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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Miami Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

The best spot is just before concourse A on upper level, there is a quite large alcove where nobody would disturb you. -Sitos

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Miami International Airport.

What to Expect

  • The Miami airport has 3 interconnected terminals: North (Concourse D), South (Concourses H and J), and Central (Concourses E, F, G).
  • The airport is open 24 hours. However, security checkpoints close depending on that night’s flight schedule. Be sure to check ahead before exiting or entering the airside area.
  • Several 24 hour concession options can be found landside. Airside, there is a 24 hour Einstein bagels in the North Terminal.
  • People most often end up sleeping at this airport because of canceled flights.
  • Some reviewers reported messy bathrooms and dirty seats at this airport. You may want to bring along hand sanitizer, tissues, and wipes.
  • A few reviewers warned of long security lines at this airport.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Sleeping options are limited. Reviewers reported that all seats have armrests. Some reviewers slept successfully on the carpeted floor in the North Terminal.
  • In the event of a canceled flight, airport staff may provide blankets or cots for stranded passengers.
  • Consider bringing earplugs, a blanket and warm clothes, as the airport is reportedly cold and noisy throughout the night.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel within the Central Terminal and other nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • Showers can be found in a few of the lounges.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Miami Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Miami Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: North Terminal, Airside, Concourse D, across from Gate D30. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: North Terminal, Airside, Concourse D, 3rd Floor, above Gate D15. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines tickets • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Centurion Lounge - Location: North Terminal, Concourse D, Airside, near Gate D12. Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members. [ more lounge info ]
  • Premium Lounge - Location: North Terminal, Airside, Concourse E, 5th Floor, just beyond the security checkpoint. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door. [ more lounge info ]
  • Club America - Location: Concourse F, Airside, 3rd Floor. Showers are available ($). Lounge Access:Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]    buy a lounge pass
  • Avianca VIP Lounge - Location: South Terminal, Concourse J South, Airside, 3rd Floor. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]    buy a lounge pass
  • Delta Sky Club - Location: South Terminal, Airside, in the H and J Connector, to the left of the H Concourse Security. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • VIP Lounge Miami - Location:South Terminal, Concourse J, Airside, near Gate J5 in the main departure lounge. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]    buy a lounge pass

Military Lounge

A military hospitality lounge is available for active and retired military travelers. Inside this volunteer-run lounge you will have complimentary snacks and beverages, magazines, TV and Free WiFi. Location: Concourse E, Central Terminal, Level 2. Hours: 9:00AM - 9:00PM.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Miami Airport does not appeal to you, there is a hotel inside and near the airport:

  • Miami International Airport Hotel - Located inside Central Terminal Concourse E, Level 2 (Departures). No airport shuttle. Day rooms are offered from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel - (5 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from 5:00AM to Midnight, and every 30 minutes after hours. For airport pick-up, please flag down the shuttle from the median passenger pick-up lane on Level 2 (Departures). Free shuttle service to surrounding area attractions within a 3 mile radius (subject to availability - reservation required)
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Miami Airport and Intermodal Area - (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. When you arrive at the airport go to the 2nd level of departures, the shuttle runs every 30 minutes between 6:00AM and 11:00PM. You can also call the hotel (786-878-5555) to advise them of which exit you are at.
  • Red Roof + Miami Airport - (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle available daily from 5:00AM - 12:30AM, every 30 minutes. Pick-ups are on the 2nd level for American Airlines (second curb) and for all other airlines head to the first curb.
  • Embassy Suites Miami International Airport - (8 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service is available every 30 minutes.
  • Element Hotel - (8 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle departs every 30 minutes.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Miami Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Miami Airport, connect to “MIA-WiFi” network. Access with advertising is free or you may purchase Standard Service without advertising for $4.95 or Premium Service without advertising for $7.95.

If you are not travelling with a mobile device, there are public internet workstations (printers also available) on the 7th floor, and also in the Lobby Bar of the Miami International Airport Hotel in Concourse E on the Departure Level of the main terminal. Fee: $4.95 for the first 20 minutes of access, 25-cents per min after. 50-cent per printed page. Both locations accept credit cards, and Lobby Bar also accepts cash. The ICE Business Center also has computers for use. See the More Services section below for details.

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More Services & Facilities

  • Art Exhibitions - There are several galleries and exhibits located throughout the terminals (landside and airside).
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located throughout the airport (landside and airside).
  • Baby Care Facilities - Need a comfortable and private place to nurse and care for your baby? Look for free-standing MIAmamas suites. Each suite has a fold-down table, two benches, a collapsible table, power outlet with USB, and are lockable for privacy. There’s enough room in the suite for mama, baby, and their luggage or stroller, or even for a small family! Locations: Airside, near the following gates: D20 • D36 • E7-E9 • E21- E31 • F6 - F8 • G4 • H4 • J5 - J7.
  • Banking - Bank of America offers full-service banking in the airport. Location: South Terminal, landside, Concourse J, 2nd Level. Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00PM.
  • Business Center - Computers with internet and printing capabilities, currency exchange, faxing and a host of other services and products are available at the International Currency Exchange (ICE) Business Center. Location: Between Concourses H and J, airside.
  • Baggage Carts - Available at various locations throughout the airport. Fee: $5.00.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Chapel - Gather your thoughts in peace or prayer at the airport’s non-denominational chapel. The chapel also offers Christian services in English and Spanish on designated days, and a weekly Catholic mass. Location: North Terminal, Concourse D, 1st Level, landside, between International Arrivals and Carousel 22. Hours: Unknown, but a reader let us know that it is not open 24 hours. No overnight sleeping allowed here.
  • Children’s Play Area - Designed in collaboration with Miami Children’s Museum, Plane Fun is an educational and interactive play area for kids. There’s a child-sized control tower with working functions, a soft play section for toddlers, a simulated hot air balloon ride, and more! Location: Concourse E, airside, near Gate E5. Also accessible from Concourse D.
  • Currency Exchange - International Currency Exchange (ICE) kiosks are available in these locations:
    » South Terminal, Landside, Concourse H, Level 3, Arrivals (Hours: 1:00PM - 8:00PM)
    » North Terminal, Concourse C, Level 2 (Hours: 7:00AM - 8:30PM)
    » Central Terminal, Landside, Concourse E, Level 2 (Hours: 5:00AM - 11:00PM) • Landside, Concourse F, Level 2 (Hours: 10:30AM - 9:30PM) • Landside, Concourse G, Level 2 (Hours: 7:00AM - 5:00PM).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty Free Americas shops operate with varying schedules at the following locations: Concourse D East, airside, Gate D16 • Concourse D West, airside, Gate D30 • Concourse E, landside, 2nd Level • Concourse F, airside, Gate F11 • South Terminal, airside, H-J Connector • Concourse J, airside, Gate J6.
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
    » Central Terminal, Landside, Concourse F, 2nd Level - Dunkin’ Donuts • Cafe Versailles.
    » Central Terminal, Landside, Concourse E, 2nd Level - Subway
    » North Terminal, Airside, near Gate D26 - Einstein Bros. Bagels
    » South Terminal, Airside, Concourse J (near Gate J8) - Earl of Sandwich
  • Information Desk - Tourist Information Counters offer airport and tourist information from locations throughout the airport, including the main counter at Concourse E, Level 2, near the airport’s hotel. Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM (daily). You can also flag down one of the Volunteer Ambassadors roaming around the airport, or make use of one of the white courtesy phones located on columns throughout Concourses D, E, F, G, H and J. The white courtesy phones are available 24/7 for information and airport-wide paging services.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Enjoy your layover unburdened by luggage! Store your luggage, coats and other personal items at The Baggage Checkroom. Location: Central Terminal, Concourse E, Level 2. Hours: 5:00AM - 9:00PM. Rate: ranges from $6.00 - $19.00/day/bag according to the size of the baggage.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Available for a fee at kiosks located landside on the 2nd level of all three terminals. Hours: unknown.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Pet Relief Area - Both open and fenced-in pet relief areas are available outside of all three terminals on the Arrivals level. Indoor pet relief rooms have artificial turf and clean-up supplies, and are located airside near the following gates: D34 • F7 • G5 • J3.
  • Pharmacy - Navarro Pharmacy - Location: South Terminal, Airside by the H-J Connector. Hours 6:00AM - 9:00PM • Air Essentials - Location: North Terminal, Landside, Concourse D East, Level 1. Hours: 6:00AM - 10:00PM.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Available in the Admirals Club Lounge and Club America lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Smoking Area - Designated smoking areas are available outdoors, opposite Concourses D, E, F, H, and J on Levels 1 and 2. An indoor smoking lounge is available airside at the TGI Friday’s in Concourse D (Gate D36).
  • Salon & Spa Services - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and other express services are available at Jetsetter Spa. Location: South Terminal, landside, Concourse H, 2nd Level. Hours: 8:00AM - 9:00PM • Express salon services are also available at XpresSpa. Location: North Terminal, airside, Concourse D East, Gate D11. Hours: 7:00AM - 10:00PM.
  • Therapy Dogs - Be on the look out for the airport's trained therapy dog, a golden retriever that walks around the terminal two days a week with its owner to snuggle with dog loving travelers.
  • Yoga Room - A peaceful place to stretch and de-stress. Yoga mats are available for use. Location: Terminal H, landside, 1st Floor. Hours: 9:00AM - 9:00PM.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.

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Layover Sightseeing

Do you have a long layover? With the proper documentation and a long enough layover, you may have time to leave the airport and do some sightseeing. Here are a few Miami Airport Layover Sightseeing ideas. As this is a new page, if you have a suggestion for other layover sightseeing options, send a tip to editor@sleepinginairports.com and we will add it to the list.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

Tri-Rail is a commuter train connecting the airport to Downtown Miami. To access, head to the third level and use MIA Mover (automated people mover trail). Exit at the Miami International Airport Station and board the Tri-Rail P682 Northbound towards Mangonia Park. Exit at the MetroRail Transfer Station and walk less than five minutes to the Amtrak Station by heading east on NW 80th St toward NW 37th Ave. Total travel time using the MIA and Tri-Rail is about 25 minutes.

If you prefer to not walk at all, you can take the MIA to Miami International Airport Station as outlined above and then board Bus 42 - Opa-Locka Tri-Rail Station. Exit at NW 37 Av@# 8303 (Amtrak). On a good day, travel time should be about 30 minutes.

Finally, taxis can be found at the arrivals area outside baggage claim. Travelers are advised to ignore transportation solicitations inside the terminal as this is an illegal activity. To obtain legal and safe transportation, only use taxis located at the taxi stands where uniformed staff members will assist you. Travel via taxi should be about 20 minutes.

Car Rentals

Advantage • Alamo • All-Day • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • E-Z • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty and more. Location: Rental Car Center, accessible by shuttle bus.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus Miami Airport North Hotel & Suites   •   Clarion Inn & Suites Miami Airport   •   Comfort Suites Miami Airport North   •   Element Miami International Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Miami - International Airport   •   Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton - Miami Airport / Blue Lagoon   •   Hilton Miami Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Miami Airport & Intermodal Area   •   Homewood Suites Miami-Airport / Blue Lagoon   •   Hyatt House Miami Airport   •   Pullman Miami Airport Hotel   •   Red Roof Plus+ Miami Airport   •   Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel   •   Sleep Inn at Miami International Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Miami Airport South.

Miami Beach Airport Metroflyer

This travels between the Miami Intermodal Center (MIA) and Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Airport Flyer makes traveling to/from Miami International Airport to Miami Beach fast, easy and convenient. For just $2.65 each way, passengers can ride aboard 40-foot buses. The Airport Flyer runs every 30 minutes and provides express service from 6:00AM to 11:40PM, seven days a week. For more details visit the Miami Dade web site.

Metrorail Orange Line

Metrorail's Orange Line offers visitors easy, affordable access to Miami International Airport. Trains serving the MIA Metrorail station are marked ORANGE LINE. For schedules and costs, visit the Miami Dade web site.

MetroBus / MetroRail

Connect to MetroBus and MetroRail at the Miami Central Station. To get to Miami Central Station from the airport, go to the third level and use the Skyride (moving sidewalks) to access the MIA Mover station. The MIA Mover, located between the Dolphin and Flamingo Garages, takes travelers directly to Miami Central Station.

The MetroBus serves major business, shopping, entertainment facilities and more. The For added convenience, MetroBus transit intersects with MetroRail and MetroMover. For more information on routes, schedules and rates, visit the Metro Dade MetroBus site.

The MetroRail is a rapid transit system that provides transportation from the airport to South Miami, Coral Gables, downtown Miami and more via two lines, Orange and Green. Some stations are also easily wheelchair accessible. For more information on routes, schedules and rates, visit the Miami Dade MetroRail site.


For travelers looking for more distant adventures, the Tri-Rail provides service to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. To access Tri-Rail, make your way to Miami Central Station. To get to Miami Central Station from the airport, go to the third level and use the Skyride (moving sidewalks) to access the MIA Mover station. The MIA Mover, located between the Dolphin and Flamingo Garages, takes travelers directly to Miami Central Station. Visit the Tri-Rail web site.


Taxis are available on the arrival (ground) level of the airport outside the baggage claim areas.

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Last Updated: 14 November 2017

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