Getting Around Cleveland
The best way to get around Cleveland is via public transportation. In fact, one of the greatest things about Cleveland is how easy and cheap it is to get around the city (in some cases, it's free). Thanks to Cleveland's extensive public transportation system (the Regional Transit Authority) — which includes rails, buses, trolleys and the bus rapid transit aka the BRT — visitors will have no problem navigating the city and reaching all major tourist attractions.
To get to the city, you can fly into the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) located about 12 miles southwest of the city center. There is an RTA station inside of the airport on the lower level of the main terminal that provides service between the airport and downtown Cleveland. Hop on the RTA Red Line Rapid Train which will take you directly to Cleveland's Public Square. If you'd rather take a taxi, the airport has its own flat rate taxi service, as well as three partnering taxi companies with taxi stands located directly outside of the baggage claim, adjacent to carousel 11.
|On foot||Downtown Cleveland and University Circle are the easiest areas to navigate on foot as they are both relatively compact. Most hotels will be able to provide you with a self-guided walking map. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, USS Cod Submarine Memorial and Progressive Field are all located in downtown Cleveland and easy to reach on foot.|
|Car||Although many locals own cars, it isn't always the best mode of transportation for visitors to use to see the city. If you do plan on renting a car, consider doing so at the airport where there is a car rental facility. You can also find car rental companies throughout downtown Cleveland.|
|Rail, Trolley and BRT||
Public transportation is the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to get around the city. The Regional Transit Authority includes rails, buses and the BRT, all of which cost $2.25 per one-way ticket and stop near major tourist attractions throughout the Cleveland area and surrounding towns. If you plan on staying within the city of Cleveland, the rail and trolley will get you to where you need to go and are easier to understand than the bus system. The rail has four lines: Green, Blue, Red and Waterfront, and the trolley has five lines: NineTwelve, E-Line, B-Line, C-Line and L-Line that service downtown Cleveland. The BRT has two different lines: HealthLine and Cleveland State Line. There are also five-trip fare cards, seven-day passes and all-day passes available. Additionally, you may want to consider buying a one- ($5), two- ($10) or four-day ($20) Cleveland Pass which provides unlimited rides on busses, trains, trolley and the BRT.
The bus system is part of the RTA but can be a little more difficult for visitors to navigate. The Cleveland bus system is huge with hundreds of stops throughout Cleveland and surrounding areas, and mainly used by commuters and locals. If you're only in Cleveland for a short time, it's not worth your time to figure out the complex system unless you're looking to travel outside of the city to surrounding towns.
Taxis will be able to take you around the city, just at a much higher cost than public transportation. Keep in mind, you aren't able to hail taxis off of the street. You need to either call a taxi in advance or go to a hotel taxi stand to grab one. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft offer cheaper alternatives to getting around the city.
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