Getting around St. Louis
How to Get Around St. Louis on the Cheap
Whether you're traveling around St. Louis on vacation, visiting the area on business or live in the metro area, there are several ways to get around St. Louis on the cheap. The city's bus, train or van metro system are among the cheapest ways to get around. Another good note is that if you're visiting the dowtown STL area during the week, there are often "City Guide" personnel roaming (either on bike or foot), that will assist with any directions.
Plan Your Trip
Use St.Louis area maps to make getting around easier and cheaper. The St. Louis Convention and Visitor's Commission offers several downtown, metro and area maps that can help you plan your visit.
Use the trip planner on the St.Louis Metro Transit website to plan the easiest and least costly routes around the city. The planner can help you choose between taking a taxi, the MetroBus or MetroLink train.
Ride the MetroLink
Purchase MetroLink tickets at vending machines in MetroLink stations.
- You can buy tickets or weekly and monthly passes with cash or a credit card. You can also purchase passes at the downtown St. Louis MetroRide store or online at the St. Louis Metro website.
- Buy either a 1-hour, 2-hour or 1-day pass for the MetroLink system. Two-hour and day passes also give you access to the MetroBus system while traveling in St. Louis. Passes start at just for adults.
Choose which MetroLink line you need to take to reach your destination.The MetroLink operates a Red Line between the Lambert Airport in Missouri and the Shiloh-Scott Station in Illinois. The Blue Line operates between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 stop in Missouri and a station in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Ride the MetroBus
Plan a MetroBus route.You can travel from Illinois to Missouri via MetroBus routes. The system's stops include many of the city's major attractions, like the civic center, Laclede's Landing and Busch Stadium.
- Use the MetroBus schedule to help find the best route to your destination before purchasing your tickets. Some routes may be quickest and less expensive if you combine a ride on the MetroBus with the MetroLink.
Pay your MetroBus fare with exact change as you board, or purchase a MetroBus pass or tickets ahead of time at the MetroRide store in downtown St.Louis or online. If you'll be using both MetroLink and MetroBus, consider buying a combo fare pass at the store to save money.
Use the Metro Call-A-Ride Service
Call for door-to-door transportation service in many areas of the city through the Metro Call-a-ride program.The service is available as a link to the MetroBus or MetroLink services, or from other designated locations. Call-a-Ride rates start at .
Consider using the Metro Call-A-Ride if you or anyone in your party has a disability.The ride program is available for those who qualify for the Americans With Disabilities Act at a reduced rate starting at .
Call 314-652-3617 or toll free 888-652-3617, up to a week in advance to reserve curb-side service from Metro Call-A-Ride.You can make reservations the day you travel, but Call-a-Ride cannot guarantee you space.
- If you plan to stay at a hotel in St. Louis, choose one based on which attractions you want to visit. Some hotels are within walking distance of local attractions like the Gateway Arch and the riverfront area.
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