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.
Taxis: For 99% of people flying into the Fort Lauderdale airport, taxis make the most sense for getting to the cruise terminals. 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 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)
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 have a flat-rate of $76.90 from the airport to Port Everglades. That seems expensive, but remember that is the fee for the entire car. Most shuttles charge per person, which makes them more expensive for an entire group.
On your return journey, you may get a Fort Lauderdale taxi, which doesn’t charge flat fees. In this case, expect to pay anywhere from $65-$75 for a trip to the Miami airport.
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 $60 round trip.
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 $240!
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 $37 for the first passenger and $28 per person for each additional passenger. Note that these rates are just one way. You can double them for a round trip. Traveling alone, you will save just a few dollars over a taxi. With more than one passenger, and it’s cheaper to catch a cab.
Remember, taxis are normally your best bet. 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.