Getting Around Boise
The best way to get around downtown Boise is by foot, as it is an extremely walkable city, but if you plan to explore further afield, a car offers visitors more flexibility for traveling. Boise does have a bus service, called Valley Ride, but its routes might not be convenient to all points of interest on a timely basis. The city also encourages cycling through its bike-share program, and visitors can also get around via taxi or ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft. You can also rent one of the many electric scooters found practically on every corner.
To reach Boise, most travelers fly into Boise Airport (BOI), which is located just 5 miles south of downtown Boise.
A car is the best way to get around Boise, as it affords travelers the flexibility to explore on their schedule. Plus, because there are ample parking spots and the area doesn't see a ton of traffic, driving in Boise tends to be a low-stress experience. What's more, with your own set of wheels, you can explore the nearby Snake River Valley Wine Region, which sits within 45 minutes of Boise and is home to nearly 30 wineries . Visitors can rent their wheels at the Boise Airport or at several locations throughout the city.
Boise is a bike-friendly city, and bikes are a great way to get around downtown or even to tour the Greenbelt and numerous parks. Visitors can book a bike at various kiosks throughout the city through the Boise GreenBike bike-share program. Renting a bike costs $5 an hour. You'll find bike renting stations around downtown Boise and Boise State University.
Boise's bus network is called Valley Regional Transit and it's an affordable means of getting around. In fact, a one-way bus fare costs just $1.50. But Valley Ride is mainly geared toward commuters – with 25 routes running from Monday through Friday, just eight routes on Saturdays and no service Sundays – so it may not be the best option for travelers. Plus, most of the routes during the work week run from 5:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and on Saturdays, most operate from 7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Still, bus route No. 9 might be helpful to travelers: The route runs every 30 minutes from tourist-heavy downtown Boise to State Street and the Gary Lane shopping area, and it operates until 10 p.m. on weekdays, and until 6:35 p.m. on Saturdays.
Although taxis aren't the cheapest means of getting around, they are a convenient way of traveling from point A to point B, especially after a night on the town. To get a ride, travelers can call traveler-approved companies, such as Green City Taxi Boise, or they can use ride-hailing apps, such as Uber or Lyft.
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