Renting a car gets expensive when you’re on vacation. Save money in these top cities with free public transportation. You’ll have free, convenient transportation to top attractions. Learn more about cities with free buses before you travel.
Baltimore’s Charm City Circulator Service
Take a trip to Baltimore and enjoy free bus rides on the Charm City Circulator. The buses run every 10 minutes (15 for the Banner Route) and are environmentally. Buses run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight on Friday, 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Charm City Circulator buses cover almost all of the city, and they do hit all of the downtown regions. Travel from Federal Hill to Charles Village with ease. Here’s a breakdown of the different bus routes:
- Banner Route: Conway Street to Pratt Street, hitting sites like Federal Hill Park/Maryland Science Center, Inner Harbor, and Baltimore Museum of Industry.
- Green: Rutland Avenue to Madison Street, hitting sites like City Hall, Fell’s Point, and Johns Hopkins.
- Orange: President Street/Reginald F. Lewis Museum to Albemarle Square, hitting sites like Hollins Market, Little Italy, and Harbor East.
- Purple: Baltimore Visitor Center to Key Highway/Maryland Science Center, hitting sites like Washington Monument, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Inner Harbor.
To and From Boston Logan With Free Transportation
Not every bus in Boston is free, but if you’re heading to or from Logan Airport, you have some free Boston transportation options. Hop on the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit Service for a free ride between South Station and the airport. This service is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and won’t cost you a penny. You can also get on Massport shuttle buses and get to and from the airport’s Blue Line without paying a fee. If you’re traveling to or from the ferry dock in Boston, take the free Route 66 shuttle to the airport.
Other MBTA buses that offer free transportation to and from Boston’s airport are Bus 22, Bus 33, and Bus 55. All buses run every five minutes. Note that the Silver Line runs from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. seven days a week. The Blue Line has similar hours at 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
RideKC in Kansas City
With the RideKC Streetcar, you can get around Kansas City with ease and not spend any money doing so. The streetcar makes regular trips from River Market to Union Station. This span covers two miles and makes it easy to reach many top attractions without paying a fare.
RideKC Streetcar service runs every 10 minutes typically. It may be a little slower during non-peak hours. It travels this route:
- Market North
- River Market West
- North Loop
- Metro Center
- Power & Light
- Kauffman Center
- Union Station
- And back along the same route making an additional stop at City Market before returning to River Market North
The Golden Triangle in Pittsburgh
Buses in Pittsburgh are not always free, but during the hours of 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. it is. Travel during those times in what’s known as the Golden Triangle and you won’t pay a fare. The free fares in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle covers all of the downtown, including Liberty Avenue and Penn Station. You can also ride the T between Downtown Pittsburgh and North Shore without charge 24/7.
Metromover in Miami
Covering a span of more than four miles, Metromover makes it easy to get around Miami without paying a fare for public transportation. The electric-powered train run every few minutes from 5 a.m. to midnight all week long. If there is a power outage that stops the trains, buses take over providing free transportation in Miami.
Metromover passes all the major tourist attractions, including Bayside Market Place and American Airlines Arena. You can also get to the area’s colleges, such as Miami-Dade College, using Miami’s Metromover.
Salt Lake City’s Free Fare Zone
Not all of Salt Lake City provides free public transportation, but if you’re in the Free Fare Zone, your rides are free on buses and TRAX. The Free Fare Zone starts at Salt Lake Central Station and progresses to Old GreekTown Station, Arena Station, Temple Square Station, City Center Station, Gallivan Center Station and Courthouse Station.
Make sure you board the bus or train within the SLC Free Fare Zone. If you get on before or after the final stop in the free bus or train routes, you will be asked to provide proof you’ve paid the fare. If you’re sticking to the Free Fare Zone, simply tell the driver and your ride is free.
Savannah’s Three Options
Avoid a fare through three free transportation options in Savannah, Georgia. Dot Shuttle passes many of the city’s historic sites. These shuttles also travel to Savannah parking garages if you have a car and just want to leave it parked while you work your way around the attractions. River Street Streetcar covers a one-mile stretch in Savannah. The bio-diesel-powered streetcar passes by key attractions and holds 43 passengers. Rides on Savannah Belles ferry are also free. The ferries run from Rousakis Plaza and Hutchinson Island.
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