Getting to Port Everglades | Fort Lauderdale (Port Transportation)
Whether you are driving to the port or flying into the area, you need to get to the cruise terminal before you can start your vacation! Below we have provided directions to Port Everglades and your options for reaching the port by car or other transportation.
Despite the name, Port Everglades is actually located in Fort Lauderdale, right on the Atlantic coast. The cruise terminal is just about three miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywoord International Airport and about 25 miles north of the Miami International Airport.
Here is a map showing the cruise port and airport:
The port’s official address is 1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 if you wish to map your route using GPS. However, if you are sailing out of terminals 1, 2, or 4 (which are located on the north side of the port, we recommend coming down Eisenhower boulevard from 17th street.
Arriving at Port Everglades Without a Car
Given the short distance, it’s ridiculously easy to transport back and forth from the Fort Lauderdale airport to Port Everglades.
Uber/Lyft: You can use Uber or Lyft to get to the port easily. Rates will actually be a little lower than a taxi, and most people prefer to use these rideshare services due to their lower cost and higher convenience.
If you are unfamiliar with companies like Uber and Lyft, here’s how they work. First, you download the app to your smartphone, setting up and account and payment information. When you are ready for a ride, you simply open the app and select where you want to go. A nearby driver will confirm your pick up and arrive shortly. After the ride, you’ll rate the driver through the app and also confirm payment through your credit card. No money changes hands, it’s all through the phone app.
Rates for Uber/Lyft from the Fort Lauderdale airport to Port Everglades is about $10.
Note: If you’re a first-time rider with Lyft, you can sign up here for $50 in ride credit for your first rides.
Taxis: If catching a cab, the ride is short (only about three miles or 10 minutes). Fares will run you about $10-15. Remember that the fare is per car, not per person. Split the fare between four passengers and you pay only a few bucks each for a ride directly to the port.
Given the ease of a taxi and Uber/Lyft from the Fort Lauderdale airport, we won’t suggest alternate ways to get there. However, if you are traveling from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, the following options may meet your needs.
Getting from Miami to Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)
Uber/Lyft: You can also use Uber or Lyft to get from Miami to Port Everglades easily. Rates are significantly cheaper than using a taxi. For example, Lyft estimates a ride from the Miami airport to Port Everglades would be just $35 one-way for up to four people. That’s less than half the rate of a taxi cab, making rideshare services like Uber and Lyft our preferred method of reaching the port.
Note: If you’re a first-time rider with Lyft, you can also sign up here for $50 in ride credit for your first rides to make your ride even cheaper.
Taxis: For our purposes, we’re assuming that you are flying into the Miami airport for a Port Everglades cruise. If traveling with two or more people, taxis are usually your best bet. Miami-based cabs are an estimated $75 from the airport to Port Everglades. That seems expensive, but remember that is the fee for the entire car. Most shuttles, on the other hand, charge per person, which makes them more expensive for an entire group.
Cruise Line Transfers: Many of the cruise lines offer transfer service from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports to the cruise terminals.
Carnival, for example, offers a shuttle from the Miami airport to your cruise for $62 round trip per person.
Cruise line transfers offer convenience, but we also find they can be expensive and restrictive. For instance, many are only available on the day you cruise and the day you depart. So if you’re flying in the day before, then a transfer from the cruise line likely won’t work. As well, prices are typically per person. A family of four taking the Carnival transfer from the Miami airport to Port Everglades would pay $248!
That’s why we suggest finding alternate ways to the port
If you are still interested in cruise transfers, you can call your cruise line for more information.
Miami/Fort Lauderdale Airport Shuttles: In addition to the cruise line shuttles, there are independent shuttles that can get you to and from Port Everglades and the Miami airport. They are much cheaper than the cruise line transfers, but if traveling with more than one person, a taxi still comes out on top.
SuperShuttle — the big blue vans you always see around airports — offers everything from its traditional shared van service up to private sedan service. If you’re looking for a cheaper ride, we suggest using the shared van service. Rates from the Miami airport to Port Everglades are $42 for the first passenger and about $15 per person for each additional passenger — or about $60 for a couple. Note that these rates are for a round trip.
The shuttle services can make sense if you are traveling with a large group.
Hotel Shuttles: If you are staying at a hotel in the area, give them a call and see if they offer a shuttle to the port. Many hotels in the area cater to cruisers and offer free transportation as a perk.
Private Cars/Limos: It’s easy to go in style in south Florida. There are plenty of companies that will pick you up in a private car or limo. In fact, many of the same companies that provide shared shuttle service also have private car service too.
Of course, this service is typically a little pricier. However, if splitting the cost about four or more passengers, it can be surprisingly affordable.
We don’t recommend or discourage any of the following car services (we’ve never used them), but provide them as a starting point for you to see what’s available.