The Cincinnati Streetcar – A User Friendly Guide
I’m going out on a limb to proclaim I love the Cincinnati Bell Connector (aka the Cincinnati Streetcar). Yes, it has suffered from growing pains, but come on; it’s still in its infancy.
Why do I love the Cincinnati Streetcar? Let me count the ways:
1. The Cincinnati Streetcar is a cheap mode of transportation.
2. It provides a scenic ride. You ride past a lot of interesting ArtWorks murals.
3. It is safe. You can’t get lost on a 3.6 mile loop.
4. The Cincinnati Streetcar takes you to the fun spots in town, from the stadiums at the Banks, to Fountain Square, the Aronoff Center, Jack Casino, Findlay Market and Rhinegeist Brewery to name a few.
5. The Cincinnati Streetcar makes it easy for visitors (as well as some locals) who have a difficult time navigating the one way streets in downtown Cincinnati.
6. It is fun for anyone who has never experienced a ride on a streetcar.
7. It is air conditioned in the summer and warm in the winter.
8. The Cincinnati Streetcar is accessible and easy for those physically challenged.
9. It’s convenient to most downtown hotels.
10. It’s pretty unique. Cincinnati is one of maybe 3 dozen or so cities in the whole US with an operating Light Rail System.
Here’s why it’s handy:
I can park for the entire day at Lot D, 166 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 for only $5.00! Know of anywhere else in the city to park that cheap?
I walk two blocks north to Station 1 on Second Street and pay only $2.00 for an all day streetcar pass. I can explore the city until 1:00am.
I can hop off at Fountain Square to catch a special event or enjoy lunch or dinner at a wide variety of restaurants or walk over to Race for even more restaurants.
I can go to a Cincinnati Reds ball game, enjoy a few beers, ride to Over the Rhine, enjoy a few more beers and never have to move my car.
I can take a ride to Findlay Market experiencing all the sights and aromas, have a bite to eat, do a little shopping and not have the hassle of finding a place to park on the busy weekends.
I can journey north and hop out right in front of Rhinegeist Brewery, less than 20 feet from the Streetcar Station.
User Friendly Guide:
Cost: $2.00 for an all day pass or $1.00 for a 2 hour pass. My advice is to always buy the $2.00 pass.
Why? Cincinnati police make random checks of all passengers throughout the day to make sure they have valid streetcar passes. If you do not have a valid streetcar pass, the police will issue you a $100.00 citation that must be paid, similar to a parking ticket.
Children under 35 inches ride free. Children over 45 inches pay full fare. I guess they carry a tape measure?
Tickets: Buy the ticket before you board! Ticket vending machines are located at each of the 18 streetcar stations along the route. They accept cash and credit cards. Or if you are going to be a frequent rider, download the Cincy EZ Ride app.
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. – midnight
Friday 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday and holidays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
What can I bring on the streetcar? Bicycles, strollers, wheelchairs, scooters, luggage and personal shopping carts or really almost anything but your pet (unless pooch is contained in a carrier). Service animals are allowed.
In case you’re wondering what my qualifications are in writing a User Friendly Guide for the Cincinnati Streetcar, I ride the streetcar 4 to 5 times a week. And I’m never alone. I have the pleasure of hosting groups of locals and out-of–town visitors on a 3 hour guided food and culture tour. We begin at the Banks and eat our way to Findlay Market!
If you haven’t taken a ride yet, what are you waiting for? We offer 2 distinct Streetcar Food and Culture Tours 4 times a week ~ and that includes an all day streetcar pass!
The Cincinnati Streetcar Food and Culture Tour is every Friday at 1:00PM.
Enjoy dining at 5-6 restaurants, plus that includes a wine and beer tasting. Let us do the work while you relax and enjoy!
Adults $59.00 Children 6-10 $49.00
Our NEW Cincy Top 10 Tour is every Mon/Wed/Fri at 10:00AM.
See the Top 10 Sites and enjoy 5 Famous Bites that Cincinnati is known for! Don’t let the word bite throw you. The food is plenty for lunch.
Adults $49.00 Children 6-10 $39.00
Riverside Food Tours offers 6 different food and culture tours 7 days/ week.
Tickets are purchased online or call 1-800-656-0713.
For questions or more information, call 513-289-0035
Owner & Guide
Riverside food Tours
March 24, 2018