Getting Around Birmingham
The best way to get around Birmingham is by car or public bus. If you drive, you'll find free parking at or near most parks and attractions. Plus, many neighborhoods, including the Civil Rights District, are easy to explore on foot. The bus system, Metro Area Express, offers all-day ride passes for $3 with routes to all major attractions, as well as a shuttle to the airport. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) is about 5 miles from the city center and is accessible via several interstates.
The city's bus system offers routes to popular attractions, including the Civil Rights District, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Vulcan Park and Museum. Single-ride fares cost $1.25 for adults and 80 cents for children. It also offers an airport shuttle to and from select hotels; reserve online or by phone. The shuttle runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Birmingham offers several taxi companies, as well as the ride-share service Uber. In high traffic locations, including the airport, you may find taxi stands, but in general, you will need to call ahead for pick up.
Birmingham is an easy city to drive in and free parking is available at most major attractions and parks. You can also access several major interstates if you want to venture outside the city limits. If you need to rent a car, several major car rental companies are located at the airport. Plus, a handful of Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations can be found in the city center.
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