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How to get from South Beach to Sun Life Stadium

SunLife Stadium is a long way from South Beach. Here's 5 ways to get there.
September 29, 2013 By Matt Meltzer in Miami: Sports News

Like so many in South Florida, you want to jump on the Miami Dolphins bandwagon. You saw Ryan Tannehill tossing bombs to Mike Wallace and thought to yourself “I wonder if I could work a Dolphins game into my next Miami trip?” Then you went online and saw, as, always, there were plenty of good seats available, and bought a pair along with a giant, orange foam finger.

What you may not have realized is that the stadium where they play– Joe Robbie/ProPlayer/Dolphins/Dolphin/Land Shark/SunLife/TBD -  might actually be closer to your hometown than it is to South Beach. As in it’s nowhere close. So while tickets were easy to get, getting to the stadium is not.  Here are 5 good options for getting you there – whether you’re going to a Dolphins game, concert, or Monster Truck rally -  so you can figure out which one is right for you.

Option 1 – Taxi
What it’ll cost: $110-120 round trip. $47 + tip each way.
How it works: You walk out onto the street and catch a taxi. Tell him you’re going to SunLife Stadium, then translate that into Creole and tell him again. After the game, taxis actually line up outside to take you home. But it may cost more depending on the traffic they have to sit in to get out.
Who it’s best for: Groups of 4 or less who want to do this as simply as possible

Option 2 – Rental Car
What it’ll cost: $75. $30 for a one-day rental of a compact car. $15 gas and tolls. $30 parking.
How it works: There are several rental car agencies in South Beach, so book online ahead of time then walk to pick it up. Make sure you get the SunPass option so you can take the express lanes and pay the tolls on the Turnpike to get to the Stadium, well worth the money as the traffic taking the streets will ruin your experience.
Who it’s best for: Groups of 5 or less who have at least one person not concerned with tailgating or drinking at the game. Or anyone who wants to do their own tailgate.

Option 3 – Dolphins Bowl Bus
What it’ll cost: $50 per person, as long as you book early. Prices go up the more they fill up.
How it works: This private charter bus with AC, WiFi, and all the regular charter amenities picks up at 5th and Washington 3 hours before every game and departs after from where it dropped you off. Allows for 2 hours of tailgating
Who it’s best for: Individuals going alone, or groups of 2 who want to meet some new people on their way to the game.

Option 4 – Public Transportation (NOT RECOMMENDED FOR NIGHT EVENTS)
What it’ll cost: $4. $2 Each way.
How it works:  For a 1 p.m. kickoff, get to Lincoln Road and Washington Ave. by 10:27 a.m., and jump on the 120 BEACH MAX bus to Aventura. Get off at the Aventura Mall Food Court Entrance stop. Wait about half an hour and catch the 99 Bus to Miami Gardens Dr./NW 68th Ave. Get off at NW 27th Ave. and 199th St. and walk to the stadium
Who it’s best for: Those who have more time than money, and don’t mind taking public transportation through some dicey areas.

Option 5 – Private Transfer
What it’ll cost: $234, inclusive of tip.
How it works: Book through here,  and let the driver know what time you want to leave, and when you want to be picked up. It’s good for up to 6 people and takes you door to door from where you want to when you want, with no lines.
Who it’s best for: Large groups like bachelor parties who may or may not want to stop at Tootsie’s on the way back. Or those who are willing to pay to make things simple and comfortable.

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About the Author: Matt Meltzer is a featured columnist at Miami Beach 411.

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