Lots of people are intimidated by downtown but with a little guidance, we promise that you soon will be an expert navigator of downtown streets. With new applications like ParkMobile and Uber, plus alternative methods of transportation like Greenlink and B-cycle, it’s easier than ever to get around. And don't forget, unlike other areas of town, downtown is very walkable... whether you’re at street-level or down in the tunnels.
Six in the City
$6 taxicab rides anywhere downtown by any taxicab company. The $6 taxicab fare applies to a trip, pick-up and drop-off, anywhere within the Downtown District, bounded by I-45, I-10 and U.S. 59. Now with double the amount of cab stands downtown and the ability to hail a cab when you need it, we’re making those shorts trips easy and affordable. Six in the City only applies when cabs are hailed in person, it does not apply when rides are booked online.
How & where to catch a cab:
Hail one down
Look for the taxi icon on the streets
Call a cab company and request front-door pick-up service
Go to the nearest hotel.... there is always a queue!
Uber is an easy way to request a safe, reliable, and affordable ride within minutes. The Uber mobile app connects riders with reliable transportation options such as drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services at the tap of a button.
Catch a friendly, affordable ride whenever you need one. The Lyft app matches you to nearby drivers so you can get a ride in minutes.
Houston Wave operates Thursdays 6pm-1am, Fridays & Saturdays 6pm-3am, and Sundays 4pm-12am. You can catch them Downtown by calling, emailing, or app requesting a pick-up anywhere on the City approved downtown route. They will text/call when the jitney is approaching. Routes go as far West as Sage, East as BBVA Stadium, South as University Blvd, and North as 20th Street. The fare is $15/per person for the whole night. You may get on/off as many times as you like along all routes during route times.
RYDE uses 5 passenger electric shuttles to transport people around downtown. They work with national brands, local businesses and city governments who sponsor the service, making it FREE for the public to ride. To request a ride, text 281-610-2258 with your name, pick-up/drop off location and number of passengers. Tips are highly encouraged.
GREENLINK REVEALS UPDATED ROUTES, EXTENDED HOURS AND A NEW LOOK
Beginning Sunday, January 21, Houston’s free, clean-operating Downtown Circulator launches updated routes, extended hours and a new look.
Funded by the Downtown District and Houston First Corporation, and operated by METRO, Greenlink is a free, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation option for Downtown residents, workers and visitors. Since service first launched in June 2012, Greenlink has had more than 1.34 million riders.
Greenlink’s updated routes and extended hours are a direct reflection of Downtown’s growth and development. The new routes touch many of Downtown’s new residential and hotel projects and better serve neighborhoods such as the Theater and Ballpark Districts.
Connecting Avenida Houston and Main Street to the dense office market in Downtown’s southwest corridor, the Green Route will shift two blocks north to Capitol Street to better service residents and guests of the new residential properties and hotels that have opened in northern Downtown over the past year. Its route will also be permanently altered to accommodate frequent detours along Avenida de las Americas, a thriving new entertainment destination. The buses will stop at the north and south ends of the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC), and will also service a covered stop at the Avenida South Garage. The Green Route operates weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with buses every 7 minutes during peak morning and afternoon rush hour and during the lunch hours and 10 minutes during off-peak.
The Orange Route, which launched in April 2016, will continue to provide service between major Downtown destinations including the Theater District, Historic Market Square, Minute Maid Park, Avenida Houston, Discovery Green, GreenStreet, Main Street Square and City Hall. This route will expand its hours and will now operate Monday through Friday from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with buses every 10 minutes. The Orange Route will also permanently shift and loop around Discovery Green, with stops at the north and south ends of the GRBCC and a covered stop at the Avenida South Garage.
One of the many benefits of being Downtown is that you can get around without a car—Greenlink is one of many transportation options for those who choose Downtown to live, work and stay!
NEW! Greenlink GREEN Route
6:30 am to 6:30 pm
Every 7-10 minutes
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NEW! Greenlink ORANGE Route
Monday- Friday 6:30 pm to Midnight
Saturday 9 am to Midnight
Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
Every 10 minutes
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The buses run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), making them a cleaner transportation alternative.
Houston BCycle is a "bike sharing" program that shows Houstonians how easy, efficient, functional and practical bike sharing can be! See how it works.
At its core, a public bike sharing system is intended to be used for short trips in and around downtown Houston and surrounding urban areas. Houston BCycle members can pick up a bike at any B-station and return it to that same station or any other B-station when they’re done. Memberships are monthly ($9-$13) or annually ($79-$99). All members have unlimited access to the bikes and with a paid membership, the first 60 minutes are free. Ride time after the first 60 minutes is just $3 for each additional half hour. Guest Pass/Walk-up rates are $3 per 30 minutes. www.houston.bcycle.com