With Miami’s many sights spread out around the city, getting from one neighborhood to the next could not be easier than on a bus tour.
Miami is a hectic, modern city, where traffic-laden bridges and water are just some of the challenges to getting around for visitors. Kick back and let somebody else do the stressful driving so you can spend your energy where it matters: exploring the glamor of Miami Beach, the historic architectural charm of Ocean Drive’s Art Deco buildings, and the murals, eateries and pockets of unique culture that make the city so vibrant. Here are the best bus trips around Miami and Miami Beach.
Miami Big Bus Guided Night Tour
One of Miami’s most photogenic bus tours also happens to be one of the coolest. Taking place on an open-top bus, for 90 minutes the itinerary weaves through nighttime Miami’s best-lit locales, including Downtown Miami. The tour then heads to a great viewpoint on Key Biscayne Bridge to see the city’s impressive skyline, lit up in thousands of twinkling lights. This tour also includes commentary from your guide to add context to the sights as you pass them by. Tours depart daily at 8pm throughout the year. From $29 per person.
City Half-Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruise
Perhaps the best-value option on this list combines a bus tour of Miami with a short cruise of Biscayne Bay. The cruise passes the fancy mansions of Millionaire’s Row, along with Palm, Star and Hibiscus islands. The bus tour has a great balance to its itinerary, whisking guests between stops in Little Havana, Miami Beach, Downtown, and the upscale Coconut Grove neighborhood. The tour ends at Bayside Marketplace, known for its shopping and restaurants. From $30 per person.
Miami Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour
Like all major cities around the world, the Big Bus company offers a way to get around the main sights of Miami easily and at your own leisure. These hop-on hop-off tickets are valid for either 24 or 48 hours, allowing you unlimited transportation along a route that includes Little Havana, Wynwood and Miami Beach, among many other stops. Buses run at 30-minute intervals and the 48 hour tour option, priced at $63 per person, also includes a ticket for a Biscayne Bay cruise. From $45 per person.
Miami: Duck Tour of Miami and South Beach
Although there are plenty of Miami Beach tours that offer a bus and cruise combo, there’s only one that can do so without requiring you to leave the vehicle. Duck Tours is based in South Beach, and these lovable and idiosyncratic vehicles can cruise along streets such as Millionaire’s Row then, when the land runs out, keep right on going into the waters of Biscayne Bay. Tours last for 90 minutes and include fun, upbeat narration from your guide. There are between two and four daily departures. From $49 per person.
Discover Miami with the City Tour
For a land-only tour of Miami by bus, Discover Miami is a more comprehensive way of getting to know the many sides of this stunning city. Particularly great for first-time visitors, you’ll get a little time to explore each stop during the four-hour trip. Spend 30 minutes treading the Miami Beach boardwalk, get your camera ready while exploring the street art of Wynwood Walls, and soak up the culture of Little Havana. Tour buses have phone charging ports and bottled water is provided to guests. From $55 per person.