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    Great Public Transportation

    by deecat Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    To visit most of the major attractions, the best way to go is to use MetroLink, the region's light rail train system. You can go to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Gateway Arch, St. Louis Blues and Rams games, the St. Louis Zoo, The History, Science, and Art Museums, the Convention Center, the downtown business district, the Edward Jones Dome, and many hotels, including Hyatt Regency at Union Station (where we stayed).

    The MetroLink hooks up with the bus system also. The rail and bus schedules vary daily; however, MetroLink rail service runs at intervals ranging from six to thirty minutes as early as 5 a.m. and no later than 1 a.m.

    It's rather new, very clean, safe, efficient, and comfortable. What more could you want?

    MetroLink Leaving Union Station Stop
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    Saint Louis Tours

    by deecat Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    If you don't want to take the MetroLink, walk, or drive, you could always take a tour of St. Louis on a Trolley, Tram, or Bus. They will even pick you up at your hotel!

    Their GRAND TOUR consists of 4 Stop-Offs (you select two, and they select two)

    The choices are: Arch, Brewery, Botanical Garden, Old Cathedral, Old Courthouse, Antique District, Mansions, French Market Riverfront, Laclede's Landing & Riverboats, New Cathedral Mosaics, Forest Park Millionaire's Row, The Central West End, Art Museum, Zoo, Science Center, History Museum, Grant's Farm ( special reservations).

    They say that 1850's to 1890's architecture is always featured. Some of the choices require an entrance fee.

    This GRAND TOUR cost $45.00/Child is $10.00. They also suggest a 15% Gratuity to the Guide.

    Saint Louis Statue
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    New Rates: Metro train from airport

    by LauraWest Updated Sep 9, 2007

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    Most tourists don't seem to know they can easily get Downtown, from the only Airport, for only $3.25! The modern Metro train station is attached to the Lambert Airport! You might have to ask for directions to it, but once you find it, Easy. If ticket agent isn't there, just put $3.25 into the ticket machine, then take it to validator machine.
    After that take escalator, or elevator, up to the station platform, which is right there. You can go to several downtown stops, where your hotel probably is located. On the return trip it is only 2.25 per adult. Kid's fares are about half the adult ones. If you took a cab, it would be at least $20, or more.

    Their web site is really excellent. (Lots more information than I can say here in this tip.) The ticket machine takes larger bills, up to $10, I think. The all day ticket may be a great deal for you, at $4.50. Note: buses and trains do not run 24 hours a day.

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  • Metro Link

    by luckymantony Written Mar 6, 2003

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    If your flying into St.Louis and your staying downtown, you should ask your hotel if they are close to a metro link station. It is inexspensive and you get a chance to see a lot of st.louis. It only costs like a dollar for a one-way ticket. Thats a lot cheaper than a taxi!!! And if your hotel isn't next to a metro link than you could always get off at the one that is close and then take a taxi to your hotel. I know a lot of hotels have a free shuttle, but if you want to see a lot of St.Louis, this is the way to go.

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    Flying into St. Louis International Airport

    by SLLiew Written Jan 30, 2007

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    Lambert-St. Louis International Airport gots its name from one of America's earliest aviator Major Lambert. This air field was also where Charles Lindberg departed for his first non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. There are now 10 major airlines and 11 regional airlines flying into this historic airport.

    Airport code: "STL"

    There is a "Main Terminal" and a "East Terminal". Most airlines are using the Main Terminal.

    Airport is about 15 miles from St. Louis. We took the hotel free shuttle service. There is a light rail link and bus airport shuttle to town.

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    Going around on light rail

    by SLLiew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St. Louis has "MetroLink", a light rail system combined with the Metrobus will get you around the local tourist destinations.

    I have only taken the taxi in the late evenings but during day time it was easy to get around on the Metrolink.

    Tickets are purchased on vending machines prior to boarding at the stations. So get a map to know where you are heading next. Make sure you have a ticket because failure to produce one may result in heavey fines.

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    MetroLink

    by BeatChick Updated May 29, 2008

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    After freaking out about transportation options to & from St. Louis' Union Station & the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, I posted a query on the board here and received some excellent advice.

