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Ultra 2015

  • How do I get to and from Miami?

    If you're flying into Miami, the closest airport is Miami International Airport (MIA). Nearly 40 airlines operate out of MIA, serving over 30 million passengers each year.

    From the airport, there are several options to get you to Downtown Miami and South Beach. Many hotels offer shuttle services to and from the airport. Check with your hotel to see if they provide shuttles and, if so, how to book them. If you're hotel doesn't offer a shuttle service, try American Shuttle, which can be found on the arrivals level, outside of the baggage claim areas.

    If you want to take a Taxi, the fare between MIA and Downtown Miami is approximately $24. Taxis can be found on the arrival level of the airport, outside the baggage claim area.

    For more information on the airport's shuttle and taxi services, check out the airport's Rate Chart, or call the Miami International Airport Taxi & Shuttle Service at (305) 876-7000.

    If you can't get a direct flight to Miami, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is approximately 30-45 minutes away from Downtown Miami. Flying into Fort Lauderdale can be cheaper than flying to Miami, but since it's further away, you should expect to spend more on ground transportation. There are four main ground transportation options you can take to get from FLL to Downtown Miami and South Beach.

    Taxi cabs, which can take up to 5 people, are available from the Transportation Podium. Fees are based on a meter -- expect to pay approximately $67 to get to Downtown Miami, and $72 to South Beach. Be sure to indicate at the dispatch station if you would like to pay by credit card, so that you get a car equipped to take one, or else you'll be scrambling for cash to pay your fare.

    With the shared ride option, operated by GO Airport Shuttle, you'll pay $21 to get to Downtown Miami or South Beach. The shuttle seats 10, and they accept cash or credit card. Prepare for a wait time of anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes and you should allow up to 90 minutes for travel time, especially if it's rush hour.

    Luxury Sedan: GO Airport Shuttle also operates luxury sedans for up to 4 people, which cost $70 per ride to Downtown Miami or South Beach.

    If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, take the Tri-Rail commuter train, which offers a direct link to Miami's Metrorail Orange Line at Miami Airport. From there, you'll have to take a taxi or any of Miami's other transportation options. The Tri-Rail provides free shuttles from the FLL terminals to the station; at the west end of Terminal 1, between Terminals 2 and 3, and between Terminals 3 and 4.

    Check the airport's Transportation Choices Chart for more information about estimated rates. Vehicle options can also be obtained at the Transportation Podium outside of baggage claim on the lower level.

  • What area is the festival in? How do I get around?

    Ultra will take place in Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami.

    If you're planning to drive, parking near the festival will cost you around $40. If you don’t mind walking, you can usually find parking a little farther from the festival entrance for about $10.

    If you're coming from South Beach, the easiest way to get to Bayfront Park is to take a taxi, which costs around $20 each way. Be sure that you bring cash with you -- some Miami cabs are equipped with a credit card reader, but the city’s whole fleet is yet to go digital, so you still might need paper money to pay. To catch a taxi, you can try flagging one down, or you can call for a pick-up:

    Yellow Cab: + 1 (305) 444-4444
    Super Yellow Cab: +1 (305) 888-7777
    Central Cab: +1 (305) 532-5555

    If you're looking for a more budget-friendly, Public Transportation option, try the Metrobus, which has routes that travel between South Beach and Downtown Miami. To get to the festival site, take route 3, 93, 95, 103, or 119 to the Biscayne Boulevard stop. The Metrobus costs $2 and offers 24-hour service on select routes. Metrobus routes accept cash and change, but don't give change. The easiest payment option for riding the Metrobus is to purchase an EASY Card or EasyTicket.

    We recommend that you stay in Downtown Miami, which is closer to the festival site and better equipped with public transportation. In addition to traveling on foot, in taxis and on the Metrobus, you can also take the Metromover, a 4.4-mile tram that loops around Downtown Miami and interconnects with Metrorail and Metrobus. Metromover is a free service and operates from 5am to midnight, seven days a week. Trams run every 90 seconds during rush hour, and every three minutes during off-peak hours. To get to the festival site, take the orange MMI Inner Loop train and get off at the Bayfront Park stop.

    Want the rundown on how to get around South Beach? Head to our WMC Insights.

  • What time does the festival start and end?

    Doors open at 4pm on Friday and at 12pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The lines entering the festival can get pretty long, so make sure to take that into account when calculating your travel time.

  • Is reentry allowed?

    Reentry is not allowed, so plan accordingly and bring everything you’ll need for the day.

  • What are the prohibited items?

    Alcohol, illegal drugs, bottles, backpacks, animals, sound systems, and recording devices, both audio and visual, will not be allowed through the gates.

  • What's the deal with food and beverages?

    Food will be available at the event. If you don’t feel like waiting in line, keep an eye out for mobile vendors wandering around the festival grounds.

    Beer and cocktails will also be sold at the event and, once purchased, can be taken anywhere within the grounds. You must get a wristband from an age-verification station if you plan to purchase or consume alcohol, so make sure you bring a valid, government-issued ID.

  • What do I need to know about money?

    Festival vendors do not accept credit cards. There are ATMs on the grounds, but the ATM fee is an astronomical $12 per transaction, so try to bring enough cash to get you through the day.

  • What will the weather be like?

    Weather in Miami is consistently hot, humid, and sunny and March is typically one of the sunniest months of the year. The average temperature range in March is between 61-80°F (16-26°C). During the day it can be moderately hot and humid, but a night the temperature can drop to where you’ll need warmer attire.

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  • What should I wear?

    Summer clothes are generally best, but because the festival goes from day to night, prepare for the weather transition by bringing a light layer. Many follow the “less is more” mentality, with girls wearing bikini tops and guys going shirtless. Fashion-wise, anything goes. You may feel ridiculous on your way to and from the festival, but once through the entrance gates, neon colors, sparkles, and tutus become the norm.

  • What should I bring?

    Sunscreen is a must. Apply before you arrive and bring it with you to reapply - there is nothing worse than getting burnt the first day of a festival and having to suffer through the pain for the rest of the weekend. Since backpacks aren't allowed, fanny packs are a great idea to store your phone, cash, and sunscreen while leaving you hands free for dancing - it is after all an anything-goes fashion fest.

  • Does the festival have a mobile app?

    The festival's mobile app can be an extremely helpful tool when navigating the grounds. We'll keep you posted on any updates for 2015.

  • What are the ticket options?

    General Admission 3-Day Combo: $449.95; access to all stages within festival grounds for all three days

    VIP 3-Day Combo: 1149.95; 21+, access to multiple VIP covered areas, preferred viewing of the main stage, VIP bars, air-conditioned restrooms, seating areas, exclusive fan access to bands and DJs, Ultra gift bags, and premium food service.

  • Is there anything else I need to know?

    Winter Music Conference also takes place in Miami the same weeks as Ultra, so after the festival ends at midnight, there are dozens of parties across Miami to choose from. This is where staying in Downtown Miami can come in handy - you have a nearby place to relax and freshen up immediately after the festival before heading out again at night.