If you are planning a romantic getaway or honeymoon in The Bahamas, one of the first things you need to figure out is how to get there—preferably as quickly as possible. Since Miami is so close to Nassau, it is one of the main departure points for trips to The Bahamas. (The Miami to Nassau distance is just under 200 miles.)
In this article we’ll tell you about all the ways you can get from Miami to Nassau and answer questions like is there a boat from Florida to Nassau? and how far is the flight from Miami to Nassau?
Miami to Nassau flights
Miami to Nassau flights are plentiful and very short. How far is the flight from Miami to Nassau? Covering a distance of just 183 miles, the average Miami to Nassau flight time is about an hour.
Nonstop flights on Western Air from Miami to Nassau last just 50 minutes, while nonstop flights on carriers like American, Southwest, and Bahamasair take just a little over an hour.
Prices range for these flights from Miami to Nassau depending on the time of year, but generally average $200-$300 roundtrip. However, you can sometimes find cheaper fares.
Miami to Nassau Ferry
There is also a service that provides trips between Florida and The Bahamas by boat. However, it’s not a Miami to Nassau boat trip, but rather Fort Lauderdale to Bimini, which is an island in The Bahamas that is just 53 miles off the coast of Florida. (There used to be a ferry from Miami to Bimini, but that service stopped operating.) You will need to take a shuttle or drive to Fort Lauderdale, about 30 minutes from Miami, to catch this ferry.
The ferry trip from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini in The Bahamas takes about 2 hours, and one-way tickets cost around $100. To go on to Nassau, you’ll need to take a flight there from Bimini, which lasts about 45 minutes but can cost upwards of $1000 depending on the time you’re traveling, so this is definitely not the easiest, fastest, or least expensive way to get from Miami to Nassau.
Another way to get to Miami to Nassau by boat is on a sailboat or yacht. You can charter a yacht for about $5000 for the day, and the trip will take about 8-10 hours. On a sailboat, the trip can take about 3 days. While easy and fun, this is the most expensive option (and takes the longest).
The last option for getting from Miami to Nassau by boat is to take one of the many Miami to Nassau cruises that are offered. These range from 2 to 6 nights, and are available on a wide variety of cruise lines. The time that the ship spends at Nassau varies depending on the cruise, but many ships stay in Nassau for a day, then move on to other ports in The Bahamas.
On Carnival Cruise Lines’ 3-day cruises to Nassau from Miami, you depart Miami in the afternoon, spend the next day at sea, arrive in Nassau at 8 a.m. and stay there until 5 p.m., then return to Miami, arriving at 8 a.m. the following morning. You can also opt for the 2-day cruise which drops the day at sea; you leave Miami in the afternoon, arrive in Nassau the next morning and spend the day, and arrive in Miami the following morning at 8 a.m.