Getting Around Cincinnati

The third largest city in Ohio is easily accessible by road, airplane, and rail. Cincinnati has a central location in the heart of the Midwest region, making the city a very popular destination for tourists and visitors with other purposes. Driving by car is the mostly widely used form of transportation to get to Cincinnati. Several major interstate highways pass directly through the city. I-71 cuts through most of Ohio and connects to major nearby cities such as Columbus (the state's capital) and Louisville, Kentucky. Running for nearly 1,800 miles, Interstate 75 is the preferred route for visitors coming anywhere between southern Florida and northern Michigan. I-74 connects Columbus to other major regions of the Midwest as the highway runs through most of Indiana and Illinois.

Visitors that want to skip long road trips usually opt for taking a direct flight to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, abbreviated as CVG. The airport is actually located about a dozen miles south of Cincinnati, in the small community of Hebron, Kentucky. CVG is served by multiple airline carriers that mostly offer direct flights to destinations in the United States, but other international destinations can be reached via transfers. CVG airport is relatively small, so ground transportation options are limited to limousines, taxis, and hotel shuttles. However, there are eight car rental companies available at the airport, and the drive to Downtown Cincinnati is pretty easy.

Public transportation in Cincinnati and the immediate surrounding communities is provided by Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) and Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK.) The rapid transit system in the Cincinnati area is known as the Metro, which is operated by SORTA. The Metro consists of dozens of bus routers that run services mostly in the city. It should be noted that Cincinnati does not have any rail transportation as part of its rapid transit system. TANK also runs dozens of bus routes throughout the Cincinnati area, including directly in the Downtown district. This means that riders often make transfers between the two transit systems. TANK is the only public transportation service that makes stops at the CVG airport. One of the largest public transportation hubs in downtown Cincinnati is Government Square, which is served by dozens of SORTA Metro lines, and has various useful facilities.

Cincinnati is also accessible by Amtrak's Cardinal line, which runs between Chicago and New York City. The Amtrak trains stop at the historic Union Terminal station, which is now occupied by the Cincinnati Museum Center.