During our fun Spring Break trip to Miami and the Bahamas, we decided to take taxis instead of renting a car when traveling around Miami. We did rent a car for our trip to the Everglades, from Enterprise Rent a Car since the Everglades are ~1 hour away. Only using taxis seemed like a good idea since parking in downtown Miami was expensive ($30/night) and we weren’t too familiar with the area… but looking back, I’m not sure it was the right choice for our two days in Miami.
Why? Taxis are expensive!
Taxis are Expensive
During our time in Miami we took taxis from our hotel in downtown Miami to South Beach and to Little Havana. We also used a shuttle service to drop us off at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport (FLL). The combined costs of these taxi rides were ~$200! So how does that compare with the costs of renting a car?
How Much Would A Car Rental Cost?
To rent a car for two days at $33/day + a $50 one-way fee to return the car to FLL with taxes costs ~$120 from the Enterprise Rent a Car office in our hotel. But you also have to take into account overnight parking at our hotel +$30 and the parking fees $1/hr in South Beach and free in Little Havana! Parking fees + rental costs + a tank of gas adds up to ~$190.
Bottom Line: Taxi or Rental Car?
I think it’s up to you. 🙂 The difference in cost is less than $10, so if you will be traveling around Miami especially to places in Coral Gables, the Everglades or Little Havana having a rental car is the way to go. But if you’re just going to hang out in South Beach I think that using only taxis is the way to go! Also, keep in mind, if you don’t have a designated driver, taking a taxi is the only way to go.
Try booking your rental car through Priceline, or Hotwire. I read on biddingfortravel.com that you could get a weekly rental for as little as $15/day! I tried it but couldn’t get anyone to take my bids.
Here is some more information about parking in Miami.