    And actually, it was fairly easy. Of course, it helped that I ran into a Chicagoan transplanted "from" St. Louis so he showed me where & how to get the tix for the Metrolink (much easier system than Chicago's CTA, I must tell you - and much cleaner). You put your cash in the machine & choose your ticket options (we chose the $2.50 2-hour option) and you get your cash back. At CTA in Chicago you must have exact change or you lose your money. This isn't so cool when you need a 2-day $9 pass and only have a 10-er (Chicago must make a lot of extra money this way)!

    Also, I was really impressed (see photo) with the policy of letting seniors & the disabled ride free - seniors can either show proof of age or their A.D.A. id card.

    We got off at Lambert Airport, went downstairs & picked up a cab (immediately - so seamless) who took us out to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Cost us about $13 each including tip.

    If you, also, are going to Lambert Airport be sure to check the front of the train as it pulls in that it has the airport's name on it as the line splits before it gets to the airport. You could end up in a totally different place than what you'd expect!

    Photo: May 14, 2008

    Metrolink Sign
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    Zip 2 shuttle

    by LauraWest Updated May 26, 2005

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    This Summer the Zip2 shuttle is back & a better price than the first year!!! Get on 7 off at all the museums, the ZOO, The MUNY theater, tennis courts ( $5 for a day!), many restaurants, sand volleyball courts and MORE!! For only $1.50, you can ride it around Forest Park all day! Kids are only 75 cents. It starts this Saturday, May 28 & will go all Summer. Buy the tickets on the Metro bus.

    Remember, you can get to the Forest Park Metro train station from the airport or from downtown ( or other locations). Zip2 Shuttle picks you up at the Forest Park train station, of course. there's so much to do in this GIGANTIC and beautiful park.

    You could enjoy several days just seeing & doing everything there is to do here, so HAVE A BLAST!!!

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    County Cab

    by BeatChick Updated May 29, 2008

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    Was worried about going to & fro the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre & Union Station in St. Louis. But it turned out to be fairly seamless (although I chose the more expensive options of metroing out to Lambert Airport then catching a cab downstairs from there to the concert venue (cost us about $13 each including tip).

    After the concert I chose to use County Cab. I called the taxi dispatcher from the concert who directed me to a Mobil/Burger King gas station (at the end of the parking lot, turn left and walk about a 1/2 mile along the road until you see the Mobil gas station with a Burger King inside). The cab rolled in about the time I walked there (about a 10 minute walk); 'twas $40 to get back to Union Station and I was back in town in about 30 minutes (oh, yes, I gave him a $10 tip, so $50 altogether). Again, a seamless operation.

    I was really happy with the results. In fact, it turned out to be one of the most perfect days I've ever had (you know the kind)!

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    Megabus

    by BeatChick Updated May 29, 2008

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    I just came back froma trip to St. Louis where I took the Megabus from Cincy to Chicago, then from Chicago to St. Louis and back the same way (well, only backwards). I paid:
    $8 Cincinnati to Chicago
    $15 Chicago to St. Louis
    $8 St. Louis back to Chicago
    $15 Chicago to Cincinnati
    $46 round-trip! Sure beats driving there with these new gas prices!! The first 10 seats for a trip go for a measly $1.

    They have 3 areas they cover:
    Midwest - Chicago is the hub center with destinations as far north as Minneapolis/St Paul, as far west as Kansas City, Mo, as far south as Memphis, TN, and as far east as Cleveland, OH
    Northeast - NYC is the hub center for this region and goes as far north & east as Boston, as far west as Toronto, ON, as far south as Baltimore, MD
    West Coast - the hub center here seems to be LA and goes as far east as Vegas, as far north as Oakland (where I hail from), and as far south as San Diego/San Ysidro

    The only problem with Megabus is that none of these regions intersect. For instance you can go as far north & east in the midwest to Cleveland but you won't be able to go from there to the North East to get to say, NYC.

    The great thing about Megabus (besides it being so darn cheap) is that it runs from downtown in one city to downtown to another. For instance, in Cincinnati, it stops right in front of Carew Tower at 4th & Race, at Union Station in Chicago, and at Union Station in St. Louis.

