The Trip Hack Guide to Miami: How to Eat, Sleep & Travel for Less!

The Trip Hack Guide to Miami: How to Eat, Sleep & Travel for Less!

Best described as ‘delightfully tacky’, Miami is where everyone goes to have some fun. Known for it’s beaches, Cuban culture, and beautiful people. But this wild city can catch you off guard by it’s overpriced tourist traps if you’re not careful. Check out out our hacks & tips before having some fun.

Airfare Hacks:

Cheapest time to go:  Late April.

Most Expensive:  July and December.

When to fly:  Fly out on a Tuesday, return on a Thursday.

Best time to buy: On a Friday 4-6 weeks in advance.

Cheapest Airfare to Miami always found using: Skyscanner

Best Airlines: Air Canada, WestJet, and United Airlines have the lowest fares.

Am I getting a good deal? Good deals for this route are priced below $223 with Skyscanner. 


Accommodation Hacks:

Recommended Budget Hotel: Regency Hotel Miami starting at $184. More budget hotels available here. 

Recommended Luxury Hotel: W Miami starting at $565. More luxury hotels available here



Airport Transportation:

Shared Transfer: Starting at $22/person CAD. You can compare all shuttle prices, and book with Skyscanner here

Metro: One way ride is $2.25 USD. To ride Metrorail, you will need an EASY Card or EASY Ticket as the new faregates do not accept cash. More information available here. 

Tip: Most hotels and resorts in the Miami beach area offer a complimentary shuttle. Be sure to check with your hotel to arrange this.



If you’re not staying in a centrally located area like South Beach, then it’s highly advisable to rent a car while in the area.

Car Rental: Average prices are $130/ week (taxes included). The best rates are available with Skyscanner here. 

Taxis: Surcharge of $2.50 for the pick-up and an additional $0.40 for each sixth of a mile traveled.

Public Transportation: Fares are $2.25 USD for a single journey on the bus or metro rail.


Food & Drinks:

Fast Food Meal: $7 USD/person

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: $15 USD/person

Mid-range 2 course meal: $30 USD/ person

Beer: $5.00 USD each

Cocktail: $8-10 each

Groceries for the week: $40-50 USD per week

Food & Drink Trip: Most restaurants in South Beach are overpriced at $25 a meal but if you head to Little Havana, you can eat delicious Mexican and Cuban food for less than $10.  




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