Charlotte Transportation

Transportation around Charlotte, North CarolinaCharlotte, North Carolina, is a quaint city full of things to do and places to see, making it a prime tourist destination on the East Coast. This classic southern city is full of charm and life, and getting around is really simple thanks to the neat grid layout of the city blocks and plenty of transportation choices. If bringing your own vehicle to Charlotte in order to get around is not an option, you still will have no worries when it comes to getting from place to place and seeing the sights.

The fastest and newest way to get between places in Charlotte is by using the LYNX Blue Line Light Rail. This rapid transit system connects the southern portion of the city with the "Center City," which is home to entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels, museums and much more. Trains are accessible between the hours of 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. seven days a week. There is a fee for most people over the age of 5 to ride, and tickets are available from kiosks located conveniently at each of the 15 stops along the line.

Another public transportation option is the Sprinter bus system. These hybrid electric buses run regular routes from Center City to and from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Buses run at regular intervals, three times an hour, Monday through Friday and every half hour in the evening on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to stops at the airport, the Sprinter bus will stop at a number of other locations near prime tourist areas.

One of the more unique ways to get around Charlotte is via the Gold Rush, a line of trolleys that serve a small portion of the city. These vehicles were designed to look like street cars from years gone by and run along routes on Tryon and Trade streets. Trolley service is available from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and riders may board at no cost at specially marked bus stop areas. The trolley will stop during the designated working times at eight and 15 minute intervals.

Finally, you have the CATS, or Charlotte Area Transit System, bus service. This mass transportation service moves millions of people per year, and makes regular stops in and around Charlotte to pick up passengers. The stops are clearly marked throughout the entire city of Charlotte, and buses can be expected at each stop at regular intervals. Bus service hours are 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week. Express route passes are available through the service's website.