Miami Cruise Parking: Port & Nearby Lots (2021)

Your full guide on Miami cruise parking to make sure you're prepared for your cruise vacation. We've got parking rates and nearby hotels among even more.

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If you’re planning to cruise out of Miami, cruise port parking is something you will probably need to think about ahead of time. Most cruise passengers require parking for their vehicle so we’re here to provide a round-up of cruise parking options near the Port of Miami, including comparative costs, distances and helpful tips.

Port of Miami Facts and Figures for Cruise Passengers

According to NAFTA, the top three busiest cruise ports in the world are all in southeast Florida. The busy Port of Miami leads the way, handling 6.8 million cruise passengers a year according to the official website.

No wonder it’s nicknamed the “Cruise Capital of the World”! Many of these cruisers use the many options available for Miami cruise port parking.

PortMiami currently has 8 passenger terminals serving 23 cruise lines (12 using Miami as their home port) and berthing 55 cruise ships. Popular destinations include the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, as well as West Coast USA, Alaska and South America via the Panama Canal.

Miami Port is located on Dodge Island, south of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach and east of Downtown Miami.

It is connected to the city via a causeway over the Intracoastal Waterway, and via the undersea Port of Miami Tunnel to the nearby MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island.

Miami Port Area Map
Miami Port Area Map

The port developed historically to handle containerized cargo between the Americas. With the relatively recent expansion into cruising, the port has no capacity for cruise passenger parking, hence the need for off-site car parks in the surrounding area.

As you can imagine, the logistics of efficiently handling millions of passengers arriving and departing from this island-port in Miami are considerable.

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Miami Cruise Parking Rates

As with most services, cruise parking prices vary depending upon the convenience to the port and the parking services included. The closer you are to the Port of Miami, generally the higher the parking rate.

If you park at one of the coveted terminal car parks actually in Miami port, you will pay for the convenience. These cruise parking slots also need to be booked well in advance.

You will generally pay a lower rate if you choose cruise parking in Miami that is further from the port. You will pay more if the parking is on-site, covered, or if you have an oversize vehicle. You should expect to pay at least $35 for 7 nights cruise parking, and up to $300 in certain cases.

If you are planning to spend the night before departing on a cruise out of Miami, you can get low cost (or even free) cruise parking from a Miami hotel.

Stay and Cruise packages usually include a courtesy shuttle service to and from Miami cruise port. To give you some idea of comparative costs of Miami cruise parking lots, these rates provide a guideline cost per day.

  • Miami Port Parking at the Cruise Terminal – From $22
  • Premier Cruise Parking (covered) – $10.75
  • Cruise Parking Miami Garage (covered) – $6.50
  • Safe Cruise Parking – $10
  • WePark – $6.49
  • Deal Miami – $9.45
  • Miami hotels – Stay, Park and Cruise packages from $53- $280

NB. Many shuttles are free for up to 4 passengers and their luggage. Extra passengers may be charged each way for the transfer.

Onsite Port of Miami Cruise Parking

View of PortMiami
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If money is no object, the best cruise parking at the Port of Miami is actually onsite. It is convenient to the ships, has high security and is offered in a covered parking garage or on a secure uncovered parking lot.

There is a free shuttle to transport you and your luggage to the cruise terminal which takes a couple of minutes.

These sought-after Miami cruise port parking lots need to be booked well in advance. Generally, drivers must pay the attendant on arrival at the Port of Miami car park (except Garage J which requires pre-payment. Credit cards and checks are accepted, but not debit cards.  

Charges are calculated per night at $22 ($25 at Terminal A), so allow $162+ for a 7-night cruise and $324+ for 14 nights. There are surcharges for oversize vehicles including vans, RVs, and vehicles over 20 feet in length (at an additional $22 per day). They can only be parked in Lot 2, opposite Terminal E.

Address: 1015 North America Way, Miami (parking lots are available at each cruise terminal)

  • Distance from cruise port: onsite
  • Tel: 866-562-7625
  • Shuttle? No
  • Cost per day: From $22

Best Cruise Parking Miami for Disabled Passengers

Passengers with limited mobility will find the terminal cruise car parking at the port of Miami is the easiest and most convenient. Designated parking spaces are available for those with a disabled permit or license tag.

Standard cruise car parking rates apply; however, there are some exceptions. Vehicles with specialized equipment or displaying a State of Florida license plate for disabled veterans may park free. Check out the official Miami-Dade website for the latest information about disabled parking at the Port of Miami Cruise Terminal.

  • Distance from cruise port: onsite
  • Tel: 866-562-7625
  • Shuttle? No
  • Cost per day: Free

Alternatively, disabled drivers can use one of the off-site or hotel cruise car parking options in Miami and get a taxi to the port.

Best Off-site Miami Cruise Parking Options

Fort Lauderdale to Miami Cruise Port
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Several companies offer a convenient and efficient service including cruise parking and shuttle transfer to and from PortMiami.

