Getting Around Cincinnati
The best way to get around Cincinnati is by car. Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and popular things to do are spread too far apart to see solely on foot. If you'd prefer not to drive, you can opt to take the tourist line on the city's Metro bus, which makes stops at many of the city's most popular attractions. There are also several taxi companies to call, in case you're in need of one.
The closest major airport — Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) — is located across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Kentucky. But it's only about 15 miles west of downtown Cincy. To get to the city, you can rent a car or hire a shuttle, van or taxi.
Although many of Cincinnati's neighborhoods can be explored on foot, you'll need a car to get to and from these districts. You can rent a car at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG); many car rental agencies, such as Hertz, Enterprise and Avis, also operate at different locations throughout the city.
There are a couple of bus systems that operate in Cincinnati — the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, colloquially known as "Metro," and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK). As a tourist riding the Metro bus, all you need to remember is you "ride the one for fun." The No. 1 Metro bus links many of the city's top things to do, including the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, the downtown area, the sports stadiums, the zoo and more. You'll need exact change ($1.75) to ride this bus. These buses run about every 20 to 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, they run about every hour, and on Sundays or holidays, they run about every 70 to 80 minutes.
If you're using one of the 26 routes serviced by TANK bus, which also runs through Cincy, it makes the most sense to buy a 10-ride pass for $13.50. You could also opt to buy a one-day pass for $3.50, a three-day pass for $10 or a five-day pass for $15 (available for online purchase here). You can also just jump on a bus and pay for your ride with exact change; one-way trips cost $1.50. Also, if you want to explore northern Kentucky, you can hop on the TANK-operated Southbank Shuttle. For a $1 exact-change fare, the trolley will transport you from Cincinnati to several tourist areas in Kentucky like the Newport Aquarium and the old German district, the MainStrasse Village.
Several of Cincy's neighborhoods are very pedestrian-friendly, namely downtown, Mount Adams, Clifton and the Gaslight District. However, some of Cincy's other districts are in the process of revitalization. As you would in any city, you should try to avoid walking around alone after dark, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area.
Calling is the best way to hire a cab in Cincinnati. Keep in mind that the taxis here are prone to inconsistent cab fares. To avoid any miscommunication, try and get a price quote before you get into the cab. Several reputable companies operate in Cincinnati, including Community Yellow Cab (513-241-2100), Towne Cab (513-761-7700) and United Cab Co. (513-251-1155).
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