Brightline: Florida’s High Speed Train | Miami to Orlando


While common in a number of major metro areas in the U.S., high-speed rail service is relatively new to South Florida.  Originally opened in 2018 in the South Florida area, the Brightline is the Florida’s first express passenger train operating at speeds of up to 79 miles per hour.

Brightline is a privately owned venture that currently runs between downtown Miami and downtown West Palm Beach, with a stop in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Passengers can make connections to public bus transportation, the Tri-Rail commuter rail service, trolley service and light rail service in the greater Miami area.

As of the spring 2022, the service is being expanded to the Orlando International Airport.  Approximately 170-miles of rail track is being laid which runs along Florida’s east cost before turning west near the City of Cocoa and travel along Florida State Road 417.  Additional stations are currently under construction in Boca Raton and Aventura.  

Future plans are to expand the route westward, constructing a station at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World resort before continuing along the Interstate-4 corridor to Tampa.

Brightline – Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Brightline train cost?

At this time prices on the South Florida route (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach) vary depending on individual days as well as the final destination but start from $10.00 per seat for a one-way “Smart” ticket on weekdays to $42.00 for a “Premium” ticket on weekends.  Multi-trip travel packs and monthly/annual pass are also offered.

See our price chart below for more detailed pricing information.

Where are the Brightline train stops?

As of the spring 2022 there are only three stops.  Currently there is a station in downtown Miami, downtown Fort Lauderdale and downtown West Palm Beach.  Stations in Boca Raton and Aventura are under construction at this time.

How long is does Brightline take to get from Miami to West Palm Beach?

The Brightline train travels at speeds of up to 79 miles per hour in the South Florida area so travel time is fairly quick between stations.  It takes approximately 30 minutes of travel time for the Brightline train to go from the station in Miami to the station in Fort Lauderdale.  There is an additional 30 minutes of travel time to go from the station in Fort Lauderdale to the station in West Palm Beach.

Where are the Brightline train stops?

As of the spring 2022 there are only three stops.  Currently there is a station in downtown Miami, downtown Fort Lauderdale and downtown West Palm Beach.  Stations in Boca Raton and Aventura are under construction at this time.

Are there bathrooms on the Brightline trains?

Every Brightline train includes spacious restrooms that feature a touch-free experience.

Is there Wi-Fi service on the Brightline trains?

Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is offered on all Brightline trains and power outlets / USB ports are available at the seats.

Are pets allowed on the Brightline trains?

The Brightline trains are pet friendly for dogs and cats with restrictions.  Pets must be either leashed or crated at all times when on the train or within the station.  Pet relief areas are available outside of the both the West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale stations.

Are food & beverages offered on the Brightline trains?

Smart passengers can purchase snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages while aboard Brightline trains.  Snacks and drinks are included with the fare for Premium passengers.

Is parking available at the Brightline stations?

Parking is available at at each the three Brightline stations (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach) and costs range from $5 for commuter parking to $40 for overnight parking.   Monthly parking passes range from $90.00 to $150.00 depending on the individual station.

How much are change and cancellation fees for Brightline tickets?

Brightline does not have any change or cancellation fees, however there are both refundable and non-refundable tickets offered.  Passengers changing their booking will be responsible for any fare increases.

What is Brightline+?

Brightline+ is a complimentary (for a limited time) shuttle service which takes passengers to from one of the Brightline stations within a 5-mile radius to their final destination.  The Miami and Fort Lauderdale stations have direct shuttle service to the local airports which runs on an hourly basis.

The Brightline Trains

Designed by the Rockwell Group, Brightline operates some of the most modern & luxurious commuter rail trains throughout the U.S. Trains are powered by biodiesel electric engines for reduced noise and lower emissions. 

Onboard passengers enjoy hand-stitched leather seats in a two or four person table seating configuration, the ability to check extra luggage and have access to a variety of onboard amenities.

At this time there are are two classes of tickets – Smart and Premium. The “Smart” class is a business-class option that offers a selection of amenities as well as the ability to purchase food & beverages. The “Premium” class provides complimentary snacks, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages along with a premium lounge, complimentary business services and a pre-boarding experience.

Brightline Onboard amenities include:

  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi service
  • Power and USB outlets at each seat
  • Snacks & drinks available for purchase (complimentary for Premium)
  • Hand-stitched leather seats (19 inch for Smart and 21 inch for Premium)
  • Lounge access and business services (Premium passengers only)
  • On-site parking at the stations (additional fee required)

Brightline is pet friendly (with restrictions) and passengers can bring aboard bicycles, golf clubs and large suit cases.  Each train is fully ADA-accessible and features spacious restrooms with a touchless experience.

Brightline Stations

As of the spring 2022, there are three interconnected Brightline stations where are located in the South Florida area.  Details on these individual stations are shown below:

Miami Station

The Miami Station is located in downtown Miami at 600 NW 1st Avenue and within a short distance to the American Airlines Arena, the US Courthouse, the Miami-Dade Courthouse, the Government Center, Bayside Marketplace and the downtown business district.

Connections to the Metrorail, Metrobus, MetroMover and the Miami Trolley system are convenient from the station. Passengers can also utilize the Brightline+ service to get to the Miami International Airport and Miami Beach.

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Fort Lauderdale Station

Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale at 101 Northwest 2nd Avenue just adjacent to Broward Boulevard, the Fort Lauderdale Station is within walking distance to the Broward County Governmental Center, Fort Lauderdale City Hall and Las Olas Boulevard.  Also in a short distance is the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Broward County Courthouse.

Connections to the Broward County transit bus system and the Sun Trolley are fairly convenient. Passengers can also utilize the Brightline+ service to get to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale beaches.

West Palm Beach Station

The West Palm Beach Station is located in downtown West Palm Beach at 501 Evernia Street and within a short distance to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the US Courthouse, the Palm Beach County Courthouse, the Government Center and The Square shopping & entertainment district.

Connections to the Palm Tran bus system, the Tri-Rail and the Palm Trolley are fairly convenient. Passengers can also utilize the Brightline+ service to get to Palm Beach and most of the downtown area.

Brightline+

Brightline+ is a complimentary shuttle service that is being offered for a limited time.  Passengers  can use Brightline+ to travel from one of the three South Florida area Brightline stations anywhere within a 5-mile radius.  Brightline+ includes both pick up and drop off service all included with the purchase of a seat on a Brightline train.

At this time there are “Private Rides” is a Tesla automobile as well as “Shared Rides” in a shuttle bus.  In addition, passengers can borrow a “BrightBike” bicycle for a tour around the area (West Palm Beach station only).

There are walkup shuttles that operate on an hourly basis that take passengers from the Miami Station to the Miami International Airport and from the Fort Lauderdale Station to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

Passengers seeing to use Brightline+ will need to make reservations for this service after purchasing seats on the Brightline train.  Booking must take place at least two hours in advance of the ride from Brightline+.

Brightline Cost

The cost of using the Brightline high-speed rail service varies by day & time, location & destination and class of fare.  The following chart outlines a variety of different fares, locations and classes.

One Way Fares 6/15/2022 9/15/2022 12/15/2022
WPB to Miami – Smart $15.00 – $22.00 $19.00 $22.00
WPB to Miami – Premium $37.00 $37.00 $37.00
       
Ft Lauderdale to Miami – Smart $10.00 – $14.00 $14.00 – $17.00 $17.00
Ft Lauderdale to Miami – Premium $27.00 $27.00 $27.00
       
Ft Lauderdale to WPB – Smart $10.00 – $14.00 $14.00 $17.00
Ft Lauderdale to WPB – Premium $27.00 $27.00 $27.00

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