Last Updated on January 1, 2020 by Laurice W
The Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is a mainstay economic hub in Florida that directly supports over 230,000 jobs locally. It’s a major cargo port for petroleum products, including jet fuel and gasoline. Cruise ships have been sailing through this port ever since 1931. It now holds the title of one of the top three busiest cruise ports in the world. If you’re searching for Port Everglades parking, you’ve come to the right spot!
Even in 2019, the Port Everglades continues to grow, featuring two new ships. Currently being advertised are The Nieuw Statendam, a 2,650-passenger ship from Holland America, and the Celebrity Edge from Celebrity Cruises, which is “designed to leave the future behind”. Enjoy your trip to this historic port with lots of easy travel options to bring you directly to your terminal.
Getting Into The Port Everglades
There are three entrances to the port. On Eisenhower Boulevard, there’s the 17th Street Causeway. On Spangler Boulevard, there’s an entrance through State Road 84. You can also get in via I-595 East. It’s recommended that you don’t arrive at Port Everglades before noon in order to avoid high traffic in the morning.
When driving into the port, make sure you leave all weapons at home. Have your cruise documents and government-issued photo ID handy for the security checkpoint. If you don’t drive in yourself, you can use public or private transportation to get dropped off after flying into the nearby Fort Lauderdale International Airport (only 2 miles away) or airport in Miami. If you’re thinking about a cruise out of Port Canaveral about 200 miles North of Fort Lauderdale, be sure to read our complete guide. This goes for the Miami cruise port as well.
On-Site Parking At The Port Everglades
For those who drive to the port, on-site garages and lots are available within walking distance. There are special accommodations available for handicapped parking and recreational/oversized vehicles. Terminals 4, 18 and 19 have outdoor service lots. Garages nearby include the Northport Garage and the Midpoint Garage.
Most Port Everglades parking is within walking distance of the terminals but it’s suggested that you drop off other passengers with your luggage directly in front of your designated terminal before driving to park your car. If you park at the Midpoint Garage, you can take a free shuttle straight to Terminal 29. Garages are well-lit with security. In total, there are about 5,500 parking spots available at on-site garages and terminal lots.
How much is parking at Port Everglades?
There’s a maximum flat rate of $15 per day, which includes tax. Cash and credit cards are accepted as you leave the lot and finish your parking stay. If you come back to find your car with a flat tire or dead battery, emergency service is available to help.
Off-Site Parking Options
Valet parking is also available at Park ‘N Go for Port Everglades cruisers. Located at 101 Eller Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, Park ‘N Go requires that you leave your keys and use their valet attendants, who bring your car to a parking lot with security. Ratings for this service are excellent (4.8/5 for over 1500 reviewers). After you drop off your keys, a shuttle service brings you to the port at no extra charge. They also provide assistance with luggage. Park ‘N Go guarantees 24/7 access to your car. For this option, it’s cheaper to book in advance online. The rate is higher when you drive up and pay.
For longer cruises, you can also try Park ‘N Fly. It’s a similar service nearby, still less than a mile from the port. They provide valet parking and shuttle service directly to your cruise terminal. The cost per day is cut significantly (by almost 50%) if you plan to park for six days or more. If you won’t be back on land for a while, this is definitely an option worth checking into.
Alternative Off-Site Port Everglades Parking
Getting Dropped Off At The Port
If you don’t want to bother with your own car, you can use a rideshare, taxi or a paid shuttle bus available through many local car rental companies. The two-mile trip from the airport will cost you an average of $15 by taxi. Uber or Lyft is a little cheaper at $5-$10.
Complimentary shuttles are not available, but calling up a local car rental company will give you the current rate for a shuttle to the cruise port.
A few trains also go by the port, including Brightline, Tri-Rail and Amtrak. Brightline provides local connections from Miami and West Palm Beach. Its Fort Lauderdale stop is located at 101 NW 2nd Avenue. The Tri-Rail is a commuter line with its nearest stop to the port located at 500 Gulf Stream Way in Dania Beach. The Tri-Rail provides direct transportation to the Miami International Airport. Amtrak has stops all over the country and has two locations near the Port Everglades: Fort Lauderdale Station (200 S.W. 21st Terrace) and Hollywood Station (3001 Hollywood Boulevard). Amtrak can be pricey depending on how far you plan to go, but it offers some nice perks for travelers (like WiFi).
Several local bus lines are also available to deliver you to the port. There’s both local Florida buses and larger nationwide buses (Greyhound and Megabus). If you’re staying in a hotel, call ahead about shuttle services to the cruise port. Many area hotels offer transportation to the port for guests.
Hotels Packages For Park & Cruise
There are at least 23 Cruise & Snooze Packages for hotels near Port Everglades. Plus, most park and fly hotels offer cruise options.
Some examples include:
- The Hilton Garden Inn (180 SW 18th Avenue, Dania Beach) is 5 miles from the Port Everglades has a package deal that includes an overnight stay, parking and a 24-hour shuttle to the port.
- A stay at the Cambria Hotel and Suites includes Port Everglades cruise parking plus a $10 shuttle to the cruise terminal.
- If you want to stay near the airport, you can choose the Comfort Suites for low rates plus $7/day parking and a $10 shuttle to the cruise port.
- The Best Western Plus only costs $5/day for parking while you’re on the cruise and has a $12 shuttle to the airport.
For a full list including prices for hotels near Port Everglades with free parking and shuttle, check out this article.
Ceon Sun of Beyond The Horizon Cruises recommends
When I cruise I usually fly or drive in the morning of the cruise and park at the pier.
If you want to leave your car at the Port Everglades, there seems to be no reason not to. Other than having to pay the daily fee, there are little downsides to Port Everglades parking either on-site or using a nearby valet service. You have several convenient lots to choose from that have great reputations.
If you fly to Florida, the Fort Lauderdale International Airport will get you close to the Port Everglades. From there, you can choose from a variety of affordable ride services and shuttles. If you decide to fly into the Miami Airport, check into local trains or buses to avoid the cost of a private ride.
Whichever way you get there, be sure to give yourself extra time to check out the artwork featured at the terminals before embarking on your cruise. You should plan to arrive two hours before your scheduled departure time to make sure you don’t miss your boat. Don’t fret the wait time, the terminals are comfortable with air conditioning, snack machines and WiFi. While you’re there, you can look into the wide variety of cruises available. You might even decide to book your next trip while waiting to set sea.