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Getting Around

Light rail, bus service, trolleys, taxis, car services and more

Charlotte’s Center City is easy to navigate, thanks to the city planners who laid out the blocks in smart patterned grids. Once you’re in the charming outlying neighborhoods, though, getting around isn’t as straightforward – take, for instance, the gorgeous yet puzzling intersection of Queens, Queens and Queens. Luckily, Charlotte has many mass transit options to help you get where you're going, no matter where in town you may be.

Sprinter Bus
This hybrid-electric bus is an easy and affordable way to get from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Center City, with stops in central locations. It runs every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on nights and weekends. $2.20 each way.

601 W. Trade St.
Daily service to and from Charlotte is available, with connections to Raleigh, Atlanta, Richmond and more.

LYNX Blue Line Light Rail
North Carolina’s first rapid-rail system connects South Charlotte to Center City, running along 15 stations. On weekdays, the line is available every 10 minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours. Weekend service operates every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during late-night hours. $2.20 each way.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus Service
With more than 70 routes across the city and county, CATS buses serve more than 25 million passengers each year. Most operate from 4:49 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 5:25 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sundays. $2.20 each way; $3 each way for Express Routes; children under 5 ride free; seniors and youth 5-12 ride for $1.

Gold Rush Red Line
These rubber-wheel trolley cars, reminiscent of historic streetcars, connect passengers to Center City and the LYNX Blue Line. It operates every 15 minutes Monday through Friday between 6:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. Free.

The CityLYNX Gold Line
This streetcar system connects neighborhoods to businesses and educational facilities, including Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Central Piedmont Community College and the Charlotte Transportation Center, through six stations. Amenities include: covered and lighted seating, public art and travel information. Free.

Crown Cab Company
Crown Cab Company operates a mobile app that allows users to book and track their rides on their phones. Its wheelchair accessible vehicles accommodate handicap users. Service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year.$2.50 drop charge (to enter a cab), plus $0.50 per 1/5 mile and $0.50 per minute of traffic wait time. 704.334.6666.

Yellow Cab of Charlotte
Yellow Cab of Charlotte offers handicap accessible vehicles. Its Taxi Magic mobile app allows users to book, track and pay for their rides on their phones. Service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year. $2.50 passenger pickup, plus $2.50 per additional mile and $0.50 per minute of traffic wait time. 704.444.4444.

Uber uses your phone’s GPS to detect your location and connects you with the nearest available driver. Get picked up anywhere, even if you don’t know your location’s exact address. Service is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year. View the city’s rates in the Uber app. *Bonus: New users can redeem their first ride (of up to $20) free. Visit or download the Uber app, navigate to the Promotions tab and enter the promo code VISITCLTUBER. Enter your pick-up and drop-off locations to get a fare estimate for your trip.

R & R Pedicab Company
The pedal-powered pedestrian taxi service offers service to any location within the Interstate 277 loop, plus the South End area, spanning as far as East Boulevard and West Boulevard. $5 per person for first six blocks, then $1 per person for each additional block. 704.786.6549;

Cruise Carts
The eco-friendly, ad-driven golf cart shuttle operates seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., offering drop-off and pickup services for locations including: Center City, Dilworth, Elizabeth, Myers Park, NoDa, Plaza Midwood and South End. Free.

Charlotte B-cycle
With 24 stations throughout Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods and 200 blue bikes, this is one of the largest urban bike sharing programs in the Southeast. 24-hour pass $8, plus $4 each additional 30 minutes after first half hour (max/day $75); annual membership $65 ($15 for students), plus $4 each additional 30 minutes after first hour (max/day $75).

Updated January 2016