Driving in Cincinnati
We stayed in downtown Cincinnati, the entire downtown seems to be one way streets so we did a lot of going around the block to get where we were going. I'm sure there was some free parking but instead of taking a chance with the meter maid, we parked at a garage at 6th and Elm, one block from the Millennium Hotel, for $10 for up to 24 hours.
Cincinnati Area Transportation.....
I found At Your Service Limousine and Taxi service to accomodate all of my need in and around the city.
They will be 15 mins early for your transportation. Very friendly drivers and very good prices.
They provide airport, sport event, museums....go to thier website.
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Megabus is an ultra-budget way to travel; the first 10 seats go for $1. This last trip I paid $46 R/T from Cincinnati to St. Louis; cheaper than driving!!
I used Megabus early March to get from Cincy to Chicago. It was fine getting there; unfortunately, on the way back we were met with a heavy snowstorm (it may have even been classified as a blizzard). This was the maiden voyage for our driver from Chicago to Cincinnati (she'd driven other routes but not this one). She was a complete professional! We arrived late downtown Cincinnati but we arrived in one piece.
It was a pretty good experience overall. I met several different types of people on the bus, from college students to a corporate exec who lives in Cincinnati and works in Chicago (uses the inexpensive Megabus as transport to & fro). Very interesting people, overall, and conversations with them helped to pass the time.
The only thing I found a bit disturbing was the attitude of the Union Station in Chicago (see 2nd photo). Fortunately, I'm a rebel, said "posters be d****d" and camped out inside during the cold weather. :D
I also 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).
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 is that they run from downtown to downtown (i.e. 4th & Race, Cincy, Union Station in both Chicago & 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 catch lay down on one seat and stretch your legs out to the one across the aisle!
Photos: May 14, 2008
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Traffic Hotline #
I keep this phone # in my cell phone and call usually before I leave the house or on the way to work, the O'CONNOR ACCIANI and LEVY TRAFFIC HOTLINE:
From this phone number, you can get traffic feeds from 700 WLW Traffic Reports. Apparently, it's very popular because some busy mornings it takes 10 minutes before getting through.
Also, it appears the info changes every 15 minutes.
You'll generally find traffic heaviest on I-75, I-71 & I-275 from 7:30-9am & 4-6pm. I-75 & I-71 are the 2 major interstate highways cutting through Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky, while I-275 is the ring road that surrounds Cincinnati, cuts briefly into Indiana, and loops down into Kentucky providing access to the local airport in Covington (CVG).
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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
The first thing you need to know about the Cincinnati Airport is that it isn't in Cincinnati at all, or even in Ohio. It is located about 13 miles southwest of downtown Cincinnati in Covington, Kentucky - hence the airport code CVG.
For ten years running, travelers worldwide have rated CVG as one of the best airports for service and convenience. The airport is a major hub for Delta Airlines, and is also Comair, a Delta commuter airline. Service is also available from other major airlines such as U.S. Air, American Airlines, Air France, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines.
Direct flights are offered from Cincinnati to 120 cities both in the United States and abroad. As a Delta hub, it is also a place where many thousands of people make connections between flights. There are 80 shops and restaurants in the airport for the convenience of the traveling public.
Most of the time things run smoothly and efficiently here. I feel fortunate that I can call CVG my home airport.
Directions from Cincinnati:
Go south on I-71 or I-75 across the Ohio River. Take Exit 185 and follow the I-275 circle freeway west to Exit 4 (State Route 212). Follow the signs to airport terminals and parking facilities.
Rush hour traffic starts about 6:45-9am i nthe mornign and 3-6:30 in the evening.I've driven is so congested town like Chicago, LA, Seattle, etc. It's not as bad as those places, but at times can be. The interstates are crowded at rush hour, usually both directions.The average delays are about 20 mins, but getting worse every year. When it rains leave at least an hour early and when it snows leave 2-3 hours early, because you will be late to your appointment.
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Lunken Airport - LUK
This is Cincinnati's first airport, also a CVG reliever airport, located only about 4 miles East of downtown.
This is where executive jets and small general aviation planes usually land. It's also where the Goodyear blimp docks, when it's in town for a ball game.
Often in the mornings, since it's so close to the Ohio River, "Lunken is Sunken". In other words, it gets covered in Fog during the AM hours.
Located about 10 miles down-river from downtown Cincinnati is Anderson Ferry. You can get there from Route 8 in KY and Route 50 in OH. Not far from CVG.
For $3, you can drive your car on, and catch a ride across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Ohio...
Heck, with the cost of Gasoline, it might just be a bargain.
Blue Ash Airport - KISZ
If you are flying your private plane, or charter plane, to the Cincinnati area, this airport is the most economical place to land. Located about 8 miles North of downtown.
Parking is only $5 per night, I recommend using Co-Op aviation as your FBO. (fixed base operator). Blue Ash aviation is a little more expensive.
Cincinnati - North Kentucky Airport - CVG
Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International Airport is actually located across the river in Kentucky, about 15 minutes from downtown.
It's actually an expensive airport to fly into. Delta Airlines has the monopoly here, it's one of their hubs.
If you're looking for cheap airfare here, consider flying into Dayton instead (DAY) about 1 1/2 hours North.
Cincinnati has a great shuttle bus that runs between downtown and recreational areas in Northern Kentucky. (This is just across the river, about a mile from downtown,) I think the shuttle is actually funded by Northern Kentucky - to attact business across the river.
There are 2 routes -
1. Covington, KY - where the Convention Center and several hotels are located - as well as Mainstrasse, the historic, German area.
2. Newport on the Levee - A new mall / entertainment facility. Includes restaurants (including a decent Irish pub), shops, and a multiplex movie theater.
Your hotel will have a shuttle map.
The shuttle runs until 10 PM on weeknights and until midnight and weekends. The schedule says they are at each stop every 15 minutes, but I think it is longer toward the end of the day.
Cost is $1.
The $1 shuttle that will take you from Cincinnati to Kentucky! It stops in a couple places (acutally will pick you up directly outside the Westin) and stops at a couple places in Kentucky (over the river). It's very clean and easy travel!
I arrived at Cincinnati by Greyhound. The Greyhound station is located maybe half a mile east of the downtown area. By city bus or taxi you can easily reach the hotels in the downtown area. Or you just walk there. But I would only recommend the walk at daytime. At night it might be a little dangerous.
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If you're flying, you'll have...
If you're flying, you'll have to go to Kentucky first because that's where the Covington/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is!
You could also drive in... I-75, I-71, and I-74 are a few. Trains come from Indianapolis/Chicago and Washington, D.C.
They have buses... I'd just drive.
Living in Kentucky I just...
Living in Kentucky I just travel north on I75 straight into Cincinnati. There is also the airport (which is actually in Kentucky also).
If someone could tell me the easiest route from Cinergy Field to I75 South I would really appreciate it. I have been to Cincy eight times and come out no less than eight different ways.
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