Safe Cruise Parking

Safe Cruise Parking is located about 2.5 miles from the Port of Miami. Parking is in a secure gated lot and a fleet of complimentary shuttle buses transfer cruisers and their luggage right to the ship.

The service includes luggage assistance. These shuttle buses depart every 15 minutes. Safe Cruise Parking also has onsite restrooms and refreshments.

Pre-booking your Safe Cruise Parking is advisable. On arrival at the gate, you will need to hand over your reservation receipt/email before parking. Customers are given a yellow smiley face badge to wear so that drivers can easily identify their passengers for pick-up from the cruise terminal.

  • Address: 99 SW 2nd St, Miami
  • Distance from cruise port: 2.5 miles
  • Tel: (305) 756-1117
  • Shuttle? Yes Cost per day: $10

WePark

WePark advertises itself as the “most affordable parking in downtown Miami”. It combines convenient Port of Miami cruise parking with free shuttle transfers. Parking is in garages or on a secure parking lot. You can even book a car wash while your away on your cruise!

It is advisable to book ahead of time and check which cruise parking lot your car will be on. During peak travel times, getting around Miami’s jammed highways and intersections can be very slow.

  • Address: 850 NE 2nd Ave, Miami and 45 SE 2nd St, Miami
  • Distance from cruise port: 1.8 miles and 2.6 miles respectively
  • Tel: 1-800-229-6034
  • Shuttle? Yes
  • Cost per day: From $6.49

Deal Miami Cruise Parking

Deal Miami Cruise Parking offers a similar service for affordable cruise parking from $9.45 per day. Oversize vehicles including SUVs and vans are an additional $3.50 per day. This parking lot only operates for Friday and Saturday cruise departures and advance booking is required. It is about 7 miles from the Port of Miami with speedy transfers using their shuttle transport.

  • Address: 3355 NW 22nd St Miami
  • Distance from cruise port: 6.9 miles
  • Tel: 1-888-399-9267 or (786) 391-0944
  • Shuttle? Yes Cost per day: From $9.45

Best Covered Miami Cruise Port Parking Garage

Carnival Cruise Ships Docked in Miami
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Premier Cruise Parking

If you are taking a longer cruise and want to keep your car out of the searing Florida sunshine, Premier Cruise Parking offers convenient Miami port cruise parking in a multi-story car park about two miles from the terminal.

Prices start at $10.75 per night. You need to input your dates when booking online to get an exact price. Premier Cruise Parking includes a free continuous shuttle service to and from Miami Cruise Port.

As this is a covered car park, there is a maximum clearance height of 7 feet and oversize vehicles cannot be accommodated. At busy times, the garage operates a free valet parking service.

  • Address: Met3 Parking Garage, 250 SE 3rd Ave, Miami
  • Distance from cruise port: 2.3 miles
  • Tel: (305) 239-5888
  • Shuttle? Yes
  • Cost per day: $10.75

Cruise Parking Miami Garage

Cruise Parking Miami Garage is a great budget option for Port of Miami parking, close to the cruise terminals in a covered garage with 24-hour security. However, it operates as a self-parking facility and does not offer a shuttle service. Drivers need to book a taxi or Uber to transfer themselves, passengers and luggage to the ship.

  • Address: 255 NE 1st St, Miami
  • Distance from cruise port: 1.9 miles
  • Tel: 786-669-0532
  • Shuttle? No
  • Cost per day: $6.50

Best Miami Hotels with Cruise Parking and Shuttle

Docked Miami Cruise Ships
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Many hotels in Miami offer Park and Sail Packages for Miami cruises. These can save you a fortune in cruise parking fees, especially if you have to stay overnight in Miami at the start or end of your Miami cruise.

Some hotels include a shuttle service while others require you to take a short taxi ride. It’s worth comparing prices to see whether this could be the cheapest cruise parking in Miami.

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We have listed five of the most convenient hotels in Miami offering Parks and Sail car parking packages for cruisers.

However, you can select any hotel in downtown Miami and ask about the cost of leaving your car on their lot for the duration of your cruise. It’s advisable to have your cruise parking arrangements confirmed before your arrival.

Doubletree Hilton offers luxury rooms with bay and marina views along with secure parking and shuttle transport to the cruise port. Prices vary according to rooms selected and seasonal demand.

  • Address: 1717 N. Bayshore Dr, Miami
  • Distance from cruise port: 1.9 miles
  • Tel: (305) 372-0313
  • Shuttle?  Yes
  • Cost: From $224

Runway Inn is 9 miles from the port, near Miami Airport. Rooms are from $53 per night plus $10 per day parking. This budget hotel includes WiFi, free breakfast and transport to the port can be arranged,

  • Address: 656 East Dr, Miami Springs
  • Distance from cruise port: 9.1 miles
  • Tel: (305) 888-6411
  • Shuttle? No
  • Cost: From $53

Hyatt Place, Doral is close to the airport and about 13 miles from PortMiami. Look for special cruise parking packages which may include up to 14 nights parking and a night in a luxury hotel for around $280.

