Art Basel Miami Beach: How to get to Miami efficiently

Photo of the Miami Beach Convention Center, the site of Art Basel Miami, by Hector Falcon
Miami Beach Convention Center, FL. Site of Art Basel Miami Beach. Photo by Hector Falcon on Unsplash

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Have you made your travel plans for Art Basel Miami Beach yet? The show is held the first weekend in December. Here are some exclusive travel services to help you get to Miami efficiently.

Private Air

Skip the airport hassles by traveling via private jet. Go on your own schedule in ultra-comfort with no airport hassles. Get there. See the art. Do the deal. Get back home.

Photo by Yaroslav Muzychenko of the interior of an executive jet with large leather chairs facing each other. Traveling Art Basel Miami.
Photo by Yaroslav Muzychenko on Unsplash

These private air companies are known for their world-class service, from luxury ground transportation to gourmet meals onboard. With each, a dedicated concierge will assist with your arrangements and ensure the trip is conducted as smoothly as possible.

  • Blade serves the New York City area and offers by-the-seat scheduled flights to the Miami area on commercial-sized jets. The interior of the aircraft has been reconfigured for comfort, accommodating only 16 passengers rather then the usual 65. Additionally, Blades’s private charter service can fly anywhere you need to go. Blade specializes in providing an efficient door-to-door travel experience.
  • VidaJets manages a fleet of private aircraft operating around the globe from their base in Boca Raton, Florida. Given your travel requirements, a VidaJets specialist creates bespoke itinerary options to meet your specific needs. With gourmet dining onboard and luxury transportation on the ground, VidaJets provides you with a seamless travel experience.
  • Villiers is based in London UK and works with a network of private jets operating worldwide. Let them know where and when you need to go, and they will pull together an itinerary for you. Villiers can also arrange shared charters.
  • Private Jet Finder is based in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in Miami. They concentrate on the UK and EU markets and can find a jet to meet your needs regardless of where in the world you need to go.

Miami is well-served by general aviation airports. Check with your travel coordinator, or the airports directly, for airport operating hours. International arrivals need to be aware that Customs and Passport Control could have limited hours at the executive airports.

luxury YACHT

South Florida is a boating mecca. Arrive on a luxury yacht and you will fit right in. Fortunately, there are countless marinas in the Miami area providing yacht lovers an anchor near all the glamour of Art Basel Miami Beach. After the art show, you can set sail for the Florida Keys or the Virgin Islands to relax.

Worldwide Boat arranges yacht charters throughout the world, with South Florida being one of their markets. 

Photo by Nicol of a yacht speeding through the water and leaving a large wake, perhaps at Art Basel Miami.
Photo by Nicol on Unsplash

Commercial Air

Most major airlines serve the Miami area from cities in the US as well as international cities. Search your favorite travel website for your desired itinerary and service class. Skyscanner, Kayak, and Expedia are all popular flight search websites.

The Miami area offers three full-service commercial airports, with convenient ground transportation options between them:

Priority Pass lounges are available at Miami International and Fort Lauderdale International.

Limo and Car services

Limousine services offer efficient, personalized service for airport transfers and general getting around.


For a slow-travel experience where you can conduct business easily from your seat, Amtrak offers service from major cities along US East Coast. The overnight trip to Miami from a northeastern US city will take 24-36 hours. In contrast, trains from Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, and other points west will take 3-5 days to reach Miami.

Two Amtrak routes serve the Miami Amtrak Station: Silver Meteor and Silver Star. With fewer stops, the Silver Meteor takes less time than Silver Star, which has additional stops in North Carolina and goes to Tampa before heading south to Miami. You can review the services, fares, and schedules for each on the Amtrak website.

Regional Rail

Miami’s Metrorail connects Miami International Airport to a range of destinations across the area. You can transfer to the Tri-Rail or Brightline to reach Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and other points north of Miami.