Public Transportation

You don’t need to rely on your own vehicle to get around Grand Rapids. We have a variety of public transportation options that will get you where you want to go – quickly, conveniently and affordably.

Ride the Rapid

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The Rapid is our award-winning bus transit system. With 249 vehicles covering 185 square miles, it’s an easy way to travel between downtown and surrounding areas – including East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Wyoming and Walker, as well as the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Check out this quick guide on how to ride and where to go, and visit for schedules, maps and other resources. Check their site for real-time schedule tracking, or download the free myStop or Transit app from Google Play or the App Store.

All Rapid buses – including the DASH Bus below – are accessible for mobility aids such as wheelchairs, electric scooters, walkers and crutches. Bus operators are trained to assist customers with disabilities boarding or exiting the vehicle. Service animals are welcome.


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DASH bus 2024

The DASH is a free route that navigates downtown, making it an easy option explore various spots in the city center.

Photo by Nick Irwin for Experience GR

The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) is a service of Mobile GR and the City of Grand Rapids. It runs a continuous route, clockwise and counterclockwise, to quickly transport you to where you want to go. No ticket or pass is required, just board the bright pink bus at any of the 23 stops marked with street signs and sidewalk markers.

The DASH makes it easy to access 200+ restaurants, shops, breweries, bars, attractions and entertainment venues – from south (including Founders Brewing Co. and the Grand Rapids Downtown Market) to north (The Mitten Brewing Company and Long Road Distillers) and east (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott Hotel and DeVos Place Convention Center) to west (Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Bridge Street entertainment district). Just make sure you’re on the right side of the street for transport to your destination.

The DASH passes every stop every 15 minutes from 7:00 am-12:00 am Monday-Friday, 11:00 am-1:00 am Saturday and 11:00am - 5:00pm Sunday.  Get real-time schedules and service hours by downloading the Transit App (iOS & Android). 

If you are traveling to the downtown area with your own vehicle, consider parking in one of the DASH lots for just $3-4 a day and using the DASH to get around downtown.


Exploring Grand Rapids on the DASH

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The Downtown Area Shuttle, or DASH, is a system of bright pink buses connecting key downtown Grand Rapids locations and parking lots. DASH provides visitors and residents a convenient way to travel to…

Alternate Transportation

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Grand Rapids also offers a wide variety of taxi, rideshare, limousine, wheelchair transport, vehicle rental and other transportation services. Scroll to the bottom of our Transportation & Maps page for a list of providers.