  • Address: 3655 NW 82nd Ave, Doral
  • Distance from cruise port: 13.2 miles
  • Tel: (305) 718-8292
  • Shuttle? Yes
  • Cost: From $280

Hilton Garden Inn Miami is about 12 miles from Miami cruise port. However, its Park and Sail packages start at $129 for a one night stay and up to 7 nights parking.

  • Address: 3550 NW 74th Ave, Miami,
  • Distance from cruise port: 12.3 miles
  • Tel: (305) 629-7701
  • Shuttle? Transfers by arrangement
  • Cost per day: $129

Quality Inn Miami Airport is close to Miami Airport and 13 miles from the cruise port. This 2-star hotel charges around $64 for a night’s stay with breakfast. Ask about their Cruise and Stay package deals which include transport to the port and cruise parking for up to 7 nights.

  • Address: 3959 NW 79th Ave, Miami
  • Distance from cruise port: 13 miles
  • Tel: 786-533-3636
  • Shuttle? Yes
  • Cost per day: From $64

Cheapest Miami Cruise Parking at the Airport

If you are driving to Miami and need convenient cruise parking, one of the best places to find secure parking is at Miami International Airport, just 7 miles from the Port of Miami.

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What’s more, most cruise lines run regular shuttle services between the airport and the cruise port so it pays to think outside the box. You don’t have to fly into Miami to make use of these cruise parking services!

Getting to the Port of Miami Cruise Terminals

If you are driving to Miami from north/central Florida, or from out of state, use the I-95 S which runs down the east coast of Florida.

You can also opt for the Florida Turnpike which is a quieter option with regular tolls. It runs for 340 miles from Ocala in North Central Florida to Miami before dividing.

Ignore the Homestead Extension Florida Turnpike (HEFT) and join the I-95 at Golden Glades for the most direct route. Follow signs for the Port Miami Tunnel and continue to your designated Cruise Terminal.

Port of Miami Terminals

PortMiami Cruise Terminals

When arranging your Miami cruise port parking, make sure you know which terminal you will be sailing from and choose parking that is convenient to that location.

Related: What You Need to Know About Your Miami Cruise Terminal

The Port of Miami currently has 7 Cruise Terminals with four more undergoing renovation or construction. Terminals A-G are all located along North Cruise Boulevard, Miami FL 33132.

Once at the port, follow the local signs to your cruise terminal or onsite cruise parking lot.

How to Get to the Cruise Terminal from the Parking Lot

Most hotels and cruise parking lots serving the Port of Miami have their own shuttle service. However, if you have parked at a hotel that does not offer a shuttle transfer,  or you are using other parking options, you may need to organize your own private transport to the cruise terminal.

Taxis are widely available from all over Miami, but they can be expensive. Taxi fares from the Port of Miami to Bay Harbor Islands, for example, (14 miles) can cost around $100 in slow traffic conditions.

Express Shuttle could be a better solution. For one fixed price they offer share-ride services between the port, hotels and Miami Airport (where long-term parking can be found at affordable rates).

If you are part of a larger group and need transport to your cruise parking, using a private shuttle van could work out cheaper and faster than paying a per-head fee for a shuttle bus.

You can even book your own private shuttle van service to provide a shore-side Meet and Greet service. Call for a personal quote for this private transfer option to and from your cruise parking in Miami.

Bon voyage!

FAQs

How much is parking at the Miami cruise port?

Onsite Miami port cruise parking costs from $22 per night ($25 at Terminal A) with surcharges for oversize vehicles at an additional $22 per day). Disabled drivers that meet certain conditions can park free.

What’s the closest parking lot to PortMiami?

The closest cruise parking at PortMiami is onsite. Alternatively, WePark is 1.8 miles from the port at 850 NE 2nd Ave, Miami. It operates shuttle transfers to the cruise terminals.

Where to park for a Carnival cruise in Miami?

Carnival cruises currently use Miami cruise terminals D and E. There are onsite parking lots close to both these terminals bookable through the official Port Miami website.

Is it safe to park near the Port of Miami?

The area around Miami cruise port is generally safe, however, being on an island there is very little parking nearby. The official Miami cruise port parking is secure.

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Gillian Birchhttps://www.cruisehive.com/author/gillian

Gillian Birch is a full-time travel writer and author of 12 travel books. British educated with a diploma in journalism she has traveled the world, writing about her experiences with wonderful clarity and eyewitness detail. She uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many cruise experiences around the Caribbean, Mediterranean, trans-Atlantic, Norwegian Fjords, Panama Canal and South America including Cape Horn.

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