead Factory or Bijoux Terner, or upgrade your electronics at Tech on the Go.

South Terminal

Thanks to the many international airlines based in this terminal, you’ll find some good duty-free options if you’re traveling to your home country, including Coach, Michael Kors, Desigual, and Hugo Boss. If you want to go home with some fine jewelry, check out Fire Diamonds CZ. Several traditional Duty Free Americas shops are also available to let you pick up luxury brands of liquor, fragrances, beauty products, tobacco, and more.

Fit out your toiletries and cosmetics kit at MAC or Navarro Pharmacy. Fun gadgets are available at Brookstone, Sound Balance, and InMotion Entertainment, and souvenirs of your stay in Miami are ready for purchase at Little Havana To Go and Miami Gifts To Go.

Restaurants in Miami Airport

Whether you want to grab fast food or enjoy a sit-down meal before your flight, you have some excellent options at MIA.

North Terminal

Most of Miami Airport’s restaurants are located in this terminal.

  •  Ku-Va: Order a mojito to go with the amazing ropa vieja and other Cuban specialties.
  •  Islander Bar & Grill: Here’s where to watch the game — and enjoy a jerk sandwich while you’re at it.
  •  Chefs of the Caribbean: Come here for all those Caribbean specialties you’ve been craving, from oxtail and mashed plantains to Jamaican beef patties and conch fritters.
  • Icebox Café: This outpost from the popular Miami restaurant serves up food that’s just healthy enough to make you feel less guilty (think buffalo cauliflower wings and kale fritters). Don’t miss the strawberry chiffon shortcake.
  • Shula’s Bar & Grill: Yes, the “Shula” is Don Shula, Miami Dolphins legend, and the burgers here are legendary, too.
  •  Spring Chicken: The Southern comfort food at this spinoff of the popular South Beach restaurant Yardbird is hearty and tasty.
  • La Carreta Restaurant: All the Cuban dishes you crave are on the menu here, including café con leche, roasted beef tongue, Pollo al Ajillo and more.
  • Sushi Maki: This homegrown Miami sushi chain also features sushi tacos and Kobe beef sliders.
  •  Fig and Fennel: This Mediterranean spinoff of Icebox Café features healthy smoothies (especially the popular Breakfast Power Smoothie), wraps, and an organic juice bar.

Central Terminal

Have a drink or enjoy delicious European dishes if you’re lingering in this terminal.

  • Budweiser Brew House: Yes, they have all manner of Bud on tap, but they’re also mixing Bloody Marys for breakfast. (There’s another one in the South Terminal.)
  •  Café Versailles: Need some caffeine after that red-eye? The Cuban coffee here should do the job. (And you’ll find more Café Versailles outposts in the other terminals.)
  •  Viena: Sit down to fine Brazilian and European entrées here, or opt for lighter choices like salads or flatbreads.
  •  Half Moon Empanadas: These classic Latin American hand pies come stuffed with everything from breakfast favorites to spicy chicken cordon bleu, and they’re ideal if you want a grab-and-go option. (There’s also a Half Moon in the North Terminal.)

South Terminal

Lots of quick-service spots in this terminal, so you can eat well without being concerned that you’ll miss your flight.

  • La Pausa: American classics in a sit-down restaurant that tries to make you feel like you’re at home.
  •  Gilbert’s Bakery: Cuban pastries are just what you need to start your day off right.
  • Bongos: Another spot where a mojito is mandatory — and just the right choice to wash down your croquetas or lechon.
  • Corona Bar and Grill: If Corona’s your beer, this is your spot, complete with steak and burgers.

How to Get to Miami International Airport

The most convenient way to get to and from Miami International Airport is by booking a reliable Blacklane car service in Miami. Alongside the usual booking in advance, our newly launched on-demand Chauffeur Hailing Service, provides immediate pickups in Miami, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable chauffeured ride within minutes. Say goodbye to the stress of negotiating local taxi fees and the challenges of public transit.

Besides, for travelers residing in different Florida locations, but flying in or out of MIA, Blacklane offers an ideal solution. Experience the convenience of door-to-door chauffeured rides through our City to City services. Rest assured, you won’t have to worry about parking, navigating unfamiliar routes, or switching between various modes of transportation.

FAQs about Miami International Airport

How far is Miami Airport from the cruise port?

Miami cruise port is just 8 miles east of Miami International (MIA) Airport.

How much is parking at Miami Airport?

Parking rates at Miami International Airport vary, with options including garage, valet, economy, and accessible parking. Prices typically start at $12 per day.

For current rates, check our dedicated section about parking rates at Miami Airport.

How much is a taxi from Miami Airport to downtown?

The cost for a taxi ride from Miami Airport to Downtown Miami is approximately $25, with a travel time of around 20 minutes to reach the city center.

Where to sleep in Miami Airport?

Miami International Airport has an onsite hotel called the “Miami International Airport Hotel” for travelers seeking accommodations within the airport complex.

For more details about hotels near MIA, please check our dedicated section.

How big is Miami Airport?

Miami International Airport (MIA) covers an expansive area of approximately 3,300 acres (1,335 hectares).


Ellie Smith

Ellie is an avid traveler, writer, and adventurer, with a passion for exploring the world and sharing her experiences through storytelling. Working for global chauffeur company Blacklane and having lived in cities like Dubai and Berlin, she has gained valuable first-hand experience in uncovering hidden gems worldwide.