    Although the seats themselves aren't that comfortable, I find that if you take the night run there are so few people you can lay down on one seat and stretch your legs out to the one across the aisle!

    Be forewarned: Union Station does not have luggage lockers! I called ahead of time to find out & because I wasn't staying overnight was forced to bring just a few things in a carryon bag (one I bought at the BHV in Paris - thanks, madaboutparis!)

    Photos: May 14, 2008

    Union Station Entrance Megabus St Louis
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    Double-decker Sightseeing Bus!

    by LauraWest Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    UPDATE: I AM CERTAIN THS COMPANY FOLDED. WILL LET YOU KNOW IF THEY RETURN. There's a bold new business in Town! Open top, double-decker, red buses zip you to St. Louis attractions, with the "hopon-hop off" feature! I got to try it Wednesday & it was FUN! !
    Your ticket is good for 2 consecutive days of sightseeing, unlimited. There are two routes (33 stop, total) to use with guided info dispersed along the routes, so you relax & learn at the same time.

    I think it is a very good deal, if you don't want to use a private car. If you don't know your way around here, these buses save you from having to study maps & get all those directions for each place you'd drive to!! The $25 ticket is much less than taxis would be & more convenient than the public transportation system, in many cases.
    They have a really good web site, with lots of links too, & a color brochure, which you should find at your hotel. It also stops at several hotels! You can buy your ticket on board. They even take credit cards, the brochure says.
    The friendly, knowlegable tour guide we had said you could even bring food & drink to enjoy as you ride! Try doing that on a public bus; forget it!!
    If you have kids, I think they'd love it. You stress-out parents( you should know who you are!!) could relax more & really enjoy your vacation! Kids younger than 16 are FREE with the Family Attractions card. You can get one of these at your hotel or the ST. Louis Visitor's Center downtown.
    So, COME TO ST. LOUIS!!! We have the best, & most unique,of everything & it won't cost you as much as most of the other American cities you could visit, I promise.

    one of the buses w/o people!!

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    Traffic Jams-Backup

    by BruceDunning Updated Aug 21, 2010

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    I traveled downtown for 10 years, but also around the city a lot in my job business. It takes many minutes, going to hours to get around the city. Traffic jams are reknowned on Hwy 40/64 heading west to Chesterfield, but also Hwy 70 toward St. Charles, and even across the river to Illinois is not treat. Some areas have improved with expanded roadworks, but a long way to go. In the old days of 1980's, the drive west for 25 miles took average of one hour from downtown. Crossroads of interstate Hwy 55, Hwy 70 and Hwy 44 all converge in the downtown area, besides the main straight route west on Hwy 40/64.

    Typical 2PM day on Hwy 40; a 30 minute backup Maze of highway split offs in downtown Signs directing vehicles to destination
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    Road Construction

    by changeinlatitude Updated Jun 24, 2015

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    Currently, the Arch grounds are under renovation. Therefore, there are many detours in the downtown area, so make sure you watch for signs and watch out for workers. You can still visit the Arch during the renovation process.

    There is always some kind of road construction going on. Just keep an eye on the digital road signs and and keep it safe while you are traveling through the St. Louis area.

    Gateway Arch
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    Metro Link

    by changeinlatitude Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you need to get around the St. Louis Metro area and don't want to fight traffic or try to find a parking place, use the Metro Link. We use it quite a bit when we are downtown. You can catch a ride from the Airport, at the Westin downtown, at the ball park, Savvis Center, and many other places.

    It's cheap and quick. Check out the website for more details.

    Trust me, when there is a big event or a lot of times many at the same time downtown, this is the way to get around.

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  • Slowly, St. Louis is getting a rail system

    by WaywardHoosier Written Nov 10, 2006

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    The Metrolink expansion has just opened this year! It is slowly making its way to the West and South suburbs.

    The prices are low, the trains are empty except for when a Rams or Cardinals game is being played, and it is reasonably effecient.

    Check out where parking is available and you can enjoy a nice trip into the city without parking hassles.

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