Not Much Public Transportation
The St. Louis metropolitan area is pretty spread out, and you will probably want a car to visit places outside of downtown.
The Metrolink, which is a single-line light rail system does connect the airport to downtown, with some safe and not-so-safe stops inbetween. It will also get you across the Mississippi River to the Casino Queen, and on into East St. Louis if you are really looking for danger.
There is also a bus system, which can probably get you where you want to go if you don't have a car and your destination is not near a Metrolink stop. The bus and Metrolink are owned by the same agency, and you can get transfers between the two.
Flying in is always good, but...
Flying in is always good, but you would want a car once you get there.
Traffic usually isn't too bad except during rush hour. Because its a huge area surrounded by a lot of smaller cities, cars are definitely the best way to get around.
METRO Light Rail Link
Kudos to St. Louis - the entire Metro area - for backing and paying for a Light Rail system. It stretches all the way from Lambert Airport - and Shrewsbury in South County) to Clayton, the Wash U campus, the Central West End, through Downtown and across the Mississippi, and then all the way out to Scott Air Base in Illinois.
The trains and stations are (so-far) comfortable and clean, automatic ticket machines actually work, and there is regular and reliable service. I was able to take the Light Rail from my hotel in Downtown out to Washington U (where my college reunion was being held - for only $2.00 each way!
St. Louis has developed a pretty good public transportation system, but for the most part it still seems to be very much a car town, and if people have a choice they don't take the MetroLink. Consequently, we encountered very few people who knew much about it, even basic information such as fares. When we asked people (even those in the tourist trade such as hotel desk staff) how to get somewhere by public transit we were usually met with blank stares and head scratches. It's not that difficult to navigate the system, and there are great maps available. I also hear there is a great website where you can look up all of the routes. Because the MetroLink operates on a proof of payment system, you there often isn't any staff at the station to ask. My point is that it will probably be up to you to figure out how to get where you want to go. Don't worry, you can do it.
Several interstates go through...
Several interstates go through St.Louis
Have good idea where you are going before you get there.My first visit to the zoo led me all around St. Louis because I exited at the wrong Forest Park exit.Most of the popular attractions are well marked but with the traffic at certain times you should be aware of nearing your exit.
I flew into Kansas City,...
I flew into Kansas City, rented a car and drove to St. Louis. This was cheaper than flying directly into St. Louis from Seattle. Plus, I got to drive across Missouri TWICE! When am I ever going to get the opportunity to do that again?
Metro Link light rail is a great way to get to may of the sights in St. Louis.
Anyway you want. There's...
Anyway you want. There's plane, train, bus, car... you name it. I'm not a huge fan of St. Louis Lambert Field (the main airport). I've always had delays here and have had to change terminals without being told of the changes! Lots of running around here! Ugh, hate this airport, but LOTS of airlines fly through here, so you can't avoid it.
Car is probably the best way I can think of. Of course, there is the Metrolink (light rail) which connects a few places in the area, including the airport and Forest Park.
St Louis is very easy to get...
St Louis is very easy to get too from the airport. Just follow the signs to the MetroLink. It cost only $4 for a day pass which will take to dowtown, Arch, and anything in between. It also lets you on the bus that will take you the zoo
We do have a relatively large...
We do have a relatively large airport---STL. It was the hub for TWA---until last Mon. Now it's suppose to be another midwest hub for American Airlines. So hopefully the airport will continue to be operational.
Once here, rent a car since our mass transit system isn't too thorough.
We do have a metrolink (monorail) which goes from the airport to most of the tourist things downtown (Union Station which is an old train station turned shopping mall; The Savvis' Center where the Blues play; Busch stadium; convention center; the riverfront; and even on across the Mississippi to the casino in East St. Louis. But that's all one line. At least you don't have to worry about getting lost on it or which train to catch.
Running from Lambert Airport to southwestern Illinois and costing a mere $1.25, the MetroLink light rail system is a great away to avoid the traffic hastles seemingly inherent to St. Louis. There are numerous downtown stops and the service is very clean and efficient.
For an experience that is both fascinating and horrifying (not to mention unforgetable), catch the train at one of the Illinois stops between Washington Park and College and ride through East Saint Louis. Buildings literally rot before your eyes and anyone with a sense of social consciousness will question the reality of the 'American Dream.'
The downtown stops between Union Station and Laclede's Landing are free, weekdays 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
You can get to St. Louis...
You can get to St. Louis pretty much anyway you please, at it is serviced by plane, train and bus. If you plan to drive, I must warn you that the topography is not that exciting, although I found it to be quite scenic along the river.
I had my own transportation while I was there, so I don't know how good the public transportation is. I will say that driving around St. Louis didn't seem to me to be a big deal, but then, I'm used to driving in a city that isn't much smaller. I don't know how it would seem if you're from a small town. For now I'm going to recommend you drive, because I don't know if the buses are a big hassle, only that driving really isn't.
Now that TWA has gone bust for...
Now that TWA has gone bust for good, I guess you'll have to fly American to St. Louis. Otherwise you can get there by car, train and bus. While you can also get there by riverboat, this is generally the least convenient form of transportation to arrange.
Lambert-St Louis International...
Lambert-St Louis International Airport - 314-426-8000
St. Louis is the hub for TWA.
Amtrak station is on 16th St - two blocks from Union Station in downtown. 314-331-3300
St Louis is a pretty easy city to drive around in. If you are staying downtown, there are plenty of areas that you can walk to. Cabs are easy to get. There is a light rail system - The Metrolink, but I did not have the opportunity to try it out.
If youre coming by plane, TWA...
If youre coming by plane, TWA has a hub at Lambert Internatiol Airport, flights from almost every city in the country, and many oversees places.
Cabs..but they're expensive! Buses, and the MetroLink..an unground subway type transportation.
Just for fun Becky and I rode...
Just for fun Becky and I rode pedal boats in Forrest Park. It was a beautiful day and we saw the boat house there on the way to the museum. I took a great picture of the boat house from out on the water in my boat but I can't find it. The boat rental was not expensive at all and great fun to ride them.