How to get around in Dallas?

How To Get Around In Dallas?

What are the best ways to get around in Dallas?

How to get around in Dallas? One of the most common question when traveling to a new city. Figuring out how to get around efficiently and cost effectively is important when traveling to a new city. Visiting a new city can be a ton of fun, but pricey if you don't know your way around. We have created a list of some of the most popular transportation options available in Dallas during your sports trip. Plan the ultimate trip with the help of our travel experts and don't get caught unprepared when traveling to a new city!

How to get around in Dallas

The best option for getting around in Dallas is definitely by car. Despite being a car-happy, suburb-loving city, Dallas’s public transportation options are surprisingly decent. The city is home to the country’s longest light rail system—the DART— in addition to a bevy of buses, taxis, rideshares, and trolleys.

How to get around in Dallas?

Here is a list of options on how to get around in Dallas:


  • Light-Rail - DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
    • Bus and connected train system that links downtown Dallas and the surrounding suburbs
    • The light rail system has 4 lines:
      • Red: Parker Road to Westmoreland (north-southwest)
      • Blue: Downtown Rowlett to UNT Dallas (northeast-south)
      • Green: North Carrollton to Buckner (northwest-southeast)
      • Orange: DFW Airport to Parker Road or LBJ/Central (northwest-north)

  • Streetcar - Operated by DART
    • Cost: Free.
    • Hours: 7 Days a Week, 5:30 a.m. to midnight.
    • Frequency: every 20 minutes.

  • DART Buses
    • There are a variety of routes that cost money, however if you are just looking to explore downtown Dallas - D-Link buses run every 15 minutes seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. It's your link to arts, fun, culture and dining, and it's always FREE to ride.

  • The Trinity Railway Express (TRE)
    • The TRE is a commuter train that connects the downtown areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, with stops in the Mid-Cities and DFW Airport. Trains operate Monday through Saturday. 
      (If you want to go visit Fort-Worth and visit the stockyards)

  • The McKinney Avenue Trolley
    • Aka The M-Line is a beloved form of transportation in Downtown Dallas. It services many of Dallas’ attractions and cultural sites. The trolleys themselves are restored, vintage-looking vehicles

  • Ridesharing
    • Uber
    • Lyft
    • Curb app - This app connects people to taxis and other professional drivers for hire.

  • Scooters - Download the app labeled on the scooter and purchase time. Pick them up and drop them off anywhere.
    • Lime
    • Bird

  • Taxis
    • Can be difficult to hail on the street, best to get one at a hotel

These are some of the best transportation options when trying to figure out how to get around in Dallas.

Airport (DFW) Downtown Dallas?

# of Major Dallas Airports: 1


  1. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) 


How to get to and from DFW

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is the 4th business airport in the world. DFW is the largest hub for American Airlines. American Airlines hub is the second largest airline hub in the world just behind Delta’s Atlanta hub. You will get some great non stop flights via America Airlines at DFW, so keep that in mind when flights to Dallas. 


Located only 20 miles from Downtown Dallas, which is about a 20-minute drive, it is quite easy to get to and from DFW. If you are flying in for a Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, or Texas Rangers game be sure to give yourself some added time before the game(s), traffic around any major airport can be unpredictable and you don’t want to miss being late to the game! 


Below are your best available options for how to get to Downtown Dallas from DFW so you can start your sports getaway!


  • Rail Service (DART): This is the easiest and most affordable way to downtown from DFW. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail service will take you downtown via the Orange Line. It also can take you to other Dallas attractions and landmarks without a car. It is a great way to navigate the city. Upon arrival proceed to lower level A10. If you arrive at another terminal you will need to use the Terminal Link Shuttle to get to Terminal A then proceed the DFW Airport Station to catch the DART. DART Trains run daily, every 15 minutes. Fares for day passes are only $6 USD. You can even download the “GoPass” app and you can purchase tickets on your phone or at any DFW Airport Station kiosks. It is the cheapest and most convenient option, especially during rush hour. Most downtown hotel properties have a stop within walking distance from the DART. 


  • Taxi: Taking a cab from the airport to downtown Dallas may be your best bet in terms of convenience. There is a taxi stand located on the lower level of Terminals A,B,C,D and E. At all taxi stands, they offer a DFW Airport Guest Assistant between 8am and midnight to assist you with your taxi and help control flow. Estimated fares may vary depending on your destination however it will usually cost $60-$80 CAD. The ride to downtown will take 25 minutes one way. Taxi providers we suggest are Airport Express Taxi, Alamo Cab Company, and Ambassador Cab. DFW work with over 30 taxi companies so you will be in good hands upon arrival at the taxi stand if you decided to use this mode of transportation. 


  •  Ridesharing (Uber/Lyft): Another convent way to get to downtown from ORD is ridesharing companies. Elite Sports Tours suggests Uber or Lyft. Fares estimates will be provided via the app. You can except $35-$40 CAD one way. Something to keep in mind Uber X rides are cheaper than the taxis rates, usually. However, if you are interested in taking a different classification of Uber, you can except to pay a little more. DFW do not have an Uber Stand; you will need to work with the driver after you call your Uber to confirm you pick up location. Keep in mind there is an airport surcharge fee for all rides to and from DFW. This is standard for most airports across North America.    


  • Airport Shuttles/Courtesy Cars: There are information boards located near baggage claim inside all terminals for details regarding courtesy vehicles for hotels in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Some hotels in Dallas offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from DFW for their guests. Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative about your hotel’s shuttle service, if applicable. Pick-up times can be coordinated by communicating your flight information with your hotel.


  • Rental Car: DFW offers a couple different car rental counters offering options from Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, and more. At Baggage Claim, follow the signs for “Rental Car”. You will need to board a free, 24-hour Rental Car shuttle. The shuttle departs from the lower level of the terminal. The shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes. The ride is about 10 minutes to the Rental Car Center. From there you will you find the check in counters for over 12 rental car companies. Renting a car is a great way to explore a city at your own pace. Keep in mind rates will vary depending on demand, the type of car you want, and how many days you need it. If you want to rent a car for your trip, get an Elite Sports Tours representative to add it to you package before your trip!


  • Limo/ Town Car Service: There are limo/town car services available to pick you up at DFW and take you downtown. However, this is something you will need to arrange before you arrive. There are multiple local limo/town car services in Dallas so be sure to read the reviews to make the best decision for you. The estimated price will be between $140 - $210 CAD. This is commonly used by but not limited to business travelers or larger groups such as bachelor parties. 

For getting to Downtown Dallas from DFW we recommend either taking an Uber or the DART. Uber, is an ever-reliable option. It is your most efficient choice and the cost is very reasonable. With that said the “DART” would be our first recommendation. It will be your cheapest and fastest way. It is also very easy to navigate as well. The choice is yours. 

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