Once you’re in town, navigating the city is a breeze. With a speedy light rail system, multiple bike-sharing and ride-sharing services, and bus routes that traverse the region, you’ll have plenty of ways to get you from point A to point B, C and D.


LYNX Blue Line Light Rail

North Carolina’s first light rail line connects South Charlotte to Center City, then continues on to NoDa and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. On weekdays, the line is available every 7.5 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. Purchase passes from your smartphone with CATSPass, an app from the Charlotte Area Transit System. ridetransit.org

CityLYNX Gold Line

This streetcar system runs east to west connecting neighborhoods to businesses and educational facilities, including Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Central Piedmont Community College and the Charlotte Transportation Center. The Gold Line runs every 15 to 20 minutes, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Free. ridetransit.org

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Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus Service

With more than 70 local, express and regional routes, CATS buses provide more than 25 million passenger trips each year. Most operate from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 6:30 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. $2.20 each way for local routes; $3 each way for express routes; $4.40 each way for regional express routes; children 5 and under ride free; seniors and youth grades K-12 ride for half fare with transit ID, Medicare card or valid school ID. ridetransit.org

Sprinter Bus Service

This hybrid-electric bus is an easy 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. Ridetransit.org


Call Charlotte taxi companies like Crown Cab, Royal Cab and Yellow Cab Co. to hop from place to place with ease. Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers a flat fee ($25) to and from Uptown. Otherwise, average cab fares start at $2.50 and increase by $0.50 every ⅕ mile.

Ride-sharing Services

Companies like Uber and Lyft, which use smartphone apps to match passengers with nearby independent drivers, operate throughout the Charlotte region. Drop-off and pick-up spots are based on your location, except at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where the designated ride-sharing meeting area is on the arrivals/baggage claim level outside zone E. uber.com; lyft.co


Bike-sharing Services

Hundreds of bike-sharing options are scattered throughout the city. Charlotte B-cycle has more than 20 bike docks, where you can swipe your credit card to rent a bike in 30-minute increments. And dockless bike-sharing companies like LimeBike, Mobike and Spin offer riders the option to pick up and leave their colorful two-wheelers in whatever legal spot they like. (The wheels lock when no one is using them.) Download the companies’ smartphone apps to rent the bikes. charlotte.bcycle.com; limebike.com; mobike.com; blog.spin.pm