Cruise Passengers

Welcome to the Cruise Capital of the World

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades work together to ensure that you have a pleasant experience before and after your cruise. Here are some tips on how to make your travel experience as pleasant as possible.

 

Hotels

Finding a Hotel

If you want to stay at a hotel, go to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau for an extensive listing of hotels. There are many economy hotels within five miles of the Airport and several offer free shuttle service to both the Airport & Port!

1. Select Hotels in the left menu
2. Select Airport Hotels under the “Filter Your Search” box
3.Select any other options you would like to use

Another option is to use MapQuest to find hotels.

1.Enter our address (100 Aviation Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315)
2.Click on the lodging icon
3.Click on the lodging type (hotel/motel, B&B, etc.)

At The Seaport

Baggage Transport From the Port to the Airport

Some airlines have arrangements with baggage companies to transport your baggage directly from your cabin to your airplane. Contact your airline for additional information. The advantages of using this service include:

  • Freedom to explore the area, go shopping, or relax on a nearby beach before your flight
  • More mobility and time, especially for those with departures later in the day
  • Peace of mind so you won't worry about your luggage while waiting for your flight

Remember 3-1-1

Any liquids that are more than 3.4 ounces, including alcohol and perfumes, are not allowed in carry-on baggage. TSA requires that liquids, gels, and aerosols be less than 3.4 ounces in a one quart plastic zip-top bag. Place liquids over 3.4 ounces in your checked baggage and ensure they are safely packed. Visit the TSA web site for more information.

Declare Larger Liquids

TSA will allow medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces. These are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. TSA Officers may need to open these items to conduct additional screening.

Shore Excursions

Avoid arriving at the Airport too early for your flight. Take advantage of the shore excursions offered by your cruise line. The earliest some airlines will check baggage is two to three hours before a departure. You may experience longer than normal check-in lines, especially with morning departures. Contact your airline for check-in times.

At The Airport

Checking Baggage

The earliest some airlines will check baggage is two to three hours before your scheduled departure. You may experience longer than normal check-in lines, especially with morning departures. Contact your airline for check-in times. We encourage you to take advantage of the shore excursions offered by your cruise line and avoid arriving at the Airport too early for your flight.

Earlier Flights

The airlines discourage passengers to “standby" for earlier flights on cruise days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday) because flights are booked to capacity. On cruise days, a large number of returning passengers begin arriving at the Airport at 8:30 a.m. for flights scheduled throughout the day. This may result in crowded terminals and limited seating at the Airport.

Baggage Storage

Public Baggage Storage is available in all terminals. For more information, call 954-359-5505.

For cruise passengers, some airlines offer baggage check-in at the port for the return flight. This gives you the freedom to explore the greater Fort Lauderdale area or the airport. Contact your airline to see if they offer this service.

Car Rentals

If you have a late departure, instead of spending the day at the Airport, consider renting a car and exploring beautiful South Florida. The Rental Car Center (RCC) is conveniently located across from Terminal 1. These car rental companies are located in the RCC:

When To Go Through Security

You must have a boarding pass and your baggage checked-in with your airline before you can go through security. The earliest some airlines will check baggage is two to three hours prior to the scheduled departure. Contact your airline for specific check-in times.

Leaving The Airport During A Layover

Depending on the time of your layover, you may leave the Airport. Remember to leave enough travel time back to the Airport and time to go through the security checkpoint.

Consider renting a car and exploring beautiful South Florida. The Airport’s Rental Car Center is conveniently located across from Terminal 1 with 12 rental car companies. Another option is to take a taxi to the beach, mall, or gambling location. For more information on local attractions, go to Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Transportation to Port Everglades 

Shuttles

There are no free shuttles to the port.  

Travel Time to Port Everglades

It's about a 10 minute ride from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Port Everglades.

Transportation Options to Port Everglades

 
If you pre-arranged for the cruise line’s transportation, a cruise line representative will meet you in baggage claim. You cannot use the cruise ship’s transportation unless you made a reservation prior to arriving at the airport.
 
If you didn’t pre-arrange transportation, there are three options: shared ride, luxury sedan, and taxi cab.
  1. Shared Ride - Shared "van" rides offered through GO Airport Shuttle cost $11 per person to Port Everglades. A van will hold a maximum of 10 passengers.
  2. Luxury Sedan - GO Airport Shuttle also offers exclusive car rides to Port Everglades for $40 (for up to four people).

    For more information, visit GO Airport Shuttle or call 800-244-8252/ 954-561-8888.
  3. Taxi Cab - Taxi cabs are also available at $12 (estimated) based on the meter reading. Cabs accept up to five people for the fare stated on the taxi’s meter. They also accept credit cards.

 

Company Phone
Ambassador Taxi Service                                          954-779-7777
American Taxi Cab                                                   954-708-7499
Broward Airport Taxi, LLC d/b/a Broward Taxi           954-456-1111
Dial A Taxi Cab                                                        954-888-5858
Friendly Checker Cab Company                                 954-999-9999
Gold Taxi Service                                                     754-777-8294
Intercity Taxi                                                           954-525-4500
Limo Taxi Service                                                     954-867-6653
USA Executive Taxi of South Florida                            954-709-6554
​Yellow Cab of Broward ​954-777-7777

 

Please note: Taxi fares are regulated by law in Broward County.

Read a more detailed description of the transportation options, wait times, rates, and where to find the transportation podiums.

 

Transportation to the Port of Miami 

Travel Time

Travel time to the Port of Miami is about 45 minutes without traffic. We recommend allowing at least 90 minutes for travel, especially during morning and evening rush hour.

Transportation Options to the Port of Miami

There are four transportation options from FLL to the Port of Miami: shared ride, luxury sedan, taxi cab, and train.

Shared Ride - GO Airport Shuttle offers shared van rides (per person) for $21 to the Port of Miami. A van will hold a maximum of ten passengers. They accept cash and are equipped with a credit card acceptance machine.

Luxury Sedan - GO Airport Shuttle also offers luxury sedan rides (for up to four people) for $70.

For more information, visit GO Airport Shuttle or call 800-244-8252/ 954-561-8888.

Taxi Cab - Taxi cabs are also available from FLL. The fee will be about $67. Cabs accept up to five people for the fare stated on the taxi’s meter. They also accept credit cards.


 

Company Phone
Ambassador Taxi Service                                          954-779-7777
American Taxi Cab                                                   954-708-7499
Broward Airport Taxi, LLC d/b/a Broward Taxi           954-456-1111
Dial A Taxi Cab                                                        954-888-5858
Friendly Checker Cab Company                                 954-999-9999
Gold Taxi Service                                                     754-777-8294
Intercity Taxi                                                           954-525-4500
Limo Taxi Service                                                     954-867-6653
USA Executive Taxi of South Florida                            954-709-6554
​Yellow Cab of Broward ​954-777-7777

Please note: Taxi fares are regulated by law in Broward County.

 

4. Train - Tri-Rail (commuter train) does not offer direct service to the Port of Miami but gets you close. You would have to take a taxi from the Miami train station to the Port of Miami. For more information, call 800-874-7245.

Tri-Rail provides free shuttle buses from the FLL terminals to the Tri-Rail station just a few miles from the airport.

Shuttle bus stops are located on the lower level:

  • At the west end of Terminal 1
  • Between Terminals 2 and 3
  • Between Terminals 3 and 4

Read a more detailed description of the transportation options, wait times, rates, and where to find the transportation podiums.

Child Safety Seats

You must bring a child safety seat. The Airport, airlines, and transportation companies do not provide child safety seats of any type.

Sun Trolley 

Provides free trolley service to a Welcome Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Explore historic Fort Lauderdale, take a trolley to the beach, shop on the trendy Las Olas, or stroll the historic Riverwalk along the New River.

Fort Lauderdale Excursion passes are available at the Welcome Center. The pass includes admission to museums and historic properties, discounts at restaurants and shops, and all-day passage on Sun Trolley.

Schedule

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Pick up at the airport every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Final departure to the airport from downtown Fort Lauderdale leaves at 3:30 p.m.

Trolley Stops (located on the lower level)

  • At the west end of Terminal 1
  • Between Terminals 2 and 3
  • Between Terminals 3 and 4

For more information, visit Sun Trolley or call 954-761-3543.

Brochure - Tips for Cruise Passenger

 

Read the Tips for Cruise Passengers (PDF) brochure for more information about baggage storage and cruising.