- Palm Beach International (PBI): 25 mins
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL): 60 mins
- Miami International Airport (MIA): 1.5 hours
- Orlando International Airport (MCO): 2.5 hours
- BRIGHTLINE is a high-speed rail service that can take you into downtown West Palm Beach from Fort Lauderdale in 30 minutes, or up from Miami in 60 minutes. Wi-fi is complimentary on the train and there are upgrades to seating that may be available.
- TRI-RAIL has a stop in West Palm Beach and stations in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. They also feature a shuttle bus that connects you directly to the PBI, FLL and MIA airports.
Miami and Ft. Lauderdale airport transportation using the Tri-Rail system:
Those flying in to attend IAH have 3 airports convenient to West Palm Beach. The West Palm Beach airport (PBI) itself provides the most convenient arrival location with the ship and pre-lube hotels just a quick Uber ride away.
But most hashers will find lower rates by flying into either Miami (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale (FLL). Splitting an Uber 3 or 4 ways might make that option reasonably affordable, but your best bet for a cheap trip ($5 to $7) to West Palm Beach is to make use of the Tri-Rail system.
This is the system map. On the north end you have Magnolia Park Station. This station is the closest to the cruise ship. The stop before that is the West Palm Beach Station which is closer to the airport and the Hilton Garden Inn hash hotel. No matter where you are going, you are now just a short Uber ride away from the fun.
As you can see, Miami Airport is the southern-most stop on the train route. It takes just under two hours to make the trip to Palm Beach and the Magnolia Park station. To get to the Miami Airport station from your arriving flight, make you way towards baggage claim and start looking for the Tri-Rail signs. I think it’s on the 3rd level. Just ask if it’s not immediately obvious. To get to the train station, you are going to have to first get to the MIA Mover. This is actually quite a hike, but just keep following the signs and you will eventually find the MIA Mover. The mover will take you to the train station and let you out into a building looking down on the tracks below. Before you head (who said head?) down to the train, purchase your ticket from the kiosk you’ll find in this building. Don’t be confused, there are two sets of kiosks. You want the one for Tri-Rail. There are lots of options but all you need is a one-way ticket, it’s probably the last of the ticket options listed. The ticket to Palm Beach should run no more than $6.90 during the week or $5 on the weekend and you can use cash or a card to buy it. With your ticket in hand, head on down to the ground level to board. Since you are at the end of the line, you don’t have to worry if you are getting on the right train.
From Fort Lauderdale:
To get to the train station, you’ll need to take a bus, but don’t worry, it’s easy. When you arrive on your flight, get your bags and head outside. There are 3 pickup spots depending on what terminal you flew in to.
Looking at the map above, you see stop 1 is in front of terminal one, stop 2 between terminal two and three and stop 3 in front of terminal four. So just go to your nearest bus stop and wait. Eventually a well-marked Tri-Rail bus will come by to take you to the station. There is no charge for the bus.
Once you get to the station, look for a ticket kiosk and purchase your ticket. There are lots of options but all you need is a one-way ticket, it’s probably the last of the ticket options listed. It should only run $5 on the weekend or $6.25 on a weekday and you can pay with cash or a card. Make sure you are on the side of the track for the north-bound train. You are just over an hour away from West Palm beach! You might even find some hashers onboard that got on in Miami.
You can find more information and schedules at tri-rail.com. We also highly recommend you download the app so that you quickly pull up schedules, maps, etc on the go.
- I-95 has 30 exits from Jupiter to Boca Raton, but the interstate runs closer to the eastern side of The Palm Beaches so pay attention to the exits to hit West Palm Beach.
- Florida’s Turnpike goes from Orlando to Miami and is west of I-95. Insider tip: When driving southbound on the Turnpike, exit at Indiantown Road in Jupiter (Exit 116), from the toll booths turn left – and immediately find the entrance ramp for I-95 to finish your trip.
- A1A follows the Atlantic Ocean beaches for 47 miles and is a must do if this is your first time in Florida.
- US Highway 1 was the road that started it all into the Palm Beaches. This unique road goes through each city and is a classic north/south way to get into West Palm Beach.
- US Highway 98 goes from Lake Okeechobee to Palm Beach and features scenic views of farmlands and glades.
Parking at the Port
If you’re driving directly to the cruise terminal on Sunday, you’ll park your car with the Port of Palm Beach. Parking is currently $19 per day (cash only) and is valet only.