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Public Transportation

Grand Rapids has one of the nation's best transportation systems making it easy to visit local attractions, bars, and restaurants.

The Rapid

You can easily ride The Rapid throughout Grand Rapids during your stay. Use this easy guide to see just a few of the many spots you can hit on the rapid.  Find more information about The Rapids on their website, www.ridetherapid.org.

The following are free downtown transportation services. Click here for a map of these free downtown routes. For real-time schedule tracking, visit ridetherapid.org or download the myStop Mobile app at the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.


The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) runs two continuous routes through the center city, hitting every stop every eight minutes. No ticket or pass required, just board the bright pink shuttle.

DASH West provides access to Monroe Center shopping and dining as well as the West Side and Heartside neighborhoods. Points of interest include the Downtown Market, Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., Grand Rapids Art Museum, New Holland Brewing-The Knickerbocker, Rosa Parks Circle, Van Andel Arena and the Ionia Avenue Entertainment District.

DASH North provides access to the city center as well as the North Quarter and Medical Mile neighborhoods. Points of interest include Atwater Brewery, Belknap Park, Calder Plaza, City Built Brewing Company, DeVos Place, and the Sixth Street Bridge.

Operating Hours

Monday - Wednesday, 6:30 am to 10:30 pm

Thursday - Friday, 6:30 am to 1 am

Saturday, 10 am to 1 am

Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm

Learn more about riding the DASH

Get around downtown for FREE with the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH).

Route 19

This bus runs from the West Side to the Medical Mile, with easy access to such destinations as 7 Monks Taproom, Atwater Brewery, Bridge Street Market, Hampton Inn & Suites, Harmony Hall and New Holland Brewing-The Knickerbocker. 

Buses run Monday through Friday, with arrivals every 15 minutes from 6 am-3 pm and 8 pm-10 pm. Buses arrive every 10 minutes from 3 pm to 8 pm. View more information.

Silver Line

This south-suburb express line includes a downtown No Fare Zone that provides access to the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, DeVos Place, the Downtown Market, Founders Brewing Company, The Intersection and JW Marriott Hotel.

Alternative Transportation         

Looking for other transportation options? Check out taxis, limos, car rentals and other Transportation Services.

Learn more about riding the FREE DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle)