Although we're always fans of getting around by public transport, when it comes to cities like Miami, this simply isn't a realistic option unless the only thing you want to do is catch some rays on South Beach. You really need a car to make the most of your time in Miami.
The price of rental cars is very reasonable, and gas even more so, especially when compared with Europe. However one negative is that in many areas popular with tourists you'll have to pay to park - every street has a parking meter which runs every day of the week and almost all day (until midnight).
Although it's always advisable to have an international driver's licence, if you've got a European driving licence, you're unlikely to need anything else to rent a car in the USA.
Rules of the Road
Speed in the USA is measured in miles per hour (with one mile being 1.62 km) and the limit should be respected. They drive on the right, but there are not many differences between driving in Miami and in Europe. However, some things to note are:
- Traffic lights come after crossroads: Although you have to stop before the crossroads, in the USA the traffic lights are on the other side.
- You can turn right through a red light: Unless there's a sign prohibiting it, at crossroads it's permitted to turn right even if there is a red light. To do so you should first make a brief stop and make sure there are no cars coming as if it were a stop sign.
If you're planning to visit Disney World, or the Kennedy Space Center, the quickest way is to take the Florida Turnpike. This toll road is also useful to get to places like West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale.
Where can I rent a car?
In Miami, there are tens of car rental companies. If you want to find the best available price, try our search engine: