Fort Worth is home to a bevy of transportation options, including bus and trolley services, citywide bike rentals, and the usual rideshare apps, car rentals, and taxi services. Here are all the best ways to get around Cowtown:
How to Ride Trinity Metro
Trinity Metro is the citywide bus system that connects Downtown to the Stockyards and many additional districts.The Dash is Trinity Metro’s first electric bus that will take you from Downtown to the 7th Street corridor and the Cultural District; the electric bus line provides daily service with later hours on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Routes and Hours: Trinity Metro operates 46 independent fixed routes across the city, all of which have widely varying service. To access the Stockyards, take Route 15 from Downtown. If you’re headed to the Cultural District, take Route 7 or The Dash; and, to access Southside/Magnolia, take Route 4. (You can download all maps and schedules online.)
- Fares: It costs $5 for an all-day pass on all buses and local trains.
- TEXRail: TEXRail is a 27-mile commuter train that extends from the downtown area, across northeast Tarrant County, and into DFW Airport’s Terminal B. It’s a comfortable, easy, very accessible way to travel to and from the airport from downtown.
Trinity Railway Express (TRE)
If you’re traveling between downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth and you want to avoid driving in traffic, the most convenient, hassle-free option is to take the Trinity Railway Express. The Trinity Railway Express, or TRE, provides rail transportation in the DFW area, between Dallas and Fort Worth (and all points in between), with transfer access to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. In downtown Fort Worth, you can hop on board the TRE at Fort Worth Central Station or the T&P Station, which is part of the historic Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal built in 1931; it’s a stunning example of 1920s-era Zigzag Moderne Art Deco architecture. (It’s worth a trip to the T&P just to see the gorgeously opulent lobby.) Check their website for a list of all the stations and stop points on the TRE route.
Molly the Trolley
For a unique, fun way to get around, get on board Molly the Trolley, a vintage-style trolley that offers complimentary service throughout the downtown area and beyond. The downtown Molly route runs between the Fort Worth Convention Center and Sundance Square, making stops at several landmarks along the way. Molly also serves Trinity Metro’s Fort Worth Central Station, giving passengers access to Amtrak, commuter rail, and bus services. Pro-tip: Take Route 15 to get to the Stockyards, with daily service running between Central Station and the Stockyards every 15 minutes during peak hours. (For more info on Molly the Trolley, check out the Trinity Metro site.)
Taxis and Ride-Sharing Apps
Rideshares are widely available in Fort Worth. Lyft and Uber are two of the most popular rideshare apps though there are other apps available in the area. Taxis aren’t as widely used and it’s not always easy to hail one from the streets, although you can always call a company. If you’d prefer to ride in a cab—Taxi Cabs Fort Worth and Fort Worth Cab Company are two major local companies.
Riding bikes can be a fun, efficient way to get around (and not to mention an environmentally friendly option), especially if you want to explore the downtown area. The Fort Worth B-Cycle Program has over 35 docking stations scattered around the city, near all the major hot spots, like downtown, the Cultural District, Southside, and along Trinity Trails. Memberships are available in 24-hour, 7-day, and 30-day increments. The easiest way to find the closest available bike is via the app. If you’re not super-familiar with urban bike rules, it’s important to note that cyclists observe the same traffic regulations as motor vehicles, so be sure to signal turns, brake for pedestrians, and obey traffic lights.
Thanks to the city's robust bus and trolley services, it’s totally possible to get around Fort Worth without a car. That being said, the entire DFW area is laid out on a grid with several interlocking freeways and major highways; in other words, it’s definitely car-centric. The DFW Airport offers 12 rental car companies, including top-rated ones like Alamo, Hertz, and Budget. But unless you plan on moving from Dallas to Fort Worth, renting a car really isn’t necessary.
Tips for Getting Around Fort Worth
Fort Worth is now the 13th-largest city in the U.S., and the roads can be hectic, so learning to navigate the city can be a challenging process. Make things easier on yourself by following these tips:
- There are plenty of places to park for free around the downtown area; and, note that all parking meters are free after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Sundance Square (the city’s popular 35-block entertainment and shopping district in the heart of downtown) offers over 3,000 parking spaces, and if you’re checking out the Southside, you can park for free in the Magnolia Green Garage. Headed to the Stockyards? Free street parking is available along East Exchange Avenue.
- Traffic is notoriously awful during rush hour; there’s just no getting around it unless you plan to stay off the highway during this time. Really and truly, for your sanity’s sake, do not attempt to drive during rush hour in the DFW area.
- You know you’re not supposed to text and drive, yes, but this one bears repeating: It’s really not a good idea to text and drive if you’re driving around downtown Fort Worth, and it’s especially not a good idea to text and drive if you’re trying to navigate multiple lanes of highway. DFW drivers are extremely aggressive, and distracted driving can easily cause an accident.
- We highly recommend downloading or checking out the city’s walking maps, which can be accessed online. Walking is a wonderful and relatively easy way to experience the city’s core and surrounding attractions and landmarks.