Getting Around Houston
Getting around Houston has never been easier, we offer several affordable and convenient options to get you where you need to go.
Monday- Friday: 6:30am - 6:30pm
Monday-Friday: 6:30pm - midnight
Saturday: 9am - midnight
Sunday: 9am - 6pm
Every 7 - 10 minutes, the Greenlink Green and Orange Routes connect locals and visitors throughout Downtown. The Green route spans 2.5-miles with 18 stops and connects major office buildings along Smith and Louisiana streets to METRO transit, the convention corridor, hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. From inside the GRB South Transit Center you can reach many popular downtown destinations, including Main Street Square, Discovery Green, GreenStreet, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, City Hall and the Central Library.
The free buses run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), making them a cleaner transportation alternative. Features of the buses include a streamlined, modern design, low-floor access, perimeter seating, high-quality air conditioning, 28-seat capacity and are ADA compliant.
Greenlink is operated by METRO through an interlocal agreement with the Downtown District and Houston First.
The 13 mile METRORail offers convenient accessible service within the heart of the city between downtown Houston and NRG Park, including the Theater District, Museum District and Texas Medical Center.The 5.3-mile North Line has a convenient stop just north of the GRB. The Green and Purple North Lines connect the Convention District to Houston’s bustling Theater District along with many other stops. The 7.5-mile Main Street Line, or Red Line, offers convenient and fast service between Downtown, Midtown, Museum District, Texas Medical Center and NRG Stadium and Center. One-way tickets cost $1.25 and can be purchased using cash or credit at all rail stops. Discounted fares are available to students, seniors, Medicare cardholders, the disabled and jurors.
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$6 Cab Fare Anywhere Downtown
The City of Houston has authorized a flat taxi fare of $6 for all trips in the downtown area. This $6 fare will apply anywhere within the Central Business District, bounded by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and U.S. 59. The fare, in addition to increased downtown taxi stands, provides an easy alternative to driving to lunch, business meetings and activities throughout the downtown area. No surcharges will apply to the fare, which can accommodate multiple riders under the $6 total rate.
Would you rather have the taxi come to you?
Here are the numbers you need:
Fiesta Cab Company: (713) 225-2666
Liberty Cab Company: (713) 695-6700
Lone Star Cab Company: (713) 444-4444
Yellow Cab Houston: (713) 236-1111
Zipcars are available for rent at 8 locations throughout downtown Houston.
Zipcar allows users to rent a nearby car when they need access to it. Users can sign up for a membership online for a one-time $25 membership fee and then have access to rent a car from any Zipcar lot or from a mobile app for an hourly or daily rate. Rates typically start from $9/hour and $73/day.
The rental includes gas, a reserved parking spot and up to 180 miles of use per day.
Houston B-cycle is a public bike sharing system, intended to be used for short trips in and around downtown Houston and surrounding urban areas. Houston B-cycle 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. Membership to the system can be purchased online or at any station. Members can use their credit card or B-card to unlock a bike in seconds. Returning a bike is even easier. Just roll it into a dock and walk away.
Memberships are available by day, week or year. All members have unlimited access to the bikes. With a paid membership, the first 60 minutes are free. Ride time after the first 60 minutes is just $2 for each additional half hour with a maximum charge of $55 a full day.
One Day Membership $5
Weekly Memberships $15
Annual Memberships $65
All memberships start at the time of your first bike use, not the day and time you purchased the membership. (Tip: To save usage charges, just return a bike to any B-cycle station within 60 minutes and then start a new free 60 minute ride).
Houston was the first city in Texas to approve ride-sharing services including Uber. These alternative transportation companies allow users to request a ride via smartphone apps. Learn more and download the app at uber.com.