South Florida Rail: Brightline and Tri-Rail


I recently visited Fort Lauderdale and naturally did some railfanning! I started at the Florida Brightline Railroad station.

You can see the station is well appointed and maintained. There are ample shuttle vans at each station to provide easy connections. Brightline runs along the Florida East Coast Railway, which does quite a business and is the parent company of Brightline.

Once onboard, Brightline offers seat service, much as the airlines do.

As you can see, the cabins are well appointed, with a separate foyer. Fares generally run from $10 to $30. The line runs from West Palm Beach to Miami.

Miami Central Station is beautiful. It has a connection to Tri-Rail, and is located downtown. although it’s not very close to anything. It has an expansive food court, although due to the pandemic, nothing is open. At least there is a Chik-fil-A!


On my return trip, I met fellow injured spouse lol. We traded war stories, of course. Onboard I met a lovely British couple, and we talked about “football”, of course.

Definitely ride the Brightline!

Tri-Rail is also very convenient. I visited their Lauderdale station, and was impressed.